Photizo Foundation Hosts 2014 VIP Charity Dinner in Louisville KY’s Galt House

Photizo Foundation, a nonprofit organization started by executive director Edward Crowley, is hosting the fourth annual Imaging Industry VIP Charity Dinner at the Galt House in Louisville, KY, on June 4th at 7:00 pm. Proceeds from the event benefit four powerful organizations that affect people both locally and globally: the American Cancer Society, Eastern Congo…

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Photizo Group set to Drastically Change Market Intelligence Delivery in 2014

Photizo Group has changed the way customers experience market intelligence content delivery. Inspired by customer feedback, Photizo Group is delivering a radically new imaging advisory service package that is going to change how businesses use market intelligence to drive growth in 2014. – See more at: http://www.transworldnews.com/1581787/photizo-group-set-to-drastically-change-market-intelligence-content-delivery-in-2014#sthash.muSKTA5X.dpuf Photizo Group has developed a three-tiered Imaging Advisory…

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Color Laser MFP Market Share

The following charts from Context show color laser MFP unit market share in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom from March 2013 – February 2014. For more information visit www.contextworld.com.    

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Will Printed Pages Disappear by 2018?

Recently, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) made a bold prediction and claimed that due to the introduction and usage of tablets, printed pages will disappear within four years. The IEEE stated, “The printer will be a thing of the past, and there’ll be no need for hard copies.” Kevin Curran, a technical…

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The Deconstruction of Pitney Bowes MPS

On April 16, Konica Minolta Solutions U.S.A. announced Konica Minolta Business Solutions Canada’s acquisition of Pitney Bowes Canada’s Document Imaging Solutions Business in Canada, which consists of its hardware and document management software solutions segment. Pitney Bowes is most notable for being one of the first OEMs to enter the managed print services (MPS) market…

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Flickr Tries New Audience with Mobile App Updates

Yesterday, Yahoo’s photo sharing website, Flickr, rolled out a redesigned mobile app for iOS and Android. This is the second major redesign of the Flickr mobile app in a relatively short space of time (the app was last overhauled in December 2012), and yet another in a recent series of redesigns to the site overall.…

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Meet Me in Louisville? Attend the 2014 Transform Global Conference

I am so excited about our 2014 Transform Global conference. Okay, I know, everyone who knows me is saying, “He always gets excited about the Transform events!” And you are right; I do always get excited about them. But this year, I am particularly enthusiastic about Transform. And this is why… The Watering Hole Effect…

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OEM Selects Smart Partnerships Through Global Strategic Assessment

Client Issue Market Analytics New Product Strategies Photizo Services Market Analytics Market Intelligence Research Industry Imaging A major imaging OEM was able to identify strategic best-fit supplies vendor partnerships in 13 countries due to Photizo Group market analytics, imaging industry relationships, and market research capabilities. The OEM can now move forward with an international automated…

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Cutting Major International Financial Institution Printing Costs By 30%

Client Issue Managed Print Outsourcing Photizo Services Benchmarking RFP Structuring Vendor Assessment Change Management Industry Financial Through the utilization of Photizo Group’s CIO Managed Print Outsourcing Consulting Service, a major international financial institution will cut printing costs by 30% annually, reaching a savings of $2 million yearly. In addition to the 30% savings, the financial…

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Imaging Hardware OEM Aligns Product Strategies – Maximizes Customer Satisfaction

Client Issue: New Product Strategies Photizo Services: Vendor Interviews End User Interviews Market Intelligence Industry: Imaging Photizo Group worked with a printing manufacturer to identify what factors contribute to consumer perception of quality. In doing so, the company is able to capitalize on the opportunity of aligning their product offerings with consumer expectations, capturing greater…

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Brazil Joins Two Sides Sustainability Initiative

Last week, Brazil became the most recent country to join the Two Sides campaign, a global initiative for promoting the sustainability of printed communications. According to the Two Sides press release, Brazil produces 15 million tons of pulp each year and 10.4 million tons of paper. Forty-two representatives of the forestry industry in Brazil, signed…

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Life as an Intern

I have been an associate at Photizo since August 2013 and I have yet to make a coffee run. A great quality about my company is that it treats its interns with respect. Sure I had my share of furniture building for the new office, but it didn’t take away from my enjoyment of working…

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Konica Minolta Acquires AMS Imaging

Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. has acquired enterprise content management (ECM) provider AMS Imaging. Located in Warwick, RI, AMS will continue to support the Connecticut, New England, New Jersey, and New York markets. This acquisition will extend Konica Minolta’s ECM portfolio to provide the highest level of support and most innovative workflow solutions to…

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The Mobile Market in the Imaging Industry

In 2013, the mobile device market did not see many revolutionary changes. The iPhone 5S was introduced with a fingerprint scanner, but in terms of operations, it was not extremely different from the iPhone 5. The cause of such change in the smartphone market this past year was due to consumer usage. More people owned…

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Changing the Paradigm: Why 2014 Won’t be the Same…

My first job out of college was about changing service delivery paradigms. I was hired into a start-up company in order to build an on-line research service. Today this doesn’t sound too paradigm shifting, but back in 1984, before there was an official “Internet,” it was pretty ground breaking. At that time, we did surveys…

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Creating Value In Manufacturing Using Additive Processes (3D Printing)

One of the most exciting and rapidly evolving ways to add value to manufacturing environments today is through the use of additive processes, referred most accurately in this context as additive manufacturing (AM), but today commonly referred to in a broader sense as 3D printing. Unfortunately, additive manufacturing has also fallen victim to some gross misrepresentations over the past two years due to a combination of media sensationalism and technology evangelism. It’s important to understand just what additive processes are capable of, and where they actually have the ability to add value to the manufacturing process.

