About Howie Fenton

Howie Fenton is an independent consultant and trusted advisor to in-plant printers. He recommends equipment, best practices and workflow automation tools to streamline operations. To learn more about measuring performance, benchmarking to leaders, and improving your value e-mail Howie@howiefentonconsulting.com.

5 Critical Success Factors for Success in 2018

5 Critical Success Factors for Success. The state of the in-plant industry is strong and those that focus on the new critical success factors (CSF) will likely continue to thrive. Among the CSF factors contributing to this healthy market are: A growing print market, Continuing efforts to automate production, Measuring and reporting improvements, Monitoring and

By | 2017-12-08T19:17:15+00:00 December 8th, 2017|Categories: In-Plant, RSA|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

In-Plant Primer 201: The “Best” Production Print Operational Metrics

In-Plant Primer 201: Article #5- The “Best” Production Print Operational Metrics This article is part of our dealer and vendor in-plant education initiative called “In-Plant Primer: From Operations Basics to Advanced Sales Concepts.” Divided into six basic (101) and six advanced topics, this is the fifth post of the advanced in-plant primer series, “In-Plant Primer 201:

Operational Excellence is No Longer Optional

Operational Excellence is No Longer Optional One of the highlights from Print 17 were a number of excellent presentations by leading companies who have demonstrated operational excellence. One example was presented during the Print 17 Luncheon by the managers of the Blue Valley Schools' in-plant. In the presentation video, staff explain the benefits of a

In-Plant Primer 201: Value Proposition- In-plant Manager VS the C-Suite

In-Plant Primer 201: Article #4- In-plant manager VS Administration View of the In-plant Benefits & Value Proposition This article is part of our dealer and vendor in-plant education initiative called “In-Plant Primer: From Operations Basics to Advanced Sales Concepts.” Divided into six basic (101) and six advanced topics, this is the fourth post of the advanced in-plant

Print 17 Message: Invest in Workflow. But, Most Don’t.

Idealliance Capital Investment Study Findings At Print 17, I had the chance to sit down with Andy Paparozzi, chief economist at Idealliance, and talked about the latest research on investment priorities. I had worked with Andy on the last Capital Investment study and was interested in learning about the latest study entitled “Capital Investment: Where

By | 2017-10-19T17:51:29+00:00 October 19th, 2017|Categories: In-Plant, RSA, Video|Tags: , , |0 Comments

In-Plant Primer 201: In-plant Language, Terms to Use and Avoid

In-Plant Primer 201: Article #3- Specific In-plant and Commercial Printer Terms and Language to Use and Avoid This article is part of our dealer and vendor in-plant education initiative called “In-Plant Primer: From Operations Basics to Advanced Sales Concepts.” Divided into six basic (101) and six advanced topics, this is the third post of the advanced

Does a Shift in In-plant Business Models Mean More Financial Accountability?

Does a Shift in In-plant Business Models Mean More Financial Accountability? In our last In-plant Insights blog post we talked about the different in-plant business models: fully funded, partially funded and partially charge-back, full cost recovery / break-even and revenue or profit-driven. During a recent webinar, we offered an observation about the changing business models

By | 2017-09-19T16:48:41+00:00 September 19th, 2017|Categories: In-Plant, RSA|Tags: , , |2 Comments

In-Plant Primer 201: Operational & Financial Concerns- In-plants by Vertical & Why it Matters

In-Plant Primer 201: Article #2- In-plants by Vertical Impact Size, Concerns and What is Printed This article is part of our initiative to educate dealers and vendors about in-plants, called “In-Plant Primer: From Operations Basics to Advanced Sales Concepts.” Divided into basic (101) and advanced topics, this is the second post of the advanced in-plant primer series,

3 Reasons Companies Consider Outsourcing In-Plant Print Centers

How to Avoid Falling Under the Scrutiny Microscope Few things strike fear in the hearts of in-plants more than the announcement that they are under review. The administration can call this many things, including: an analysis, review, comparison of performance, or evaluation of best practices. Whatever it is called, it means scrutiny. In some cases,

By | 2017-08-30T19:29:41+00:00 August 21st, 2017|Categories: In-Plant, RSA|Tags: , , |0 Comments

In-Plant Primer 201: Operational & Financial Concerns- Financial Models

In-Plant Primer 201: Article #1- In-plant Financial Models and Their Impact on Decisions If you are a regular reader, you may already know that we working with industry consultant, Howie Fenton, to create information for dealers, reps and owners and print equipment vendors to help them better understand the in-plant market. Comprised of two six-article series