Is IoT a concern to you?

According to a research report by a U.K. company called Zyme, the Internet of Things (IoT) could have a major impact on the ability to gain insights about customers. The report discussed key issues of collecting data, maintaining the security of data, the volume of data collected, and how best to interpret the data. Each…

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Nuance Continues Expansion of its Workflow Offerings

Our View Nuance’s press release shown below announces the company’s new OmniPage SDK that includes modules and APIs.  Nuance continues expansion of its workflow offerings by enhancing new SDK capabilities including a document classifier to categorize documents, an Intelligence Workflow Runner which optimizes OCR results and the Mixed Raster Content compression method which provides both…

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Paper Industry versus Government

Recently an article on WSJ.com reported that American mutual funds estimated their spend at $300 million yearly, destroying 2 million trees and sending out 440 million reports, which many recipients toss out. Regulators proposed the obvious, that certain records be available electronically. Despite the fact that this was the logical solution, notably the American Forest…

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Is Anyone Concerned That Baby Boomers are Retiring?

Most analysts in the printing and imaging industry have written about megatrends – trends that will probably affect the future of printing. Some of these are geopolitical instability, accelerating rate of change, and the millennial effect. (The millennial effect relates to those born between 1985-2005 that print very little). However, what has not been discussed as…

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What’s the Difference Between Predictive Maintenance and Preventive Maintenance?

Some companies abide by the saying, “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it.” In some cases this will work to a company’s advantage because it may not have to pay for expensive emergency repairs. However, with the technology available today (Internet of Things (IoT)) the age-old question needs to be revisited – do the hours…

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Upcoming 2016 Imaging Supplies Coalition Conference

Al Westerfield, President of the Imaging Supplies Coalition, has invited those in the imaging industry to the ISC’s upcoming conference to be held September 18-20, 2016 in San Diego, CA. Photizo supports the ISC mission and would ask that you consider this important event this year. Below is the invitation and more information concerning the…

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Lexmark Reports Q2 Loss – Sixth Loss in Last Seven Quarters

Lexmark International reported its second quarter 2016 on July 29, 2016 (see Figures 1 and Figure 2) below: Company revenue of $863 million (M) declined 2 percent Enterprise Software (ES) revenue of $165M, up 18 percent Imaging Solutions and Services (ISS) revenue of $698M, down 6 percent Higher Value Solutions (comprised of MPS and ES…

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Are you a millennial or ?

According to a recent article on adults receiving paper statements vs. online statements, only 6 percent of millennials (ages 18-25) get their credit card bills and statements in paper form. Those that are not millennials say they like their paper statements for record keeping or a reminder that a bill has to be paid. The…

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Scanning or digitizing?

Canon USA has been using the marketing slogan “Business Problems. Solved.” for several years now, especially related to one of its ‘Business Solutions’ for document capture and distribution. Most OEMs including Brother, HP, Lexmark, and Xerox have focused on reducing costs and boosting productivity through solutions related digitization of paper. Canon USA has developed an…

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Netflix and Instant Ink – what does the future hold?

Wired had an article titled “Netflix Added Way Fewer US Subscribers Than Anyone Expected.” Netflix is a subscription service as is HP’s Instant Ink. HP has touted it took Netflix 43 months to reach 1,000,000 paid subscribers and it took HP only 27 months to do the same with Instant Ink. What has occurred in…

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What’s Changing in the Workplace?

A recent Fast Company article provided some food for thought regarding workplace trends. Some of these are just beginning so the long-range effect has not been determined yet. Others have been around for a few years and seem to be taking hold. For instance, many companies have become “remote friendly,” however, from 2016 and into…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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HP Indigo Hits Homeruns with Cimpress and Shutterfly Deals

In only its second day at drupa 2016, HP’s deals with Cimpress (parent company of VistaPrint) and Shutterfly (previously owned by HP) have paid for its “largest exhibitor at drupa 2016” title. Shutterfly has leased 25 new HP Indigo 12000 Digital presses making this the “largest deal in the history of Indigo,” said Alon Bar-Shany,…

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2015 Smartphone Growth Slowed

A new report on the growth rate of smartphones in the United States showed a decline from 18.9 percent in 2014 to 9.6 percent in 2015. Despite the growth rate decline the number of smartphones increased from 208 million in 2014 to 228 million in 2015. Apple has been impacted by this slowing growth with…

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Is There a Reason Armor is Leading with Financial Incentives?

Armor, a laser cartridge remanufacturer in Europe, is marketing itself to resellers by stating that its Armor brand cartridges have higher margins than the margins available on OEM consumables. This financial incentive is one way that Armor is attracting the channel. Another way that Armor is positioning itself is as the responsible, higher quality but…

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Toshiba Features Digital Signage as Retail Opportunity

Expanded Product Fair Caps Off 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. The…

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Copyright Infringement Censoring Printer

IBM filed a patent on a printer that could stop a user from printing any text or images belonging to copyright holders. Legally, copyrights expire 70 years after publication or a small percentage of text. The printer would double-check files for copyright infringement before printing a document. The printer would check an external database to…

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Staples and Office Depot Antitrust in Amazon Age

In a recent New York Times article, the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) choice to block the Office Depot and Staples merger is based on the fact that companies and individuals do not purchase products, such as toner or ink, in the same way. Amazon serves as an effective competitor against brick and mortar stores for…

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Epson Seeking Greater Returns in China

In a recent article, Minoru Usui, Seiko Epson’s (Epson) President and CEO, said Epson was focusing on two key areas, “production and sales in China.” Usui went on to say that Epson is not only concerned about its traditional markets (inkjet printers, inkjet consumables, page printers, and toners), but also in new fields such as…

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Xerox Turns to 3D Printing to Transform

In the past, Xerox had participated in the 3D market but it appears that Xerox has focused on the now mature 3D printing market as a means to transform. Investors are putting clear pressure on Xerox after it announced its first quarter 2016 financial results. Xerox’s 3D printing ventures will be contained within its PARC…

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Another Use for Printers?

Children in a kindergarten class at a Montana elementary school were given the opportunity to take apart a broken printer as part of their free periods during the school year. Using tools such as screwdrivers assists them in use of fine motor skills as well as giving them the opportunity to explore and learn how…

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