Observations from DOCUMENT Strategy Forum ’15

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 May 28, 2015

The annual DOCUMENT Strategy Forum took place in Greenwich, Connecticut earlier this month on the 12th through the 14th. The Document Strategy (DS) Media has been organizing the event for the past several years and attendance this year was made up of 330 industry representatives, executives, analysts, and vendors. The group coordinates with a hand-picked advisory board made up of leading industry professionals to select topics and organize the forum’s panel discussions.

Kaspar Roos Presenting at DSF

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Quest Toward Mobile Print Simplification Continues

Christine Dunne Dunne
 

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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DocuWare Presents its Version 6.7, Partner Awards, and Financials at DocuWorld 2015

Brendan Morse
 May 26, 2015

DocuWare wrapped up their partner conference, DocuWorld, in Orlando on Thursday. DocuWare reviewed the new capabilities built into their software, financial successes, and target markets areas. The 2015 members of the Diamond Club were announced and received their awards, and some shared their success stories.

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DAM NY 2015

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 May 21, 2015

On May 7th and 8th over 650 professionals descended on the Hilton Midtown in New York City for Henry Stewart’s 12th annual DAM NY Conference to see and learn about all things related to digital asset management (DAM). This year’s theme centered on ‘The Art & Practice of Managing Digital Media – all from the user’s perspective’ and was a common viewpoint amongst many of the speakers. HP, Adobe Creative Cloud, and Media Beacon were the marquee sponsors. However, a bevy of other vendors and consulting organizations sponsored and/or spoke at the show.

DAM NY Panel

Many of the topics centered on the current state of the market as well as where people see DAM going in the near future. There were plenty of well-known brands such as Comedy Central, 3M, and the NHL represented on the panels to share their insights.  Although there were endless puns at the show, we will spare you from any more by simply sharing our observations from the show:

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Adobe Flies Sky High with Document Cloud

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 May 19, 2015

Adobe is certainly no stranger when it comes to creating technologies that assist businesses in becoming more digital. Not everything the company has tried has gone gangbusters, but its newest offering, Adobe Document Cloud, appears poised for success. Read more »

Interprint Digitally Prints Décor Paper with KBA’s RotaJET Technology

Ron Gilboa
 May 13, 2015

Interprint one of the world’s most prominent manufacturers of décor paper for the laminate industry has gone digital. In a press release dated May 5th 2015, the company stated their strategy to use digital printing technology to address the growing demand for shorter runs of décor paper used in the manufacturing process of decorative laminates used for furniture, cabinetry, kitchen counters, doors, and other woodworking applications. Interprint is using the marketing slogan “Hello World!” to introduce its clients to this investment in digital innovation, a KBA RotaJET with a print width of 1.68 meters capable of speed up to 150 meters per minute. This CMYK device is capable of producing over 3.7 million square meters per month (based on a speed of 150 meters per minute, a 1.68 meter width, 2 shifts a day, and 22 days a month operating at 70% productivity).

Interprint is using the slogan “Hello world!” to promote its new capabilities (Source: Interprint)

Interprint is using the slogan “Hello world!” to promote its new capabilities (Source: Interprint)

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Leading with Workflow – Canon-Océ Commercial Printing Business Days

Ralf Schlozer
 May 12, 2015

The importance of workflow and the matching software ecosystem has been frequently publicised and although not every user might have realised it yet, all production printing hardware vendors are strengthening their offerings in workflow and solutions nowadays. The importance of workflow is however in stark contrast with the lack of approaches in making the benefits of workflow visible in an exhibition or open house environment. Software remains intangible and while the benefit of some features can be calculated in time and money, for other features like customer satisfaction, error reduction, new services offerings and overall process efficiency calculating the exact value for a single business case is much harder.

Canon-Océ already organised several Commercial Printing Business Days, but for the event that took place in April 2015 the software portfolio was targeted to take centre stage. Presentations, workshops and customer testimonials focussed on workflow solutions. Canon-Océ invited users and prospects with interest in workflow solutions and had a total attendance of 550 visitors from around the globe at the three days of the event.

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New Standard Aims to Simplify 3D Printing Process

Christine Dunne Dunne
 May 4, 2015

Last week, it was announced that seven leading companies in the global 3D printing sector have launched a new consortium—the 3MF Consortium—focused on interoperability, functionality, and standards within the 3D printing industry.

The 3MF Consortium’s Logo

As a first step, the consortium is releasing a new specification—the 3D Manufacturing Format (3MF) specification—that enables design applications to send “full-fidelity” 3D models to other applications, platforms, services, and printers. The first version of the specification is free, and available for download on the consortium’s website.

According to the press release announcing the news, current 3D design file formats—such as STL files—often have limitations around accuracy, ease of use, and functionality. They aren’t necessarily capable of fully describing models and all their characteristics. Read more »

Ricoh and Sharp Announce New Plans to Bring IT Services to the Channel

Brendan Morse
 May 1, 2015

 

Ricoh Americas Corporation and Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America (SIICA) announced new additions to their channel programs this week; both targeted to help their dealers provide IT services.  Ricoh’s program named CHAMPS will offer what is being branded as Cloud IT Services, which will be available exclusively for Ricoh Family Group dealer partners in the US. This is made possible through Ricoh’s 2014 acquisition of mindSHIFT. Sharp is going the partnership route by naming Continuum, a channel-only IT platform and services provider, as a Strategic Alliance Member. While not exclusive, this is the first such partnership between an OEM and a company like Continuum in the US.

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