OKI Data Americas and Art Institute of Philadelphia Collaboration

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by The Imaging Channel | 12/23/2014

by Jim Lyons | 12/23/14

The subject line of the email read, “Art Institute of Philadelphia Announces Collaboration with OKI Data Americas to Integrate Printing Technologies into Curriculum.” When I sawthis press release back in August, I couldn't help but become immediately intrigued. Four months later, this interest and many helpful people led me to an inspiring personal visit to the site of this collaborative effort.

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Xerox Decision to Sell ITO Unit Signals Continued Focus on High-Value Services

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by The Imaging Channel | 12/22/2014

by Robert Palmer | 12/22/14

Xerox has announced plans to sell its Information Technology Outsourcing (ITO) business to France-based computer services provider Atos. Terms of the deal call for Atos to pay $1.05 billion in cash prior to closing adjustments, with additional consideration of $50 million subject to the condition of certain assets at closing. The transaction, which is subject to customary conditions and regulatory approval, is expected to be complete in the first half of 2015.

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Samsung Reorganizes, Reaffirms Its Commitment to the Channel

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by The Imaging Channel | 12/13/2014

by Robert Palmer | 12/12/14

On December 10, Samsung announced plans to combine Samsung Electronics America (SEA) and Samsung Telecommunications America (STA) into a single entity. The move is designed to bring together all of Samsung’s branded consumer and enterprise business operations in the U.S. under a single organization to strengthen business operations, drive growth, and improve collaboration across all market segments.

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Epson Joins List of Vendors Pushing Inkjet Into the Office Workgroup

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by The Imaging Channel | 12/10/2014

by Robert Palmer | 12/11/14

For quite some time, BPO has predicted a continued migration of inkjet technology into the office-printing market. The year 2014 has been particularly active within the business inkjet category, with products and services spanning multiple segments and from a variety of vendors. Just recently, Epson continued that trend with the expansion of its WorkForce Pro product line into the office workgroup market.

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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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While I Was Away ...

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by The Imaging Channel | 11/25/2014

by Jim Lyons | 11/25/14

I spent the end of October and the beginning of November away. I was off on a long-planned, once-postponed vacation/exploration, going to places I had never been before, seeing some sights I had always wanted to see, and doing it all with a group of family members with whom I had never before traveled for any length of time. And it was great. But as might be predicted, I did miss a few things!

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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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HP’s Split: Is This My Long-Awaited Book Project?

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by The Imaging Channel | 10/30/2014

by Jim Lyons | 10/30/14

Following my initial response regarding HP's split, and seeing how this one hits very close to home – both figuratively and literally – I have a few more thoughts to share here. These thoughts are not so much about what has been announced by HP, nor even about the speculation that has followed about how it will all turn out, but about the whole story leading to this “shoe dropping.”

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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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A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to Digitization

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by The Imaging Channel | 09/30/2014

by Jim Lyons | 9/30/14

I spent much of this summer pondering the question “What’s keeping the world from being 100 percent digitized?” I am not confident I am any closer to an answer, but I definitely have come up with some fine points on the question. For my September Observations, I’ll retrace at least a few of those mental steps.

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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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