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Top News for the Week of 10/27/2014 – HP Finally Goes 3D; 9-Color Epson Printer; Vendor Financials; More

The big story this week was Hewlett-Packard’s unveiling of its first HP-developed 3D printer, which uses what HP calls Micro Fusion Technology – which, you guessed it, borrows from HP’s inkjet-printing technology. We hope you read our story, which takes a look at how it works, why it’s different from other additive 3D printers, and […]

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Print Audit Launches Remote 3D-Printing Management Solution

Canadian-based Print Audit, which markets print-management solutions, has partnered with PrintToPeer to provide remote 3D-printer monitoring and management software to Print Audit premier members. Print Audit Premier is a membership program that gives office-equipment dealers virtually unlimited access to all of Print Audit’s products for one monthly price. According to Print Audit, PrintToPeer is a Calgary-based […]

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Top News for the Week of 10/13/2014 – New Xerox Hardware, ‘Copier’ Dealer Goes 3D; More

This week, we saw new hardware from Xerox – a standalone desktop printer and a desktop All-in-One based on the printer – both designed for small teams and workgroups. Also new is the higher-volume WorkCentre 4265, designed for enterprises and large workgroups, that prints up to 55 ppm, scans up to 70 ipm, and is […]

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Five Signs Your MPS Program is Stuck in 2006: Sign #2 – Aversion to Rules-Based Print Savings

From Print Audit: “Five Signs Your MPS Program is Stuck in 2006: Sign #2 – Aversion to Rules-Based Print Savings”: “Welcome back to “5 Signs Your MPS Program is Stuck in 2006”. In last week’s entry we looked at sign #1 which you can find HERE.  This week, let’s look at the 2nd sign your […]

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Top News for the Week of 9/29/2014 – Catching up with OKI; Graph Expo; HP Brings the Cloud to Home Users; More

In today’s economy, and especially in the digital-imaging world, resourcefulness is the name of the game. Or to put it another way, when one door closes, another one opens. For instance, that may mean printing outside the office – for example, this week, Hewlett-Packard continues expanding into new digital-print applications, such as heavy-duty commercial inkjet […]

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Epson Joins Non-Profit Managed Print Services Association

The Managed Print Services Association (MPSA) reports that Epson Inc. has joined the association as a corporate member. Epson joins more than 1,000 other MPSA members dedicated to advancing the awareness and value of managed print services (MPS). Members of the MPSA work together to promote and advocate for MPS in a vendor-neutral forum to […]

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Top News for the Week of 9/8/2014 – Major Initiatives from Xerox, HP, Samsung; Ricoh In-House 3D Printers; More

This week, our big news is from Xerox and Hewlett-Packard, with both companies making big announcements – with Xerox focusing on small- and mid-size business MFPs and more, and HP focusing on printer/MFP security. Of note with Xerox is a new managed print services program available for its channel partners under which channel partners provide […]

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Xerox Targets SMB Segment with New MPS (and Free Printer) Plan; New ConnectKey Multifunctionals for SMB; More

Targeting small and mid-size businesses (SMBs) – up to 78 percent of which don’t have a managed print services (MPS) program – Xerox has launched new programs designed to help its channel partners reap more recurring revenue, while enabling SMBs to benefit to from the much-easier MFP maintenance enjoyed by larger enterprises with MPS programs. […]

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Top News for the Week of 8/11/2014 – Printer, MFP Shipments Up; Key Legal Rulings for MPHJ Technology, Kodak; More

This week, some of the most interesting news came from market-research firm International Data Corporation (IDC) with its Worldwide Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker (which covers printers, MFPs, and copiers that print on and/or scan A2- to A4-size media). According to IDC, the Western Europe market for printers/MFPs/copiers enjoyed its fifth consecutive quarter of growth, with shipments […]

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MPS-Software Provider PrintFleet and Toner-Optimization Provider Preton Join Forces

Canadian-based PrintFleet, a provider of managed print software and solutions, has announced the formation of a strategic alliance with Israeli-based Preton, a provider of toner-optimization and user-metric solutions. “We are extremely pleased about working with Preton to offer our customers a joint solution enabling them to not only manage their devices but to also enjoy […]

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Top News for the Week of 8/4/2014 – HP ‘Instant Ink Professional;” Ricoh, Sharp Financials; More

What do you do if the supplies for your product are being made and sold by unauthorized third parties and are cutting into your revenue stream? You either a) enforce your patents through litigation to end the sale of those supplies, and/or b) make your supplies more economical and easier to obtain. Canon Inc. continues […]

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OKI Data Receives CompTIA Trustmark Recognition for Managed Print Services

OKI Data Americas has received the CompTIA Managed Print Trustmark, an industry credential that signifies adherence to best practices for technology service delivery and customer interaction. To earn the CompTIA Managed Print Trustmark, OKI Data Americas was chosen to be evaluated on the internal practices and procedures it uses to run its smart Managed Document […]

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‘BadUSB’ Malware Has Effectively Killed USB Devices in the Enterprise

As our industry is a major source of secure hardware and workflow solutions for the security-conscious enterprise, this news is both disruptive and disturbing. Findings from security researchers Karsten Nohl and Jakob Lell will be presented next week contending that the security of USB devices has long been fundamentally broken. BadUSB is a new form […]

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Top News for the Week of 7/28/2014 – Printer, MFP Revenue Slips at Xerox; OKI, Konica Minolta MFP and Printer Revenue Up; More

In this week’s financial news, Konica Minolta, OKI, Epson, and Kyocera continue to roll along, steadily rebounding from the effects of the recession and appearing poised for future growth now that their customers’ budget restraints appear to be slowly loosening. Of note with most of these vendors is that they offer workflow solutions that can […]

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Epson Beefs up Managed Print Service Offerings with Support for ECi FMAudit

Epson America reports that its WorkForce Pro business printers have achieved validated device-support status for printer-monitoring and management ECi FMAudit software from partner ECi FMAudit. Epson’s validated device-support status with FMAudit provides Managed Print Service (MPS) providers with extensive access, data monitoring and collection to streamline MPS deployments of Epson WorkForce Pro business inkjet printers. According to […]

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Print Audit’s Next-Generation Facilities Manager Adds Enhanced Device Alerts

Canadian-based Print Audit reports that it’s released another significant update for its Print Audit Facilities Manager Web-based copier/printer/MFP monitoring and management solution. It says the newest generation, Facilities Manager 3.1.0, includes fixes for issues found in previous releases of the software. as well as numerous new reporting and alerting enhancements. Print Audit Facilities Manager is […]

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Top News for the Week of 7/21/2014 – Strong Quarters for Lexmark, Canon; Epson Invests Big in Inkjet; More

Both Lexmark and Canon Inc. continue to report strong financial results. In the case of Lexmark (which has been all quiet on the hardware front lately), revenue from its Perceptive Software division and managed print services (MPS) continues to drive growth. In particular with Lexmark, MPS revenue grew 14 percent compared to the same quarter […]

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PrinterPoint is Managed Print Services for Wide-Format Printers

There’s managed print services (MPS) for office printers and MFPs, but what about managing wide-format printer? Sepialine has a solution with its just released Printerpoint, a cloud-based wide-format MPS solution for dealers and resellers of Hewlett-Packard, Canon, and Océ printers. According to Sepialine, Printerpoint simplifies printer meter-read collection, provides instant device error and warning messages, and […]

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