IN THIS WHITEPAPER
This IDC white paper explores the opportunity for integrating solid state drives (SSDs) into the enterprise storage environment. Datacenter challenges are highlighted and compared with the commensurate benefits of SSDs. IDC’s forecast for SSD integration into datacenters is delineated. Finally, challenges that SSD OEMs must address before successfully engaging the datacenter are revealed.
IDC estimates that datacenter storage requirements are increasing between 50% and 60% per year, with no end in sight. IT managers have at their disposal a number of technologies and solutions to manage this ongoing growth in storage. Much of the focus in managing storage proliferation has been related to consolidating server and direct-attached storage into large pools of networked storage, or storage area networks. This strategy has been and continues to be an effective way to manage a company’s growing storage environment.
However, commensurate with the increasing storage requirements are the processing needs placed upon the stored data. The terabytes of storage not only need to be preserved and protected but also need to be served to applications running on servers that provide vital data and services to users. These varying performance needs have created an opportunity for storage system vendors to offer various storage products within a defined set of performance tiers. High-performance storage for data-hungry, transaction- ntense server demands at the top and lowerperformance, yet very high- apacity oriented storage at the foundation facilitate backup and data protection procedures, enabling the higher storage tiers to maintain their focus on performance.
Introducing ABBYY FineReader
This chapter provides an overview of ABBYY FineReader and its features.
- What Is ABBYY FineReader
- What's New in ABBYY FineReader
What is ABBYY FineReader
ABBYY FineReader is an optical character recognition (OCR) system. It is used to convert scanned documents, PDF documents, and image files, including digital photos, into editable formats.
ABBYY FineReader advantages
Fast and accurate recognition
- The OCR system used in ABBYY FineReader lets users quickly and accurately recognize and retain the source formatting of any document (including text on background images, colored text on colored backgrounds, text wrapped around an image, etc.).
- Thanks to ABBYY's adaptive document recognition technology (ADRT®), ABBYY FineReader can analyze and process a document as a whole, instead of page by page. This approach retains the source document's structure, including formating, hyperlinks, e–mail addresses, headers and footers, image and table captions, page numbers, and footnotes.
- ABBYY FineReader can recognize documents written in one or several of 186 languages, including Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Thai, and Hebrew. ABBYY FineReader also features auto–detection of document languages.
- What's more, ABBYY FineReader is largely immune to printing defects and can recognize texts printed in virtually any font.
- The program also includes a wide range of options for output data: documents can be saved in a variety of formats, sent by e–mail, or transferred to other applications for further processing.
Setting the Scene
In recent years C-level executives in many of the world's largest and most successful organizations have been forced to introduce a wide range of cost-cutting measures as macroeconomic forces continue to create a challenging and uncertain trading environment. In many instances, and with growth becoming an increasingly difficult goal to achieve, organizations have been under intense pressure to reduce the cost base to help growth. But at what cost to future success? An overzealous attack on the bottom line to maintain shareholder value in the short term could mean organizations are leaving themselves open to damaging productivity shortfalls in the future.
Cost Reduction - A Balanced Approach
An unbalanced approach toward cost reduction will inevitably bring serious implications for mission-critical factors such as employee productivity, organizational efficiency, and competitive advantage. IDC believes that companies need to manage and improve key business processes in order to capture essential productivity and efficiency gains. They must also take measures to ensure the enterprise is ready to meet the challenges posed by the changing dynamic of the future workforce. This paper discovers how some of Europe's leading organizations are benefiting from taking an innovative approach to managing and improving the myriad documentintensive workflows and processes that together form the lifeblood of the contemporary business.
Changing Demographics - Managing Productivity and Efficiency
In a stark indication of what the future holds for businesses in the region, the European Union (EU) currently forecasts that the working-age population (15 to 64) will fall by 48 million between 2006 and 2050. (See Commission Communication "The demographic future of Europe – From challenge to opportunity" COM 571). As a result there will be a significantly smaller pool of knowledge workers in the future labor market, a trend that will mean companies will need to operate more efficiently in order to succeed. It is partly for this reason that, as this scenario continues to evolve, productivity and efficiency will become an increasingly significant item on the C-level agenda. IDC believes businesses must focus attention and expertise on rationalizing and improving business processes to remain competitive in the new economy.
Printer Costs and the Environment
You can save money and save the planet at the same time
When it comes to printers, a commitment to the environment and a desire to reduce costs are far from contradictory goals. Quite the opposite: fewer disposable components results in lower costs and less waste, and buying an eco-friendly printer will save you money in the long run.
