The Analyst Corner

Q&A With Jan De Kesel

Patricia Ames

by Patricia Ames | 05/17/2017

Jan De Kesel is managing director at eesyQ, a free mobile service portal and collaboration tool that provides a centralized ticket-communication between end users and suppliers. eesyQ is designed to change the way companies communicate and how service providers manage their service and support process. De Kesel holds several industry patents, and is an expert in office printing, imaging, and cloud- and mobile-based solutions. Since eesyQ centralizes assets and supplier management communication in a single mobile app, I wanted to get the story on how the tool can be used to facilitate service call resolution.

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Sustainability and New Technology Platform Highlights of Toshiba’s LEAD 2017

Patricia Ames

by Patricia Ames | 05/14/2017

If you scan the headlines for “Toshiba” you’ll find a lot of stories about money problems connected with the collapse of its Westinghouse Electric nuclear unit. In March, the company reported huge losses tallying $9.1 billion, doubling the losses reported during the preceding fiscal year. But at their end-user/dealer event, LEAD 2017, the company’s President and CEO Scott Maccabe addressed the elephant in the room. According to Maccabe, Toshiba-Tec Corp. will survive the Westinghouse Chapter 11 meltdown completely unscathed.

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Connectivity, Security, Channel Evolution: Big Themes at ECS

Amy Weiss

by Amy Weiss | 05/11/2017

Let’s get something straight right off the bat: putting on a conference is hard work. Really hard work. We’re talking blood, sweat and tears, and that’s just picking a date. Organizing a venue, putting together a lineup of speakers, ensuring attendance, managing the schedules of the speakers and attendees, coordinating various technical requirements … I could go on and on, and it’s just the tip of the iceberg. So when I start this recap off by applauding the MWA team for putting together a fifth successful Executive Connection Summit and say it was, for all intents and purposes, a flawless event that has continued to improve every year, it’s something that deserves saying.

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Kyocera Navigates the Solutions Stream at FY18 Conference

Amy Weiss

by Amy Weiss | 05/02/2017

Kyocera Document Solutions America held its annual Business and Technology Conference April 18-20 at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. The event, which serves as the firm’s fiscal year kickoff as well as a dealer meeting, rang in FY 18 for the company and more than 1,000 dealers and vendor partners.

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B2B is Starting to Look Like B2C – Samsung’s Smart UX

Patricia Ames

by Patricia Ames | 05/01/2017

In March, Chin Yoon, VP Strategic Marketing at Samsung Electronics, took the stage at Samsung’s National Dealer Meeting. Yoon covered a lot of ground in his 25-minute long address, talking about everything from Android and millennials (and how they’re taking over) to the past, present, and future of the Smart UX platform. And at the end of his presentation, you couldn’t help but feel optimistic about the future of the platform.  

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Samsung’s National Dealer Meeting Answers Some Questions and Raises Others About the Samsung/HP Transition

Patricia Ames

by Patricia Ames | 04/11/2017

In Arizona at the end of March, Samsung Printer Group held what may be their last national dealer meeting. Despite what could be described as a “fluid situation,” both Samsung and HP executives did a noteworthy job of outlining as much detail as possible about the impending transition while also maintaining an air of transparency — no small task given the large undertaking now in full swing and the level of anxiety of some of the dealers in the room.

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The Biggest Product Launch in Xerox History: There Was Even Some Hardware

Amy Weiss

by Amy Weiss | 03/31/2017

If it’s true that enthusiasm is contagious, then we were all infected at this week’s Xerox launch event in New York. Billed as the largest product launch in its 110-year history, Xerox launched 29 new A3 and A4 devices — and yet, the hardware is not entirely the point of this launch. It was more about user experience, connectivity and a new way to look at the future of work.

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Epson Springs Forward in Office Inkjet With 100 PPM A3 MFP

Amy Weiss

by Amy Weiss | 03/20/2017

Epson celebrated the first day of spring with another big move in the office inkjet space: the release of two new devices, the WorkForce Enterprise WF-C20590 A3 multifunction printer and the WorkForce Pro WF-C869R A3 multifunction printer.

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Show and Tell: Canon Demonstrates the One Canon Approach

Amy Weiss

by Amy Weiss | 03/14/2017

It was just about a year ago that Canon announced Toyo Kuwamura, then president and CEO of Canon Solutions America (CSA), would add the roles of senior (now executive) vice president and general manager, Business Imaging Solutions Group, Canon U.S.A. (CUSA BISG) to his title — an act which may have created more complicated job titles but was a precursor to a simplified approach within the company itself — the One Canon initiative previewed at an analyst event last August. The vision of One Canon, designed to strengthen its B2B divisions and reinforce partnerships with its dealers, has now been in place for more than six months, and in March 2017, press and analysts were invited back to get a feel for how things are progressing.

