Contributions and insights from leading voices in the MPS, document management and office technology industry.

The Future of Our Business - The Wookie in The Room

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by The Imaging Channel | 12/09/2014

by Greg Walters | 12/8/14

I'm writing this three weeks after the Executive Connection Summit and I’m still feeling the effects. Intel, SAP, Cisco — foundational members of the technology industry, stalwart believers in all things connected, came to speak here in our backyard. To be sure, it stands as the best show in the industry, with superior content. As Gavin Williams said, “The goal was really to educate as much of the industry as possible about the innovation available today.” The bar is officially higher, but there’s something more recondite just under the surface.

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Turn Your Tablet Into a Customizable User Interface With Ricoh’s New A3-Size MFPs

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by The Imaging Channel | 11/25/2014

by Robert Palmer | 11/25/14

On November 19, Ricoh launched a new line of A3-size monochrome MFPs aimed at mid-to-large-size workgroups. What sets these new machines apart from other Ricoh MFPs, and indeed most competitive products, is the ability to control the device directly from a smart phone or tablet. According to Ricoh, the MP 2554/MP 3054/MP 3554 series of products empower users to take control of their MFP and achieve new levels of information access and mobility.

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ECS: Talk Tracks Equal Soundtracks

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by The Imaging Channel | 11/03/2014

by Patricia Ames | 11/3/14

I had the opportunity to attend the Executive Connection Summit in Scottsdale this past week, which was hosted by Technology United – a unique consortium of solution providers in the imaging channel. As if setting the tone, that unique quality permeated the entire event, starting with the hip, retro venue, crossing over to a dizzying array of speakers with highly diverse backgrounds both in the channel and outside it, and ending each evening with fun and unusual dinners.

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HP Is Betting Big on 3D Printing With New Multi Jet Fusion Technology

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by The Imaging Channel | 10/30/2014

by Robert Palmer | 10/30/14

On October 29, HP announced its foray into the world of 3D printing with the unveiling of its new Blended Reality ecosystem, which it says will bridge the gap between the physical and digital worlds and help overcome barriers to more widespread adoption of 3D printing. There are two key components to HP’s Blended Reality ecosystem: Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing technology and a computing platform called Sprout by HP. Working in concert, HP believes its new system can open up new market opportunities and revolutionize goods and parts production utilizing 3D printing technology.

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Remote Workers and the Paperless Office

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by The Imaging Channel | 10/22/2014

by Greg Walters | 10/22/14

The debate rages — is there, will there ever be, a paperless office? The politically correct response is, “no silly, it's less paper, not paperless.”  My answer is the paperless office is already here and those who refuse to admit it are deniers. In the end, we’re all simply debating ourselves, expecting different results; academic insanity. As I consider the denier position, if print volume is increasing or holding steady, why has HP been experiencing so many challenges and why did International Paper shutter paper-making plants?  I can imagine many carriage and buggy whip manufactures feeling the same way and expressing similar arguments the year automobiles started replacing horse drawn carriages en masse: 1913.

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Xerox Boosts Printer/MFP Lineup With New Monochrome Machines

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by The Imaging Channel | 10/15/2014

by Robert Palmer | 10/15/14

On October 14, Xerox launched three new monochrome machines, two targeted at the low end of the SMB market and one designed for office workgroup and enterprise applications. The new products offer little in terms of technological advancement. Nevertheless, Xerox’s latest announcement underscores an obvious trend occurring in the office space: monochrome-only devices continue to thrive despite the ongoing promise of color. 

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The Big Split: HP to Separate Its PC/Printer and Enterprise Businesses

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by The Imaging Channel | 10/07/2014

by Robert Palmer | 10/7/14

On Monday, Hewlett-Packard announced sweeping changes that promise to radically alter the course of the company’s future, as well as the landscape for IT products and services. After years of speculation and rumor, the firm has decided to split its enterprise services business from its PC and printer operations. The result will be two separate and publicly traded companies roughly equal in size, both of which will be Fortune 50 businesses. The transaction is expected to be complete by the end of fiscal 2015.

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Becoming the Perpetually Valuable MSP

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by The Imaging Channel | 10/03/2014

by Dave Sobel | 10/1/14

As I write this article, I’m in Dusseldorf, Germany, where we are hosting our MAX 2014 conference for the German market. This is the fourth of our series, and the team has flown around the world, visiting Australia, the U.S., the UK, and now mainland Europe. The focus has been on business growth, and how to grow your business, expand product lines, and add recurring revenue.

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BTA East District Event Provides Direction for Dealers in the Search for Adjacencies

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by The Imaging Channel | 10/02/2014

by Robert Palmer | 10/2/14

I recently attended the BTA East District Event in Baltimore, MD, where I was fortunate enough to lead a session and to moderate a panel discussion with representatives from three of the industry’s leading hardware manufactures. The BTA District Events provide a great mix of industry insight with a chance to hear directly from dealers — those in the trenches working hard to grow their business in the midst of transformation and a declining need for print.

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3D Printing Just Got Interesting

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by The Imaging Channel | 09/22/2014

by Amy Weiss | 9/22/14

I was sort-of watching the news the other night, paying the usual amount of attention – half focused on murder, misery, death and destruction, half focused on Clash of Clans – when an interesting combination of phrases caught my ear. Star Trek. 3D printing. Space. It was enough to get me to put the iPad down.

