We Can't Wait for JDF
Before I rant, a qualification. Besides being a computer systems integration company providing digital prepress solutions, Blanched Systems is a shareholder in Dalim Software, a member of CIP4, the organization behind the JDF.
In fact, Dalim Software CTO Jacques Thiebauld sits on the CIP4 advisory board. We at Blanchard Systems understand JDF. We believe in JDF. And we can't wait until the entire industry is connected.
But that's the point. We can't wait. The promise of JDF is significant. It will allow disparate tools, such as design software, preflighting, and order entry, to work together.
From when a photographer snaps a photo, through editorial copy, printing, and shipping, data about project specifications and the manufacturing process will pass through JDF-driven hardware and software.
People in the middle won't have to reinvent job data every time. JDF will automate many prepress and printing processes.
So what's the problem? It's going to take time. This is a complex structure. There's a lot of design, prepress, print, postpress, and shipping operations to be coordinated. We have to wait until everyone on the JDF standards committee agrees on a complete working system, and vendors buy into the process.
It means upgrading all of our systems. Even for larger, prepared companies, the massive upgrade, one step at a time, will require patience.
My recommendation: Buy a system that's broader than JDF; a system that has flexibility to read and react to different forms of data, including but not limited to JDF. JDF represents the future of the industry, and has tremendous promise for integrating disparate systems.
But why wait? There are flexible systems that provide valuable integrated communications advantages right now, today, this second. These integrated automated workflow systems are saving our customers money every day.