Dalim Software, makers of highly efficient, scalable software solutions for the creation, production and management of cross-media content, announces that their recently concluded US DUO (Dalim Users Organization) meeting at the Aria Hotel in Las Vegas was a resounding success. Turnout exceeded attendance from 2010, and the wide range of presenters and topics offered an extensive overview of industry trends and product updates. Highlights included a keynote presentation from Dr. Michael Esposito, Senior Vice President of Operations and Digital Production, American Media, and a field trip to Creel Printing. In addition, DJ Gressmen of Creel Printing was appointed president of DUO, while Paul Giaime, prepress technology manager of JWT New York was elected DUO vice president.
"From the feedback we received from many of our colleagues, the consensus was that the meeting was very informative and provided a forum for users to share ideas on how to maximize business opportunities," remarks Gressmen. "I want to thank Rob Pepe of TheLabNYC for his leadership and guidance as past President of DUO, and welcome Paul Giaime of J. Walter Thompson, who will be joining me as DUO Vice President. We look forward to developing great plans and programs for our 2012 meeting."
"As a first time attendee of US DUO annual conference, I was impressed by the diversity of both my fellow DALIM SOFTWARE users and the conference presenters. The group as a whole provided me with insight to future possibilities," comments Giaime. "The US DUO meeting was well worth attending. Thanks to all who put this together. I hope to help in this coming year's successful US DUO conference to match the usefulness of this year's conference."
As always, the meeting kicked off with a presentation from Dr. Carol Werlé, DALIM SOFTWARE CEO, offering DALIM SOFTWARE's product strategy and media production vision for the future. Dr. Michael Esposito's keynote, 'Anticipating change through automation' followed. It explained how publishing and print has dealt with external technology and economic factors in the past, and how digital automation can help forge success in the future.
"As a first-time attendee of the Dalim User Organization conference, I found the meeting to be extremely helpful. Being exposed to different organizations, as well as a cross-section of many individuals, was very useful," observes Michael Weinglass, Director of Customer Solutions at RR Donnelley (NYC). "I was impressed with the knowledge level of many of the presenters and the agenda was very well thought out. It was especially helpful to 'get under the hood' and learn more about the Dalim products."
A unique highlight was a field trip to Creel Printing, which followed a presentation by Allan G. Creel, President, Creel Printing. Mr. Creel discussed how state of the art technology was utilized -- and the business benefits reaped -- at Creel.
Other highlights of the meeting included presentations by:
* Dennis Warlick, Vice President Strategic Technologies, Deutsch: View from the agency perspective
* Stephen Hart, Senior Publishing Consultant - Adobe Systems
* John Sweeney, Vice President of Business Development, Fine Eye Color: Multi-channels marketing challenges
* David Steinhardt, President and Chief Executive Officer, IDEAlliance: Moving Beyond the page as we know it
A series of presentations from DALIM SOFTWARE covered roadmaps and upcoming new developments for TWIST and MISTRAL (How to boost your PDF Workflow), DIALOGUE Engine (One step ahead in approval workflows), and ES2 (Build your business process). Other general presentations offered an introduction to automation in multi-channel production and industrializing e-media production. As always 'Tips and Tricks' and 'Ask the Engineer' were well received.
USDUO followed on the footsteps of its successful European counterpart, Euro DUO, which was held from March 22-23 in the palace in Chantilly, near Paris. Attendees from eleven different countries participated, meeting peers, sharing ideas, and forging new business relationships. While much of the product content was similar to that of US DUO, two sessions from guest presenters stood out. Joe Cha of HIPZONE discussed multichannel delivery, taking print content from PDF files and converting them to e-pubs. Ulbe Jelluma of the Print Power consulting group, in 'The Future of Print is Interactive', argued that print providers have to make print more actively involved for its readers with QR codes or digital inks, for example. "While print is certainly important for DALIM SOFTWARE, we want to help our customers move into the 21st century with new communication technologies," explains Dr. Werlé.
"The meeting was very informative and very well organized and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. I found the presentation on ES software to be especially enlightening," concludes Paul Foley, director of operations, Gloss Studio. "The meeting was definitely worthwhile attending."
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