We often hear about Managed Print Services as an example of the Internet of Things. We discuss how analytics drive the MPS roadmap, and how document security reduces breaches in digital workflows. These sophisticated topics we now associate with MPS, but let’s not forget what started it all — the devices themselves.
In your job, you may never have to pay much attention to the printers, scanners and MFPs that share the office space. And that’s as it should be, but don’t underestimate those devices. They’ve come a long way, and now they contribute to many corporate initiatives:
A Device Compatibility Pack (DCP) is a compressed file archive containing product specific data including device images, driver constraints, device capabilities and more. The print drivers rely on DCPs and their contents to know how to print to specific products. There is a Xerox DC TIP which has recently, (January 2017), been updated on the Customer Tip Site. The tip document explains in detail how DCPs work and how to install them in your environment. These Device Compatibility Packs are not for the Apple Mac environment.
When you’re running a busy print shop, it’s easy to be so focused on getting the work out that you don’t have the time to look at the bigger picture and ask some important questions.
How has the market changed? Are you keeping up or falling behind? How do you stack up against the competition? Does your business model still make sense? Where will you be in a year – or five years?
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Early adopters of Xerox’s inkjet technology say they are seeing measurable business results such as increased page volumes, savings from printing on standard offset coated stocks, and faster turnaround on high-volume transactional print jobs. The Xerox entry inkjet portfolio featured at Hunkeler Innovationdays (HID) in Lucerne, Switzerland from Feb. 20-23, 2017 includes:
You may have seen coverage like this of another printer hack job. The hacker’s program scoured the Internet for printers that were online, but didn’t have basic security controls enabled. Over 150,000 networked printers were compromised, but this hacker appeared to want to alert people to the risks, rather than do actual harm.
Still, it’s a wake-up call for organizations to be responsible for the security of their endpoints. If you have Managed Print Services, your MPS partner should offer specialized support to protect your devices and the information and processes they touch.
Small and mid-sized businesses (SMB) continue to explore the potential of managed print services (MPS) to help them overcome the challenges of managing print in-house. With many SMBs reliant on printing to support business activities – over 70% of SMBs indicated in a recent Quocirca study that printing was critical or very important the opportunity for channel partners to take advantage of the MPS opportunity has never been greater.
Everywhere I look, companies are introducing new digital services and re-engineering business processes to capture the value of technology innovation. But with the challenges of this transformation, it’s also easy to see how opportunities get missed – even when you think you’ve got every base covered. One critical factor I frequently see overlooked is the value of document analytics in transformation programs.
Xerox Corporation and Electronics For Imaging (EFI) today announced a strategic partnership to bring to market a next generation digital front end (DFE) to drive Xerox digital production presses. The agreement includes the sale of Xerox’s FreeFlow® Print Server (FFPS) DFE business to EFI. Under the terms of the deal, EFI will continue to produce and support FFPS so current customers do not experience interruptions in sales or service.
When it comes to saving money and boosting productivity, most small and medium businesses (SMBs) tend to think big. Their focus goes to large equipment, workflows, and concerns about overhead costs. Suddenly cost cutting seems complex and challenging. What if there was one small, simple change that could add up to big savings? There is.
The humble toner has undergone a makeover in recent years, becoming easier to use while also growing less expensive. Everything from the way you use it to the way you replace it has evolved. Are you keeping up?
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For the fifth time since 2011, Xerox (NYSE: XRX) has been recognized as a Top 100 Global Innovator. The report by Clarivate Analytics, formerly part of Thomson Reuters, announced its 2016 honors for the most innovative corporations and institutions in the world determined by analyzing proprietary data. The program was formerly known as the Thomson Reuters Top 100 Global Innovators.