Some recent visions of our industry have seen printers, scanners and MFPs as powerful central hubs in a cloud-based future. But what of a somewhat more humble but potentially more pervasive role? Lately, I have been asking, even advocating, a position more along the lines of "printers as things," as in part of the "Internet of things" (IOT).
by Robert Palmer | 5/1/14
Lexmark’s Q1 earnings announced on April 22 produced somewhat of a mixed market reaction. On a non-GAAP basis, revenues of $881 million exceeded Lexmark’s own guidance but represented a decline of about 1 percent compared with revenues of $886 in the year-ago quarter. Lexmark attributed the decline to its ongoing exit from the inkjet business and a decrease in hardware and supplies revenues. Net income of $58.3 million was down compared with $62 million in the year-ago quarter.
This is the second in a three-part series on how to help other people obtain their needs and achieve their goals by influencing how they think and the actions they take (aka, “How to get people to do stuff”). In the last installment we listed four general ways to get others to do the things that we need them to do.
by Jim Lyons
On March 24, 2014, HP announced two new products, the HPOfficejet Enterprise Color MFP X585 and HP Officejet Enterprise Color X555. Powered by HP PageWide technology and following the success of the earlier PageWide-based product, last year’s Officejet Pro X, big things are expected from these enterprise-grade models, judging by my preview at an HP Industry Analyst event in March.
HP’s 2014 Industry Analyst Summit, held March 4–6 in Boston, was a showcase event attended by more than 300 analysts from around the world. Although filled with as much industry jargon and marketing speak as one would want to hear in a three-day period, HP managed to connect the dots between its broad portfolio of products and services and its strategy around the converged IT infrastructure, which has become front and center for HP over the past few years.
This is the first in a three-part series on how to help other people obtain their needs and achieve their goals by influencing how they think and the actions they take. I spent quite a bit of time carefully crafting the previous sentence. I did this because when we start diving into how to “get other people to do things” we can use the knowledge for purposes ranging from entirely altruistic to altogether evil. Hitler knew how to get people to take action, as did Dr. King. It is not the tool that defines good and evil, but the intent, purpose and application of the tool. So let’s use this stuff for good.
The title of this blog is a commonly misquoted quote attributed to Mark Twain. When I went to research the exact quote and context I discovered that Twain actually wrote a variation of this in several letters after hearing that a newspaper had mistakenly reported his demise. “The report of my death was an exaggeration,” seems to be the most accurate version of the quote, which has since become one of the most famous in the English language. It’s strangely appropriate for any number of occasions and uses.
This guest blog was contributed by Michael Rich
If you have followed this blog closely over the past year, you likely noticed a recurring theme: MPS providers should look beyond print reduction in order to create a more profitable and sustainable MPS business. The interesting point to consider is that MPS is just as critical to helping businesses drive workflow changes.
This guest blog was contributed by Scott Cullen
I've been doing a lot of traveling the past two weeks to various dealer meetings (Sharp, Toshiba, Konica Minolta), and one of the prevailing trends that is impacting the latest offerings from not only these companies, but virtually everyone else in the industry as well, is mobility. Everybody is talking about it and addressing it in one way or another.