This Week in Imaging: Expanding Printing Applications and Digital Solutions
This week again gave us another glimpse into how vendors are expanding from a slowing office-printing market. First, expand the applications for printing technology – with Epson, for instance, announcing again how it is deploying its inkjet-printing technology into non-office applications with printing on garments – and Konica Minolta announcing that it’s become a Google Premier Partner, enabling it and its dealer partners to offer the full suite of Google cloud solutions. In the same vein, Kyocera Document Solutions announced it would be acquiring enterprise content management (ECM) specialist OPTIMAL Systems.
The ultimate goal with business process outsourcing, cloud solutions, ECM, etc. is to make the process of sharing, accessing, using, processing, extracting, and storing documents and information faster and easier. With cloud solutions, the advantages are that customers don’t have to spend big sums on in-house software, hardware, and IT staff, with infrastructure instead provided and managed by another company – relieving the customer of IT management, such as managing data centers, and ensuring effective disaster recovery.
The printer and copier/MFP is still a part of this ecosystem, but the key it appears now is to see it as a part of the ecosystem for executing business processes, not the central element.
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