Category: Print

Patent Trolls Harass Print Service Providers

James Hanlon
Jan 12, 2016

Starting in the fall of 2015, Dr. Harvey R. Levenson, Cal Poly Professor Emeritus, presented multiple conference sessions or webinars dedicated to the issue of patent lawsuits targeted at print service providers. These patent licensing operations, colloquially known as “patent trolls” or NPEs (non-practicing entities), are individuals or business entities that persistently purchase or file for patents, with the sole purpose of charging licensing and royalty fees. This blog builds on some of the key concepts in one of Dr. Levenson’s webinars and also summarizes some recent developments related to patent trolls.

Patent trolls are an increasing international issue, and continue to be active in almost every industry. According to UnifiedPatents in their Q3 Patent Dispute Report, over 67% of all patent litigation in the United States are filed by NPEs seeking monetary gain.

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Keeping things Simple with HP Digital Capture

Anne Valaitis
Dec 4, 2015

On December 3rd, HP Inc. announced new offerings designed to create a more efficient and streamlined capture environment. According to HP Inc., these new solutions will target deployment of digital capture in a variety of business environments in a simpler, more cost effective manner. In addition to the benefits and economics of a digital capture solution, HP also made an announcement of new scanners and MFPs with advanced features designed to tackle paper-centric workflows.
Data from the recent InfoTrends Multi-Client study entitled, The Future of Scanning, revealed that of the 500 respondents, 47% stated that shifting from paper processes to electronic was a business priority. Paper processes, often thought of as antiquated and cumbersome are being targeted as areas of transition and automation. Vendors and providers are seeking not only to identify inefficiencies in processes but apply convenient low cost solutions as well.

HP pursues the goal of delivering a full featured digital capture solution without the need of investing in a complex, broadly featured system. In addition to a lower cost of implementation, a rapid deployment of the solution is expected with the help of templated workflows to common process areas.  The HP Scan Configuration Service, when bundled with an installation of HP Embedded Capture, provides for a low touch workflow process initiation. Template-based scan flows are available for industries such as healthcare and financial services with more said to come. These templates can be used for common, repeatable tasks within these often demanding process areas with little or “light” configuration. The new service functionality is embedded without the need for an additional server or heavy infrastructure burden. HP has set the pricing at a one-time fee of $25 per device, when bundled with the purchase and installation of HP’s Embedded Capture.

In addition to the new JetAdvantage Solutions, HP announced three new ScanJet devices and an expansion of their A3 MFP portfolio. The ScanJet model Pro 2500f1 and 3500f1 are personal desktop flatbed scanners replacing aging models in this segment class. The ScanJet 4500fn1 is an entry level network connected scanner with features such as scan to mobile via wi-fi and wi-fi direct, HP JetAdvantage Capture App and paper handling using HP EveryPage technology suite. The Scanjet 4500fn1 is also replacing aging models in the segment class of devices.

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The HP MFP S965dn and HP MFP S975dn models are for light production printing environments and workflow onramp with support for HP Capture and Route. Each is 65 and 75 page per minute print speed respectively with a variety of finishing options available; fold, insert, trim, saddle stitch, as well as punching. The 10.1” touch screen offers a high resolution preview and retractable keyboard. Up to 150k pages monthly provide the highest print volumes in the HP MFP portfolio.
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An easy, low cost solution to digital capture, along with pre-built templates for common business process workflow automation is an attractive solution as businesses of varied sizes are working through activities related to conversion. InfoTrends believes businesses will continue to seek out ways to transition laborious processes to a more streamlined, automated approach. Offering solutions that can address this, in a low cost, uncomplicated way with paths to expand will serve as a successful strategy for vendors competing in our industry.

 

 

Xerox Announces Next Generation Workflow Automation Solutions and More

Allison Correia and Brendan Morse
Nov 17, 2015

On November 16th, Xerox announced two new workflow automation solutions for the insurance industry and HR departments, updated versions of two of their platforms (Digital Alternatives and DocuShare), and new components of their MPS strategy for the channel.

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The Dell-EMC Deal

Brendan Morse
Oct 20, 2015

The Deal
Though a little sticker-shock—to the order of $67 billion—is certainly in order, we should not be entirely surprised that Dell acquired EMC and its 81% stake in VMware. After all, it was an open secret that EMC was actively seeking buyers after the recent struggles with shareholders, and the failure to conclude a deal with HP. Though the acquisition includes a 60-day ‘go-shop’ provision that allows EMC to seek other bids with minimal penalty, competing bids seem unlikely. Dell has offered a substantial bid, and the number of other companies that would be seriously interested in acquiring EMC’s business is limited. Under the terms of the deal, EMC will go private as part of Dell, and VMware will remain a publically traded company.

