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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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USPS Losses Continue

USPS Losses Continue

Doc is afraid the news for the USPS is only going to get worse, though they may, with appropriate cuts, be able to stop some of the heaviest bleeding. But we have to decide how valuable mail service is to America and pony up the money or be willing to spend more on postage rates.

June 19, 2012 by in Banking

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

Whining Again About Paper Choices

Whining Again About Paper Choices

Let's not lose site of the advantages of high-quality printing, which can and often does take place in house with MFP machines. And a good choice of paper stock is part of what makes for decent results. Clearly, many offices simply choose the lowest-cost paper stock without much consideration for quality.

November 10, 2011 by in Banking

Quark: Down, But Not Out

Quark: Down, But Not Out

Quark recently announced the availability of Quark Publishing System 9.1, the new version of Quark's dynamic publishing platform for automated publishing to print, Web, e-reader, mobile, and tablet devices.

October 30, 2011 by in Banking

Nuance's Acquisition of Equitrac

Nuance's Acquisition of Equitrac

The integration of Equitrac with Nuance eCopy will provide innovative, integrated, cross-platform MFP-based document solutions to deliver on the promised cost reductions that will drive the adoption of Managed Print Services (MPS) solutions across enterprises.

September 7, 2011 by in Banking

More Action Over on LinkedIn

More Action Over on LinkedIn

Recently, a poster asked: Is there any software to manage/track consumables and machine movements in an MPS environment? A good question and even better answers.

August 17, 2011 by in Banking

Government Discounts on Printing Services

Government Discounts on Printing Services

The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) and FedEx Office (formerly FedEx Kinko's), an operating company of FedEx, have renewed the public-private agreement that will provide federal agencies discounted printing and business services through the GPOExpress program. Through a competitive bidding process, GPO awarded FedEx Office a five-year renewal of its contract for this program. Federal agencies who use their GPOExpress card will receive pre-negotiated prices that are lower than previous years on most services and are up to 80 percent below retail rates.

March 23, 2011 by in Banking