The Key Point Blog

09/07/2017

Ryan McAbee

The Rise of Workflow Automation in Wide Format Graphics

Today’s print service providers know that their bottom line is less about the equipment and more about how fast they can get work to the equipment and on to delivery. That is why automation and efficiency have been at the top of strategic initiatives for commercial printers in our annual software investment surveys for the past several years. Leading commercial printers view the intellectual property around their workflow processes as a distinct competitive differentiator and make investments in software and staff to grow that advantage. In general, wide format sign and graphics isn’t there yet.

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09/06/2017

Keypoint Intelligence

Bright New Horizons for Memjet DuraLink Integrators

Pat McGrew & Bob Leahey

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08/31/2017

Christine Dunne

Using the Mopria Print Service in a Home Office

We write a fair amount about mobile printing at Keypoint Intelligence-InfoTrends, but sometimes the best way to assess it is to try it ourselves. I was motivated to do so after I learned that the next version of Android (8.0) will integrate the Mopria Print Service from the get-go. No additional download will be required.

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08/30/2017

Keypoint Intelligence

A New Development in the Cut-sheet Monochrome Digital Printing Market

With Canon’s announcement this week of the Océ VarioPrint 6000 Titan it is a good time to revisit the size and scope of the cut-sheet monochrome digital printing market. Despite competition from electronic delivery methods, monochrome digital print volume will remain large for the foreseeable future. Black & white documents are the workhorses of the production world because they provide the needed information without requiring the full marketing push of color print. InfoTrends estimates that monochrome documents produced in cut-sheet production environments will account for nearly 360 billion A4/letter page images in 2017 in the US and Western Europe. This is about 63% of all cut-sheet production digital print volume (color and monochrome) so of course it remains an area of vital importance. A cut-sheet monochrome breakout combining US and Western European data is shown below.

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08/29/2017

Keypoint Intelligence

According to recent InfoTrends U.S. Enterprise Office Primary Research study, 40% of IT decision-makers indicated the #1 hurdle for digital conversion is cost.

Recent survey results from InfoTrends U.S. Enterprise primary research study of T decision makers found that Enterprise customers see the cost associated with converting to digital processes as the greatest hurdle to conversion and this was most prevalent in the manufacturing (47%) and prof. services sectors (44%). Furthermore, they are also worried about the IT resources and the preference for paper—whether these are perceived or actual.

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08/21/2017

Carl Schell

Dealer Leaves No Stone Unturned during Transformative Journey

It actually did start with a YouTube video. True story. Six years ago. When the IT director of ACT Group in Cromwell, Connecticut, approached CEO Cindi Gondek with a clip on 3D print.

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08/15/2017

Keypoint Intelligence

ECi Software Acquired by Apax Partners

Apax Partners LLP announced it has agreed to acquire ECi Software Solutions (Fort Worth, TX) a provider of enterprise resource planning software solutions for small and medium-sized companies in the distribution, field services, building and construction, and manufacturing industries. The sellers are The Carlyle Group, a global asset management and private-equity firm which acquired ECi in March of 2014, and Level Equity. No financial terms were disclosed, but clearly the timing and price were right for the sellers.ECi Logo

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08/15/2017

Keypoint Intelligence

Do You ChannelCon?

CompTIA ChannelCon event was held in Austin, Texas in August. It was an amazing event filled with tons of educational seminars, interactive events, several vendors, great dialogues along with fun things to do like participating in a 5K walk/run and going to an event where we were fitted for cowboy hats. Everything is big in Texas!

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08/05/2017

Keypoint Intelligence

Kyocera Hits the Accelerate Button with DataBank Acquisition

Kyocera Hits the Accelerate Button with DataBank Acquisition

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08/04/2017

Keypoint Intelligence

How effective is your MPS program?

On a recent webinar, it was stated that 65% of total cost for an MPS program is associated with consumables and supplies. This can be as high as 75% when we consider the A4 conversion going on. Business firms that offer MPS to their customers must continue to focus on this area to improve their MPS programs.

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