Category: Business Development

Why Augmented Reality Is Essential to COVID-19 Recovery and Future Productivity

Colin McMahon
Apr 27, 2020

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Once the pandemic is done, the road to recovery from COVID-19 may be challenging for certain companies due to a variety of factors. These include retraining whatever workforce was lost, working to get productivity back up to normal levels, and communicating challenges across an array of different teams and environments.

Keypoint Intelligence believes that the companies that will recover more quickly from COVID-19, as well as potentially better mitigate the pandemic, may very well be the ones that began to incorporate augmented reality (AR) software and hardware into their standard work procedures.

Before we dive in, here is a brief video rundown of exactly what AR is and how it differs from virtual reality (VR):

To summarize, VR takes the user into a fully digital 3D space. AR (by contrast) overlays the real, physical world with digital information.

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Why Objective Data’s Importance Is on the Rise

Colin McMahon
Apr 23, 2020

Data is everywhere in the 21st century. Some have even compared it to oil, given that an organization can use it to obtain great wealth. That said, oil is a rare substance. It must be discovered, mined, and refined before it is usable. And while data is similar, the sheer amount of it leaves the oil analogy far behind. Moreover, both refined and unrefined data can look virtually identical to the untrained eye.

With that in mind, the more apt comparison is “data is like water.” It’s everywhere, and essential to life. Still, companies can easily drown in it if they are not careful, otherwise they get sick drinking contaminated quantities.

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Examining COVID-19’s Impact on Industry 4.0

Colin McMahon
Apr 20, 2020

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Industry 4.0 has been a subject of debate and discussion for the last decade. While experts argue over what stage of technology we are in (some consider this period to be the fifth revolution, centered upon information and telecommunications technology), the majority agree that Industry 4.0 began with the arrival of the Internet and mainstream digital technology—specifically IoT devices such as smartphones, tablets, and wearables.

That said, few would dispute that we’re currently in a period of immense change. COVID-19 is causing radical shifts in workflow across the planet as millions practice social distancing and/or comply with self-quarantine recommendations. The pandemic’s dramatic appearance has accelerated numerous trends while slowing others. So, with all this disruption, could it be possible that the coronavirus has caused a premature change in industry operation? While there is no doubt that COVID-19 is a transformative force, it is not bringing us into Industry 5.0. It is merely accelerating Industry 4.0 adoption, leading companies across industries into a more mature state of IoT technology and workflow.

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COVID 19: How Glue’s VR Remote Collaboration Framework is Trying to Improve Working Together

Colin McMahon
Apr 8, 2020

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A short time ago, Keypoint Intelligence did a brief examination of how virtual reality could be used for remote collaboration. Since then, the COVID-19 pandemic has only continued, with many organizations now painfully aware that months of remote work will be needed to survive the crisis. The case totals have increased, and results from China look complex. It appears that the coronavirus (or some close mutation) may be a reality until a vaccine is developed and distributed. Businesses must take any and all steps to ensure their remote workflow procedures are cutting edge.

To better inform our clients, Keypoint Intelligence sat down for a podcast with Jussi Havu, Founder and CEO of Glue, a promising VR remote collaboration software provider. Havu explained the particulars of the Glue solution as well as how it can help improve the meeting experience overall.

Virtual Reality Glue

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Konica Minolta’s GenARate Attracts New Audience in Marketing/Advertising

Colin McMahon
Mar 25, 2020

Konica Minolta’s flagship augmented reality (AR) software platform, genARate, launched back in November 2018, but the company has been supporting, developing, and expanding its usage ever since. For those who may not be familiar, genARate is best described as a content creation tool for the AR space. Like many solutions, it has a mobile component – which currently includes an app that users can download (as well as a web solution…more on that later), and it also has a backend content creation studio that helps clients create intriguing and engaging AR experiences.

Ashley McConnell, Konica Minolta’s International Business Development Manager, recently sat down for a podcast interview with us at Keypoint Intelligence to discuss all the ways he and his company have been working to support genARate, as well as new improvements to the product. One of the big takeaways: While genARate was created with print service providers in mind, the product is seeing success in a new field – marketing and advertising.

Konica Minolta Augmented Reality Print

Image Source: Konica Minolta

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How Virtual Reality Can Keep Workplace Collaboration on Track during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Colin McMahon
Mar 19, 2020

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Every day brings more troubling news of the coronavirus. What at first seemed like a distant problem has quickly turned into a global event affecting nearly every aspect of business and personal life. As many adjust to a new routine of social distancing, many executives and decision makers are left wondering what they can do to ensure productivity while simultaneously keeping employees in good spirits.