We’re sure you’ve heard the stats about how “E-waste” (that’s waste from electronics) comprises a large and growing part of worldwide landfill. In 2005, the Economist reported that 8% of all municipal landfill in Europe was E-waste, and that E-waste comprises some of the most toxic materials that could be found in the landfill. Reports have ascribed roughly 40% of the lead in landfill to E-waste, and about 70% of the heavy metals in landfill, including toxic chemicals like mercury and cadmium, can be ascribed to E- aste. Printing products, of course, make up a considerable proportion of E-waste.
What you’ve probably not heard so much about is how you can reduce the amount of waste your office produces by using eco-friendly printer designs. It’s not uncommon for business managers to have the misconception that eco-friendliness is at best irrelevant, at worst a burden on the bottom line. When it comes to printing, however, nothing could be further from the truth.
It’s an oft-repeated truism that the cost of feeding a printer, copier or MFD over the course of its lifespan is likely to far exceed the cost of buying it in the first place. In fact, it’s likely that the initial purchase cost of a business printer will represent only a fraction, in some cases as little as 10-15%, of the money spent on that printer over the course of its life. This is often referred to as the “Total Cost of Ownership” or “TCO”. Maintenance, power, toner and management – the ongoing costs of running a printer – are the larger cost elements that are often ignored by printer purchasers.
Can You Trust the Cloud? A Practical Guide to the Opportunities and Challenges of the Document 3.0 Era
Cloud computing is one of the hot topics of our day. And it deserves all the attention. Why? Because it has the potential to deliver a wide range of innovative services for the management of infrastructure, development platforms, software applications and complex business processes more efficiently and cost-effectively than ever before. It will also speed up the development of intelligent, proactive “next gen” documents, which will improve the productivity of Knowledge Workers around the world.
But several challenges must be addressed before the cloud becomes a widely accepted paradigm for computing. There are concerns about data security, privacy and regulatory compliance. Not to mention ongoing debate around public vs. private vs. hybrid clouds.
Nevertheless, cloud computing has become a dynamic force in the business world. And forward-thinking clients have discovered that the right approach to cloud-based services can help them improve the performance of their service offerings while lowering costs, creating a compelling competitive advantage.
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Portrait of a very hot topic
When it comes to IT and the Internet, popular topics and buzzwords emerge on a regular basis. Web 2.0...social media...virtualization...the list goes on and on. Today, however, the subject that seems to be capturing the attention of the IT world is cloud computing. And some very prominent names are making bold predictions about its future. Cloud computing “represents the next frontier,” said Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer when addressing a group of CEOs at his company’s headquarters.
Studies detailed below show that the colour printing in corporations is an expensive mystery. Companies don’t seem to have a policy on how or why they do it, where they source materials from, who takes responsibility and what the costs are. All this whilst the demands of colour printing within their business are growing at a double digit rate. This has created a considerable business opportunity for print solutions providers who can provide cost effective colour print systems and services.
This white paper is based on two studies which looked at the print industry from different perspectives. The first, by CRN’s sister title Computing, investigated printing costs from the IT buyer’s perspective in companies that typically print around 10,000 pages per month. The second study, by CRN, focused on the market dynamics of the channel.
This paper will argue that there is a significant gap to be filled in the UK market and that VARs who grasp the innovative new products available in colour printing can make revenues from existing customers and win new ones. The colour printing market is growing at 16% a year and VARs are faced with an end user audience dissatisfied and frustrated with the demands of escalating colour printing. This paper will show a considerable business opportunity.
The studies conducted by both Computing and CRN tell a story of mismanagement, lost revenue and new opportunity. Computing quizzed a sample of companies with a typical print output of 10,000 pages per month. CRN studied 232 decision makers in a variety of industries, of which 71.6% were VARs. Four main issues stand out.
The first is cost to end users. Incredibly, nearly half of all companies studied (44%) do not know how much they pay for colour printing and equally as many want help to rationalize costs. Meanwhile, the channel study indicates a massive lost opportunity for VARs to provide solutions. A staggering 64% of customers are frustrated with their current colour print solution, says the Computing survey. Furthermore, a high initial purchase cost is less of a problem to customers than high running costs, waste, reliability and pollutants. VARs who understand this issue and look at the right product set can therefore offer a printing solution for a genuine end user need.
Section 1 — Introduction
“If you look at these machines as just copiers or printers, you first wonder if you really need security. Then you realize conventional office equipment now incorporates significant technology advances and capabilities that make all documents an integrated part of a corporate network that also involves the Intranet and Internet. Government agencies, corporations and non-profits are increasingly transitioning from traditional stand-alone machines to devices that integrate these functions and link them to corporate networks, raising a whole new era of information management and security issues.
