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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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Strong Quarter for Lexmark; Growth in MPS; Increases Full-Year Outlook

Lexmark International today reported financial results for the second quarter of 2014, with revenue and earnings per share exceeding its April forecast. Revenue was $892 million compared to $887 million for second-quarter 2013. Net earnings were $37 million compared to second-quarter 2013 net earnings of $94 million – but this was due however to Lexmark benefit from the sale of its inkjet […]

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Canon Survey Reveals How U.S. Businesses View BYOD, Mobile Printing, Cloud-Based Document Management, More

Canon U.S.A. has released the results of its inaugural Workflow Optimization Study I, which uncovered trends in how document-management workflows affect day-to-day operations of U.S. businesses. Wirth Consulting also participated in a Web conference, where industry analysts discussed these trends in digital-imaging (see below). Results from the online survey, which was conducted by Harris Poll […]

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Top News for the Week of 6/30/2014 – Good News for Production Printing; Average Copier Sales-Manager Compensation; More

Is this a trend? It sure seems like it. Last week, we reported on IDC research showing that the worldwide large-format printer market enjoyed its third consecutive quarter of growth in terms of both unit shipments and shipment value (7.4 percent and 3.7 percent respectively) for first-quarter 2014. This week, IDC delivered more good news, […]

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Five Vendors Named Global Leaders in Managed Print Services

U.K.-based market research and analyst firm Quocirca has released its report, Managed Print Services Landscape, 2014, which names five digital-imaging vendors the market leaders in managed print services: Xerox, Hewlett-Packard, Ricoh, Lexmark International, and Canon. According to Quocirca, Xerox is currently the leader in the managed print services (MPS) market, with the report stating, “Xerox […]

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Top News for the Week of 6/2/2014 – Epson, Brother Ramp up Business Printers; Inside Pharos Beacon; Konica Minolta to Sell 3D Printers; More

Lots of interesting news and analysis this week. First, it’s official: Konica Minolta will be the first to sell 3D printers – sourced from partner 3D Systems – through the U.S. office-equipment channel. We actually learned about this last September at Konica Minolta’s annual dealer meeting, and the idea was enthusiastically received by dealers. Konica […]

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Pharos Launches ‘Beacon,’ a New Cloud-Based Print-Management System with Real-Time Analytics

Last week, Keith Nickloff, president of print-management specialist Pharos Systems, invited Wirth Consulting to a personal preview of Pharos Systems’ latest innovation, Beacon, which Pharos is introducing today. Beacon is a cloud-based print-management solution that Pharos calls a revolutionary print-management and optimization platform for corporate, government, and higher education. The cloud-based platform with a central […]

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Nuance Equitrac 5.2 and eCopy ShareScan 5.2 Now Available for Konica Minolta bizhubs

Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. reports that new releases of Nuance’s Equitrac print-management software and eCopy ShareScan document-scanning and distribution software are now available for Konica Minolta bizhub MFPs. Equitrac Office and Equitrac Express 5.2 Equitrac Office and Equitrac Express 5.2 help organizations control and manage their print environments. New enhancements include the iQueue feature, which […]

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Top News for the Week of 5/19/2014 – New Print-Management Solutions for Konica Minolta, Kyocera; Inkjet Strong in Production; More

There was no new office-imaging hardware this week, but two vendors introduced print-management solutions: Konica Minolta reported that NSi Output Manager is now available for its bizhub MFPs, while Kyocera Document Solutions reported that Argos OnBoard Print Management is now available for its HyPAS-enabled MFPs. These print-management solutions provide not only tracking of MFP activity […]

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