Headline Rollup for July 21, 2016

Is the End Looming for Razor-and-Blades Pricing? Companies might want to rethink the storied model of charging less up front to get more down the line — especially as e-commerce offers consumers ever greater flexibility, information, and selection. World’s growth engines fail to fire TOKYO — On his recent trip to Europe to discuss the…

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Headline Rollup for July 19, 2016

Canon launches new flagship, intelligent Multifunctional Printers for today’s modern working environment LONDON, 18th July 2016 Canon, world leader in imaging solutions, today announces the release of its next generation multifunctional devices, the imageRUNNER ADVANCE C5500 Series. New Lexmark A4 series of printers and MFPs from DCC Lexmark International’s new A4 700 and 800 series…

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Can You Estimate the Price/Performance for Monochrome Laser Printers Over the Past 40 years?

Price performance seems to be a good metric to use when comparing the improvement in prices and page per minute (PPM) over time. Photizo undertook some research to determine what the pricing was for monochrome single-function laser printers and what performance a user would receive based on that pricing. It used to be that 40…

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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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Xerox and RR Donnelley – A perfect Marriage?

According to various news organizations Xerox would merge some aspects of RR Donnelley (RRD) with its copier, printer and related services business with the balance being folded into Xerox’s business process outsourcing services. Xerox and RRD are printing industry behemoths. Both are well-established companies with market caps of $9.6 billion (B) and $3.9B respectively. Xerox…

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2016 HP Industry Analyst Summit Key Messages

By Ed Crowley, CEO Recently I attended HP’s inaugural Industry Analyst Summit (IAS) from June 20-22. In the past few years, the IAS event for imaging has seemed like a bit of an afterthought or side-room event relative to the major HP Enterprise focus. Now, under HP Inc., the focus and intensity of this event…

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Headline Rollup for July 14, 2016

Atos and Xerox Launch New Cloud-based Finance and Accounting Business Process as a Service Offering that Delivers Significant Savings BEZONs, France and UXBRIDGE, U.K. —   Atos, an international leader in digital services, and Xerox have launched a new cloud-based ‘Business Process as a Service’ (BPaaS) offering for clients streamlining their finance and accounting functions. Canon…

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Headline Rollup for July 12, 2016

Xerox in talks to buy financial printer RR Donnelley – sources Xerox Corp, which is on track to split into two companies by the end of the year, has been in talks to acquire financial printing firm RR Donnelley & Sons Co , according to two people familiar with the matter. The companies still have…

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Brexit – Don’t do it or Stocks will…

“Go to all time highs” June was a month filled with several big surprises for the financial markets. The first surprise came on June 15th when the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) suddenly changed course and decided to hold short-term interest rates firm. In the weeks leading up to this decision, Chair Janet Yellen had indicated…

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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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Headline Rollup for July 7

10 HP Products that Changed History The OEM’s decades of innovations are said to have been revolutionary in influencing the world of technology. HP started out 78 years ago in a small “wooden Palo Alto garage” after its “first investment of $538” and has since grown into one the global leading technology companies, reported IT Pro.…

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Headline Rollup for July 5

21 Arrested in $126 million toner fraud scheme The Orange County Register has reported that an operation by federal agents and the Huntington Beach police department has resulted in the arrest of 21 people who were involved in a scheme to defraud charities and small businesses by posing as their toner supplier. HP Inc. Offers…

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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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Business Intelligence Digest – April, 2016

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Business Intelligence Digest – May 2016

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Business Intelligence Digest – June 2016

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When Technology Actually Does Make Your Life Easier! (Or … The True Definition of a Solution!)

As a frequent traveler (for the last six years I have average over 200 days of travel per year – I think this qualifies me as a frequent traveler), I often encounter technology, which is supposed to make life easier, but is in reality just a way for a company to reduce costs and streamline…

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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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Business Intelligence Digest – May 2016

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Business Intelligence Digest – April, 2016

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What’s the Current Situation with OEM App Stores?

According to a recent report, it appears that Microsoft is building a business app store. Apparently the company put a test version of the store called “AppSource.” It intends to use this store “to help businesses find additional software that augments” its current software products like Power BI. Since this is a pretty big deal,…

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Headline Rollup for June 30, 2016

Adobe forms consortium for secured cloud-based digital signatures With an aim to taking digital signatures mainstream, software major Adobe announced the Cloud Signature Consortium — a group comprised of industry and academic organisations committed to building a new open standard for cloud-based digital signatures across mobile and web. According to Adobe, this will bring the world’s…

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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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Will Ricoh Hire Israel?

Ricoh has a significant problem in Europe. Bev Cunningham, Ricoh Europe Senior Vice President, Human Resources, said she has an “aging workforce of 7,000 printer engineers” (service technicians). Most, if not all, of these technicians offer excellent customer service. However, printers and multifunction printers (MFPs) can be fixed remotely and because of this fewer technicians are…

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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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Headline Rollup for June 28, 2016

Jeff Jacobson to Become CEO of Xerox Corporation Following Completion of Separation Xerox announced today that its board of directors appointed Jeff Jacobson to be chief executive officer of Xerox Corporation following the completion of the company’s planned separation into two publicly traded companies. Jacobson currently serves as president of Xerox Technology and will continue…

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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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Canon Information & Imaging Solutions – Ready to Make a Difference

In 2011 Canon announced Canon Information and Imaging Solutions (CIIS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Canon USA. Upon the launch, Photizo Group (PG) spoke with the small CIIS team to find that this endeavor was a risky move for Canon but needed to help usher in a more aggressive Services Delivery approach. The goal was…

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Headline Rollup for June 23, 2016

Epson to Acquire Italian Textile Printer Manufacturing Company Robustelli Epson Group company Epson Italia S.p.A. has agreed with the Robustelli family to acquire 100% of the capital of Fratelli Robustelli S.r.l. (“Robustelli”), a leader in the textile printing industry. The agreement aims to drive synergies and further increase customer value by expanding the scope of…

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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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