Editorials

Green Behind The Scenes at HP

<p>From <a href="http://www.buyerslab.com/news/viewarticle.asp?article=50152" target="_blank">BLI</a></p> <p>November 11, 2008 - In 1971, Bill Hewlett, co-founder of HP, said, “The deepening concern for preservation of the environment involves the whole basic question of man on this earth: How may the earth’s resources be preserved?” From recycling computer printouts and punch cards in 1971, to creating a hardware recycling program in 1987 and initiating the HP Planet Partners program in 1991 to reclaim and recycle used HP print cartridges, processing them to recover plastics and metals for new products and diverting millions of tons of waste from landfills, HP has been involved in the environmental movement for decades.</p>

ARMA 2008 – Information Management

<p>From <a href="http://www.bertl.com/web/PORTAL_NEWS;jsessionid=F56979B84C2D89FB47828A26... target="_blank">BERTL</a></p> <p>Whether you call it records management, document management or information management, it comes down to the capture, storage and retrieval of your data. The amount of data generated by organizations today is phenomenal and is rapidly increasing. The latest measurement of data is in petabytes (1 million gigabytes)! So we forward emails, share documents, and store forms all at a blink of an eye and without a second thought of space. And most times there are a multitude of copies and versions of any one of these documents floating around on desktops and servers. </p>

Océ Showcases Innovations At Its New Customer Experience Center

<p>From <a href="http://www.buyerslab.com/news/viewarticle.asp?article=50038" target="_blank">BLI</a></p> <p>November 7, 2008 – In the days leading up to Graph Expo, Océ North America hosted a press and analyst event at its all-new Customer Experience Center in Boca Raton, FL, to discuss new offerings and technologies in its production printing and wide-format portfolios. The theme of the event was “Continuous Innovation” and there was plenty of innovation on display in the state-of-the-art 18,000-square-foot facility. </p> <p>Designed to showcase the products offered by the company’s Production Printing Systems, Wide Format Printing Systems and Document Printing Systems groups, the Customer Experience Center allows current and prospective Océ customers to see the company’s full range of hardware and software solutions in action. The impressive demonstrations included the company’s digital press machines such as the VarioPrint 8750, which can produce ten 200-page books per minute; Océ’s ultra-high-speed cut-sheet and roll-feed production printers; its roll-feed and flatbed wide-format printers for CAD and graphic arts user; and its PRISMA software solutions. </p>

Ricoh Says It Wants A REVolution

<p>From <a href="http://www.buyerslab.com/news/viewarticle.asp?article=49986" target="_blank">BLI</a></p> <p>November 6, 2008 - Recently-inducted NBA hall of famer Pat Riley, who coached teams including the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat to seven NBA World Championships, delivered the keynote speech on the second day of Ricoh’s 2008 dealer conference held recently in Orlando, Florida, explaining how he handled his wins—and more importantly, how he handled his losses. Riley told several other stories that illustrated the feelings of frustration when you think you’re doing a good job but still not breaking through, and then the knowledge, once you have broken through, that the work and the journey was worth it. That was the message he seemed to hope the dealers left the conference with—the willingness to accept challenges and turn them into victories, particularly when circumstances appear most trying. It was an apt message considering the economic climate during which the meeting was held.</p>

Lexmark Forges Ahead With 16 New Products

<p>From <a href="http://www.buyerslab.com/news/viewarticle.asp?article=49606" target="_blank">BLI</a></p> <p>Looking to save small businesses money while also allowing them to print in an environmentally-friendly way, Lexmark displayed a slew of new products at a recent briefing in New York City. The results of years of investment in research and development, a total of 16 base models were on display. Designed with an eye toward the environment, more models, such as the X543/X544 and the T Series, in the launch include standard duplexing, higher-yield print cartridges and a smaller footprint, according to Drew Zande, worldwide product marketing manager at Lexmark. Zande also noted that the units feature a new industrial design, whereby paint is no longer used. In addition, the company announced that it will be the first manufacturer in the digital imaging industry to offer a supplies guarantee for color laser products, guaranteeing that the price of the consumables will not increase while the customer owns any of the new units so long as customers purchase the consumables directly from Lexmark. In addition, the company announced an enhanced rewards program with the new devices, whereby Lexmark will ship to customers one free print cartridge for every 10 Lexmark cartridges returned. By enrolling in the program, and returning Lexmark genuine toner cartridges, customers will receive one free imaging kit for the C540 and X540 color laser series. Officially launched in the U.S. at the end of October, the units are set to be available for sale in Europe, Asia and Latin America by later this year.</p>

How Green is Your Printer?

