Oct 21, 2014
On September 10th through 12th Samsung’s Enterprise Business Division held its annual Print and Imaging National summit for Samsung dealers at the Hyatt Regency in Dallas, Texas. The conference was designed to educate attendees on Samsung’s strategy and vision for the future, introduce new lineups of products and technologies, and enlighten dealers on new marketing implementation/execution plans for pushing these new products. Approximately 300 people attended the event, including dealers, ISV partners, and analysts. Read more »
Oct 1, 2014
In September, several vendors made announcements related to mobile printing, or with implications for printing from mobile devices.
Epson America announced that its latest inkjet devices are its first Mopria-certified printers. The company also launched the Epson Connect Solutions Finder to “help mobile users make sense of the numerous mobile printing solutions and apps currently available.”
Screenshot from Epson Connect Solutions Finder webpage
Samsung has acquired mobile cloud printing solution provider PrinterOn. According to Samsung, the purchase is expected to reinforce Samsung’s expansive mobile ecosystem—especially for the company’s B2B customers. PrinterOn then announced a new version of its enterprise software with several additions, including wide area network iOS printing, IPP print server and Oracle compatibility, as well as support for Fuji Xerox MFP-based reporting when using Equitrac. Read more »
Sep 29, 2014
This week HP introduced the new model Officejet 8040 e-All-in-One Printer. A complete system designed to make the home/small office more productive, efficient and highly organized. HP and NEAT have entered into a new partnership that would provide the NEAT cloud based filing service with an all-in-one printer as a full package. This product is designed to center on the home office, a large and growing area for HP with this device being a focal point to provide additional tools to enhance the work experience and even augment some personal home printing as well. The addition of NEAT, according to HP, will greatly improve the typical home office user experience and address some key pain points. As business grows more paper is produced and received and can create a disorganized and messy work environment that is hard to manage.
As part of this combined offering, at $399 the HP Officejet 8040 printer will include a 3-year NEAT cloud service subscription for free. The connection to NEAT is provided to customers through an installation process, activation of the included hard drive, and mobile app deployment. The setup process is designed to ensure the customer is prepared to begin using the device and the NEAT service account. The account provides access to the NEAT cloud, mobile access and features such as unlimited scanned documents using the control panel from the Officejet 8040.
Other ways to bring documents into NEAT are the mobile app, this allows you to use the camera function on your smartphone and taking a picture of a document, or by using the NEAT application on your PC or MAC. All the documents will use the NEAT smart organization system which includes the (in document identification) ID2 software, reads the documents making it key word searchable and will also extract vital data from items such as business cards and receipts. These systems can aid in finding and searching for content and documents within the NEAT cloud system.
To differentiate the filing solution, according to HP, is the inclusion of a 1tb hard drive. For customers that may feel reluctant to scan certain documents to the cloud, the hard drive gives the opportunity to also store files locally. The hard drive is portable and can be removed from the Officejet 8040 when needed.
HP and NEAT have come together to offer customers a printing solutions that is meant to be simple and easy to use providing greater organization to home offices. Productivity, efficiency and time savings are all being promoted with the solution along with the FREE cloud access that would otherwise be $5.99 a month from NEAT.
InfoTrends feels that this new solution from HP and NEAT is well suited to the targeted audience given that both companies share brand awareness to the home office and small business sector. By delivering a total printer based cloud solution, each company can look to develop further into the expansive space of home and small business file organization. Home and small businesses each have needs and requirements to be organized, productive and responsive to customers, this new solution and partnership can now deliver distinct advantages at an attractive pricepoint.
Sep 10, 2014
In August, a variety of printer manufacturers announced their latest quarterly earnings. The table below includes percent changes in revenue and operating profit from last year (for the respective print business units), as well as key drivers for the shifts.
Latest vendor quarterly earnings
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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 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 »
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 15, 2014
At an analyst, press, and customer event in New York City last week Konica Minolta launched two new color products and hinted at (but did not provide specifics on) announcements to come later this year. Rick Taylor, Konica Minolta U.S.’s President and Chief Operating Officer, and other Konica Minolta U.S. executives also outlined the company’s strategy in a presentation titled “Blueprint for the Future” that showed how print technology remains at the core, but is surrounded by solutions and services.
Jul 10, 2014
It is our sad duty to report that Charlie Corr has died after a long illness. The industry has lost one of its greatest intellects. He will be sorely missed.
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Jun 16, 2014
On June 4th, Kodak Alaris announced the addition of two new scanners to their product portfolio. The KODAK SCANMATE i1150 and KODAK SCANMATE i1180 are positioned as transaction based scanning devices. Each device is positioned uniquely to capture and then facilitate a business process. As paper usage within business matures and transitions, the time to capture valuable content from remaining pages increases. Kodak Alaris has worked with customers to identify and observe specific needs for scan and capture in these specific business environments. Read more »