Personnel Changes in March/April 2015

Executive level promotions and moves for the months of March and April 2015.

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Personnel Changes in January/February 2015

Executive level promotions and moves for the months of January and February 2015.

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Konica Minolta Business Solutions Partners with Clover on Toner

Konica Minolta Business Solutions and Clover have announced a partnership that represents an expansion of an existing relationship between the two companies. Very little is said about the contents of the partnership in the news release except that “the partnership will make Clover a strategic toner supplier for Konica Minolta.” We speculate that the partnership might involve two components: manufacturing toner supplies for Konica Minolta and delivery of supplies to Konica Minolta’s customers.

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OKI Data Aims to Attract with ES8473

OKI Data Americas recently released its newest A3 color multifunction printer (MFP), the ES8473 that replaces the CX2633. To be sold through the BTA channel, the model comes in three configurations: the base configuration, and two floor standing configurations: the ES8473c and ES8473x. On April 28, OKI Data Americas also announced the availability of three…

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Can Xerox Drive Results with Next Generation of MPS?

On April 28, 2015 Xerox announced a bevy of new solutions and services in what it calls the “Next Generation of MPS.” The recently realigned Large Enterprise Operations (LEO) group, now reporting up through Xerox Services, has made some noteworthy additions to, as well as done some notable repackaging of, its portfolio to complement a new approach in how the company will serve its customers.

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Weak Yen Boosts Ricoh Sales Overall, but Domestic Sales Suffer

On April 28, 2015, Ricoh Company, Ltd. (Ricoh) announced its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2015 earnings. Fourth quarter sales were ¥602.1 billion ($5.06 billion), a decline of 1.9 percent year-to-year (YTY). 2015 fiscal year sales were ¥2,231.9 billion ($18.76 billion), an increase of 1.7 percent YTY. Operating profit for the fiscal year was ¥115.7…

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Xerox Seeks to Drive Results with Innovation

On April 28, 2015, Xerox announced a bevvy of new solutions and services in what it calls the Next Generation of MPS. In the face of continued financial headwinds, will this drive results?

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Lexmark Seeks to Build An Increasingly Predictable Business

On April 28, 2015, Lexmark announced its first quarter 2015 earnings. Performance showed a decrease in total revenue of 3 percent year-to-year (YTY). Excluding the Inkjet Exit revenue, core revenue was approximately flat YTY. Enterprise Software (formerly Perceptive Software before rebranding) and MPS revenue grew 13 percent YTY, with MPS revenue growing 3 percent YTY…

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Despite First Quarter Decline, Canon Presents Rose-Colored 2015 Outlook

On April 27, 2015, Canon reported its first quarter 2015 results. Consolidated net sales for the quarter were $7.1 billion (a decline of 1.3 percent year-to-year (YTY)). Gross profit for the quarter increased 1.6 percent YTY. Canon has been focused on cutting costs through previous quarters to optimize profits with falling revenues. One reason for…

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Xerox Lowers Full Year Guidance on Back of “Difficult” First Quarter

On April 24, 2015, Xerox announced its first quarter 2015 earnings. Total revenue for the quarter was reported as $4.5 billion, down six percent year-to-year (YTY). Xerox adjusted its 2015 full year guidance based on the lower-than-expected Services margins, lowering earnings per share (EPS) by $0.05, to range between $0.95 and $1.01. Other factors that…

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Healthcare Industry Move/ Acquisition Rollup

In the medical industry, 2014 saw an increase in the number of mergers and acquisitions. According to Daily Record, within the healthcare industry alone, $438 billion in deals had been announced by November 2014, making 2014 one of the biggest years for acquisitions since before the financial crisis hit in 2007. Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs)…

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Who Wants to Take on Facebook?

HP has announced it will sell Snapfish to District Photo, including its technology assets and employees. Meanwhile, Canon Europe has stated it will purchase London-based photo sharing startup Lifecake.

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MakerBot Fallen on Hard Times

Long a favorite of 3D printing enthusiasts, MakerBot has generally been seen as something of a poster child for the home 3D printing movement since its founding in 2009. In 2013, Stratasys acquired MakerBot for $403 million. Now, however, MakerBot has experienced a downturn in sales, forcing it to downsize (laying off up to 20…

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Channel Flunks Trustmark Test, CompTIA Goes Back to Basics

CompTIA introduces new Business Fundamentals Trustmark due to a 30 percent pass rate. Are Trustmarks too hard or is CompTIA just lowering the bar?

