Ricoh has leveraged its global experience to shape its Managed Document Services (MDS) strategy for addressing pressing customer concerns in MPS, including cost control, environmental sustainability, information security and governance, business process efficiency, organizational change management, information worker productivity, information optimization and strategic infrastructure.
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<p>ZDNet introduces Doc (The DocuMentor), sponsored by RICOH. Through his blog, Doc will educate you about Document Management. So who is Doc? Doc is something of an enigma. He was born to a Russian ballerina and a German electrical engineer who some believe was running covert operations for shadowy corporate interests. Doc grew up in various locations in the United States, although no one seems to know precisely where, least of all Doc. His early schooling was unremarkable except for the time he was caught trying to replace all the mimeograph machines with high-tech color copiers that had mysteriously disappeared from a shipment to Albania. At MIT, he made a name for himself by transforming a large printer into a robot that hunts and eats Roombas. Professionally, he reportedly has seen the insides of more brands, versions, and generations of printer and printer-related hardware than almost anyone. Some say his obsession with paper, printing, and mechanical movement was either started by, or evidenced by, a traumatic childhood episode when he crawled inside an old Xerox 2400 and tried to print himself.</p> <p>Anyway, Doc has hands on experience with stuff like printer maintenance and fleet management, but his mastery of document management leaves no stone unturned. Important issues like sustainability, security, and regulatory compliance are top of mind for Doc, as are other business technology needs like networking and IT services, making him a true blue IT renaissance man. </p>
Inkjet technology has come a long way in recent years and is scaling up to commercial production quite nicely, with many offerings from all the major press manufacturers. In digital printing, inkjet is now just as viable for many uses as toner-based systems.
The lesson learned is that accurate forecasting of print needs, whether using in-house or outsourced resources, is critical to keeping costs low and efficiency high.
What does bankruptcy mean for the commercial side of Kodak?
It's becoming clear that offices are not producing the copy and print volumes they once did.
The tile industry is moving towards inkjet. The financial incentives are so great that the entire industry is converting rapidly to inkjet. The ceramic tile manufacturer can pay back their investment in an inkjet digital press for ceramic tiles in as little as six months.
It will be interesting to see how the new Photizo/Lyra organization tackles the topics of interest to the imaging industry and associated services.
Smart IT leaders understand that successful outsourcing requires a balance of internal and external skills.
We live in a very media competitive world. Print has to go head-to-head against the alternatives and shouldn't be handicapped by being less colorful than other media, unless, of course, the use of color has no material effect on the final product.
Will we see the death of the commercial printing industry the way we saw the death of the typesetting industry?
Recently, there has been a bit of a drama going on at the GPO and the position of Public Printer, who heads the agency and is a presidential appointment.
The Western European paper/digital document management solutions segment continues to be the largest in dollars. This is expected to increase at a high single-digit compound annual growth rate.
How do you evaluate the effect of inflation when looking at the commercial printing industry?
Staying connected through LinkedIn can be a great route to increasing sales.
Data from the 2011 MPS Market Size, Share and Forecast Study predicts the average revenue per device will surge after 2013 due to more efficient deployment and service revenues growth. Photizo expects nearly half of printing revenue to be under MPS contract by 2014.