News Byte: Konica Minolta Sales and Profit Up, Led by Business Technologies Segment

Konica Minolta, Inc. (KMI) reported its third quarter results for fiscal year 2015 on January 30, 2015. It reported net sales of ¥255.3 billion, an increase of ten percent year-to-year (YTY). Operating income was ¥16.2 billion, an increase of ten percent YTY. Net income was ¥7.3 billion, an increase of 39 percent YTY. Sales within…

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News Byte: Canon Reports Increased Profits While Net Sales Drop

On January 28, 2015, Canon reported its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2014 results. Consolidated net sales for the fiscal year were $30.8 billion (a decline of 0.1 percent year-to-year (YTY)). Gross Profit increased 5.5 percent for the fourth quarter and 3.5 percent for the fiscal year. These increases were due to ongoing cost-cutting measures…

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News Byte: Through the Looking Glass with Remote Monitoring

Identity-as-a-service (IDaaS) is the next solution to manage the increasingly complicated web of systems we use to manage our connected lives.

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News Byte: By Dropping Inquiry, Did the British Serious Fraud Office Conclude HP Overbought on Autonomy?

The British Serious Fraud Office (SFO) closed its fraud investigation into Autonomy, stating that they believed that there was “insufficient evidence” for a conviction. The United States investigation is still ongoing.   In 2011, HP bought Autonomy for $11.1 billion. While on the face of it, this announcement sounds like great news for HP, the…

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News Byte: Are You Ready for the Digital Fallout?

The leaders of today are often unseated by innovative outsiders. We continue to see that the five forces of mobility, big data, cloud, social media, and artificial intelligence are creating huge disruptions to the way companies run their businesses.

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News Byte: Lexmark Announces Digital Signage Solution

Lexmark has announced its Digital Endcap Solution at the National Retail Federation (NRF) event in New York City.

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News Byte: The IT Shuffle

In December 2014, Xerox announced that Atos will acquire its ITO business for $1.55 billion in cash and other considerations. Was this a smart move?

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News Byte: Canon Announces New Flagship Color Laser Printer Designed to Meet Market Demands

On Monday, Canon U.S.A., Inc. launched two new color laser imageCLASS office devices for small and medium business. The MF820Cdn is the fastest imageCLASS color device Canon has produced with a print speed up to 36 ppm. The MF810Cdn is designed to enhance productivity and image quality while being easy to use.

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News Byte: Wearables Get Their Day in Court

A recent Wired article covered the first case in which data from wearables have been used in court as evidence. A woman from Calgary used the data from her Fitbit to prove that an accident had decreased her activity levels. This shows that wearables such as Fitbit or Google Glass have become more culturally acceptable…

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News Byte: Speech-to-Text Speeds Business Agility

A recent InformationWeek article stakes the claim that speech-to-text has a dramatic impact on business agility and personal efficiency. Photizo agrees, and in our ‘9 Predictions for 2015’ webinar, we go so far as to say speech recognition solutions will become a competitive differentiator for print management solutions over the coming year.

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News Byte: Toshiba Expands Digital Signage Customer Base

Within the past 90 days, Toshiba has announced two partnerships (AEG announced on September 8) expand its product offerings and gained a large, affluent customer base that has the opportunity to utilize all of Toshiba’s product offerings.

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News Byte: Kodak Rolls Out a New Organizational Structure in Hopes of Becoming More Nimble, Driving Growth

Will Kodak’s New Organizational Structure bring some of its historic entrepreneurship back to the company?

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News Byte: Facilities Management Company Moves Towards Print Management

The ITC Systems acquisition of GoPrint reverses the general trend of software companies purchasing hardware organizations, how will the hardware-centric ITC Systems fare when adapting to include dynamic software?

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News Byte: Samsung Executives Sweating While Shareholders Celebrate

Samsung’s recent earnings slump has executives worried about the company’s annual personnel restructuring, typically announced in early December. While the shuffle itself may be business as usual for Samsung, this year’s event comes with extra tension as execs wait to find out their fate in the wake of the company’s poor performance. With the decline…

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News Byte: Xerox Passes up Online Platform in Learning Solutions Acquisition

In recent news, Xerox acquired Intrepid Learning Solutions, gobbling up consulting services, course curriculum, and 260 employees in a play to bolster Xerox Learning Services. Meanwhile, the entire Intrepid management team launched off on its own to form an independent SaaS learning technology company. With all the interest and growth in the online education space, who got the better end of this deal?

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News Byte: Do you want to save hours of time processing invoices?

Lexmark is now using the term “smart MFP ecosystem” to describe how their combination of hardware, software, services, and tools fit together to solve customer’s pain points. One example: approximately 20 percent of an employee’s time is used to find documents, so Lexmark recently announced a new serverless solution called AccuRead Automate to help solve this problem. The solution requires little user training, does not require a separate server, reduces bandwidth, can be used as a horizontal solution across multiple departments like HR and accounts payable, and frees up IT resources. This could be a game changer if only it ran on more than just a Lexmark MFP.

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News Byte: Is NFC Authentication for Windows a Good Idea?

NT-ware announces NFC authentication for Windows phones. Is that such a good idea?

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News Byte: Sales Tax Sinks the Japanese Economy

Japan’s economy unexpectedly fell into a “technical recession,” declining for the previous two quarters and three of the last four quarters.

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News Byte: Are Print Audit, Y Soft on the Bleeding Edge of 3D Print?

Print Audit has recently partnered with PrintToPeer to monitor and manage 3D printers, while Y Soft has acquired a majority share in be3D, a Czech 3D printer manufacturer.

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News Byte: Will Zebra’s Motorola Buy Let it Break from the Herd or Make it a Target for Lions?

Zebra Technologies completed its acquisition of Motorola’s Enterprise Business on October 27, 2014 for $3.45 billion using $200 million in cash-on-hand and the remainder in new debt. In the previous year, Zebra Technologies recorded only $1 billion in revenues while Motorola’s Enterprise business reported over $2.5 billion in revenues.

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News Byte: Kodak Shows Signs of Life

Kodak reported $19 million earnings for Q3 2014, notching the company’s first profitable quarter since its bankruptcy emergence in September 2013.

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News Byte: Does Xerox Want Companies to Print Less?

Xerox announced its Digital Alternative Tool (DAT) on November 6, enabling users to easily interact with and sign digital documents (namely PDFs). According to the company, the e-signature capability of DAT allows users to bypass the printing process, while speeding up workflow.

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News Byte: Samsung Profit Woes Show Shipments Aren’t Everything

In the face of a 74 percent drop in the Q3 profits of its mobile division, Samsung seems to be sandwiched between price leader Xiaomi and profit leader Apple in its bid to control the market. But control is all a matter of perspective, it would seem. While Samsung still leads the market in number of units…

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Worldwide Office and Home Hard Copy Media Sales Continue Decline

Photizo Group’s 2013 Second Half Forecast update shows that revenues from paper and specialty media in the office and the home are expected to decline to $29.6 billion in 2017, down from $33.0 billion in 2012. Despite the improvements in the economy and as more people return to work, changes in the workplace, including greater…

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