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Take-aways of Canon Europe’s EXPO 2015 Keynote in Paris

David Stabel

Last week, Canon Europe opened its doors for EXPO 2015, its quinquennial global event, in Paris, France. The EXPO is a major event for Canon’s partners and customers within the EMEA region. This year’s EXPO  covered over 15,000 square meters of exhibition space. It demonstrated innovations in business areas within consumer imaging products, office equipment, print production, broadcast and communications, medical systems, and security solutions.

Fujio Mitarai, Chairman and CEO of Canon Inc., and Rokus van Iperen, President and CEO of Canon Europe, Middle East, and Africa, opened EXPO 2015 with a keynote speech that shared Canon’s vision on the future of imaging, as well as Canon Europe’s strategy. Here are the key take-aways from this keynote speech.

Fujio Mitarai, Chairman & CEO of Canon Inc.

Rokus van Iperen, President & CEO Canon Europe

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New Epson EcoTank Printers “Loaded & Ready With Up to 2 year of Ink”

Barbara Richards
Aug 4, 2015

On August 4th Epson unveiled five new EcoTank™ inkjet printers for the North America market. The new all-in-one printers feature large ink reservoirs or what Epson defines as “Supertanks” that come loaded and ready for up to two years of print without replacing the ink. According to Epson, compared with traditional printers, the ink included in the EcoTank is equivalent to about 20 sets of ink cartridges or more. Furthermore Epson claims about ninety percent of the pages printed in the U.S. today are printed in black and white not color.

Figure 1: New Epson EcoTank™ Printers

In the past, the major barrier to color prints has been the high cost of ink replacements with Epson’s new EcoTank printers, the cost is as low as $12.99 per bottle or $52 per set of bottles. Epson claims a standard home printer requires approximately 20 sets of cartridges to print the same number of pages included with the equivalent EcoTank printers.  The new EcoTank printers combined the latest in Epson’s advanced Micro Piezo print head technology with a large ink reservoir to create an entirely new printing system. The new models are ideally suited for the home and SMB (small-to-medium size business) environments. They all offer a two-year limited warranty and have built in Ethernet and wireless printing support through a variety of operating systems as well as through Epson Connect™ (Epson’s cloud print and scan service). The new models will be available in the September timeframe through major computer stores, mass merchants and office superstores.

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Russia’s weak economy speaks disaster

Deborah Hawkins
Jun 24, 2015

InfoTrends latest analysis shows the market for SF & MF Printers in Russia contracted 8.5% in 2014 versus the year prior. That equates to more than 330k placements. The highest decline was in office laser placements (-9% yoy) suggesting that the weak economy is hindering investment for the majority of companies. Added to that is the continued depreciation of the Ruble which financial analysts suggest fell more than 90% against the USD in the Calendar year 2014. Blamed as the reason why businesses are not investing, it is now also a reason not to invest. The fall-out of the Ruble is mostly attributed to the conflict in Ukraine and the resulting Western Sanctions as well as the low oil price. Read more »

Document Fraud Continues to Grow

Other Posts
Jun 22, 2015

Document fraud is growing at an alarming rate. Authorities say criminal networks are now faking, forging and doctoring more Social Security cards, driver’s licenses, travel documents and identity papers than ever before. Read more »

Quest Toward Mobile Print Simplification Continues

Christine Dunne
May 28, 2015

Recently, an acquaintance had a near-meltdown when she couldn’t figure out how to print from her Windows tablet to her Dell printer. On Facebook, she implored friends to help her figure out what she was doing wrong—indicating she needed printouts for work, pronto.

She isn’t alone. Take a look at the user review section of any mobile print app, and you will encounter plenty of comments around printing issues (e.g., app doesn’t work, formatting is incorrect, printer isn’t supported). Indeed, recent InfoTrends research indicated that the top perceived barriers to mobile printing center around technical and compatibility issues.

Assuming you needed to print something from your smartphone or tablet for personal reasons, which would be the largest barriers to doing so?

Source: Mobile Devices and the Impact on Print: Looking for the Opportunities in the U.S., China, Mexico and Brazil
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The Inkjet Revival

Deborah Hawkins
Apr 20, 2015

Placements of inkjet printing devices for consumer and office use were positive in Western Europe in 2014. After years of downward spiraling, the 3.5% YOY growth in 2014 to 14.6 million devices provide a welcome break for the industry players. At a country level, the highest placements increase by country was in the Netherlands with 21% YOY increase. The UK, traditionally a strong country for inkjet technology, also experienced strong growth of 11.6% YOY likely linked to a stable economic situation. In addition, there have been significant developments in inkjet technology, particularly around page-wide technology in recent years that have aided this upward turn. Read more »

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