Following careful evaluation, creative printer Geoff Neal Group has swapped its own management information system for the latest solution from Tharstern.
Geoff Neal Group, in Feltham, Middlesex, has a proud history of company wide investment that included a Heidelberg Anicolor in 2013, a Heidelberg 106XL in 2014 and a Heidelberg 106XL in 2016. It has also significantly invested in its bindery. The operation’s over arching ethos is to create a more effective production workflow. The Tharstern MIS was chosen to continue that.
Managing director Sam Neal said, ‘We have had five versions of our own MIS and it was time to start looking at the next re-write. We evaluated what we wanted to do using the knowledge held through the people in the business to write a business case for a new MIS which included looking at external providers.
‘We wanted to achieve various gains across the business. We wanted to remove some duplications from our systems, achieve more control over the business, introduce faster financial reporting and to be able to look deeper at all processes to give us back some production time. The main aim was to give everyone time back.
‘We are running as best as we can with the system we have but with the Tharstern MIS will be able to run even more efficiently. We know we can complete the everyday jobs more quickly and efficiently to give us the time to spend on more creative jobs. We want to have the time to work more collaboratively with clients and develop better ideas.’
He expanded, ‘The Tharstern MIS will enable us to be more consistent with pricing and so able to look for better value. It will also provide us with hard data rather than partly relying on experience. I don’t think we are making bad decisions, I just think that we make could be basing them on even better data. It is very important for us to keep a close eye on things.’