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Xerox Healthcare MFP Helps Small Providers Go Digital and Compliant

Amy Weiss

by Amy Weiss | 01/06/2017

Spend any amount of time in a healthcare setting — a hospital, doctor’s office, surgical center or rehab facility, for example — and you’ll quickly realize a few things: medicine has come a long way, hospital coffee has not, and communication is absolutely vital in healthcare — something that has been both helped and hindered by technology and the need for security.

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Connecting SMBs to the Cloud: Xerox Improves Dealer Tool for Scanning to Web-Based Apps

Patricia Ames

by Patricia Ames | 12/13/2016

Cloud technologies are growing in popularity — especially among the SMB crowd — for their flexibility, on-demand accessibility, and lower cost relative to their on-premises counterparts. According to The small business revolution: trends in SMB cloud adoption, a study conducted by the application marketplace developer BCGS, “new applications are continually coming to the market and technological developments are steadily improving connectivity, which means we’re likely to see business using more applications at every stage of their lifecycle.” 

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Ricoh Convergence 2016: Smart Operations, Apps, Verticals and (Very) Interactive Whiteboards

Patricia Ames

by Patricia Ames | 12/05/2016

Ricoh pulled out all the stops at their latest dealer meeting in late October in Las Vegas. Called Convergence, the event gathered a big crowd of about 1,400 guests, including yours truly. Convergence focused on the company's plan to collaborate with dealers to help mitigate the changing work environment impacted by technological disruption. Ricoh’s plan includes sharing resources and expertise with their dealers, as well as equipping them with new technology their customers need in today’s business environment. Ultimately, the company aims to help dealers take advantage and succeed in the changing document imaging environment.

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The New Adventures of Old Xerox – Part 1

John McIntyre

by John McIntyre | 11/08/2016

In what will be the last quarterly report before the company splits, on October 28 Xerox released its third quarter earnings report and delivered more details about the pending spinoff of its business services group, to be named Conduent. The company stated that the separation work was proceeding as previously announced, and that the spinoff and creation of Conduent would be accomplished before the end of 2016 – so sometime in the next seven weeks. Considering that the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays are included in that end-of-year period, a lot of midnight oil will be burned by the Xerox team in pursuit of completing the task at hand.

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A Few Thoughts on HP’s 'Disruptive' Announcement — Part 2: Ripples on the Imaging Industry Pond

John McIntyre

by John McIntyre | 09/30/2016

After HP hurled two pebbles (maybe big boulders?) into the imaging industry pond in mid-September, the ripples are expanding. We presented our initial thoughts on the announcement in the first part of this series, as well as in a webinar, which you can view here.

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A Few Thoughts on HP’s ‘Disruptive’ Announcement – Part 1

John McIntyre

by John McIntyre | 09/15/2016

We just witnessed one of the most momentous days in the history of the printing and imaging industry – September 12, 2016, the day HP announced it was buying Samsung's printer division, and, that it was once again launching a new offensive whose target was to disrupt and capture share in what HP calls the “$55B Copier Market.” The reverberations from the September 12 announcements will ripple through our industry at every level for the next five years at least, and provides tons of food for thought. Here are a few servings (with many more to come).

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Konica Minolta Takes its Dealers ‘Rocky Mountain High’ for its 2016 Dealer Meeting

Amy Weiss

by Amy Weiss | 09/12/2016

I felt it would be clichéd to use the term “Rocky Mountain High” in my recap of the Konica Minolta 2016 dealer event held in Aspen, and so I almost didn’t do it. But every time I sat down to write, it was there in my head – and in my defense I used “New York Groove” as my theme for coverage of the firm’s 2014 New York analyst meeting, so let’s just say that rather than being clichéd, I’m honoring a personal tradition here.

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HP Launches JetAdvantage App Portal for Print

John McIntyre

by John McIntyre | 09/09/2016

If you are a printer company and make money when users print and consume your ink and toner, it behooves you to:

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HP’s Q3: The (Down) Beat Goes On

John McIntyre

by John McIntyre | 08/31/2016

For those who have watched HP Inc.’s performance for a while, especially since last year’s separation from what became the Hewlett Packard Enterprise entity, not many would expect the firm’s low-margin PC operation to be its shining light in a quarterly report during a period when the overall PC market continues to be mired in the doldrums – but go figure.

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Canon’s Holistic Approach Extends Beyond Products

Amy Weiss

by Amy Weiss | 08/17/2016

Canon U.S.A. recently invited industry analysts to a two-day event at its Melville, New York, headquarters to preview its vision for the future, its current offerings, and its new company structure. The same week, the firm issued a slew of new announcements that it had previewed with analysts in a briefing in late June.

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Looking Back at the MSP/MPS Connection — Where Have We Been and Where Are We Headed?

Amy Weiss

by Amy Weiss | 07/29/2016

CompTIA recently released its “5th Annual Trends in Managed Services” report, which surveyed 400 U.S. managed services providers in March 2016, tracking questions it has asked over the years to get an overview of the trends in today’s MSP space.

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