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December 2016 TIC

channelchatgeneric120Our panel of experts this month takes a look at channel evolution. From the likelihood of the paperless office to evolving technologies to where they stand on “adapt or die,” we had some fun with this month’s panel, who as always were full of interesting ideas and insights – oh, and apparently really miss vinyl records.

Weiss 150by Amy Weiss, The Imaging Channel

Each year as we approach another turn of the calendar, we, like almost every other media outlet in existence, take a look back at the past year for a bit of a retrospective. Whether mainstream news media or industry-specific publications, it is traditional to examine the previous 11.5 months or so and take stock of where we are, where we’ve been and where we’re going. In this way — perhaps one of the only ways — 2016 is no exception.

Konica 150by Sam Errigo, Konica Minolta Business Solutions USA, Inc.

Over the course of the last 10 years, we have seen rapid technological changes. Businesses of all sizes — from small-to-medium-sized (SMB) to enterprise — need to leverage resources more than ever before and stay competitive within an evolving and rapidly changing marketplace. We see more dealers extending their businesses into IT services, enterprise content management (ECM), video conferencing and even physical security. Bringing together the power of technology with a culture that embraces change and a remote workforce is key.

Stewart 150by Ken Stewart for The Imaging Channel

I’m sure you’ve heard a lot of doom and gloom — prognostications or ultimatums about what you must do just to stay alive, right? But in the end, you are going to make up your own mind about your next move. So it’s time to hear a different message — a practical message that shares practical insights about the channel’s current state of evolution.

Samsung 150by Eddie Castillo, Samsung Electronics America

The Internet of Things. The cloud. SaaS. Digital transformation. Digital disruption. The paperless office. Mobile workers. Big data and analytics. Business process automation and optimization. These buzzwords represent the new technologies changing the way businesses work and driving them to previously unseen and uncharted heights. The shifting environment is leaving the document imaging marketplace with an ultimatum ripped straight from a biology textbook: adapt, migrate or disappear.