PlayStation VR set to Potentially Change Console Gaming

Colin McMahon
 Sep 30, 2016

On October 13th, Sony will release the PlayStation VR (PSVR) virtual reality (VR) headset for the PlayStation 4 (PS4). This event will mark the first time that a major video game console company has released an official VR headset for its console system. PSVR will be the first of its kind, and its success could potentially alter the nature of the video game industry.

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Amazon Enters Photo Print Market

David Haueter
 Sep 29, 2016

There haven’t been that many significant entries into the photo print market over the last several years, so it was especially notable when Amazon announced its AmazonPrints service on September 21st, which is available to Amazon Prime and Amazon Drive customers. The service is now offering photo prints in 4” x 6” ($0.09), 5” x 7” ($0.58) and 8” x 10” ($1.79) sizes, as well as two different types of photo books. AmazonPrints 8” x 11” hardcover photo book with glossy pages starts at $19.99, and an 8” x 11” premium layflat hardcover book with matte paper starts at $44.99. According to the AmazonPrints website, stationery and calendars are coming soon.

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HP Inc. Unleashes Next Generation A3 MFPs to Disrupt $55B Copier Market

Barbara Richards
 Sep 28, 2016

On September 12th in conjunction with HP Inc.’s announced acquisition of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.’s Printer Business the company also announced an extensive line of A3 Laser and PageWide MFPs and services aimed at disrupting the $55B copier market. According to HP,  As part of its strategy to reinvent business printing these new products enable their partners to sell and service more cost effectively while delivering customers affordable color, reliable performance and industry-leading security.

The new portfolios of MFPs include three PageWide and 13 LaserJet platforms available in 54 different sku numbers with a variety of finishing options, including an in-cave stapler stacker, hole-punch and high capacity staple/booklet maker.

Figure 1: New HP A3 MFP Portfolio

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HP PageWide Enterprise and Pro

According to HP, the new PageWide Enterprise and Pro series will offer best in class print speeds and lower energy consumptions than similar priced lasers in their class such as:

  • A 55% reduction in carbon footprint of printing
  • Utilize 73% less energy usage than laser printers
  • Generate up to 95% less supplies and packaging waste than comparable lasers

The new HP PageWide products are designed for A3 output and will range in print speeds from 40ppm up to 60ppm. Some of the new features include correct order face down output, easy to replace supplies and built in servicing and diagnostic system as well as the new finishing accessories listed above. Product availability for the PageWide Pro is scheduled for spring 2017 while the HP PageWide Enteprise devices will be available fall 2017.

Figure 2: New HP PageWide A3 MFP

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HP LaserJet A3 MFPs

The new LaserJet A3 MFPs will be available in both color and monochrome with printing speeds ranging from 25ppm to 60ppm. In addition, HP states the new LaserJet’s will have some of the longest life components and fastest repair times among A3 laser devices in the industry, thanks to fewer parts and field replaceable units (single components that allow for a quick change at a customer site, rather than replacing multiple individual parts, as is the norm for traditional A3 models). Availability is scheduled for fall 2017.

Figure 3: New HP LaserJet A3 MFP 

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Smart Devices & Security

In addition to the A3 MFP announcements, HP also highlighted their Smart Device Services; a set of cloud tools and device-based sensing capabilities designed to integrate with third party device monitoring and service management tools. The Smart Devices Services (SDS) are compatible with any HP printer and MFPs which include FutureSmart firmware introduced in 2012 and later. HP believes SDS will enhance service efficiency for their partners’ fleet and improve up-times by providing predictive service alerts to dealers, allowing them to know the current issue, as well as those that may arise soon, before deploying service personnel, thus reducing the incidence of repeat visits. The new services will be available to qualified HP channel partners as no additional cost for all contractual devices using HP original supplies.

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Who’s Buying What: Acquisitions in the CCM Vendor Market

David Stabel
 Sep 26, 2016

Over the last decade the vendors in the Customer Communication Management (CCM) market have been actively participating in mergers and acquisitions on a global scale. The recent acquisitions done by OpenText, Accell-KKR, and Kofax (a Lexmark company), however, have brought some major changes to the CCM vendor landscape. Among others, these players find that the CCM market is attractive, in part because of its global market size today of around $1B and growing at an estimated 10% (CAGR ’14-’19). New business in this market is driven by opportunities within enterprises who increasingly become digital including their communications.

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Money20/20 Approaching: New Insights on Bill Pay

Matt Swain
 Sep 22, 2016

We are now just one month away from Money20/20, a conference and trade show billed as “the world’s largest payments & financial services innovation event.” Now in its fourth year, the show has grown to more than 10,000 attendees, 500+ exhibitors and about 125 educational sessions. This will be my third year presenting and moderating at the event, with our research helping to cover the household bill pay component of the broader payments market that will be on exhibit.

