Toshiba and Canon in the Drone Business?

The Japan Times announced that both Toshiba Corp. and Canon Inc. will be starting separate commercial drone services for clients. Toshiba plans to launch a service that will inspect power cables and steel towers while Canon announced it will sell drones that use Canon’s cameras for surveillance, farming, and remote infrastructure inspection. As Photizo has…

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Headline Rollup for September 13, 2016

Exclusive – Fuji Xerox NZ’s colossal financial loss The digital revolution has continued its whirlwind of growth, leaving some industries by the wayside and completely destroying others. Now, it could be the printer/copier market’s turn. OKI Previews Large Format Printer Range at Visual Impact Sydney! Sydney, 8 September 2016 – OKI, a global manufacturer of…

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HP Delivers 16 New LaserJet and PageWide A3 MFPs

Plans to Grow A3 HP MFP Revenue Share 10 Times  Lost in all of the excitement about HP acquiring Samsung, HP delivered a ‘Shot heard around the world’ to copier manufacturers and dealers yesterday. Ever since Enrique Lores, president, Imaging and Printing, HP Inc. announced the company’s intent to “Expand into the A3 copier market”…

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Predictions for BI, Analytics, and Big Data

The 2016 Pacific Northwest BI Summit took place in Grants Pass, OR. The conference brings together various IT consultants and vendor executives to discuss technology issues and trends. Each year one of the sessions allows participants to provide their outlook and predict the future in BI, analytics, and big data. The first prediction the group…

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HP Delivers “Shot Heard Around the World”

Announces 16 New LaserJet and PageWide A3 MFPs  September 12 – HP delivered a ‘shot heard around the world’ to copier manufacturers and dealers. Enrique Lores, president, Imaging and Printing, HP Inc. stated, “For decades, the copier industry has lacked the technology to improve efficiency of service, make color affordable, and keep up with security…

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HP Inc. Accelerates Disruption of $55B Copier Segment with Acquisition of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.’s Printer Business

Aims to reinvent and replace service-intensive copiers with superior multifunction printing Palo Alto, Calif., and Suwon, South Korea, Sept. 12, 2016 — HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ), the world leader in printing, today announced a definitive agreement to acquire Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.’s (005930.KS) printer business in a deal valued at $1.05 billion. The acquisition positions HP to…

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Headline Rollup for September 8, 2016

Konica Minolta Publishes Case Study on xPrint SINGAPORE–(Marketwired – Sep 4, 2016) – Leader in print and enterprise content management Konica Minolta Business Solutions Asia today published a case study based on Malaysian online printing firm xPrint. It highlights how Konica Minolta played an integral role in the firm’s success, and the results of its latest PRESS…

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Data Driven Service

New technology is often used to create competitive advantage and improve efficiency. In the office printing and imaging industry, we have been in the midst of a shift from product sales to managed services for several years. Customers expect results when they purchase managed services, and they are essentially looking for an outcome – in this…

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HP Introduces Imaging Industry’s First SaaS Management Platform

September 7 – HP unveiled the industry’s first Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) management platform that provides a marketplace and management of applications, users, and devices. HP has named this HP JetAdvantage On Demand Platform. The platform brings together a customer portal, channel partner (reseller) portal, and HP and ISV solutions all with marketplace and infrastructure services. All…

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Channel Competition Heats Up

Amazon Dash Replenishment Service (DRS) was announced last October 2015 and went live in January 2016. So far, the only imaging OEMs that have signed up have been Brother and Samsung. DRS was available to U.S. customers and just recently it has become available to the Samsung customers in UK and Germany. DRS uses the…

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3D Printing Susceptible to IP Theft or Counterfeiting?

A close associate of mine has recently become very interested in utilizing 3D printing for a hobby of his that he hopes to expand into a small business. 3D printing is, of course, considered an adjacency to the well established field of putting marks on paper. Instead of depositing ink or toner in a single layer…

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Headline Rollup for September 5, 2016

Oki Data Americas Introduces an Expanded Suite of Mobile, Cost Control, and Document Scan and Capture Solutions for Its Printers MOUNT LAUREL, NJ–(Marketwired – September 01, 2016) – OKI Data Americas announces the addition of new embedded solutions available for the award-winning MC873 and MB562 multifunction printers (MFPs) featuring the enhanced OKI smart Extendable Platform (sXP2). These…

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Headline Rollup for September 1, 2016

Laserfiche Announces ECM Partnership with Ricoh USA, Inc. LONG BEACH, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Laserfiche announced today it has entered into a partnership to provide enterprise content management (ECM) solutions to Ricoh USA customers. As a part of the new relationship, Ricoh USA has joined the Laserfiche Value Added Reseller (VAR) Program. Xerox Nozzles – Half Width of Human Hair…

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Business Intelligence Digest – August 2016

Download the Business Intelligence Digest – AUGUST 2016 Enjoy all the articles that we published in August … in one convenient PDF document.

