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Ipex London Excel 24th March – 29th March 2014


Really looking forward to the Ipex Masterclasses running in special theatres during Ipex 2014.

Stuart Miller, Production Manager from Magenta Print & Display (Debenhams in-plant) will be presenting ‘Better Business – The Return on Investment from MIS’ in Theatre 2 on 25th March at 3.30pm.

Come along and hear how Magenta have worked with Optimus to create an integrated workflow which has significantly added value to their business.

Photo: Stuart Miller

Stuart Miller -  Production Manager Magenta Print & Display

KBA now distributor for Optimus MIS


Partnership for efficient print company organisation

KBA and the Optimus Group have announced a partnership relating to worldwide sales and distribution of management information systems (MIS) from Optimus. With effect from 1st March, press manufacturer KBA is to become a distributor for Optimus solutions such as Dash, Cloud and Cloud Mobile in the regions Western Europe, Asia-Pacific and USA/Canada. Further markets are expected to follow later.

Many sheet fed offset users around the world are interested in the capabilities of an integrated MIS, which can not only manage all its different substrates and processes, but also grows together with the company and its needs. Various KBA customers are already using Optimus systems, and they have gained a good reputation for their outstanding flexibility and user-friendly implementation. “We have already worked with other partners in this field in the past, and our customers can continue to rely on our openness and flexibility if they wish to integrate existing or new KBA Rapidas into their preferred MIS solutions. But when we recently decided to offer MIS solutions as part of a closed-loop workflow with our presses, Optimus was our first choice,” says Ralf Sammeck, KBA Vice President for the sheet fed product house.

Nicola Bisset, Group Managing Director for Optimus, adds: “We are really looking forward to the cooperation with such a renowned and future-oriented company. KBA possesses a broad, global customer base – also in countries in which we are not present to date. Our partnership is a fantastic opportunity to reach further potential customers for our MIS solutions. KBA is similar to Optimus in the way it places the customer’s needs in the foreground, and is well known for its excellent service. The cooperation with KBA will enable both sides to further strengthen their brand image and reputation.”

Photograph:

Nicola Bisset, Optimus Group Managing Director and Ralf Sammeck, KBA Vice President for Sheet Fed Product House 12th February 2014.

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Optimus release version 19.203.002 is now available


Optimus has just released version 19.203.002

To view what  new features and enhancements are included in this release please login to the secure customer area of our website www.optimus2020.com with your registered customer login details of username and password.

Select Customer Login

Enter your details

Select view latest release notes and/or previous release notes if you wish

If you have forgotten your login details please contact our support team on +441483 732600 or email helpdesk@optimus2020.com who will be happy to provide assistance.

To proceed with an upgrade to this release, which of course is free of charge for  all customers paying annual maintenance, please contact our support team who will be happy to arrange this for you or alternatively contact your  Business Manager for further discussion about the recent changes or if you require additional training or  to discuss procedural changes.

Optimus launch v19.202.000 with its new suite of icons


Each time we see a computer, a washing machine, a cell phone, or whatever device that needs a system for us to interact with, we see icons. Icons are a predominant and essential element in any user interface, and as such, their design is important. Optimus is very pleased to announce the launch of v19.202.000 with a whole new suite of icons.

The objectives

When given the brief for reviewing the “iconography” within Optimus there were two specific objectives:

1. Consistency of the icons throughout every single module

2. Clear, simple and easily to identify icons to assist training

The challenge

Effective design is to nail the essential characteristics of the object, reduce the idea only to its basics, so the icon is immediately recognized. In other words, it must be… ”iconic”

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What makes a home… “home”? is it the door? the porch? or the triangular shaped roof? Would you symbolize “home” with any other object besides a house?

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What makes a film camera recognizable? The lens? The matte box? The film load? To simplify the objects to their essential forms and shapes is subjective.

This was one of the most important issues we had to think about in our designing of the new icons. Designing an icon for the print function was certainly much easier than designing an icon to depict a material stock item.

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The results

Icon design is a compromise between clarity, aesthetics, and most importantly usability. It’s this usability that inspired us use colours throughout our icon design. We have already found this not only helps with the clear identification of the object, and its status it also helps with the menu icons to depict actions too.

The feedback we have received in the training room has been hugely positive so please discuss the new icons with your Business Manager before upgrading to v19.202.000 and we hope you enjoy the new look of Optimus.

Optimus Latinoamérica Expansion Continues!


Optimus, the leading ERP / MIS provider to the Graphic Communication Industry, is delighted to welcome new members to the Optimus Bogota Team.

Jairo Ernesto Riaño, has an Industrial Engineer degree, specialising in marketing and online business. Jairo has 23 years experience in the Graphic industry and has held senior management positions in various business units of the Carvajal Group SA.

Eder Mendez, has an Industrial Engineer degree, and a career spanning more than 10 years in the Graphic industry, developing and specialising in Management Systems. In recent years he has worked in companies such as Carvajal Group, SA solutions communicaton division.

Jaime Aperador, General Manager of Spain and Latinoamérica comments; “The experience and knowledge of Jairo Riaño and Eder Mendez will provide great value to our customers, reinforcing Optimus’s commitment to the Latin American Printing Industry, and ensuring we continue to provide first class services in every country in Latin América.”

Optimus 2020 Sistemas Latinoamérica SAS
Transversal 21 No 98-05
Bogota D.C.
ColombiaTel: + 57 311 894 62 90
Email: latam@optimus2020.com

The Optimus Christmas Party


Well folks for our Christmas and 30th Year birthday celebrations combined we decided to do something “a little different” this year!

For those of you who have no idea what “Donutting” is….. let me enlighten you.

It’s a bunch of erm….. I would say grown-ups but the evidence suggests it’s more appropriate to call them big kids….. who willingly climb into an inflatable rubber ring and race each other down an outdoor ski slope in the middle of an English winter!

It was freezing cold with a little rain which apparently helped with the speed one could hurtle down the slope and of course there was a competition held for the fastest teams. Well done to the winning teams!

It was brilliant fun and afterwards we had use of the cabin where there was food, cake, drinks, a little music and most importantly heating!!! The pictorial and video evidence is below.

May the whole team at Optimus wish our customers, prospects, partners and business associates a wonderful Christmas and a fabulous New Year.

Video 1 : Click here

Video 2:  Click here

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