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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