Looking at COVID-19 Visually, By the Numbers

Randall Dazo
 Mar 20, 2020

Presenting Our Interactive Map of the Ongoing Pandemic

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As the cases of COVID-19 increase, it can be hard to keep track of all the numbers and the effects occurring in our communities. Through DOMO—the visual data analytics tool that we here at Keypoint Intelligence use— and the data John Hopkins University is aggregating from various sources, we have developed an easy-to-use and interactive map to help you follow the changes and understand the impact of the spread of the coronavirus. Refreshes to the map happen in near real-time as JHU updates its numbers.

CAPTION: Our COVID-19 map is here to help you make better sense of what is truly going on.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): The Impact on Our Industry and the New Style of Work

Randall Dazo
 Mar 16, 2020

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By now, everybody in the world is bracing for COVID-19. The personal and emotional effects it is having on us—not to mention the social, business, and economic ramifications—will be felt for a long time. With all the uncertainty, including how long it will last and what the future will look like, one thing is certain: We will all be affected, business will change, and the world will shift, good or bad, based on this global pandemic.

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HP and Xerox – Interesting Bedfellows and Implications to Traditional Relationships

Randall Dazo
 Jun 5, 2019

What I love about this industry is that it never gets boring. This week, HP Inc. and Xerox Corporation have announced an expansion of the companies’ existing business relationship. Xerox will now source from HP certain A4 and entry-level A3 products with the majority running on Xerox’s ConnectKey controller software platform, in addition Xerox will supply toner to HP for these and other products. The sourced printers will be based primarily on the laser printing technology HP acquired from Samsung in 2017. Furthermore, the companies have agreed to partner in the Device as a Service (DaaS) market. Xerox will become a DaaS specialist in HP’s Partner First program in the U.S. Xerox’s service capabilities and customer reach in the small to midsize business market, combined with HP’s award-winning DaaS PC offerings, will allow both companies to meet a wider range of customer needs. Xerox will be authorized to sell HP PCs, displays and accessories to its commercial customers through DaaS. HP will also make Xerox’s cloud-based content management platform DocuShare Flex available on its commercial PCs distributed in the U.S.

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Xerox Delivers Analytics Solutions To Help Customers Make Better Business Decisions

Randall Dazo
 May 2, 2014

Big data and an analytics strategy is probably something that organizations have thought about but may be too big for many to get their arms around.  For providers in our industry, coming up with a solution that focuses on big data and analytics may also seem like a daunting task however today we are already collecting massive amounts of data in various areas that can be used, analysed and acted on to help organizations make better business decisions or improve processes.  In the solutions and services group at InfoTrends we have been talking about the analysis of data that can even come from the print environment and the massive amounts of information we are collecting today in MPS engagements especially within output management solutions.

These solutions can help make better business decisions not only for print policies but they can also help with better understanding the “who, when, where and what types of documents” are being printed within an area of an organization.  In 2011 we discussed the concept of moving from Printer Management to Printing Management and how this shift changes the focus from the device to focusing on the users or departments to better understand where paper exists.  We then talked about how we can better harness the amount and power of this data to transform Printing Management to Business Process Management Opportunities.

This strategy is now being implemented by Xerox in their most recent announcement that delivers new ways to unlock, protect Enterprises most important asset, information.

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DocuWare Acquires Westbrook Technologies

Randall Dazo
 Sep 10, 2013

DocuWare has announced its acquisition of Branford, CT-based Westbrook Technologies Inc. Westbrook is an ECM vendor with a strong customer and partner base in North America. Westbrook Technologies Inc. has approximately 50 employees and will operate as a subsidiary of DocuWare.

The acquisition is a further step for DocuWare to substantiate its position as a global ECM vendor for small and mid-sized companies. In 2012 Morgan Stanley became an investor to support the company’s growth path.

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2012-2017 Worldwide MPS Forecast Still Shows Excellent Growth in Specific Geo’s and Segments

Randall Dazo
 Jun 28, 2013

According to the recently published InfoTrends  forecast on Managed Print Services, the worldwide market will continue to grow at a 6.7% compound annual growth rate from 2012-2017 from approximately $20 billion to $28 billion US dollars.

Certain geographic markets are trending to grow at double digit CAGR such as Latin America, Asia Pacific and Central/Eastern Europe however each of the major countries in each of these markets are growing at significantly different rates.

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Samsung Debuts Executive Briefing Center – Focused Around Enterprise Vertical Markets

Randall Dazo
 Jun 20, 2013

Last week Samsung Electronics Americas held a ribbon cutting ceremony, debuting its new Executive Briefing Center located in Ridgefield Park, NJ. Executives Yangkyu Kim, president and CEO of Samsung Electronics North America, Tim Baxter, president of Samsung Electronics America and Tod Pike, senior vice president of Samsung’s Enterprise Business Division were all on hand (literally all hands were on a large pair of scissors for the ribbon cutting) to speak about their vision of Samsung Americas, its enterprise division and expansive new enterprise executive briefing center to support these initiatives.

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Business Process Automation in Higher Education

Randall Dazo
 Mar 14, 2013

Out of all the vertical markets the Business Process Automation group has studied, the higher education market is arguably one of the most advanced industries to adopt automation solutions for business processes and workflows. However we still see areas and specific processes within higher ed still being performed manually that still uses paper. Areas such as administrative work is transitioning to digital workflows with fewer documents being handled in paper form. The following chart is an example of how higher education establishments have automated their application process by degree type.

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PretonSaver and Adobe LeanPrint – Two Output Solutions that Promote “Less Toner”

Randall Dazo
 May 7, 2012

As MPS takes on a life of its own, we have seen new solutions to help complement services in the industry.  It is interesting to see the amount of Device Management solutions in the market that help to track and manage devices but it is also intriguing to see new solutions from the Output management side also coming into play that help customers further reduce their costs around print.  Two fairly new solutions are Preton’s PretonSaver and Adobe’s LeanPrint solutions.  Although they are very different methodologies for output management software solutions, they both can help organization’s reduce the amount of toner utilized for printing documents which in turn can save them lots of money.

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Konica Minolta Differentiates it’s Dealer Program with Managed IT Services Offering

Randall Dazo
 Jan 18, 2012

When I first heard about Konica Minolta’s purchase of All Covered last year I thought they were going to position and use this Managed IT Services channel as a vehicle to drive and sell their MPS (OPS) offering.  This week Konica Minolta announced something totally different and unexpected that not only helps to establish KM further into the IT space but it also helps their dealers transition into the Managed IT space as well. Konica Minolta at their dealer event in Las Vegas this week among several announcements revealed a new IT Managed Services offering and program to their office equipment dealer channel that helps them to move beyond their own box business and Managed Print Services.  This new program, administered through All Covered, allows a traditional Konica Minolta office equipment dealer to get into the Managed IT space with little infrastructure investments required to provide Managed IT services.

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