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!
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.