Regular readers of this blog will know that we spend a fair bit of time dealing with warnings, updates and suggestions on dealing with IT security and data protection. At times it seems like we never talk about anything else and I wish we didn't need to cover this topic so heavily.Read More
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Just about a month ago HP and Samsung announced a deal that will see HP acquiring Samsung's printer business which is said to be about $1.8 billion US annually. It appears that after many years producing print products as an OEM supplier and then a few years doing so under its own name Samsung has decided that it should focus on other aspects of its electronic industry.
In the announcement HP has said this is the largest print related purchase that it has ever made.
HP has long used Canon engines for many of its laser printers and with this deal it gains the potential to move much of its engine production and R&D to the Samsung based designs.
I observe that it is only a few years that Samsung has been producing and selling its own brand of A3 (traditional 11 x 17 copier sized) products and it may be access to this area is one of the keys for HP. Over the past ten years or so HP has struggled trying to find a fit with multifunction printer devices under its brand which can take control of the office print market like they have successfully done with their laser printer models which are primarily A4 (letter/legal) sized.
By acquiring Samsung they instantly obtain a recognized set of full bore A3 office multifunction devices in both colour and mono which can be branded HP and could complement other units in their offerings. For those dealers which have been selling Samsung equipment it presents a bit of a challenge, but not one they will not have handled before. Potentially they may have a broader set of options presented as HP fills out the line. For most they will be dual branded and will have another line to use to fulfill customer needs.
Industry Changes Ongoing
This acquisition is just another step in a steady shift in the print market as the volume of paper changes and the moves to a more electronic or digital document world continue.
Konica Minolta was created through the merger of two separate brands in 2003. Ricoh has built up its operations through a string of brand purchases over the years, Ricoh acquired Savin, Gestetner, Lanier, Rex-Rotary, Monroe, Nashuatec, IKON and most recently IBM Printing Systems Division / Infoprint Solutions Company.Read More
“As in years before, ‘accidental disclosure’ was the most common cause cited for breaches,” ..... “highlighting the need for institutions to ensure proper procedures are in place to protect Canadians’ personal information."
This paragraph begins a report in IT World Canada outlining the summary of the Canadian Government experience in the period ending March 2016. It shows that government information continues to be a target for hackers and others seeking to take advantage of the massive amounts of information that is collected by governments at all levels. While the report referenced deals primarily with federal government information we can be sure that similar issues can arise in the broader public sector including provinces, municipalities and government agencies like education and hospitals.
As we have discussed in a couple of previous articles AP Automation is one of the fields which can offer significant benefit to most businesses. Currently the average business is still handling at least 50 percent of its accounts payable in a paper format taking time, aggravation and risk when compared to the potential of a more streamlined process using newer technologies.
One of the things which holds many potential adopters back is the concern over installing, maintaining infrastructure and financing the cost of setting up a solution for AP. Like any software implementation it is a challenge to figure out if the returns are going to offset the costs of the hardware, software and the administration of the potential solution. In light of this inertia often prevails and the status quo becomes the default option.
Enter the cloud
One of the reasons that so much interest and attention has developed over the past few years around cloud computing is the potential to reduce the pressure for this default inertia when new system potential is identified.Read More
Data security is an issue for every connected company in Canada. Figuring out what to do to help you keep your critical information safe is a challenge for everyone but probably even more of one for the typical business professional without solid IT background.
This recent video published by IT World Canada offers some helpful insight through a Data Security Consultant's eyes which can assist business managers to focus some of their attention in the right places. In most instances it will take the assistance of someone with a solid IT security technical background to set up your operations to carry out the suggestions made in this video, but it can go a long way to help you ask the right questions and perhaps determine who could be the right fit for your needs.
In summarizing the video, CSO Digital: Security Situations series editor Ryan Patrick highlight four things:
- Implementing effective security awareness for all in your organization, new and old employees
- Maintaining the right levels of access to data of each type, with privileged access only to those who need it
- Protection of data at source, as close as possible to where it resides, internally or in the cloud
- Implementing threat hunting practices to help identify activity on the network which is outside of the norm
In a 2014 study or the levels of use of Account Payable automated systems respondents indicated that paper invoices remain a big part of their payables operations. 70 percent said that at least 50 percent of their invoices are still being tendered in paper format and less than 9 percent said paper invoices are less than 10 percent of their total volume.Read More
Topics: AP Automation
Most modern MFPs (multifunction printers) include the capability to support network scanning in their base applications. Using simple scan to email or folder systems they make it possible for users to convert paper documents to images usually in PDF format. This capability provides many benefits to users however the basics can often not be enough to make the systems efficient for frequent work.Read More
One of the great benefits of technology available to businesses today is being able to automate what was commonly a routine process which in a manual paper based world has taken extra time.Read More
Topics: workflow processes, running costs, cloud computing, Scanning, document filing, document storage strategy, software tools, business processes, paper filing, Paperless office, Less paper office, digital tools, AP Automation
I find that many Canadian businesses don't realize that they have a choice of postage meter companies when they are looking to rent a postage machine.
If you are buying or renting a postage meter in Canada you essentially have three choices of manufacturer. Many people think that there is only one meter rental company authorized to sell postage equipment in Canada. In fact there are three companies who are the manufacturers of equipment and who have approval from Canada Post for providing postage meters. These companies in alphabetical order are: Francotyp-Postalia Canada, Neopost Canada and Pitney Bowes Canada.