Are you willing to pay for another Microsoft subscription?

Microsoft announced it was going to reorganize its Office Groups. Julie Larson-Green, Microsoft’s chief experience officer for applications and services group (who taught herself coding), said in an interview that Microsoft wants its customers to “focus on tasks not tools.” To explain that a bit farther, it appears that Microsoft intends to combine Word, PowerPoint,…

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Business Intelligence Digest – April, 2016

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Business Intelligence Digest – May 2016

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Business Intelligence Digest – June 2016

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When Technology Actually Does Make Your Life Easier! (Or … The True Definition of a Solution!)

As a frequent traveler (for the last six years I have average over 200 days of travel per year – I think this qualifies me as a frequent traveler), I often encounter technology, which is supposed to make life easier, but is in reality just a way for a company to reduce costs and streamline…

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Smartphones Drop in Value Faster Than Cars

An article states that smartphones lose half of their value in a month. Cars, as a comparison, tend to lose only 20 percent of their value in a year after being driven off the lot. iPhones tend to retain their value better than Android devices as the iPhone 4 was found to retain 39 percent…

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Business Intelligence Digest – May 2016

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Business Intelligence Digest – April, 2016

Download the Business Intelligence Digest – April 2016! Enjoy all the articles that we published in April … in one convenient PDF document.

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What’s the Current Situation with OEM App Stores?

According to a recent report, it appears that Microsoft is building a business app store. Apparently the company put a test version of the store called “AppSource.” It intends to use this store “to help businesses find additional software that augments” its current software products like Power BI. Since this is a pretty big deal,…

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Headline Rollup for June 30, 2016

Adobe forms consortium for secured cloud-based digital signatures With an aim to taking digital signatures mainstream, software major Adobe announced the Cloud Signature Consortium — a group comprised of industry and academic organisations committed to building a new open standard for cloud-based digital signatures across mobile and web. According to Adobe, this will bring the world’s…

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2D, 3D, and 4D printing?

In a TED (Technology, Education, and Design) talk, Skylar Tibbits, Head of MIT’s Self-Assembly Laboratory, discussed what is known as “4D Printing.” Come on now, we just got used to 3D printing and now someone has come out with 4D printing? 4D printing is pretty much in an experimental stage, but because of its potential,…

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Lexmark to Hold a Special Meeting of Shareholders

Lexmark has released its invitation to a special meeting of its shareholders for July 22, 2016 (see Figure 1). At that meeting shareholders will be asked to vote on the proposal “to adopt the Agreement and Plan of Merger” with Lexmark, several LLCs and Apex Technology. Lexmark provided the Securities and Exchange Commission Schedule 14A,…

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Headline Rollup for June 28, 2016

Jeff Jacobson to Become CEO of Xerox Corporation Following Completion of Separation Xerox announced today that its board of directors appointed Jeff Jacobson to be chief executive officer of Xerox Corporation following the completion of the company’s planned separation into two publicly traded companies. Jacobson currently serves as president of Xerox Technology and will continue…

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Does the Global Urban Population Lack Internet Access?

A study by the Wireless Broadband Alliance found that 57 percent of the global urban population remained unconnected to broadband Internet, with 37 percent living in some of the world’s wealthiest cities. Europe has the lowest percentage of urban unconnected at 17 percent while the Middle East and Africa has the highest proportion of urban…

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Headline Rollup for June 23, 2016

Epson to Acquire Italian Textile Printer Manufacturing Company Robustelli Epson Group company Epson Italia S.p.A. has agreed with the Robustelli family to acquire 100% of the capital of Fratelli Robustelli S.r.l. (“Robustelli”), a leader in the textile printing industry. The agreement aims to drive synergies and further increase customer value by expanding the scope of…

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What’s Not in a Name?

A recent blog post by Xerox vice president and chief marketing officer, John Kennedy, gave his viewpoint of the name generated for the new Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) company that will be split off as of January 1, 2017. He explained the strategy and the mission that inspired the name. In addition, the current Xerox…

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Canon Information & Imaging Solutions is Expanding

Canon’s imaging solutions group is 5 years old and growing In 2011 Canon announced Canon Information and Imaging Solutions (CIIS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Canon USA. Upon the launch, Photizo Group (PG) spoke with the small CIIS team to find that this endeavor was a risky move for Canon but needed to help usher…

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Headline Rollup for June 21, 2016

EFI secures first textile software acquisition EFI has boosted its textile portfolio with the acquisition of 2D/3D fashion design and prototyping software developer Optitex. Partner Profile: From Hardware Reseller To Reaper Of Recurring Revenue Southern Solutions went from being a local reseller that sold only Xerox printers and copiers to one of the printer vendor’s…

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Imaging Industry Financial Structure

Imaging Industry Financial Structure Revenue and Operating Income Provides an Objective View IN the 2006-2007 timeframe, Photizo Group consulted with various Wall Street hedge funds. After several sessions with these funds, it became apparent the questions that were being asked required more in-depth research. It was decided that Photizo needed a report on financial profitability…

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What does Ashok Vemuri Bring to the new Xerox BPO Company as CEO?