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Generations Matter

Ed Lee
 Sep 16, 2016

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Excerpt from Digital Imaging Reporter’s State of the Industry 2016

Today’s imaging environment is no longer “one size fits all.” Marketing messages, products and services need to be developed with specific audiences in mind. Two recent InfoTrends studies, which focus on interchangeable-lens cameras and millennials, reveal that generational differences have a significant influence on photographic behaviors. Read more »

Kyocera Document Solutions America Announces Alliance with DataBank for “Enhanced Total Data Solutions”

Barbara Richards
 Sep 15, 2016

On September 14th, Kyocera Document Solutions America announced a business alliance with DataBank, North America’s leading end-to-end business process solutions provider to provide business process improvement services to their mutual customers.  According to Kyocera, this alliance represents a distinctively unique partnership between a business process solutions provider and a global document imaging company to offer their customers a new level of consultative expertise in simplifying complex workflows, managing mission-critical information, and optimizing business performance. Furthermore, Kyocera believes joining forces represents a significant leap forward in capabilities, and an exceptional opportunity for companies across North America.

Figure 1 – Kyocera & DataBank Strategic Alliance

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About DataBank

DataBank was founded in 1991 and is the single largest North America reseller of Hyland OnBase, a global (ECM) enterprise content management solutions platform.  DataBank has roughly 3,500+ customers and 604 OnBase customers with over 1 billion images produced annually.  Their products include Business process automation, ECM, SharePoint & Advanced Capture Solutions.

Alliance Advantage

This alliance will further accelerate Kyocera’s integration to OnBase with its custom-developed HyPas business application.  Furthermore, according to Kyocera, this alliance will deliver one of the most comprehensive end-to-end-business process improvement solutions available on the market today from any hardware manufacturer or ECM provider.  Kyocera’s strategy is to further expand their total document solutions portfolio utilizing their TASKalfa MFPs and ECOSYS printer hardware for optimal deployment along with their HyPAS customizable software and their ADIMO (Assess, Design, Implement, Manage, and Optimize) sales approach coupled with this latest strategic alliance with DataBank for a “Total Data Solutions” approach.

Figure 2 – Kyocera’s “Total Data Solutions” Sales Approach

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At present time, Kyocera will be focusing on their direct and enterprise accounts with the new DataBank alliance while their independent dealers are not excluded; there are several logistical issues that need to be finalized before they roll it out to their channel partners. Kyocera stated that their initial focus will be within North America with further expansion into Pan-America at a later date.

InfoTrends’ Opinion

ECM solutions are becoming increasingly important for organizations to manage, streamline, and access all types of content in this “big data” age.  InfoTrends believes more and more of the next key phases for equipment vendors is to incorporate Business Process Automation solutions into their strategies, especially as they relate to vertical markets or horizontal processes.  Kyocera’s latest strategic announcement with DataBank is another example of this expanding market trend and if executed effectively could lead to big gains for both partners.

HP Inc. to buy Samsung Electronics’ Printer Business

Anne Valaitis
 Sep 12, 2016

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HP Inc. announced today they are set to buy Samsung’s printer business for a reported $1.05 billion. HP Inc. went public with a number of announcements today during their Global Partner Conference in Boston, Ma continuing for the next few days. As part of the Samsung announcement, HP is set to gain about 6,000 Samsung employees once the deal is finalized. HP sets its expectation to close within 12 months (according to Enrique Lores HP, president of imaging and printing). Of the 6,000 employees, approximately 2,000 are research and development engineers, 1,000 are sales and support staff and the remaining are in service and manufacturing, Lores said. As of this writing, Samsung has not shared the revenue that had been generated from their printing business.

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StarVR, IMAX, and the Future of Cinema

Colin McMahon
 
The cinema industry has been experiencing problems for years, ever since the advent of HD TV technology in the home. This past summer saw a largely disappointing blockbuster season (helped largely through the Chinese movie-going market, rather than national gross). With 3D being increasingly seen as a fad and not the next step forward, movie companies are again looking to the future. IMAX looks to have chosen Starbreeze, Acer, and the StarVR as its future.
Original StarVR headset concept design.

Original StarVR headset concept design.

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Digital Printing at IWF 2016 – Creative, Effective, Innovative

Ron Gilboa
 Sep 8, 2016

A week passed since the successful conclusion of the International Woodworking Fair in Atlanta on August 27, 2016. With over 25 product categories such as custom wood working, veneers, flooring, doors, and accessories spread over more than 500,000 square feet. The show drew over 26,000 participants and 1,080 exhibitors some attended educational sessions and most walked the show in search for new product, innovations, as well as sourcing materials for their projects.

IWF 2016 - Home for digitally produced decorative surfaces

IWF 2016 – Home for digitally produced decorative surfaces

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