Cal Poly Graphic Communication Department announced the installation of JOBZ! software that will be used to educate future leaders in the printing, publishing and imaging industry. JOBZ! was donated by Carpe Data, a publisher of workflow software for printing sales, management and production applications.
"JOBZ! will be integrated into curriculum for the department's University Graphic Systems (UGS) laboratory," said Harvey Levenson, department head of Cal Poly's Graphic Communication Department. "UGS is a student-run and -managed, faculty-advised, full-service printing and publishing company, including graphic design and web development. UGS is part of the experiential curriculum at Cal Poly where students learn 'real world' applications that make them immediately valuable to employers upon graduation. We are grateful for the support that Carpe Data has provided."
The new software will enable the UGS staff of to organize their workflow, from an initial Request for Estimate to the final Billing Draft, providing access and transparency throughout the product's manufacturing cycle, including status reports and schedule updates.
"The students need a way to track jobs and customer information, and process paperwork as much as any other printing company," said Jim Taylor, president of Carpe Data and developer of JOBZ! "We're very happy to help them out.
"The fact is, University Graphic Systems is a microcosm of the real world, with all the same issues," said Taylor. "You have customers, both on- and off-campus, that you need to keep track of and communicate with. And you have jobs, lots of jobs, that all need specifying, and pricing, and quoting, and work orders and changes, and you need to know what's ready for press today, and all those kinds of things."