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The future is connected.

We no longer know borders, both territorially and organisationally. New working methods and tools allow us to move closer together, even if we are spatially separated. In the future, work will not only happen in one place, but decentralized and in connection with many parties. The connection to each of these parties requires effort and therefore costs. With Zaikio we want to minimise these costs. But this requires a well thought-out infrastructure.

Matthias
Matthias Prinz, Managing Director & Head of UX, is responsible at Zaikio for the interaction and user experience of the individual components and apps. For him, products must be aesthetic and self-explanatory.

Expensive Communication

The fact that print runs and budgets are falling is no longer a new phenomenon. Due to a changed market environment, print shops are confronted with an increasing number of jobs, yet in the end little margin remains. This is due to fixed costs in communication with more and more parties involved: telephone calls with suppliers, customers and vendors, manual transfer of lists from the new Web2Print Shop to an old ERP system, or internal communication between employees in consulting, prepress, production and logistics. Each of these activities costs time and therefore money. The transaction costs of the many small things eat up the margins of printing companies.

The Era of Generalists

In addition, there is another problem: years, if not decades ago, complex expert systems, whether called MIS or ERP, were introduced and thus the direction was set: One to rule them all! And the idea was not wrong at that time: software by experts for experts. But the world has changed.

More and more generalists are working in printing companies. Lateral thinkers are setting new impulses and shifting business areas in other directions. Suddenly flexibility is can be more important than rigid process, and broad-based business know-how can be more important than expert knowledge in printing.

A single software, as a glorious monolith, can fulfill such requirements less and less. And if it does, it does so at the cost of increasingly complex and difficult to master user interfaces and configurations.

Divide and conquer

But the solution is quite simple: Instead of a big software that can do everything, a modular system that can be put together flexibly and according to your needs is needed. This way, everyone can concentrate on what he or she does best, and all non-value-adding activities can be automated.

But in order to work together seamlessly, all systems involved must be able to talk to each other, in the same language and without detours. Zaikio provides the platform and the tools to make this possible. And that for all printers and all participants in the supply chain. Clear the stage for a Zaikio Account and the Zaikio Hub.

One identity

At Zaikio, the people and their identity come first and foremost. That's why there is the Zaikio Account. This personal and free account is the ticket to all connected systems and apps on the Zaikio platform. With it, every user can log into all integrated systems and join as many organisations as he or she likes or create new organisations via the Zaikio Hub.

Infinite possibilities

The lynchpin of business relationships is formed by associations of individual users, known to us as organisations. An organisation can be anything: a printing company, a software studio, a supplier; generally any kind of company.

In our Zaikio Hub such an organization can now be linked to other systems. This can be inventory software running on-premise or new apps offered by our software partners through our in-house App Store. We make sure that these systems can talk and exchange data seamlessly. This is how a vendor-independent and affordable end-to-end integration finally becomes possible.



In the next article you will learn more about how data exchange between different systems works with our product Mission Control.

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