Ananth Bala

Work History

Work History
Aug 2006 - Dec 2009

Manufacturing-IT Systems Engr


Solutions Analyst responsible for analysis and development of solutions and business process for production-IT. Participated in the entire lifecycle of projects related to initial concept, business requirement development, gap analysis, operation design and testing process. Engaged with system integrators, business and project managers, outsource developers and key stakeholders to understand business needs, brainstorm/visualize new ideas, implement process changes, document procedures and assist with production issues.

·Managed production systems consolidation and migration with end goal of reducing production workflow footprint by 40% and increasing efficiency by identifying synergies within the enterprise and serving as subject matter expert for the business.

·Increased full-color production volume by 40% by analyzing processes and revamping production workflow along with adding automation capability for incoming orders (via web2print).

·Enhanced personal check product offerings and process efficiency by advising system modifications and feature change during platform redesign, migration to all digital process and use web-based output files management.

·Assist with troubleshooting and analysis of issues relating to workflow and processes within Production-IT, device verification tools and fail-safe mechanisms with order flow to reduce customer complaints and increase uptime.

·Developed training modules and standard operating procedures for processes and systems using collaborative technologies in order to effectively transition systems support reducing group’s support responsibilities.

·Facilitated the collaboration between business and development teams with enhancement features, workflow changes and on-going support for enterprise composition/imposition platform

·Streamlined production codebase by establishing a version control infrastructure, documenting various workflow processes and playing an active role in transforming development lifecycle.

·Translated business requirements into technical specifications for an end-to-end solution migration from physical hardware to virtualized platform.

·Researched software solutions for enterprise common imposition by eliciting business needs, capabilities, review vendor quotes and pricing, SWOT analysis, solution matrix and presented findings to senior management.

·Developed a workflow proposal for printing custom checks using digital printing platform including start-up costs, order volume forecasting and revenue projections.

Jun 2001 - Dec 2006

Digital Printing Engr


Principal Printing engineer for Digital Systems group, responsible for Enterprise Digital Printing Platform across multiple production locations providing end-to-end solutions advice. Interact with marketing/sales, manufacturing operations, external vendors and consultants to capture business needs, review key initiatives and research potential solutions for the enterprise. Actively participated in industry seminars, user group meetings to review new technologies and engaged with internal partners to determine solution feasibility.

·Played a key role in putting to practice a dynamic variable data print Shared Services architecture for the enterprise with a reported in increase in profit

·Assist with design and development of workflow process for 1:1 marketing of holiday greeting cards using Digital technology and using mailing services.

·Increased operation efficiency and processing by facilitating implementation of new automation technologies stock barcode configuration, job-ticket automation, load balancing and Push based Output Management.

·Served as technical consultant for development and implementation of web-based application to manage Output files for high volume variable data printing operation.

·Managed successful post-acquisition strategy for Safeguard Business Systems by co-coordinating integration of manufacturing operations, IT infrastructure and enhancing production capabilities.

·Reduced waste and simplified processing of full-color orders by analyzing value-stream for the entire process and assist with process changes, application automation along with verification prior to shipping.

·Collaborated with various business units in the design and development of workflow for personalized mailing labels using variable data printing, digital printing and address verification.

·Designed a proof-to-print (color managed) process workflow for Composition/Design departments using EPSON wide-format Inkjet, EFI Colorproof solution which resulted into 90% production print accuracy and reducing waste.

Mar 2001 - May 2001

Quality Assurance Analyst

The New York Times
Coordinate production and quality control aspect of newspaper printing operation. Validate press proof-to-print accuracy, create color profiles, monitor print runs, track and report print defects.
Jan 2001 - Apr 2001

Prepress Consultant

Gray Graphics Corp
Provide technical expertise for a project involving prepress IT infrastructure modernization an design pilot involving MIS for production dept and improve production quality control. • Developed a comprehensive BHR template for Digital, Conventional, Prepress processes and Estimation guidelines for orders. • Coordinated installation and pilot testing for EFI MIS system and compile summary report.
Aug 1999 - Sep 2000

Graduate Research Intern-CIMS PRINT

CIMS Print-Printing Applications Lab
Performed test for substrate printing consumables and digital media evaluations, product development and benchmarking, Process Measurement and Control and Press simulation. • Facilitated printability, runnability substrate tests and ink-present settings for Indigo and Xeikon Digital printers. • Developed Printing Process Measurement and Control for Press-fingerprinting exercise on Harris web press.


2004 - 2009

Business and Technology Courses

Harvard Extension School

Course work in Business management, Operations and Technology.

1994 - 1998


Manipal Institute of Technology

B.S in Applied Printing Technology.

Focus on: Premedia, Print imaging Hardware, Security Printing

@ Internship at Manipal Security Press

@ Internship at Times on India Newpaper production division




Methodologies: RAD (Rapid application development), Knowledge of UML and RUP (Rational Unified Process), Issue/Bug tracking, Change Management, Configuration management, Open Source software and System administration.

IT Tool Set

Tools: ERWIN4.0, MS Visio, MS Office, MS Project, Crystal Reports. Camtasia studio, content management and collaboration tools, CVS/Subversion Version control, Vmware virtualization.   Databases: MS Access, Oracle 8i, SQL Server, MYSQL, TOAD, Oracle SQL Developer, Data Modeling.   Operating Systems: Windows 2000/XP/Server 2003, Mac OS X, LINUX, FreeBSD and Solaris; Admin tools.   Languages: C, SQL, Java, CSS, PHP, XML, XSL, Perl, HTML, Scripting, knowledge of Web2.0/RIA technologies.


Print publishing skills:   VDP, 1:1 marketing, Digital Print hardware and frontend RIP’s, color management, knowledge of MIS integration, Postscript and PDF PDL, InDesign and QuarkXpress, Barcode technologies, Address verification and Mailing, Imposition/Composition systems and tools.


Summary of Qualifications: • Senior-level technical specialist with 9 years of experience in expertise in digital print technologies, VDP/cross-media workflows and high volume manufacturing operations. Proven track record in streamlining manufacturing processes using solution design and automation to enhance operational efficiency and productivity. • Strong foundation in software development methodologies, web technologies, systems hardware and integration, problem solving and debugging. Experience in product pilot and on boarding, technical project planning management, business analysis and requirements. • Organized team player and skilled at building relationships across the organization and work closely with internal and external customers get right value proposition. Goals: • Foster growth in print manufacturing using advances in technology, innovation and human capital. • Design and Implement practical solutions that demonstrate business improvement by increased revenue growth and operational effectiveness.


Business Systems Professsional with Strong Manaufacturing/Print/IT Experience


Open Souce Technologies and Software;  Adhoc Tech events, social networking and collabration;

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