Posts tagged: Enterprise

The Future of Kodak Prosper: drupa, UltraStream, and New Ownership

Jim Hamilton
 May 19, 2016

In April, Kodak held an inkjet-focused briefing in Dayton, Ohio to update industry analysts on their current status, new developments, and drupa 2016 plans. The event provided an excellent opportunity to get an up-close look at Kodak’s inkjet offerings, including some technology demonstrations that will be highlighted at drupa 2016 (May 31st to June 10th in Dusseldorf, Germany).

It’s an important time for Kodak’s Dayton-based Enterprise Inkjet Systems Division. drupa 2016 is fast approaching, and the division has big plans there. The next generation of Stream head technology (UltraStream) will also be on display as a technology demonstration. Perhaps most importantly, Kodak’s board has announced that the Enterprise Inkjet business, including the Prosper Press Platform, the S Series Imprinting Systems, and related products are for sale.

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Kodak, with a sizeable booth in Hall 5, will be the fifth largest exhibitor at drupa. From an inkjet perspective, Kodak plans to showcase Read more »

HP’s new enterprise ink series: user experience

Christine Dunne Dunne
 May 27, 2014

After providing an overview of HP’s new enterprise inkjet series, discussing its positioning and key features, and explaining its cost benefits, I will address the experience of using one of the models in our office. Over the last few weeks, my colleagues and I have tested the Officejet Enterprise X585z MFP, the top-of-the-line model in the series. While our office is not necessarily the size of an “enterprise” or large business (fewer than 50 people work regularly out of the Boston-based headquarters), our print volumes are likely in sync with the device’s recommended page volume of up to 6,000 pages per month.

The HP Officejet Enterprise X585z MFP in our office

We are not a testing company, but I believe our experience can be instructive as it represents a real-world trial of the device. Like most businesses, we have certain requirements and preferences for our printouts/scans/etc., and are able to evaluate how well the X585z meets our requirements. Read more »

HP’s new enterprise ink series offers multiple cost advantages

Christine Dunne Dunne
 Apr 30, 2014

One of the most compelling aspects of HP’s new enterprise inkjet printer series is the devices’ pricing, running costs, and total cost of ownership. The Officejet Enterprise X page-wide series offers significant cost savings compared to color lasers with similar features and functionality. This is particularly important, given that cost concerns play a key role in customer decision making. This post looks at the benefits of the series from a pricing, cost per page, and total cost of ownership perspective.

Pricing

The new single function printers are priced at $749 and $1,199 (base models), while the MFPs range in price from $1,999 to $2,799 (base models). These are very attractive price points given the devices’ fast speeds, robust engines, networking capabilities, and other business-level features.

Key specs and pricing of HP’s new Officejet Enterprise X series

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HP’s enterprise ink series: positioning & key features

Christine Dunne Dunne
 Apr 14, 2014

HP is targeting its new page-wide business inkjet series towards the “enterprise,” which the company defines as “large” organizations with solutions needs around manageability, security, extensibility, etc. In addition, HP suggests the devices are intended for groups of 5 to 15 users who print up to 6,000 pages per month.

Positioning of new HP Officejet Enterprise X series

The new Officejet Enterprise X line incorporates features and functionality that go beyond the capabilities of the Officejet Pro X series, including more robust scanning, embedded OCR, a pull-out keyboard, a larger touchscreen, customizable job shortcuts, full solutions capability, and a secure hard disk. It is clear these features were included with the needs of larger businesses in mind.

However, the positioning of these devices as “enterprise” is likely something that is going to prove subjective, especially as the definition of “enterprise” often varies from one vendor to another. Read more »

A New Mobile Printing Solution: Presto by Collobos

Other Posts
 Apr 4, 2014

Presto - mobile printingRecently, Silicon Valley-based Collobos Software introduced Presto 1.5, an enterprise mobile printing solution. InfoTrends spoke to Collobos CEO/CTO Scott Herscher and CMO Lanny Berg to discuss their product’s capabilities and pricing as well as their corporate strategy.  Read more »

HP expands further into business inkjet with new enterprise devices

Christine Dunne Dunne
 Mar 25, 2014

In spring 2013 HP shook up the office printing industry with the introduction of the Officejet Pro X page-wide business inkjet devices. This spring HP is going further and has launched an enterprise version of the Officejet Pro X series.

