by Jim Lyons | 4/2/15
Earlier this March (2015) I received an email about an uplifting story from Japan involving one of our industry leaders, Ricoh, and its efforts to help earthquake and tsunami victims recover their photos lost amidst the horrible disaster that occurred four years ago, on March 11, 2011. The story moved me in several ways, and it also made me proud to be part of the worldwide imaging and printing industry.
by Jake Fishman | 4/1/15
Three months and two national dealer meetings into 2015 and it’s clear that one of the greatest trends taking place in the MFP industry has almost nothing to do with imaging equipment or the printed page. Like never before, MFP manufacturers and dealers are investing in Managed IT Services, with the goals of differentiating their offerings, diversifying their revenue sources, and building a bridge to the less-print future.
by Kevin Craine | 3/25/15
Mergers and acquisitions are rampant in the tech world, and another big one was announced yesterday. Lexmark and Kofax announced that the two companies have entered into a merger agreement in which Lexmark will acquire Kofax for a total enterprise value of approximately $1 billion.
by Greg Walters | 3/23/15
This year’s ITEX show was my fourth so although there are folks who’ve attended a dozen or so times, I have a bit of perspective. There was a time when I felt we as an industry had too many shows — Lyra, TIEX, BTA, OEM dealer events, Photizo, Recharger, etc. — we seemed to be talking a great deal, but just among ourselves about ourselves. Some may feel that after one or two years, shows regurgitated the same content. Others, felt instead of learning, attendees were marketing targets, ending up in somebody else funnel. And still others found the entire process costly and without merit — irrelevant.
by Robert Palmer | 3/19/15
On March 10 at a press and analyst event in New York City, HP unveiled its latest laser printers aimed at SMBs and small workgroups. The one-day event began with a press conference led by Pradeep Jotwani, senior vice president of HP’s LaserJet and Enterprise Solutions business, followed by a hands-on product showcase featuring HP’s newest technology.
by Robert Palmer | 3/5/15
On March 2, Toshiba America Business Solutions launched a series of monochrome MFP models, expanding the firm’s lineup firmly into the light production space. The e-STUDIO 907/1057/1207 series offers customers a strong combination of speed and other performance options to meet the demands of high-end departmental and light production applications.
by Patricia Ames | 2/27/15
I can’t remember a time when I have returned from an OEM dealer event where the two biggest impressions left with me were music and laughter. But it just happened at the recent Konica Minolta event. That says a lot about a company that is also absolutely serious about technology and innovation.
by Jim Lyons | 2/26/15
This month, I had the chance to visit and follow-up with a new 3D printing business in my local area, Intermountain 3D, owned and operated by long-time friends and fellow HP alums Lynn and Brian Hoffmann. And I want to again share a little of what I have been learning recently about the nascent business of 3D printing, aka “additive manufacturing,” with this month’s version made possible via great insights from the Hoffmanns.
by Robert Palmer | 2/19/15
On February 17, MWA Intelligence Inc. announced that it has formed a strategic alliance with Konica Minolta Business Solutions (KMBS). As part of the alliance, the two firms will offer MWAi’s FORZA platform to dealers and other providers in the imaging channel. Built on SAP Business One, MWAi’s FORZA platform offers dealers an alternative to current business systems and third party software programs.
by Greg Walters | 2/17/15
Managed print services as they once were have been replaced by dead programs. More than that — walking dead programs. Zombies. Barely detectable, cannibalistic programs crept into organizations of all sizes promising impossible cost reductions and spreading the commoditization of services. The establishment, in unfamiliar territory, created a false sanctuary and moved toward small-footprint, multifunction laser printers. Some returned to liquid toner, hoping to shake those pesky cartridge re-animators while others implemented subscription-based schemes. Some stayed the course selling copiers.