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  • MIS/MOS Management System Coices

    Posted by Peter Bedford on March 12, 2024 at 7:49 am

    Hi, we are a medium sized sign, digital print, engraving & clothing business with upto 15 people. Started more than 40 years ago and Since 2008 we have our own inhouse written MIS software but as this is proving difficult to get updated we had decided to investigate Management Systems. Due to the contracts and high on going costs I am keen to hit the the right choice first time & not buy into a 3 legged donkey. Has anyone possibly any personal experiance in selecting an MOS/MIS if so I would be pleased to hear your comments and what systems are available. We are at the moment looking at Clarity, Print EPS & Glide (Glidenow), any imput will be gratefully received.

    Peter Bedford replied 3 months, 1 week ago 3 Members · 4 Replies
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  • David Hammond

    March 13, 2024 at 2:18 pm

    I’ve been using Clarity since 2014.

    Back then we had a couple of calc wizards etc – We got rid of those as I found it wasn’t all that great, and some silly prices coming out, in the end we just use their assembly, or pricing wizards which works well, and gives me a great overview of cost.

    I have it integrated into our file server, and I can access artwork back to 2014 at the click of a button, since ditching paper records a few years ago, I keep notes of colours etc in the software too, and it works well for repeat orders.

  • RobertLambie

    March 14, 2024 at 1:25 am

    Hi Peter

    I have been in your exact position a number of times over the years. by that I mean, I have my own dedicated software for tracking our jobs which I had created for me.

    I can update ours, my gripe was I wanted “integrated” pricing and the ability to connect my accounts software “Sage”. Clarity state this and more is possible! but it is a clunky, limited and expensive ride and after several phone calls and screen share demonstrations, I decided against it, and I am glad I did.

    I know multiple companies on UKSB use clarity, @DavidHammond being one of them, and I am sure the Signs Express franchise group uses it too, amongst many others, so “they” can’t all be wrong! But for me, what I have had in place for many years now works great, it’s a no-brainer to use, can have any number of staff using it, didn’t cost much to set up and I own it.

    There are several other sign pricing and job tracking software on the go, ShopVOX being one of them. probably nearer “the real deal” as far as I have heard, but compared to what??
    ShopVOX was expensive and a U.S.-based company, I think. And you cannot own it.

    Doing all this from memory, it was about 18 months ago I had the Clarity demonstrations. So I’ll maybe pipe in again a bit later once I start to remember bits and pieces.

    • Peter Bedford

      March 14, 2024 at 7:23 am

      And thank you Robert, apologies if thanking the wrong person in the wrong reply space, I haven’t mastered the the site yet. Pete B.

  • Peter Bedford

    March 14, 2024 at 7:20 am

    Thank you David

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