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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>

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Should We Come Up with a New Term for Books?

Should We Come Up with a New Term for Books?

People get hung up these days on comparing the value of a print edition with that of an electronic one, and for some titles, the differences are not all that great. But we're really talking about two completely different products and different reading experiences, so the comparisons may not be appropriate.

May 6, 2012 by in Hardware

New Owners for Print Chain AlphaGraphics

New Owners for Print Chain AlphaGraphics

Doc will be paying attention to see what happens next – private equity buyers are usually in for the short term, looking to maximize profits and cut costs so they can re-sell at a profit. AlphaGraphics has done a good job of diversifying its product offerings, but it's still primarily a printing operation, and that seems a little scary in this era.

May 3, 2012 by in Banking

Office Equipment Market to Reach $78 Billion by 2015

Office Equipment Market to Reach $78 Billion by 2015

The small office and home office (SOHO) sector offers enormous opportunities for manufacturers of office equipment. The sector accounts for a substantial portion of the demand for printers, PCs, copiers, scanners, faxes, and answering machines. While laser printers are popular with small offices, inkjet printers are popular with home offices.

April 29, 2012 by in Printers

Ricoh Gets High Marks in Analysis by IDC

Ricoh Gets High Marks in Analysis by IDC

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.

April 26, 2012 by in Printers

Ricoh and Inkjet at Drupa

Ricoh and Inkjet at Drupa

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.

April 24, 2012 by in Printers