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2017 Workshop


ing2016_roomshotThe Imaging Network Group will hold it’s annual Workshop on  Sept. 8-9 at the Chicago Fairmont.    INg offers owners and their senior management a dynamic open-format style workshop which promotes constructive exchange of ideas.  This workshop will also showcase popular industry speakers who will speak on current trends, technology solutions and key business issues for the transactional and direct mail service providers.

Saturday Night, September 9th,  INg will host its Partner Appreciation Dinner at The Chicago Firehouse Restaurant.  INg is pleased to have some of the most esteemed vendor partners in our industry who give insight, share knowledge and help the membership stay competitive.


INg will co-locate with Print17.  Please refer to for housing details.

To register for the 2017 Workshop please click   2017 Fall Workshop Registration

To submit speaker proposals please contact Shelly Anderson at

2017 Workshop Agenda

Friday, September 8, 2017

6:300pm – 9:30pm          Friday Night Cocktail Reception– Columbus Tap, Fairmont Chicago, 200 North Columbus Drive, Chicago, IL

Saturday, September 9, 2017

 7:30am – 8:00am          Continental Breakfast, Gold Room Lobby

 8:00am –   8:20am         Workshop Welcome & Attendee Introductions JP Thomas, CEO, Allison Payment Systems, INg Board of Trustees President

8:20am – 9:20am          Incentive Compensation Plans for Executives and Key Talent

                                           Bob Lindeman, Managing Director, The Overture Group

 The Overture Group provides a unique perspective as a boutique Midwest based consulting firm focused on recruitment of executive and professionals and compensation consulting services.

The presentation will address:

  • The importance of company mission, vision and culture
  • Compensation strategy- the key to effectively managing your compensation and benefit dollars
  • Incentive plans-
    • The different types
    • design considerations
    • some don’t and don’ts
    • A sample plan- walk through
  • Long term incentive plans- when to use, different types
  • Contractual considerations

9:20am – 9:25am          INg Member Introduction – Acyness

9:25am – 9:30am          INg Member Introduction – Allison Payment Systems

9:30am – 10:30am        Workflow Wizardry: Using Workflow to Solidify Hardware Productivity

                                         Pat McGrew, Director | Keypoint Intelligence | InfoTrends Production Workflow Service

 The infrastructure to every production print environment is workflow. From getting the job onboard to delivering it to the client or mailstream, workflow makes or breaks profitability. When you add new equipment, like cut-sheet or roll-fed inkjet devices, devices with additional colors, new post-print options, and new finishing lines, the work still flows, but it usually needs a tune-up to keep profitability levels and turnaround times at their highest levels.By the end of this presentation, you will have the tools to evaluate your workflow against the market. We will look at the latest results from our North American Software Investment Survey so you can compare your spending against your peers. We will look at the best practices in workflow to support multi-technology environments so that you can compare your workflow against some benchmarks. And finally, we will offer some options for workflows that work in multi-technology environments.

10:30am – 11:00am       Break

11:00am – 11:30am       Augmenting the Reality of A/R Execution, Josh Miller, Senior RFID Product Manager, Computype

With all the buzz around Augmented Reality, it is easy to get lost in the functional ways to leverage and the platform and the requirements necessary.  We will not only review these but create an A/R project during this session.

11:30am – 11:40am       INg Member Introduction – APEX Revenue Technologies

 12:00pm – 1:00pm        Lunch – Members and Partners, Millennium Room

 1:00pm – 2:00pm          “Caution Ahead – The Hidden Challenges of Keeping Workflow Software and Finishing Equipment Up to Date”

                                          Marco Boer, I.T. Strategies

Workflow and finishing are the only two things that will truly differentiate own IJ production print shop from another.   The challenge is that both can be   more costly than even the investment in the inkjet press.   The decision matrix on workflow software is a complicated one: off-the-shelf, semi-custom, or fully custom?   There are advantages and disadvantages to all – but the key to watch is the ability for the repeatability of customer programs and the hidden long-term costs of keeping workflow software up to date.On the finishing side, there is perhaps less control for ING members than workflow.    To fully leverage the benefits of inkjet production printing, finishing needs to be automated as well.  Traditional finishing equipment vendors are challenged with more requirements than ever before, perhaps even beyond their resources to control.   We’ll soon be facing higher ink coverage on a much greater range of substrates – will that output be dry enough to finish, etc.?

2:00pm – 3:00pm          USPS Update

3:00pm – 3:15pm          Break

3:15pm – 4:30pm          Partner Speed Dating 2017

 So with a dynamic business climate for the print service provider and exciting solutions from our partners, this session will allow the partners to present a new and relevant solution with a twist – speed dating style. At this session you will get our partners best solution offering in five minutes or less. With the quick take-away you can either stop by their booth at Graph Expo or schedule one-on-one time beyond the INg Workshop and get a more personalized look at their solution offering.

4:30pm – 5:00pm          Workshop Wrap-up and a LOOK ahead to the 2018 Forum   JP Thomas, INg President, CEO, Allison Payment Systems

6:30pm – 9:30pm           INg Partners’ Reception and Dinner at Chicago Firehouse

                                          1401 South Michigan Avenue