HP to Acquire Provider of Cloud-Based Print Workflow Solutions

HP Inc. reported today that as part of its continued focus on driving digital printing growth, it’s agreed to acquire OneFlow Systems, a provider of cloud-based print workflow solutions based in the United Kingdom, for an undisclosed sum.

The acquisition, which is subject to customary closing conditions, is said to continue HP’s focus on providing industry-leading solutions to customers and commercial printers using HP presses, HP Indigo, and HP PageWide Industrial printing systems.

HP also says that OneFlow Systems has been an important HP partner, working closely with the company to co-develop a suite of simple to use features such as the HP PrintOS Site Flow apps and API, designed end-to-end to make online print ordering simple. These features are said to help commercial printers easily manage thousands of short-run, personalized jobs from submission to shipment on presses such as the HP T240 PageWide Web Press, HP PageWide Web Press T480 HD, HP Indigo 7900 and Indigo 6900 presses, and HP Indigo 12000 digital presses.

First demonstrated at drupa 2016 and based on insights from publishers and book printers, HP also worked with OneFlow Systems to develop HP Piazza, a pioneering suite of cloud-based services designed to reinvent book publishing and distribution designed for a “print to order, direct to consumer” model, while holding zero inventory.

 Santi Morera, general manager and global head of HP’s Graphics Solutions Business, commented: “The demand for simple, scalable, on-demand printing continues to grow with publishers and brands, and the addition of OneFlow Systems underscores a massive productivity opportunity for commercial printers. OneFlow Systems complements our industry-leading workflow automation solutions and will help us continue to drive digital print momentum for customers.”

Designed to simplify print production, HP Site Flow and developer API is said to be driving order and volume growth for HP customers, working across industries and with brands of all sizes. It enables commercial printers to save time and costs and unlock new business opportunities by routing orders between sites and printing closest to the end delivery point.

HP Piazza, a publisher catalog for managing virtual inventory of print-ready content, enables customers to accelerate time to market, reduce costs and increase flexibility. Bridging the worlds of book publishing and digital book printing, the Piazza platform focuses on the needs of publishers in a world where short-run digital production is an everyday reality.

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