On June 14, Xerox announced the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) company after the separation. Vemuri will join Xerox on July 1 as CEO of Xerox Business Services and executive vice president of Xerox until the separation is complete. Vemuri has served in leadership positions at Infosys; worked in…

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Headline Rollup for June 16, 2016

Xerox Announces New Business Process Outsourcing Company Will Be Named “Conduent”; Document Technology Company Will Retain the Xerox Brand Xerox (NYSE: XRX) today announced the names of the new companies that will be created following the completion of its separation into two publicly traded companies. The Business Process Outsourcing company will be named “Conduent, Inc.”…

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Will Your Next Printer be an Inkjet?

Several years ago, business inkjets were not the most popular device in an office. Managed print services for medium-to-large corporations all but did away with personal printers and most of them were business inkjets or small laser printers. But there has been a resurgence of inkjets. There are several reasons that business inkjets are appealing…

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Imaging Industry Financials Under Major Pressure

Photizo Group follows the earnings for selected OEMs (Xerox, Canon, Lexmark, Ricoh, Konica Minolta, and HP) and reports on the results on a quarterly basis. Every once in a while, Photizo develops a synopsis of these company earnings to learn about imaging industry trends related to company revenue and operating income by viewing year-to-year (YtY)…

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Microsoft Spends $26.2 Billion For Your Personal Data

On June 13, Microsoft announced the acquisition of LinkedIn. The social networking site data will be used to expand Microsoft Office and Office365 with your digital resume, jobs currently available, skills needed for these jobs, and the Lynda.com software which can provide training in those skills. LinkedIn is active in over 200 countries with 433…

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Headline Rollup for June 14, 2016

Best Drupa Since 2000 – KBA: Print Makes a Strong Comeback Claus Bolza-Schünemann, CEO and president of Koenig & Bauer (KBA) and Drupa president 2016, announced a decidedly positive closing verdict on this year’s industry’s leading trade show which closed its doors on 10 June after eleven days and some 260,000 visitors. “Print in all…

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Headline Rollup for June 9, 2016

drupa Continues Proven 4-Year Cycle drupa, the world’s largest and most important trade fair for print and crossmedia solutions, will continue its proven four-year cycle and take place again in Düsseldorf, Germany from June 23 -July 3, 2020. With this decision Messe Düsseldorf is responding to the numerous requests by the exhibiting industry. Xerox launches…

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Where are you going to spend your marketing dollars?

After reviewing Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends 2016 report, a reader could rationalize that social media is on the ‘hockey-stick’ growth pattern. For example, the number of photos shared on Snapchat, Facebook (FB), FB Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp has increased from 300 million in 2012 to over 3 billion in 2015, a 120 percent compound annual…

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What’s Next on the Horizon with Landa?

At Drupa 2012, Mr. Benny Landa showed prototypes of nanography-based presses.   Now four years later, at Drupa 2016, the company actually demonstrated a number of pre-production cut-sheet and web presses. A brief history might be needed: Landa lead the development of the Indigo press. Fifteen years ago Hewlett Packard acquired the company. According to Landa,…

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Toshiba Pushes Digital Signage as a Channel Opportunity

Ideas and Initiatives Part of a Successful LEAD 2016 Conference  Photizo Group attended Toshiba’s annual partner and customer conference in Las Vegas on May 16-19. This year brought a change with America Business Solutions and Global Commerce Solutions combining the LEAD and Connect events to demonstrate the synergies available from the two Toshiba companies. Photizo…

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Headline Rollup for June 7, 2016

Report finds wide-format ink market growing he opening up of new markets driven by developments in hardware will mean faster growth for the wide-format ink market, according to imaging industry market researcher Photizo Group. Kodak partners with Komori, Konica Minolta, Landa and Ricoh to add its Prinergy workflow Kodak has now integrated its Kodak Prinergy…

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