Xerox and RR Donnelley – A perfect Marriage?

According to various news organizations Xerox would merge some aspects of RR Donnelley (RRD) with its copier, printer and related services business with the balance being folded into Xerox’s business process outsourcing services. Xerox and RRD are printing industry behemoths. Both are well-established companies with market caps of $9.6 billion (B) and $3.9B respectively. Xerox…

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Headline Rollup for July 14, 2016

Atos and Xerox Launch New Cloud-based Finance and Accounting Business Process as a Service Offering that Delivers Significant Savings BEZONs, France and UXBRIDGE, U.K. —   Atos, an international leader in digital services, and Xerox have launched a new cloud-based ‘Business Process as a Service’ (BPaaS) offering for clients streamlining their finance and accounting functions. Canon…

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Headline Rollup for July 12, 2016

Xerox in talks to buy financial printer RR Donnelley – sources Xerox Corp, which is on track to split into two companies by the end of the year, has been in talks to acquire financial printing firm RR Donnelley & Sons Co , according to two people familiar with the matter. The companies still have…

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Brexit – Don’t do it or Stocks will…

“Go to all time highs” June was a month filled with several big surprises for the financial markets. The first surprise came on June 15th when the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) suddenly changed course and decided to hold short-term interest rates firm. In the weeks leading up to this decision, Chair Janet Yellen had indicated…

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How Much do Teachers Spend Each Year on Copying and Printing?

Office Depot provided its findings of a survey conducted by the Center for College and Career Readiness that had 5,208 teacher respondents. Several interesting discoveries came forth from the survey: Teachers in the USA spend almost $4 billion every year to copy and print classroom materials, Each teacher spends up to $3,000 on printing, 60…

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Headline Rollup for July 7

10 HP Products that Changed History The OEM’s decades of innovations are said to have been revolutionary in influencing the world of technology. HP started out 78 years ago in a small “wooden Palo Alto garage” after its “first investment of $538” and has since grown into one the global leading technology companies, reported IT Pro.…

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Headline Rollup for July 5

21 Arrested in $126 million toner fraud scheme The Orange County Register has reported that an operation by federal agents and the Huntington Beach police department has resulted in the arrest of 21 people who were involved in a scheme to defraud charities and small businesses by posing as their toner supplier. HP Inc. Offers…

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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

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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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Will Ricoh Hire Israel?

Ricoh has a significant problem in Europe. Bev Cunningham, Ricoh Europe Senior Vice President, Human Resources, said she has an “aging workforce of 7,000 printer engineers” (service technicians). Most, if not all, of these technicians offer excellent customer service. However, printers and multifunction printers (MFPs) can be fixed remotely and because of this fewer technicians are…

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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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