Apr 23, 2014
Digital Asset Management (DAM) as we have come to know it over the years is the notion of managing and archive important and often valuable digital assets. However, as multi-media distribution continues to grow, so does the roll of DAM in all aspects of the workflow. DAM systems now have the ability to support projects from the very beginning and integrate easily into production and distribution, DAM in this capacity has become the rule not the exception.
DAM is also the driving force behind marketers, publishers, and enterprises delivering rich-media content across various channels, languages, and locations to customers. It sits at the core of many workflow processes within these organizations to ensure brand consistency and the proper use of assets. Even today, DAM continues to evolve to support the changing media landscape as determined by the demands of consumers. Here are some of the current trends that are changing DAM solutions and driving new opportunities for its use today:
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Apr 14, 2014
HP is targeting its new page-wide business inkjet series towards the “enterprise,” which the company defines as “large” organizations with solutions needs around manageability, security, extensibility, etc. In addition, HP suggests the devices are intended for groups of 5 to 15 users who print up to 6,000 pages per month.
Positioning of new HP Officejet Enterprise X series
The new Officejet Enterprise X line incorporates features and functionality that go beyond the capabilities of the Officejet Pro X series, including more robust scanning, embedded OCR, a pull-out keyboard, a larger touchscreen, customizable job shortcuts, full solutions capability, and a secure hard disk. It is clear these features were included with the needs of larger businesses in mind.
However, the positioning of these devices as “enterprise” is likely something that is going to prove subjective, especially as the definition of “enterprise” often varies from one vendor to another. Read more »
Apr 11, 2014
Just last week on April 2nd, Nuance Communications announced the launch of their new product, Power PDF (Standard and Advanced), and I joined some of Nuance’s team in Burlington, MA for a day to hear more about the product. Read more »
Apr 7, 2014
Microsoft held Build 2014, its annual development conference in San Francisco, CA the first week of April 2014. The company made several announcements during the 2-day conference but one of the biggest was that it will be offering a royalty-free Windows Phone licensing (Yes, that’s $0) program for partners developing smartphones and tablets with screens smaller than nine inches.
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Apr 4, 2014
Recently, Silicon Valley-based Collobos Software introduced Presto 1.5, an enterprise mobile printing solution. InfoTrends spoke to Collobos CEO/CTO Scott Herscher and CMO Lanny Berg to discuss their product’s capabilities and pricing as well as their corporate strategy. Read more »
Apr 1, 2014
It looks like Microsoft won the race for China’s cloud market, by announcing just the other day that its Azure cloud services are available in China, making them the first global public cloud provider in the country.
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Mar 27, 2014
Overall, the North America office equipment market continued to decline in total unit shipments in 2013. Total unit shipments of all office single function printers and MFPs declined 5.9% year over year; this figure includes all technologies – laser and inkjet. Once again, HP held the number one market share position in 2013 with 54.7% share. This was followed by Canon with 17.1% and Epson with 11.8% share.
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Mar 25, 2014
In spring 2013 HP shook up the office printing industry with the introduction of the Officejet Pro X page-wide business inkjet devices. This spring HP is going further and has launched an enterprise version of the Officejet Pro X series.
Design of HP's new Officejet Enterprise Color MFPs/single-function printers
InfoTrends has taken a keen interest in the development of the business inkjet category. A global study revealed that laser users were willing to accept the idea of inkjet technology in the office more readily than perhaps many in the industry previously realized. It is therefore with great interest that we have received one of the new models to test in our own office. Read more »
Mar 13, 2014
The tragedy surrounding Malaysian Air flight 370 brings renewed urgency to a concept described at HP’s recent Industry Analyst Summit in Boston. Martin Fink, an HP Executive Vice President and the company’s Chief Technology Officer, presented on the topic of “How the Cloud Will Evolve.” Fink sees what he calls a “distributed mesh cloud” developing, and he expects that the cloud of the future will have multiple functions: translator, coordinator, orchestrator, arbitrator, aggregator, replicator, anonymizer, border guard, and learning engine (his favorite – more on this below). Yet challenges that the cloud faces include the sheer magnitude of data, legacy databases, hardware constraints, and time-consuming data integration. In addition, the need for real-time insight is hampered by insufficient resources as well as limited bandwidth, networking, and computing power. The lack of boundaries is another cloud challenge. Departments, companies, geographic areas, sovereign states, and others are concerned about privacy as well as defending themselves from attacks that might come from parts of the cloud.
Fink used an airline example to highlight this. What if the cloud acted as a learning engine, centralizing data from a mesh of network-connected aircraft? Read more »
Mar 10, 2014
HIMSS, a nonprofit organization with the goal to promote the best use of information technology in the healthcare industry, held its annual conference this year in Orlando February 23- 26. The event brought in over 1,200 exhibitors and over 40,000 attendees – including physicians, nurses, IT administration, and healthcare providers. Some focused topics and themes among exhibitors and attendees included Meaningful Use, interoperability, patient engagement, mobile health (mHealth), analytics, population health, and the preparation for the ICD-10 codes (which go into effect in October 2014). There were also many new products and partnership announcements. Read more »