Aug 28, 2014
Choosing places to stay and eat can be challenging when travelling to new cities and countries. Over the last few years, I have turned to the service TripAdvisor and have found it to be tremendously helpful. I find much of what I read from reviewers to be very valuable and in some cases, insightful. As my way of paying it forward to others, I regularly write reviews of the hotels, restaurants, attractions, and places I have been to.
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Aug 26, 2014
At InfoTrends we have been cautiously bullish about the potential of business inkjet technology for a number of years. Given the market potential we have conducted a good deal of research and project work in this area. This work has resulted in a number of findings and naturally it has raised further questions. We are about to embark on the next phase of business ink research and I wanted to share some of our current thinking and set the scene for what we are doing next.
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Aug 22, 2014
Since 2005, InfoTrends has advocated for connected cameras. In the early days of smartphones, it was their built-in connectivity and the instant sharing that it enabled that helped to nibble away at low-end digital camera sales. Despite obstacles like mediocre image quality and expensive data plans, a large number of consumers chose the convenience of mobile photography over the superior image quality of even the simplest standalone cameras. Today (finally), more than half of the new cameras introduced by major manufacturers feature built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, but is it enough to make a difference? Read more »
Aug 20, 2014
InfoTrends recently published an in-depth primary research study on the accounting horizontal within the Business Process Automation Consulting Service. InfoTrends identified five key accounting workflow areas: 1) Sales Operations, 2) Purchasing, 3) Accounts Payable, 4) Accounts Receivable, and 5) Expense Reporting. Within those areas, InfoTrends discovered several major manual processes that demonstrate the biggest areas for automation opportunity for vendors: purchase orders, expense reports, invoices, contract agreement & terms, credit collections, and payments. Read more »
Aug 13, 2014
For centuries Milan and the lake Como region have been the trend setters for fashion and décor industries and a source of innovation in fabric printing. Thus it’s no surprise that the wave of digital printing technology that is emerging in many industrial markets is making significant impact on the region. With its early roots in the 1990’s, inkjet innovations found their way into Italian digital printing systems for fabric by companies like Robustelli. Today, this area is brimming with solutions from companies such as Aleph, F-tex, DURST, Kornit, Regianni, MS Printing systems and more. Over the past decade these innovators developed solutions aimed at producing eye catching fabrics that are on display in catwalks around the world from Milan, New York, Tokyo and Paris. Read more »
Aug 11, 2014
The 2014 Wearable Tech Expo was held at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City at the end of July. The conference was focused on the emerging wearable device market and offered a wide range of speakers from device manufacturers and component suppliers to service providers and fashionistas. It drew hundreds of attendees, intent on learning more about what was happening in this market.
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Jul 22, 2014
Just last month talk circled of the potential acquisition of Nuance Communications, the speech and dictation recognition software company, by Samsung Electronics. As of yet nothing has come to fruition with this rumor, and now we have received confirmation (albeit a quiet announcement) that Nuance has made an acquisition of their own, of Notable Solutions, Inc. (NSi), an established global leader in secure information collection and output management solutions.
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Jul 21, 2014
In a move to further capitalize on the fast-growing cross-media marketing opportunity, EFI today announced it has acquired the Berlin (Germany)-based Variable Data and Cross Media Software provider DirectSmile. No financial details have been made available about the acquisition, but since DirectSmile is relatively small, the acquisition is not expected to have a material impact on EFI’s top line revenue.
Despite DirectSmile’s limited size, the acquisition is big from a strategic point of view. So far, with perhaps the exception of OPS, EFI’s software acquisition strategy has primarily focused on providing productivity improvements (predominantly through MIS) and not so much on business enablement. However, in the last couple of years we have seen a rising demand for cross media marketing technology among print businesses. In InfoTrends’ latest investment survey (2014), about 75% of respondents indicated they believe that print companies need to become marketing services providers, the highest number we have seen since we’ve started tracking the question a few years ago. The reason is pretty simple: in a time when print volumes and margins are under pressure, cross media marketing provides an opportunity for print companies to turn the tide, offer services that make their customers meet their communication goals more effectively, and come back for more. Print business that are successful with cross media see an average increase of 15% in print volume.
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It should come as a surprise to no one that a majority of consumers now use a smartphone as their primary digital camera. For some, their smartphone might be the only camera they own – or perhaps even the only camera they have ever owned (see recent InfoBlog here). Read more »
Arianna Valentini, Bob Leahey, Tim Greene and Ron Gilboa
Recently, Investcorp, a multi-national investment firm known for investing in alternative markets, announced that it will be acquiring SPG Prints, a Netherlands-based company specializing in the manufacture of digital inks and equipment for wide format, textile, and packaging applications. With this acquisition, SPG Prints may now have a chance to further expand their offerings within the graphic arts industry.
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