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From Encyclopedias to Phonebooks—How Generation Y Thinks Differently

I went to a religion-based high school, and one of the lessons I learned was how individuals in bygone years used to pass down stories from generation to generation through storytelling. In fact, oral history is the foundation of several historical texts. When I think about this, it amazes me. I can’t remember what I…

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European OEM Develops Channel and Organizational Service Program, Driving Business Growth

Client Issue: Market Expansion New Product Strategies Organizational Transformation Photizo Services: Benchmarking Strategy Analysis Market Intelligence Industry: Imaging A European imaging OEM utilized Photizo Group’s managed print service and imaging industry expertise to develop service business programs through the channel and proprietary offerings. By engaging in the multi-phase project, the European OEM was able to…

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Three Lessons in Employee Engagement

I recently had the privilege of receiving a personal tour of the GreatAmerica Leasing Corporation headquarters in downtown Cedar Rapids, IA from Doug Olson, vice president of the board and chief risk officer. Since 1992, GreatAmerica has built its business around providing top-notch customer service, a key differentiator in the leasing market. During my tour,…

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Not-So-Common Sense: Valuing Your People

I recently had the privilege of receiving a personal tour of the GreatAmerica Leasing Corporation headquarters in downtown Cedar Rapids, IA from Doug Olson, vice president of the board and chief risk officer. Since 1992, GreatAmerica has built its business around providing top-notch customer service, a key differentiator in the leasing market. Since the early…

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Disruption in a Bind: 3D Led Manufacturing Revolution Will Require Material Advancement and IP Protection

I was fortunate enough to participate in the Additive Disruption Summit, held by Infocast in San Francisco. Attendees from diverse industries came from all over to discuss and debate 3D printing. I led a discussion between a group of analysts describing market trends, how the market is measured, and how the market will grow. There…

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MPS Review: Pulsar Technologies

MPxP and PrintEo are two managed print services (MPS) offered by Pulsar Technologies. The company is based out of Madrid, Spain with locations in Europe, North America, and North Africa. The MPxP software is a complete printer fleet management application that covers pay-per-page, pay-per-use, pay-per-cartridge and more. It is capable of maintaining thousands of printers…

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U.S. Supreme Court Rules SCC Can Sue Lexmark for Unfair Advertising

The U.S. Supreme Court made a unanimous ruling in a legal dispute involving Lexmark and Static Control Components (SCC) that originated in a controversial use of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) more than a decade ago. With a 9-0 ruling, the court adopted a relatively lax test that is based on the idea that companies…

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How Will the Ink Jet Market Remain Viable?

“It’s easy to come up with new ideas; the hard part is letting go of what worked for you two years ago, but will soon be out of date.” — Roger von Oech The traditional imaging industry is facing tough times. Hardware shipments declined by just over six percent from 2012 to 2013 according to…

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HP Challenges Laser-Bias with New Enterprise Officejets

On March 24, HP introduced two new series in their ink jet Officejet line up. HP says these new models are the first ink jet printers designed to meet the needs of the enterprise market. The new Officejet Enterprise Color MFP X585 series and Officejet Enterprise Color X555 series are powered by HP PageWide Technology,…

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Are You Ready for a Brave New (Imaging) World?

Predicting the future is always risky, and in today’s fast-paced imaging industry, a number of dynamics are shaping its direction. As part of Photizo’s Digital Workflow Transformation Advisory Service, we are closely following a number of overarching trends, including the adoption of mobile devices and the impact of digital workflows hastened by younger generations in…

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New Epson Business Ink Jets Deliver 75,000 Pages Without a Refill

On March 19, Epson announced 18 new business ink jet products that use Epson’s PrecisionCore industrial ink jet print-head technology to “provide lower running costs, lower power consumption, and a reduced environmental impact,” according to Andrew Semple, business unit head for Epson Europe. The full product range is the result of a €125 million investment…

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Has HP Found Its Rhythm with New SureSupply and Expanded Partner MPS programs?

On Wednesday, March 20, HP announced new and expanded services and solutions aimed at making its customers’ and partners’ lives easier by making it easier to maintain HP printers. SureSupply Leading the announcement, HP introduced SureSupply Express and SureSupply Auto-Delivery, focused on automating the supplies ordering aspect of small- to medium-sized businesses. SureSupply Express is…

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5 Reasons You Can’t Miss Transform 2014

There are five reasons for you attend Transform Global 2014 Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. Reason 1: Education The conference includes two pre-conference workshops and 25 high-impact sessions with the leading experts in the industry, great case studies, and thought provoking discussions. In fact, one of our attendees, the owner of a leading reseller said, “The…

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Chinese Government Favors Fuji Xerox, OKI, and Samsung Devices

The Chinese government procured printers 12 times, for a total of 17,807 units last year, according to a report from the Government Procurement Information, a Chinese newspaper covering government purchases.  Fuji Xerox, OKI, and Samsung top the list of the government purchased products. They sold 5,599 Fuji Xerox printers, 6,747 Samsung devices, and 834 OKI models…

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