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The Apple Watch and Printing: What? No AirPrint?

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by The Imaging Channel | 09/19/2014

by Greg Walters | 9/19/14

The other day I Tweeted, “Is #Apple part of Mopria? With digital content growing, wouldn't it make sense to print from my Apple Watch?” My point was with all the fanfare and hoopla, printing is never mentioned. Users rarely think about printing and when they do, it’s a pain. 

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Samsung National Dealer Summit: Taking Aim at the Connected Enterprise

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by The Imaging Channel | 09/18/2014

by Robert Palmer | 9/18/14

I was fortunate enough to attend Samsung’s National Dealer Summit last week in Dallas. The event served as a venue for showcasing Samsung’s technology, its expertise in all things digital and mobile, and its continuing desire to become a formidable force in the enterprise printing space. Samsung has come a long way since its initial foray into the printing business, and while its success to date has largely come in the SOHO and small business sectors, the firm is clearly gearing up for a full-scale push into the corporate enterprise printing market.

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Security Highlights HP’s Increased Focus on Printing Solutions

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by The Imaging Channel | 09/04/2014

by Robert Palmer | 9/4/14

On September 4, Hewlett-Packard made a series of moves as part of an overall repositioning of its solutions business. There are several facets to HP’s latest announcement, including improved security solutions, a new HP Flow MFP, and a branding strategy that will serve as an umbrella for all current and future HP printing solutions.

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Good Workflow Kills Paper

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by The Imaging Channel | 09/03/2014

by Greg Walters | 9/3/14

Passing notes in class used to result in a disciplinary action.  Back then, the most efficient method of conveying information or querying a prospect was to scratch a simple question on a scrap of paper and ask your neighbor pass it along. “Do you like me? Do you want to be my friend? Check yes or no." In the early days of business, like those notes in third grade, sales orders were hand written on paper with a pen.

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Convergence: Insights into IT and Print Services

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by The Imaging Channel | 08/27/2014

by Dave Sobel | 8/27/14

Business constantly evolves. This is a cliché, of course, but a true one. Technology has driven industries forward and creates new ones. The print business transitioned from “mere” print to imaging, bringing a wealth of new opportunities. Imaging requires network enablement, and devices continue to get smarter and smarter. A printer is no longer a device without processing – now, it is a computer in itself, a device on the network to be managed, monitored, and serviced in much the same way as a traditional desktop or laptop. 

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Jump Start Your Team

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by The Imaging Channel | 08/24/2014

by Steven Branstetter | 8/25/14

It’s Tuesday afternoon around 2 p.m. and all of your employees are flat. The entire office has a feeling similar to a morgue, and you are thinking to yourself, “How am I going to get everyone motivated?” There are thousands of theories, methods and techniques to motivate your team, and hundreds of books on leadership and teamwork that you can read, and they will all work great. However I have discovered a simple tweak you can make to your office that will energize you team today.

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Is HP Gearing Up to Push Ink Subscription Services Into the Office?

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by The Imaging Channel | 08/15/2014

by Robert Palmer | 8/15/14

We recently discovered that HP is currently promoting a new version of its ink subscription service called Instant Ink Professional. About a year ago, HP formally launched its Instant Ink program, which provides customers with a monthly subscription-based business model for printing pages and replacing ink supplies. While the original Instant Ink program is aimed primarily at home and SOHO users, HP is investigating opportunities for pushing similar services further upmarket.

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Distributed Printing and MPS Fueling Migration to A4-Size Hardware

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by The Imaging Channel | 08/04/2014

by Robert Palmer | 8/4/14

Recent announcements from several vendors underscore the growing importance of A4-size hardware in today’s overall product mix. Canon USA, for example, recently launched its imageRUNNER ADVANCE C350iF and C250iF color multifunction office systems. The new models can print and scan letter-sized documents in color or monochrome at speeds of up to 36 and 26 ppm, respectively. Both models offer a standard paper capacity of up to 650 letter- or legal-size sheets, with the ability to expand to 2,300 sheets utilizing optional paper cassettes.

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Science of Printing Lab Tour Demonstrates HP’s Commitment to Inkjet Technology

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by The Imaging Channel | 07/17/2014

by Robert Palmer | 7/19/14

I recently had the good fortune to visit HP’s inkjet labs located in Corvallis, Ore., and Vancouver, Wash., for a two-day event billed as “The Science of Printing.” The event, which took place June 26-27, offered a unique glimpse into the inner workings of HP’s engineering processes and R&D facilities.  A select group of approximately 25 industry analysts and press representatives were invited to attend the briefing, which included a whirlwind tour of various engineering facilities spanning both sites and multiple campuses.

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Konica Minolta: Racing to Win

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by The Imaging Channel | 07/17/2014

Patricia Amesby Patricia Ames | 7/17/14

Fast and furious pretty much describes the pace of both organic growth and acquisition happening at Konica Minolta. In an industry where the word “growth” is heard less and less frequently, Konica Minolta’s Blueprint for the Future event was a refreshing change. 

What is Konica Minolta doing right? Apparently a lot. With global growth last year at 55 percent in MPS and 41 percent in enterprise accounts, this blue giant in the office space is blazing all kinds of trails.

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