May 3

Pre-Conference Technology Workshop


Workshop: Automating Design and Production Workflows

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Instructor: David Zwang, Zwang & Co.

Part 1: Process Automation: How, Why and When

Life's too short, and customer SLAs are too demanding to waste time manually performing design and production operations that could be automated. Topics in this 3-hour in-depth workshop will include:

1. What can be automated

2. What are the key challenges

3. Do I select a packaged system, develop in house or….

Part 2: Process Automation: Tools I Can’t Live Without; 7 minutes with a Developer!

There are a collection of target products that facilitate the automation of design and print production workflows.  Product developers with exciting and relevant products to offer will be given seven minutes to present their unique and valuable solutions.                                                              

Who should attend:

This session is for content originators and service providers charged with print management operations and profitability.

About the Instructor:

David Zwang, Principal Consultant, Zwang & Company, travels around the globe helping companies increase their productivity, margins, and market reach. With over 40 years of industry experience, David specializes in process analysis, and strategic development of firms in the fields of publishing, design, pre-media, and printing across the globe.

He began in the graphic arts as a commercial photographer, and has since founded and sold several prepress and printing operations. His experience includes expertise pre-media and cross media publishing, with an extensive background in digital, offset, and flexographic printing processes. His expertise in production optimization, strategic business planning, market analysis, and related services to companies in the vertical media communications market has transformed many businesses.

He has developed many industry training courses, author of books on technology within the printing industry, and written countless articles for trade publications. David is also the Chairman of the Ghent Workgroup (GWG) and sits on the board of many foundations, non-profits, associations, technical advisory councils, and University boards around the world. Specialties: Process efficiency, data driven publishing technology, printing technology and processes, expert witness services. 

Plant Tour: Spectrum Printing

1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Tour Moderator: George Stewart, President, Spectrum Printing

Tour the multifaceted operations of Spectrum Printing Company, a full-service digital and offset printing company that offers design, print, and mail solutions, cross-media marketing, direct mail marketing campaigns, in-house binding/finishing, fulfillment, and green printing solutions. Get an in-depth look at how to become a G7 certified facility and what G7 can mean to your business.

Golf Tournament

1:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Westin La Paloma Golf Course

Enjoy a relaxing afternoon of golf at one of the Westin La Paloma’s three Jack Nicklaus Signature golf courses. With the stunning Sonoran Desert as a backdrop, play in a beautiful environment of flowering cacti and other native vegetation. Greens fee: $85 to (includes cart rental); equipment rental: $65

Welcome Reception

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Poolside Community Service Event – Operation Military Care

Get acquainted with fellow attendees and enjoy complimentary food and beverages at an outdoor welcome reception. You can also join in an optional community service activity:

Operation Military Care: Davis Monthan Air Force Base

Operation Military Care is a unique opportunity to actually connect directly to our soldiers overseas in a personal way! Enjoy the camaraderie of our group as we pack essential and wish list supplies, such as non-perishable food items, clothing, and recreational items. Each person will have the opportunity to write a letter to include for the military recipient.   

Chairman's Hospitality Suite

9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

In a favorite conference tradition, Idealliance Board Chairman Tim Johnson will entertain conference attendees at his private suite on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Enjoy these opportunities to meet with and get to know your Idealliance volunteer leaders, staff, and fellow members at these informal get-togethers.