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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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Canon Scores Global Managed Print Services Contract with Volkswagen

Canon Inc. of Japan reports that it’s signed a global service agreement with German automobile manufacturer Volkswagen AG for providing office MFPs and solutions. Over the next few years, Canon will serve as a global partner to Volkswagen, providing managed print services through Canon MFPs and solutions to Volkswagen group-operating bases worldwide. Through the agreement, […]

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Top News for the Week of 5/5/2014 – Konica Minolta, Lexmark, Forge Ahead; Setback for Kodak, More

Though this was a bit of a slow week in the industry, two things stood out: both Konica Minolta and Lexmark continue to forge ahead. Konica Minolta, which was the largest exhibitor at the IPEX production-printing trade show in February, and acquired French production-printing company MGI Digital Graphic Technology in January, continues to bolster its […]

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Top News for the Week of 4/28/2014 – Xerox Upgrades Print Security, Mopria Certification Soon; Sharp Improvement for Ricoh, Epson; More

This week, Xerox was in the spotlight, introducing several new products and solutions for virtually everyone. For enterprises, there was the Xerox Secure Print Manager Suite, with everything from user accounting to print rules. For commercial printers, there’s the new 100-ppm Versant 2100 Press, and for small and mid-size businesses, the 65-ppm Phaser 4622. Along […]

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New Xerox PrintAssist Enables IT Service Providers to Manage Print Environments

Xerox today introduced a new solution for IT service providers called PrintAssist Services, a cloud-based plug-in that integrates Xerox’s printer discovery and monitoring capabilities and LabTech Software’s remote monitoring and management (RMM) platform to provide – via a dashboard – information needed to manage and monitor a customer’s print fleet. The tool proactively identifies potential issues […]

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HP Expands Automated Consumables Ordering, Makes MPS Program Available for New Regions

Hewlett-Packard – stressing that printing remains a “core part of its business” – has announced new services and solutions designed to help businesses better manage and maintain their printer fleets. The new offerings, which are available directly from HP and its channel partners, include: Automated toner- and ink-cartridge ordering and replacement with new HP SureSupply solutions. […]

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Top News for the Week of 2/24/2014 – Good Quarter for HP, New Solutions for Healthcare, More

Solutions At the Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference that’s dedicated to healthcare IT and was held this week in Orlando, Florida, several imaging vendors showcased new and existing solutions for making the capture, distribution, storage, and retrieval of healthcare records into Electronic Health Records (EHR) systems more efficient and less error-prone. Konica […]

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Xerox Joins Managed Print Services Advocacy Group

The Managed Print Services Association (MPSA) reports that Xerox has joined the association. Xerox joins more than 1,000 other MPSA members that participate in outreach to advance the awareness and value of managed print services (MPS). The MPSA is an independent, not-for-profit organization that serves the MPS industry. Its focus is on the development of […]

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