<p><img title="green printer" style="border-right: 0px; border-top: 0px; display: inline; margin: 5px 0px 0px 10px; border-left: 0px; border-bottom: 0px" height="160" alt="green printer" src="http://www.officeproductnews.net/files/image_3_9.png" width="204" align="right" border="0" />By <a title="Corey Smith&#39;s Business and Technology Blog" href="http://www.MasterTheBusiness.com" target="_blank">Corey Smith</a></p> <p>With the financial challenges of current market conditions, being green can provide your organization with much needed fiscal relief. Being green can help you to save money. </p> <p>There are more factors in being green in printing than you might think.</p> <p>eWeek has published an interesting article on this very topic. </p>

World Expo Offers Key Training on Business Opportunities

<p>by <a href="http://www.masterthebusiness.com/" target="_blank">Corey Smith</a> for <a href="http://www.bertl.com/web/PORTAL_NEWS;jsessionid=E30E988C7497BADA2BCE41B7... target="_blank">BERTL</a></p> <p>The competitive landscape for toner resellers is increasing every year. The challenge for resellers is to find additional avenues of growth for revenue and increase profit margins in this very competitive environment. In addition to the challenges that resellers face in providing services end users have challengers of their own.</p> <p><img style="border-top-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; margin: 10px 5px 0px 0px; border-right-width: 0px" height="81" alt="recharger world expo" src="http://www.officeproductnews.net/files/image_5_0.png" width="133" align="left" border="0" /> Resellers have long found an opportunity in providing toner and other consumables to their clients. With print volumes growing at a rate of 11% in 2007, those opportunities certainly are not going away. Vendors like Parts Now! and Static Control provide high quality consumables for resellers ensuring that resellers can meet the demands of the consumer. </p> <p>This year at the World Expo from Recharger Magazine resellers received key training on many ways to improve their business opportunities. As toner rechargers and print resellers find increased competition, the opportunity for moving to managed print services becomes very compelling. Because print volumes are increasing, the opportunity of reselling consumables will not diminish, however, the way in which resellers compete will change. </p>

Document Scanning and Automation

From ScanGuru

The Capture Applications on the market today are file foldersoutstanding when it comes to automation. For any organization that has a large scanning project, or requires minimal time and maximum efficiency from its scan operators, some level of automation is a necessity. So what does automation mean when we are discussing capture applications

Below are some key feature that will minimize the time and effort required to scan and process documents:

Document Separators – with most scanners, if you have 10 documents to scan, you will need to run each set of pages through the document feeder, and save them off individually to your repository. Applications that allow document separators provide a means to place separator sheets between each of your document sets, place the entire pile into the document feeder, and let the software split the stack into individual files. This is a huge time saver, even with a small number of documents.

Key Features - Scanning Applications for Law Firms

From ScanGuru

What should a Law Firm look for in a scanning application?

Here are some suggestions:

law Barcode Separator Functionality - Separator pages allow the user to insert a specially coded page between documents in a stack. Once scanned, the software uses these pages to determine when a document begins and ends. This allows the scanning of many documents at once, rather than scanning one at a time. There is also the notion of "intelligent separators" which allow you to encode data on the separator page, such as case, matter, attorney, etc.

Image Enhancement - These tools will automatically adjust contrast and brightness, remove problematic colors, remove speckles, and thicken fonts. If you want the highest quality image, with the least amount of scanning operator intervention, this is a key component to any scanning system.


Who wears the pants in your business?

by Corey Smith

When it comes to making decisions on moving to an electronic content management system in your business, who is the person most responsible for making that decision?

In the Records Management Report from AIIM last year, I found a very interesting chart.

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 AIIM Report

Let me ask this... Why would the records of a business be an IT decision? What does IT have to do with records management?

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