Top News for the Week of 3/17/2014 – HP Expands: MPS into New Regions, Automated Consumables Ordering, NFC; More

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Hewlett-Packard News

While, yes, Hewlett-Packard has been talking a lot about big data, cloud computing, and IT infrastructure lately, the company still points out that it considers printing a key part of its business – as noted in a short blog post on its Web site, “Printing Had a Banner Year, Remains a Core Part of HP’s Business.” The blog notes: “Printing remains a core piece of our business, representing 20 percent of revenue in Q1 of FY14. We’ve seen printer unit growth for three consecutive quarters and have even increased our market share.”

To that end, the company made some key announcements this week, ranging from new enterprise-oriented color MFPs, some with substantial paper capacities and document finishing. Also new is NFC touch-to-authenticate, which enables users to authenticate themselves by touching their mobile device to the MFP (instead of entering a password or network credentials, for instance). More importantly, it enables IT administrators and managers to restrict and/or track the usage of the prints made by mobile-device users. Similarly, the new NFC capabilities ensure that mobile users can print, but don’t have to access the company’s network.

HP is also expanding availability of its managed services program into new geographic regions, and updated its SureSupply program for automatic ordering and replacement of toner and ink cartridges.

Finally, HP CEO Meg Whitman told shareholders that the firm will be making a big 3D-printing announcement in June.

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Financial

Eastman Kodak, which last week appointed Jeff Clarke as its new CEO seems to be continuing its financial recovery, in that it reported a much smaller loss for its most recent quarter versus the same quarter a year ago.

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