Posts tagged: cloud

Big Data Trend Continues with New Pharos Solution

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 Jun 4, 2014

Bea·con (noun)

: a strong light that can be seen from far away and that is used to help guide ships, airplanes, etc.

: someone or something (such as a country) that guides or gives hope to others.

This term is fitting for Pharos’s next generation of Mindful Print Solutions (its new definition of MPS). InfoTrends recently spoke with Pharos President Keith Nickoloff, CEO Kevin Pickhardt, and CTO Fred Schempp to discuss the release of this new offering. Pharos sees this product as “the next evolution” of its user-driven strategy. Mr. Nickoloff continued to emphasize that “devices don’t print, people do.” Looking at printing from that perspective, it starts to make sense how an analytics-based solution like Beacon can help organizations make smarter and more cost-effective printing decisions. Like a beacon, the solution can help guide users on a new path.

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DCT Reimagining ECM Delivery with SimpleECM Launch

Allison Correia
 May 20, 2014

After being in beta for several months, Document Capture Technologies (DCT), creators of SimpleScan Connect, announced on April 29th the release of their SimpleECM solution- “making information available where and when businesses want it”. This enterprise content management platform was created with a “workflow-centric view” of document/capture management and is delivered via standard application programming interfaces (APIs) and cloud-based services. Their target market includes in-house developers, system integrators, and outsourced app developers. Read more »

Cloud Storage Getting Serious About Photos?

Alan Bullock
 Apr 14, 2014

In InfoTrends’ 2013 U.S. Cloud Services End-User Survey, more cloud service users said that they were storing photos than any other type of file, outpacing both music and video by about a 3-to-2 margin. Cloud services provide safe, secure, long-term storage, which is ideal for preserving the precious memories that many digital photos represent. But storage is a commodity — a rather boring commodity, at that, and therein lies the opportunity. Read more »

Nuance Announces Power PDF

Allison Correia
 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 »

Microsoft becomes first foreign cloud provider in China

Allison Correia
 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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The Distributed Cloud, Black Boxes, and Airline Disasters

Jim Hamilton
 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 »

Streaming Personal Content to TV is Getting Easier

Alan Bullock
 Mar 6, 2014

When Google introduced its Chromecast streaming media player in the summer of 2013, it was unique in its simplicity: no user interface and no built-in apps. Read more »

Xerox announces SMART portal for sales partners

Deborah Hawkins
 Jan 15, 2014

Xerox kicked off 2014 on the 9th January, announcing their SMART Centre mobile-friendly sales tool portal aimed at the indirect channel. SMART is an acronym for Xerox Sales, Marketing, Analysis, Research and Training. This cloud based directory contains a host of sales enabling tools which automatically check the location of the Xerox sales partner and offer sales information relevant to that person’s regional location and/or language. Localised content is available in 22 different languages and is aimed for any of Xerox’s global partners. Content includes up-to-date Xerox hardware and software specifications and Feature Advantage Benefits(FAB) catalogues and a proposal generator. Hardware competitive information is driven from the BLi database. The comparison of software is driven by a combination of 3rd party tools and a guided sales application for Xerox branded solutions. Read more »

Latest Research Shows Cloud Computing to Transform Workflow Market

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 Dec 10, 2013

InfoTrends has just released a major study on cloud computing in the production workflow market. In October and November 2013, InfoTrends surveyed over 600 print service providers (PSPs) in the U.S., Western Europe and Asia Pacific (incl. Japan). We also spoke with Digital Equipment & Workflow Vendors, Distributors, Cloud Services Providers, and Legal Experts to provide an in-depth understanding of how cloud computing is impacting the production workflow market.

The conclusions are not surprising: despite data security and bandwidth concerns, the cloud is rapidly gaining momentum. In the years to come, we can expect the share of subscription based solutions to grow quickly as vendors are moving more to software as a service (SaaS) but also PSPs are increasingly preferring an operational expense model rather than an upfront capital expense.

 

High Demand for Subscription-based Licensing

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Shutterfly Launches ThisLife amid Casualties in Photo Aggregation

Alan Bullock
 Nov 8, 2013

It’s been a rough week for startups in the photo aggregation space. On Tuesday, November 5, Everpix notified users that it was shutting down. Today, November 8, Linea made a similar announcement. While there may be a silver lining for Linea (the shutdown letter to users says that its “core technology will be deployed in a new platform in the future”), there was no such optimism coming from Everpix. Its demise is well documented in this article on The Verge.

This news comes in the wake of Shutterfly’s recent beta launch of ThisLife, its new “Enhanced Cloud Service” for gathering and organizing photo and video content from multiple sources. Read more »

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