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How Today’s Scanners are Making Tomorrow’s Paperless Office

The Imaging Channel

by The Imaging Channel | 10/04/2018

paperless officeby Joseph Odore, Panasonic Systems Communications Company of North America 

According to AIIM’s recent white paper, 
The State of Intelligent Information Management53 percent of organizations are “concerned that we could face serious disruption of our business model in the next two years.” A lot of this anxiety stems from the influx of productivity-enhancing technologies, like business process optimization software and big data and analytics platforms. Eighty-one percent of companies said digital transformation is central to their strategy for coping with disruption. 

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Eight Fast Document Management Facts You Need to Know

The Imaging Channel

by The Imaging Channel | 10/02/2018

Opex factsby Tim Osman, OPEX

Despite decades of discussion around the “paperless office,” most companies still produce and receive an enormous amount of paper. Critical documents are still sent via courier and traditional mail-in paper form and employees exchange and circulate physical copies of documents that must be managed, filed and stored.

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Digital Transformation Is the Last Thing You Should Be Thinking About

The Imaging Channel

by The Imaging Channel | 10/02/2018

fujixerox digital transformationby Conor O’Sullivan and Kimmo Kolari, Fuji Xerox Asia Pacific

“Digital transformation.”It’s the phrase on everybody’s lips. Organizations of every size and scale are obsessed with it. All the major consultancies, business periodicals and experts from the most prestigious universities and companies all over the world are telling you that you better be doing it too — or else.

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Small and Medium Sized Business: Why It’s Time For a Formal Document Management System

The Imaging Channel

by The Imaging Channel | 10/02/2018

equorum document management paper umbrellaby Scott Brandt, eQuorum

As businesses grow from very small to small and medium size (and for the sake of our discussion, we assign corporations with annual revenues less than $500 million in the small and medium businesses (SMB) category,) there are many new and necessary requirements, including many IT systems and management tools. 

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Are You Selling the Way People Buy? Today’s Sales are Online and Data Driven

The Imaging Channel

by The Imaging Channel | 10/02/2018

SEO inbound marketingby Aaron Dyck, Clover Services Group

Remember when someone said “Amazon” and you thought “bookstore?” No? That’s hardly surprising. Amazon as a retail giant has become such a part of our collective consciousness it’s hard for a lot of people — even non-millennials — to remember when it had a connotation outside of “place where you can buy anything you ever needed and a lot of things you never needed.”

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The Paperless Fairy Tale

The Imaging Channel

by The Imaging Channel | 10/02/2018

Canonby Dennis Amorosano, Canon Information & Imaging Solutions

Once upon a time, there was a business. It was a strong business, a leader in its industry, having been established many years ago. However, its industry was changing, and with that change, the once-strong business began to weaken. Like an older man who realizes that his son is now stronger than him, the business began to see younger, more agile businesses capture a share of the market that once belonged to it alone. But the business was smart. After all, it didn’t reach its market position by accident. It knew it needed to change or the ravages of age and time would ultimately spell its demise.

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Digital, But Not Paperless: Staying Relevant in Tomorrow’s Workplace

The Imaging Channel

by The Imaging Channel | 10/02/2018

Brother 800x445by Dan Waldinger, Brother International

Anyone who works in a business of any size, in any industry can agree that workplace needs are shifting. Nearly every day you hear talk of “the office of the future” and the idea that one day everything will be digital and paperless. 

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Channel Chat: The SMB Customer

The Imaging Channel

by The Imaging Channel | 06/28/2018

channel chat2018For as many differences as there are between the SMB customer and the large enterprise, there are just as many similarities. Ultimately, the SMB can be a lucrative resource; it’s just a matter of knowing how to sell. We asked our panel of experts for some tips.

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SMBs and Digital Transformation

The Imaging Channel

by The Imaging Channel | 06/27/2018

oneill socialby Tom O’Neill for The Imaging Channel

A new age of managing business information and business processes began in 1981 with the introduction of the IBM PC (personal computer). As the first desktop computer system designed for an individual (and with the subsequent software that became available) it revolutionized how information was created and processed in business. Computing power was no longer limited to large enterprises but could be acquired and used by small and midsize businesses (SMBs) to improve their productivity and competitiveness. One could say that digital transformation of SMBs began 37 years ago. 

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Document Management for SMBs: Asking the Right Questions for Today and Tomorrow

The Imaging Channel

by The Imaging Channel | 06/27/2018

brotherby Dan Waldinger, Brother International

Ask anyone who manages or works for a small or medium business (SMB), regardless of the industry, and it is likely he or she will agree that we are in a new era. The culmination of rapid changes, the convergence of technologies, security and privacy concerns – these and other elements have developed a new worldview for all companies, at all sizes. As trusted partners to SMBs, you know better than most the significant ways that document and imaging needs are changing, as are the technologies available to meet them. 

