Avanti integrates its flagship Avanti Slingshot solution with Catfish from Infigo Software

Cathy Skoglund.
Cathy Skoglund.

Avanti Computer Systems, a leading Toronto-based provider of Print MIS solutions, has announced the integration of its award-winning Avanti Slingshot Print MIS solution with the Catfish web-to-print platform from UK-based Infigo Software. The first user of the newly-integrated solutions was the Print & Imaging Lab at Arizona State University (ASU), the in-house print provider at one of the largest universities in the United States.

“Automation is the single most important element in keeping a print provider operating in the black today,” said Cathy Skoglund, Director of ASU’s print operation. “Both Avanti Slingshot and Infigo Catfish have enabled us to streamline our processes and serve our customers more effectively and efficiently.,” she said. “Integrating these two powerful tools was the natural next step, and it has multiplied the benefit they provide to ASU.”

avantiinfigo-inThe newly-integrated solution allows customers of the lab, whether internal or external, to use the SaaS-based Infigo e-commerce platform to submit a print-ready file or compose the entire piece online.

By integrating Infigo Catfish with Avanti Slingshot, it’s possible to automate every aspect of the print job into a single workflow, eliminating the need for human intervention. Functions such as job specification and submission, reporting, estimating, imposition, inventory management, scheduling, shipping and billing are automatically combined into a single, streamlined workflow.

Patrick Bolan.
Patrick Bolan.

“Avanti’s modular technology provides the information and processes that print providers need to maximize their profitability by operating more efficiently, with fewer resources and faster turnaround times,” said Patrick Bolan, President and CEO of Avanti Systems. “By integrating Avanti Slingshot with Infigo Catfish, our customers have easy access to a new set of unique and powerful e-commerce and job-submission capabilities.”

“Catfish, MegaEdit and our other widely-acclaimed solutions offer advanced capabilities for print providers that can delight customers and substantially boost customer acquisition, retention, and improvement of the online order process – as well as reducing customers’ support costs, and increasing the value of each order, ultimately driving increased profitability,” said Douglas Gibson, Managing Director of Infigo Software. “The combination of Infigo and Avanti technologies provides print service providers access to best-in-class functionality.”

Douglas Gibson.
Douglas Gibson.

Extremely popular in the U.K and Europe, Infigo Catfish is a leading web-to-print platform, ideal for companies looking to expand their printing business online in both B2B and B2C environments. It’s an HTML5-based (SaaS) solution that can be customized and configured to address a print buyers’ precise needs. Starting with Dscoop San Antonio, Infigo began an aggressive campaign to market its products to North American print providers, leading to the company tripling its North American user base over the past year alone.

Avanti integrates every aspect of a print shop into one powerful platform. Since 1984, Avanti has provided innovative, award-winning Print MIS solutions that help print shops and marketing communication organizations automate all facets of their business and cultivate more meaningful customer relationships. Avanti’s solutions are the most open in the industry, are JDF-certified, fully integrated, and extend from order entry through to production and billing.

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.