Posts tagged: Imaging

Konica Minolta Acquires MWA Intelligence

Christine Dunne Dunne
 Jul 11, 2018

On July 2, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. announced the acquisition of MWA Intelligence (MWA)—a provider of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software for the imaging channel. Scottsdale, Arizona-based MWA offers the FORZA ERP solution, which is built on SAP Business One.

The platform provides visibility and control over a variety of business operations, including accounting and finance, sales and customer management, inventory and distribution, purchasing and operations, service and mobility, and reporting and administration. It has an open architecture, and can be customized by dealers for various functions and industries.

MWA employees will join All Covered, Konica Minolta’s IT services division.

Acquisition in context

ERP software helps businesses manage their core business processes, often in real-time and with the goal of operating more efficiently and effectively. The global ERP market is valued at approximately $34 billion; market leaders include companies like SAP, Oracle, Microsoft, and NetSuite.

Of course, the imaging channel represents just a fraction of this opportunity. Within the United States, for instance, about 2,200 office equipment dealerships are in operation—including about 600 with branch locations.

These dealers often use ERPs like Compass Sherpa and E-Automate, or internal systems, to manage their business. Considering that declining profit margins are considered a top threat to indirect office equipment vendors (dealers and resellers included) in both the United States and Western Europe, it is clear that an ERP can provide valuable insight into opportunities for operational improvement.

What are the three biggest threats to your business based on shifts in the industry?

Source: Office Channels Survey (Keypoint Intelligence-InfoTrends, 2017) Read more »

Immersive Imaging at NAB 2018

Alan Bullock
 May 4, 2018

NAB 2018, the annual trade show of the National Association of Broadcasters, was held April 9-12 in Las Vegas. Show organizers were expecting more than 102,000 attendees and 1,700 exhibitors. A small section of the Las Vegas Convention Center’s North Hall was designated as the Immersive Storytelling Pavilion, where about twenty exhibitors were showing 360° and 180° cameras and related products. Camera vendors there included HumanEyes, Kodak PIXPRO, Insta360, YI Technology, Samsung, and Kandao. Here are a few highlights… Read more »

Kodak Alaris Announces IN2 Ecosystem

Anne Valaitis
 May 11, 2017

KAOn April 25th, Kodak Alaris introduced IN2 Ecosystem, a combination of scanners, software, and services along with partnerships intended to tackle the issues surrounding information content and “data chaos”. Kodak Alaris has a long history with capture technology spanning many years and includes hardware and software products that handle a variety of applications from compact distributed devices to high-volume sophisticated production engines and solutions.

This announcement is built of key pillars vital for the imaging provider; Right Fit, Right Experience and Right Results. Right Fit looks to make the best integration into the business environment, Right Experience builds on this with simple yet powerful features and processing and the Right Results look to deliver the deserved business outcomes. The pillars are then woven together through a partner and developer community that can ensure delivery and support.

As information and content, often in the form of paper, ebb and flow within a business environment, it becomes increasingly challenging to manage. In fact, the myth of the paperless office seems to be just that…a myth. In a recent Primary Research study conducted by Keypoint Intelligence InfoTrends, we found that only 15% of respondents felt that the paperless office “Was Realistic”, in addition when asked what percentage of business content still remains on paper, the result was more than 50% of company’s data is still paper-based. Information and data chaos is apparent as businesses look to automate processes to control regulations, compliance, and security and efficiency demands.

Kodak Alaris IN2 is a packaged answer to the demands of information and content. Working with their heritage and history of image capture, and further placing a greater emphasis on an ecosystem that will include strong partnerships, Kodak Alaris’s goal with the IN2 solution is to focus in key areas that can benefit most from a combination of capture hardware, software and services delivered by strategic partners. To support the partners, Alaris will provide materials and tools to provision and educate partners in an effort to simplify and reduce complications that could arise while penetrating new solutions markets whether horizontal or vertical.

Keypoint Intelligence feels that a balanced approach when addressing information and content mismanagement is best and Kodak Alaris with the announcement of it’s IN2 Ecosystem directly reflects the real need to create linkages and integrations for a solid information solution.

Augmented World Expo from the Comfort of My Home Office

Alan Bullock
 Jun 12, 2015

The Augmented World Expo (AWE) was held June 8-10, in Santa Clara, California. The show organizer, AugmentedReality.org, expected more than 3,000 attendees, with just over 100 exhibitors and a series of presentations and discussions featuring more than 200 speakers and panelists.

Cameras, imaging, and display technologies are important components of many Augmented Reality (AR) applications, and we are following the AR market as part of InfoTrends’ new Imaging Innovators Service.

We were unable to make it to AWE 2015 in person, but my colleague, Ed Lee, and I were invited to teleport to the event, using a robot-like video device called a BEAM*. Read more »

I Want to Print My Mobile Photos – A Windows Phone User’s Tale of Woe

Carrie Sylvester
 May 14, 2014

Recently, I have been thinking about printing photos from my smartphone. I have a high-resolution camera phone with some advanced photo features and had taken some pictures that I thought came out particularly well and a few I applied some artsy filters to as well. I wanted to see if they looked as good off screen. As if somehow Snapfish read my mind, the service introduced a promotion to get people printing photos from its smartphone app. The mobile-only promotion offers 100 free prints a month (4 x 6-inch), for one year, for mail delivery only.

Being a Windows Phone user, I went to see if there was a Snapfish app in the Windows Phone store. A search for “Snapfish” resulted in “We couldn’t find a match.” Then I searched for Shutterfly, which found a “Shutterfly” app, which was not from the official Shutterfly but from an unknown developer instead. I even dug far back in my photo print memory and looked up “York Photo” – no match. I expanded the search to “print photos” and a long list of apps came up but only a handful of recognizable brand names — Walgreens and Kodak Pic Flick being two of them.

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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 »

Imaging & Document Market Directions and Vendor Strategies

Jeff Hayes
 May 19, 2011

The big imaging and document technology & services vendors reported their quarterly financial results over the last few weeks. Several important themes emerged that include:

  • Low growth and cautious outlook
  • Short-term impact from the Japan earthquake
  • Significant impact from the weak US Dollar, strong Japanese Yen
  • Growth in emerging markets; flat or declining in developed markets
  • Technology refresh in commercial markets;  technology changes in consumer markets
  • Acquisitions continue as vendors seek to re-position and strengthen

Here is my perspective on these themes and the implications for vendor strategies.

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