Design of HP's new Officejet Enterprise Color MFPs/single-function printers

InfoTrends has taken a keen interest in the development of the business inkjet category. A global study revealed that laser users were willing to accept the idea of inkjet technology in the office more readily than perhaps many in the industry previously realized. It is therefore with great interest that we have received one of the new models to test in our own office. Read more »

HP Announces OEM Deal with Sharp for Light Production Printers

Deborah Hawkins
 Dec 10, 2013

HP announced a major OEM deal with Sharp Corporation for a new line of color and black & white light production printers that will be offered exclusively as part of HP managed print services contracts. The partnership with Sharp is based on the 900 series MFP and is HP’s first high-end workgroup/light production device. HP will initially roll out the products in North America, Western Europe, and Australia with other regions following later in the year as needed.

 

HP Color MFP S962dn

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Four Critical Steps to Making the Right Investment in Customer Communications Management Technology

Other Posts
 Feb 1, 2013

Over the past decade, we’ve witnessed a shift in thinking as it relates to the role of customer communications within enterprises. Documents like bills, statements, policies, explanations of benefits, and other correspondence that were once relegated to back-office corporate operations are turning into critical communications that can help enhance the overall customer experience. Here are several key trends influencing this renewed interest in customer communications:

  • Traditional delivery methods—like printed mail—remain favorable to a significant percentage of the population and, in many industries, are required for regulatory compliance. As a result, these channels remain vital to support customer experience.
  • Multi-channel delivery and presentment of correspondence now factor into consumer buying choices. Customers want to be communicated within their channel(s) of preference.
  • Emergent channels like mobile and social media are increasingly becoming channels of communication preference by customers, creating new opportunities for customer engagement across all interaction points.

Companies are reacting to the need to step up their customer experience game by replacing legacy technologies and processes with modern platforms that can holistically manage customer communications across all lines-of-business within an enterprise. As they search for solutions to meet their needs, potential buyers encounter a crowded and sometimes overwhelming technology landscape, making it difficult to determine which solution is the right one to select for their business. Read more »

HP’s Hiflex Buy: More Than Meets the Eye

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 Dec 20, 2011

On December 6, HP announced its acquisition of Aachen, Germany-based Hiflex Software, a provider of print Management Information System (MIS) and Web-to-print software. Unlike EFI, which scooped up German MIS provider Alphagraph on exactly the same day for the purpose of expanding its customer base and sales capabilities internationally, HP’s prime motivation was to acquire technology to power its enterprise cloud-based printing initiatives.

Since the printing industry is in decline and printed pages are under pressure from electronic communications, growth in digital page volume for digital print manufacturers needs to come either from offset migration or by switching over pages produced on competing devices. For HP, developing cloud-based technology that capitalizes on its IT strength with the intent to capture enterprise print directly is a practical (albeit risky) strategy to route more volume to its Indigo customers. Read more »

HP’s Strategic Announcements Signal Major Enterprise Focus

Randall Dazo
 Aug 19, 2011

In life they say “timing is everything” and for the financial community, it is no coincidence that HP made several announcements yesterday during their Q3 earnings call.

Leo Apotheker, HP CEO and President, made it clear that he intends to continue aggressively pursuing the enterprise services and software business. Mr. Apotheker announced three bold moves including:

  • “HP confirms that it is in the discussions with Autonomy regarding the possible offer for the company”
  • “HP board of directors has authorized the exploration of strategic alternatives for its Personal Systems Group (PSG)”
  • “HP will discontinue operations of webOS devices”

Any of these announcements made separately could have caused their shareholders to react differently, but as a whole provided a much stronger message of Apotheker’s strategy to transform HP. This was the first BIG announcement from Mr. Apotheker and it was important for him to set expectations for the company, its customers and its shareholders.

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