Our development of features within Canon imageRUNNER ADVANCE systems are designed to help prevent data loss, help protect against unwanted device infiltration and help keep information from being compromised.”
—Dennis Amorosano, Sr. Director
Solutions Marketing & Business Support, Canon U.S.A., Inc.
As the marketplace has evolved, the technology associated with office equipment continues to develop at an ever-increasing pace. Over the last several years alone, traditional office equipment has leapfrogged in technology, expanding its functional capabilities, while at the same time becoming an integral part of the corporate network and the Internet. As a result, a new level of security awareness has become imperative.
Canon’s attention to emerging market trends and details surrounding customer security requirements has driven the development of features within imageRUNNER ADVANCE systems, which has been designed to help thwart data loss and the potential threats posed by hackers.
Big data is a term that has risen to prominence describing data that exceeds the processing capacity of conventional database systems. With many solutions entering the marketplace it’s all too easy to focus on the technology that allows big data processing for real-time business analytics and yet to lose sight of the long-term goal of integrating many data sources to provide even potential.
This paper has been written for Chief Technology Officers and senior architects in order to set out some of the challenges that big data solutions may bring and to suggest one approach that Fujitsu feels has the potential to provide particular value – the use of linked data to integrate data sources and better enable the exploitation of data to meet the challenges of the business, namely an expectation of near real-time business intelligence, free from the technology limitations that are imposed by a particular database structure.
The paper explains the concept of big data before examining the various approaches taken to data management in an enterprise IT context, explaining why each approach presents its own challenges. Some readers may wish to skip this section of the report and move straight to page 8, which examines the functions that a big data solution must perform, before the paper considers the related concept of linked data and its potential to act as a unifying technology, along with the associated architectural patterns. We then examine the integration of big data and linked data within an organisation, including the challenges that need to be addressed before providing a view of the future of data, summary and conclusions.
Throughout the paper, extensive reference is made to a variety of third party and Fujitsu resources that have been used.
The purpose of this whitepaper to address some of the most frequently posed security and system reliability questions.
What is a HotSpot Printer?
The Ricoh HotSpot printer allows people to print simply by sending an email or submitting print requests from a webpage.
This simple and intuitive interface allows use without the need for print drivers or any extra software. This eliminates IT overhead and time used in setup and configuration for mobile or temporary users.
There are two methods for submitting print jobs:
Email – Users submit their print jobs by simply forwarding an email to the printer’s email address. This can be done from any computer or handheld device that supports email. The user will then receive an email response with a release code for the body of the email and a separate email and release code for each attachment. Simply enter this release code at the printer keypad to begin printing the document or email.
Web Submission – Documents may also be submitted through a web browser by visiting the printer’s webpage. Users simply select the browse button to identify the document they would like to submit for printing and then provide an email address before submitting the print request. They will receive a release code on the webpage as well as a copy of the code via email. When the code is entered at the printer keypad the job will begin printing.
ABBYY FlexiCapture: What It Is:
Automated data input technologies have a relatively long history - dating back to the days when the first optical reading systems were developed to recognize stylized symbols drawn according to templates. Since that time, they have evolved to support a vast industry, utilizing a large set of very different technologies.
The traditional machine-readable form processing technologies of today are well-established. A large choice of systems capable of processing many types of machine-readable forms is now available. Today's advanced systems can accurately capture machined printed and handwritten characters and process thousands of documents per day. ABBYY FormReader is one of the leading products in the field, capable of handling both printed and hand-printed forms (see http://www.formreader.com or contact ABBYY for a whitepaper and additional information on ABBYY form processing technology).
Yet while today's form processing systems are very advanced, they are still limited in functionality. For example, the task of processing semi-structured documents, or forms and documents on which the sizes and locations of fields of key pieces of data varies from document to document, still remains the most challenging task in data capture. While the demand for solutions to address this area is extremely high, form processing programs have not been flexible and intelligent enough to process these types of documents without extensive customization and system training. Access to an easy-to- deploy,cost-effective solution for processing such documents as invoices, order forms, legacy forms, and template-based contracts has been, until now, virtually inaccessible by a large audience.
For these types of cases, even when full-text documents are being handled, the ultimate aim is to extract a particular set of fields, or key pieces of information, from a given page. We will refer to such documents as flexible forms.
forms normally contain data that is required or requested by the organization using the form. This variable data can include such things as names, addresses, and monetary amounts. On traditional forms, key pieces of data can be found in exactly the same fields, located on exactly the same position on the page, in the same sized field, from document to document. Processing this type of document is relatively simple if the form and the form template are designed carefully. The system simplyneeds to match the scanned form with the template to know what information to extract and how to extract it.