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Imaging Executives Meet with the Goal of Disrupting their Own Industry – May 13 & 14, New Orleans

Photizo Group’s new, executive meeting, Navigator is staged to draw executives and leaders from around the globe for two days of unconventional education, high-powered networking, and significant discussion, with the intention of driving disruption and innovation into the industry. Monotype, MSE, Print Audit, and Wipro are among the sponsors leading the way in innovation by…

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Cost Per Page for Select Monochrome Laser Multifunction Printers

CONTEXT World Limited These charts from Context show the cost per page for selected monochrome (mono) laser multifunction printers (MFPs) in France, Germany, and the United Kingdom for March 2014 to February 2015. All cost per page data is presented in local currency (the euro for France and Germany and the British pound for the…

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Monochrome Laser Multifunction Printer Market Share

CONTEXT World Limited These charts from Context show the market share for selected monochrome laser multifunction printers in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom for February 2014 to January 2015. For more information, contact Context at www.contextworld.com.   Photizo’s View Although it is difficult to draw conclusions from shipment market share as shown…

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New HP Logo: A Box by Any Other Name…

In recent news, Meg Whitman, CEO, Hewlett-Packard, unveiled Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s new logo-to-be. What do we think about it?

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Monochrome Laser Multifunction Printer Market Share

These charts from Context show the market share for selected monochrome laser multifunction printers in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom for February 2014 to January 2015. For more information, contact Context at www.contextworld.com. Photizo’s View Although it is difficult to draw conclusions from shipment market share as shown on a month-by-month basis…

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Street Prices for Monochrome Laser Multifunction Printers

These charts from Context show street prices in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom for monochrome laser multifunction printers (MFPs) from March 2014 to February 2015. All prices are in local currency (euro for France, Germany, Italy, and Spain and the British pound for the United Kingdom). For more information, contact Context at…

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Samsung Aims for Growth with Acquisitions

Samsung has hit some speed bumps recently, reporting its first annual profit decline in three years as contributions from its mobile division plummeted on competition from low-cost Chinese smartphone makers at one end of the market and Apple at the other. Results for the first quarter of 2015, to be announced at the end of the month, are also expected to decline. Nevertheless, Samsung’s actions show it is not planning to stay down for long. In addition to reorganizing their U.S. operations this January, the company has indicated that it intends to focus on growth in 2015, including acquisitions. An overview of Samsung’s recent acquisition activity show it already on that path. Recent major wins for the company include PrinterOn, Simpress, and LoopPay.

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Paperwork Impedes Patient Healthcare- Sometimes on Purpose

A Ricoh Americas study found that hospital patients reported that the impact of paperwork on their care was that they spent less time with their healthcare worker, felt less connected, and many would rather use the internet for non-life threatening medical issues to avoid the burden of paperwork. Respondents also felt that hospitals that used…

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Samsung’s PrinterOn Huffs and Puffs, but Doesn’t Blow BreezyPrint Down

San Francisco-based BreezyPrint, a startup creator of a cloud printing system for mobile devices, recently successfully faced off against Samsung subsidiary PrinterOn in a legal suit brought by PrinterOn alleging infringement of four patents.

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Konica Minolta Acquisition Rollup

Under Konica Minolta’s medium-term, five-year business plan, “Transform 2016,” the company has sought to accelerate growth through the end of fiscal year 2016 (March 2017). A major portion of this plan has been to concentrate corporate investments into high-growth business areas in order to drive diversification and corporate growth. One method to achieve these goals…

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Many Americans Are Dependent on Smartphones for Internet Access

The Pew Research Center conducted a telephone survey of 2,002 American adults between October and December 2014. Nearly two thirds (64 percent) of respondents stated that they owned a smartphone, while 15 percent said that they had a smartphone and had “limited” access to the Internet from other sources. Ten percent of survey participants stated…

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Konica Minolta Expands in India With Acquisition of Printer Distributor

Konica Minolta will acquire Monotech Systems’ digital printing equipment business for ¥1 billion and move to a direct sales framework.

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Naverisk Acquisition Positions ECi for Managed Services Convergence

On April 2, ECi acquired Naverisk Limited, a IT RMM company. Is ECi setting the stage for the eventual convergence of managed services delivery?

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IBM Makes Big Stake in Internet of Things Playground

On March 31, IBM announced that it will create a new Internet of Things (IoT) division and invest $3 billion over the course of four years. The company said it will have more than 2,000 consultants, researchers, and developers working on IoT and the analytics that goes with it. The IoT move will set IBM…

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