January 2013

by Charles Brewer | Actionable Intelligence

Back in October Hewlett-Packard and Lexmark unveiled a remarkable number of new machines aimed at the office. It appears that the two firms independently decided that there will be some recovery in the office equipment market in the new year and they’d better have the goods to take advantage of any pent-up demand.

by Jim Lyons

On October 30, HP made a major, headline-grabbing printer announcement, which included a number of new products and solutions for small, medium and large businesses. And while the traditional view of such an announcement might typically focus more on the hardware, it’s the “solution” side of the story that piques the interest of those close to the business, who note HP’s Printing and Personal Systems Group’s (PPSG) strengthened concentration on forward-looking areas.

by Greg Walters | Walters & Shutwell

Johannes Gutenberg understood it has always been about communications — not simply marks on paper: “It is a press, certainly, but a press from which shall flow in inexhaustible streams. ... A spring of truth shall flow from it: like a new star it shall scatter the darkness of ignorance, and cause a light heretofore unknown to shine.”

by Raegen Pietrucha

In many a class I took over the years, scientific principles and theories were taught and, if possible, demonstrated. I remember being most intrigued by the elements of those concepts that remained unalterable, true. Often, such elements were absolute — black or white — but because of this, they were also eternally relegated to the realm of idea versus experience — purely conceptual, though presumably real. Absolute zero: a temperature that can never be reached, even in the coldest parts of outer space. Infinity: an endless quantity of space, time or both that simply can’t be bound, because to give it boundaries would be to limit it, and to limit it would go against its very essence.

by Raegen Pietrucha

Well, it’s official: Health care is forever changed. Don’t worry — this reference isn’t political. The changes I’m speaking of are with respect to all those forms, documents, records and other paper miscellany that accompany a visit to a doctor or hospital — or used to, anyway. I have to admit, I hadn’t even realized there was some amount of comfort for me associated with all those papers it took me eons to fill out, to be passed back and forth countless times during the course of my always lengthy visits with doctors and specialists — that is, until they disappeared, of course.

by Robert Palmer

If you spend much time following the imaging business these days, there is one question that is often repeated: How long can printing remain relevant? It is an interesting question to ponder. On the one hand, the printing business is under attack from numerous disruptive forces, all of which have been discussed and debated by pundits the world over — including within the pages of this publication. Yet the “paperless office” that was predicted more than 20 years ago has been very slow to materialize. Printing, while certainly threatened and on the decline, remains an important part of our everyday lives.