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Finish Strong in 2018

The Imaging Channel

by The Imaging Channel | 06/27/2018

roderick socialby Brad Roderick, Inkcycle

Time: your most precious resource. Before you invest a few minutes reading this article, consider whether it may be relevant to your needs. Guard your time, my friends. Winners and non-winners have the same number of hours in each week. It isn’t the number of available hours that makes the difference, it’s how the hours are used. The information in this article is meant to help people who are: 

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Five Ways Imaging Advances Are Helping SMBs Compete

The Imaging Channel

by The Imaging Channel | 06/27/2018

xerox socialby Tracey Koziol, Xerox

Technology advances have enabled small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) to overcome many advantages of scale that once were exclusive to large enterprises. The web expands market reach. Mobile devices speed communications from the field. Automation boosts quality and productivity while cutting costs. 

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Speakeasy: Born to Run Q&A With Stephen Young, Square 9

The Imaging Channel

by The Imaging Channel | 06/27/2018

speakeasy socialby Patricia Ames

We thought it was time to catch up with the folks at Square 9 and talk a little ECM, capture and vertical commitment. Of course, when the time came to sit down with Stephen Young, the president and CEO of the New Haven, Conn.-based firm, the conversation took a lot of other turns as well — from the history and future of the industry to Bruce Springsteen and blues guitar. Join me in the SpeakEasy.

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Channel Chat: Securing the Office

The Imaging Channel

by The Imaging Channel | 06/03/2018

channelchat0618When it comes to industry hot topics, some things come and go, but security is very likely here to stay. What do the experts think is important in today’s fraught environment?

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Protect Your Data, Protect Your Brand

The Imaging Channel

by The Imaging Channel | 06/03/2018

HP0618by Christoph Schell, HP Inc.

Over the past year, we’ve witnessed an increased public awareness and engagement around personal data security. The 2017 hack of Equifax compromised the data and financial information of a breathtaking 148 million people.
 In the wake of Facebook’s data misuse scandal, astudy showed nearly one in 10 users deleted their Facebook accounts.

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When Short-Term Memory is a Benefit: The Case for Standalone Scanners in a Security-Conscious Business Environment

The Imaging Channel

by The Imaging Channel | 06/04/2018

Panasonic0618by Joseph Odore, Panasonic System Communications Company of North America

Most of the talk about document and hardware security — at least in the imaging industry — tends to center around the multifunction printer. With so much focus on document security, hardware vulnerability and hacking, the MFP has become just as much of a target (or a suspect, depending on your perspective) as the computer.

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Becoming a Superhero in the Security World

The Imaging Channel

by The Imaging Channel | 06/04/2018

Amy Art 0618by Amy Weiss, The Imaging Channel

Superheroes are hot right now, and for good reason — they go around saving not just the world, but the galaxy. It’s impressive, and at some point we’ve all imagined being in their shoes (boots?). And while arc reactors, infinity stones and radioactive spiders are a bit hard to come by, there are other ways to be a superhero — just ask anyone who’s brought a company back from a ransomware attack. Hackers are much more common threats than extraterrestrial supervillains, and stories of cyberattacks, ransomware and hacking continue to make the news.

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The Security Threats That Lurk in Your Office — And What to Do About Them

The Imaging Channel

by The Imaging Channel | 06/04/2018

Xerox0618by Zia Masoom, Xerox

It is a trade-off: You cannot get the vast promise of the internet’s “get-information-anytime-anywhere” model without letting the security vulnerability genie out of the bottle. As Gary Starkweather, the inventor of the laser printer, put it, “We started working on these technologies with the purpose of sharing information, not to keep people from obtaining it. How we put security back into the system without destroying the nature of its advantages is a big challenge.”

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Securing the Office of the Future

The Imaging Channel

by The Imaging Channel | 05/21/2018

canon0618by Hiro Imamura, Canon U S.A

Organizations and individuals today have access to an excess of data and information, a direct result of the evolving and emerging technologies entering the workforce. While companies have been able to reap the benefits of this data to optimize processes, better reach consumers, and become more efficient overall, they must also now navigate new ethical and legal land mines to ensure that they are sharing and using data responsibly. Recent events and regulations are resurfacing this issue as a global priority and, as a result, enterprises and workers are rightfully paying more attention to information security.

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The Magic of Digitalization – It’s the Scanner

The Imaging Channel

by The Imaging Channel | 04/02/2018

Panasonicby Joseph Odore, Panasonic System Communications Company of North America

Over the last several years the refrain that print is dead, paper is going away, and digital is where it’s at has become like a buzzing in the ear — prevalent, pervasive and often dismissed as background noise. But there is still some truth to that story — the important thing to understand is that it’s not just happening organically. There is a key to all of it, and that key is digitalization, i.e., the process of getting something into digital form. Yes, a lot of information in 2018 is born digital, but all of the information that came prior to the digital age started somewhere else. The need to turn information on paper into digital, useful data means that the scanner will continue to be an important hardware trend for a long time to come.

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