Top News for the Week of 11/18/2013

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Industry Events

We just got in from Konica Minolta’s North American dealer meeting at the Palazzo Resort-Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas. We’ll have lots more details in the next few days, but the most interesting news is that the company is going to get into 3D printers, something that seemed well-received by dealers. The plan is to market everything from SOHO to commercial 3D printers sourced from 3D Systems. As we reported recently, Hewlett-Packard is also set to get into the 3D printer market in 2014, while 3D Systems is partnering with Canon Inc. to bring 3D printers to Japan, and with Sindoh to bring 3D printers to South Korea.

New & Sourced Products

New Services & Solutions

  • Every vendor has a printer- and asset-management solution that does a better job with their brand, and begrudgingly includes third-party printers–especially those from HP. It looks like Canon feels your discomfort and is launching a new Print IT infrastructure that’s designed to take the pain out of managing printers. We shall see.
  • The more connectors the better. The more mobile, the better. Konica Minolta launches a version of NSi Mobile with secure print and a WorlDox connector.
  • The very definition of “connector:” Xerox introduces ConnectKey for DocuShare that makes it easier to route scans into document workflows.
  • At its North American Dealer Meeting earlier this week, Konica Minolta was busy talking up its cloud and IT services capabilities. Apparently, they have now been expanded
  • Konica Minolta also announced that it’s expanded its EnvisionIT resources with solutions for financial, manufacturing, and government vertical markets.

In the Courts (and Under the Bridges)

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