Enter virtual reality—a relatively new tool that has experienced enormous breakthroughs over the last several years. While VR has yet to catch on commercially, it has found success in multiple business verticals. The coronavirus has given businesses a new perspective on VR and its capabilities, which is in turn helping businesses to shift into the digital economy and allow employees to work from home more efficiently.

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Are You Touched by CCPA?

Pat McGrew
Jan 2, 2020

You might be surprised at how much data is flowing through your company. Accounting data, bank accounts, EDI accounts, names and addresses are all data. In the eyes of the State of California that data is now subject to the California Consumer Privacy Act  (CCPA) and it poses some challenges companies doing business in California, but also companies who do business with constituents in California.

Let’s start with the baseline. CCPA only applies to companies that earn more than $25 million in gross revenue. The other hurdle is that it applies to companies who have data on more than 50,000 people or who earn more than 50 percent of their revenue from selling (or bartering or exchanging for advertising) consumer data. For every company that meets these criteria there are myriad paths to compliance. In fact, because the law is so new, there is some disagreement on who has to comply and how.

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Getting Ready for Print 19: The Keypoint Intelligence Pre-show Guide

Pat McGrew
Sep 23, 2019

Each year the schedule of shows changes slightly. Some shows merge, others grow organically, and still others disappear from the calendar. This year Print 19 closes out is long run with more than 80 education sessions, the Red Hot Technology awards, TechTalk panels, TechWalk guided tours, and a keynote from Nick Thomson of WIRED Magazine that should be on everyone’s agenda. Once again, Keypoint Intelligence will host the InfoLunch at noon on Thursday, reviewing the most impactful insights you can use to guide your business. Four members of the Keypoint Intelligence staff will also be presenting in the education forums. Print19 promises three days of opportunity for print service providers, in-plant printers, marketing service providers, and the users of those services.

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Should You Make a Purchase at the Next Print Show?

Colin McMahon
Aug 30, 2019

Are you an executive or decision-maker working for an organization that provides printing services? Do you have a plan in place to stay up to date with the ever-changing hardware and software landscape? Are you taking steps to ensure your continued profitability and revenue growth? Remember, your business plan is an on-going, live document that should be reviewed against these criteria on a regular cadence. Print is arguably a more competitive industry than most, as players aren’t just competing with each other but with online print aggregators and online marketing communication solutions. In response to this added competition, as well as continued consolidation of the market, many PSPs have turned to new products to help drive profits.

However, which new products are worthy of investment? And, what hardware will best enable these products? These are the questions that decision-makers must address as they look to the year ahead, on top of assessing maintenance levels, renewing lease agreements, and other factors that can impact the bottom line. With so many variables, updating the business plan for the coming year is an essential step for those at the executive level. Flying blind with no specific set of objectives removes a company’s ability to proactively control their future, leaving them reacting to events as they occur instead of laying the infrastructure to be prepared for market changes.

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Xerox Repositions its MPS Business

Barbara Richards
Jun 19, 2019

Last month, Xerox held a briefing for industry analysts on its service offerings. A key takeaway from this event is that Xerox is re-positioning its MPS brand to “intelligent workplace services.”

Intelligent workplace services are geared toward improving the customer experience, as well as enhancing how employees get more work done. This moves Xerox beyond managing print to helping clients manage their larger workplace. According to Joanne Collins Smee, chief commercial officer at Xerox, “There is a significant opportunity for our clients to automate the inbound and outbound communications, extract value from ingested data and streamline business processes to unlock immense productivity gains”.

Xerox Intelligence Workplace Services

 

That said, two of the three main challenges addressed by intelligence workplace services have a tight alignment with MPS. One is organizations’ need to gain control of their print infrastructure, including equipment, consumables, and associated repair and operating costs. The other is securing the print infrastructure, including printed material, print devices on the network, and collected data.

It is really the third challenge that goes beyond traditional MPS; that is the need to replace paper-based processes with more efficient workflows that boost employee productivity and satisfaction. This is achieved through a combination of analytics, automation, content management, mobility, and more.

Intelligence workplace services falls within the umbrella of Xerox’s horizontal services. Other horizontal services are available for capture and content, accounts payable, digital hub and cloud print, and campaign on demand. Available globally, these offerings are focused on streamlining time-consuming, business-critical processes

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