By Neil Gleghorn, CEO, Kallik
It’s time to start telling you more about the most important deal that Kallik has made in our 14 year history – our fantastic new cloud-based service AMS 360Print that we’re rolling out in close collaboration with our partner, print management services leader Zebra Technologies, the global leader in barcode printing and real-time location system technology including printers, RFID, software and supplies.
We’re putting together a wide range of materials to start helping customers and partners, as well as the rest of the artwork and labelling community, understand what this means for the market. And I can’t think of a better place to start than this video [see here: http://www.mediabank.co.uk/Videos/Zebra/19422%20-%20Kallik%20-%20No%20GFX.mp4] that sets out some of the business drivers very well.
I’ve summarised the audio here – and I hope you have a couple of minutes to check it out!
Connectivity at the heart of what we both do
“The Kallik solution is a web-based cloud solution, managing content all to do with labelling. The most important thing about what Kallik does, in fact, is the creation and protection of the data, as well as ensuring that the data is actually used correctly.
“What we were looking for at Kallik was a way of connecting our cloud solution to multiple devices – regardless of geographic location around the world. And we came across the Zatar project within Zebra. And so Zatar, for us, is really a wide area network, in fact, a global network that allows us to connect things through it into the Kallik data.
“One of the key benefits here is making sure that that information is correct; if you get a product wrong, labelled wrong, it’s typically millions of pounds worth of cost. The other thing this Zatar is going to offer us as a vendor is helping customers with traceability – everything is in just one system. So joining those two things up will not only reduce risk for brands, it will also give enterprises a much better system so that they can be much more efficient and have a full, global audit trail.
“What this does for customers is offer major change in the way that they currently work, reducing complexity, reducing cost – and reducing the opportunity of getting it wrong. These are all excellent good reasons for us linking with Zatar.
In fact, working with the Zebra platform is really ultimately about extending the concept we have had for years here at Kallik about connectivity. Zebra thinks the same in many ways as we have since 2001 – about speed, about web services, cloud, rapid development, they think about Agile development In very similar ways to us, too.
“So to come across a platform that’s all about connecting things and being better together really is totally aligned with what we do in our business.”