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Is Counterfeiting Wrong?

Counterfeit ink and toner cartridges are big business. The Imaging Supplies Coalition estimates the impact for the imaging supplies industry to be over $3 billion annually. The main problem in coming up with a good estimate is detection. A good estimate is around 5 percent of the ink and toner cartridge revenue of a company. For…

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Billing Companies Seeing Growth

Fiserv, a financial tech player, released a survey whose results are not necessarily good news for printing and imaging companies. The survey had several interesting facts: Those in the survey run the scale from financial services to utilities to insurance firms, Of the 130 firms in the survey, more than half offer mobile bill payments,…

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Headline Rollup for August 30, 2016

HP Positions Itself to Reap the Benefits of 3D Printing Market With a focus to reinvent the printing experience for what it calls the “mobile and socially connected” consumer, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) unveiled the world’s smallest all-in-one inkjet printer in fiscal 3Q16. In May 2016, HPQ also announced the world’s first production-ready 3D printer. EFI to…

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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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Imaging Market Evolution – Here’s The Truth About Consolidation

A look at the future of the Imaging market and sales channel  One of the questions we often hear is what will the market and channel for imaging products and services look like in 5-10 years. This is a huge topic to tackle so we will take it in chunks as a series of insightful…

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Headline Rollup for August 25, 2016

Lexmark Updates Invoice Capture Service and Automation Features for Microsoft Dynamics NAV Users Highly Successful AP Automation SaaS Solution updated to include Line Item Functionality; New Partner Referral Program Added Samsung Channel Chief Forecasts Tremendous Growth For Connected Devices In B2B Markets Mobility giant Samsung predicts the B2B connected device market will grow by 3X…

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HP, Inc. Slows the Bleeding, Beats Estimates

Supplies Revenue Expected to Stabilize by End of 2017    HP, Inc. revenue of $11.9 billion (B) declined 4% Y/Y, 1% in constant currency (CC) Printing revenues declined to $4.4 B (14% Y/Y, 10% Y/Y CC) Printing supplies revenue comprised 64% of Printing segment Supplies declined 18% YTY to $2.8B (18% Y/Y) Printing hardware units…

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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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Moving From Commodity Fleet Management to High Value Solutions

By Ed Crowley, CEO Recently I was honored to be the keynote speaker for Canon’s 2016 USA Roadshow. The event was held in five cities (Melville, NY, Irving, TX, Atlanta, GA, Chicago, IL, and Irvine, CA) with the intention of creating enthusiasm, engagement, and increased knowledge of Canon’s solutions platform by the U.S. Canon dealer…

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Is This the Beginning of the Aftermarket Rollup?

It appears that Clover Technologies Group (CTG) is exploring strategic alternatives. Reuters reported that Clover Technologies Group has employed Morgan Stanley to find a suitor in which the company could be sold for around $1.5 billion (B). Golden Gate Capital is the firm that acquired Clover and West Point Products back in April 2010. Since…

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Headline Rollup for August 23, 2016

Xerox PHL Plans to Hire 10% More Workers This Year XEROX Philippines, a business-process services (BPS) company, sees bullish growth from the telecommunications and health-care sector this year,  aiming to expand its work force by a conservative 10 percent in 2016.  HP Inc. Looks to Prove it’s Not all About Growth Growth has always been golden in Silicon…

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Will the Lexmark Legacy be Around After the Merger?

Almost a year ago (October 23, 2015) Lexmark published a press release that announced its Board of Directors had authorized the “exploration of strategic alternatives to enhance shareholder value.” At the time it was reported, “There is no set timetable for the exploration of strategic alternatives.” By now most everyone in the printing and imaging…

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Headline Rollup for August 16, 2016

Canon Solutions America Examines Strategies to Safeguard Your Large Format Printing Environment MELVILLE, N.Y. – With recent high profile cyber-crimes in the retail, healthcare and telecommunications industries, now more than ever, it is the time to assess potential security risks, including your large format printer. Canon recognizes the serious financial and legal ramifications of print-related data breaches,…

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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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2016 Canon Analyst Summit

“One Canon” Approach and Large Format take Center Stage  I get the feeling Canon wants us to be in the know, the Analyst Summit on August 10 is the second event in the last six months to share their direction and changes. They are kind, Melville in August isn’t all that bad for a guy who…

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