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Océ Driving Productivity

Executive Summary

Intense competition. Demand for immediate results. The steady growth of digital media. The print industry is in a state of flux and has been for some time. But even as market consolidation continues and customers use ink on paper in concert with alternate channels like email and the Internet, print is an important medium that is here to stay. With increasing competition for printed pages, how do commercial print shops and in-plants compete, survive, or even thrive in the new world of print?

Clearly, print providers can no longer rely on the same old solutions to handle the rising tide of new expectations and requests for increasingly complex jobs. Personalization is becoming a requirement in more documents as business shifts from a market-centric to a customer- entric model. Integrated marketing components are finding their way into traditionally transactional documents. And customers are looking for instant turnaround on everything from quotes and proofs to production, reprints, and delivery. 

Efficiency and productivity have taken center stage as critical requirements for success, and modern print providers must look beyond traditional tools, services, and cost-cutting measures to ensure their place in the future.

Planning an IP Network for Voice and Data

Introduction

Setting up a network to carry Voice over IP (VOIP) traffic along with the data packets requires an understanding of what features are needed in the routers and switches of the network. It is also helpful to understand how much data bandwidth is required to successfully transport VOIP voice conversations, and what tradeoffs are possible to get by with less bandwidth than would normally be necessary.

In this paper, we will try to give some advice in planning a network that will carry voice and data traffic with a minimum of problems. We will look at voice quality requirements, network layout, planning capacity, and router selection and configuration.

Voice Quality Requirements

Users have certain quality expectations for telephone communication. When they are talking to a customer through a VOIP link, for instance, they might insist on toll-quality voice. This means that they want it to sound to them and to the customer as though they are on an ordinary TDM telephone link. 

The quality of a call can be measured using one of several call quality metric calculations. The most commonly used system is the Mean Opinion Score (MOS). The MOS score of a call is between 1 (for unusable) and 5 (for excellent). VOIP calls that are working properly fall between 3.5 and 4.2 MOS. A score of 4.0 is defined as toll quality. Other systems for quality measurement are R-factor, PSQM, PESQ, and PAMS. These other systems produce scores for a call that can be mapped to MOS for comparison.

Bigger on the Inside; NAND Flash Innovations Deliver Efficient, High-Performance Storage

Advances in fabrication technology, die processing and packaging are contributing to the rapid development of high-density Flash memory targeting advanced consumer and industrial applications

Innovations such as 3D gaming, downloadable digital content and app stores for smartphones and tablets are among important trends driving the ever-increasing demand for high-density non-volatile storage for program code, system data and user downloads. In other applications such as industrial processes and building automation, increasing use of intelligent sensing and control is also driving up demand for robust and cost-effective storage. NAND Flash memory offers outstanding qualities for many of these applications.

NAND Flash has followed an aggressive development curve since being introduced by Toshiba in the late 1980s. Its small chip size and low cost per bit have enabled extremely high storage density within a small-sized module, enabling widespread use in embedded systems as well as personal storage products such as USB drives and memory cards. NAND Flash is often now used in preference to a traditional hard-disk drive in equipment such as game consoles and tablets, offering faster read speeds, lower heat generation and reduced power consumption. The latest generations of devices achieve high data-transfer speeds making NAND Flash suitable for code storage as well as data storage.

Taking MFP Applications in the Office to the Next Level

Introduction

This white paper has been prepared on behalf of Konica Minolta Business Technologies by Bissett  Communications, publisher of THE MFP REPORT newsletter. It updates a previous white paper (“Leveraging the Office MFP Software Opportunity: A Technical and Marketing White Paper on Konica Minolta’s OpenAPI MFP Software Development Platform”) released in March 2007. The initial white paper coincided with Konica Minolta’s announcement in Europe of OpenAPI, the company’s first Web services application environment designed to enable development of server-based applications that interact with networked Konica Minolta bizhub multifunction peripheral (MFP) devices in office environments.

Significant changes in the MFP marketplace and in Konica Minolta’s software technology have occurred since OpenAPI debuted, and more changes are expected in coming months. These changes warrant a more current assessment. In particular, this updated white paper coincides Konica Minolta’s release of its new bizhub Extended Solution Technology to selected software partners and sales companies. “bEST” encompasses, extends and supersedes the original OpenAPI platform in order to provide a richer set of programmable services and control panel presentation capabilities.

Meanwhile, the market for MFP software tools has expanded dramatically in terms of the number of participating MFP manufacturers, the level of interest among independent software vendors, the breadth of MFP manufacturers’ software tools and partnering programs, and the receptivity of customers and sales channels to MFP-related solutions and applications.

Security

1 Objectives of This White Paper

The purpose of this white paper is to present the security measures within the DocuWare software. The paper includes a discussion of the measures undertaken to achieve access security and to prevent downtimes – or at least to minimize their adverse effects on users. It includes all preventive measures against accidental or deliberate manipulation of managed content and against data loss caused by system failure. Security features also include measures to ensure data protection and the traceability of events within the system. 

It mentions the underlying technologies and describes how they are used by the DocuWare system.This should provide readers with a technically sound understanding of the DocuWare system and the security it offers. 

This document is intended for clients (users), consultancy companies, IT magazines and distribution partners. It assumes a certain level of technical knowledge about the structure of modern software applications, ideally of document management systems. Detailed knowledge of current or previous DocuWare systems is not required.

A White Paper Discussing the Process of Writing Search Engine Optimized Copy

INTRODUCTION

The Internet is changing every day, and users are the driving force behind that change. From news to entertainment, technology to new ways of networking, web sites and new ideas are all competing for user clicks. Getting to the core of that change and understanding why it is happening, what its short term and long term effects are, and how to predict future change, is the most important role of Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Without SEO, your web site is not fulfilling its real potential.

Unlocking the Power of SEO: Driving Traffic through Value-Driven Content

Search Engine Optimization is the process of allowing your web site to reach its potential to both current and new users. This means that no web site can stand by itself and expect to thrive in an increasingly connected business structure that stresses links, partnerships and strong active networking. Hyperlinks are the key to SEO and staying ahead of the trend. As important elements to users shift over time, links to your web site allow them to return to your site, keeping it relevant and in the limelight.

While links may keep your site relevant, content is what keeps your site fresh and is the foundation for generating more links. Links are an important piece of being vital to the community your web site is a part of online. Content that is not only informative and useful to users about your subject area, but that also provides unique value, is what differentiates your web site from competitors and from "Black Hat" sites or "Gateway" sites that depend on keywords to lure in web traffic. 

The Futures of Real Time Embedded Systems in High Volume Printing

Embedded system developers face many and sometimes conflicting challenges. To increase efficiency and drive down hardware cost, they must aim for ever higher levels of system integration. But to keep applications manageable and scaleable, they need solutions that are as general and modular as possible. At the same time, embedded system complexity rises, quality standards go up and development time needs to decrease.

With such opposing forces, how can the development of embedded systems still remain successful, maintainable and reliable?

This white paper gives an overview of how embedded system engineers can cope with these issues, now and in the future. It does so by showing what successful strategies we have developed in the past few years. Taking the development of the fastest duplex cut sheet printer in the world as a case example, we outline four elements of successful embedded software design:

  • Model driven development as the leading method for designing and building real-time systems.
  • A standard real-time embedded software architecture.
  • Reuse of software as a “company philosophy”.
  • Systematic approach to quality control. 

Visioneer OneTouch® with Kofax® VRS® Technology

“There is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come.” It’s not often that Victor Hugo gets quoted in the world of document imaging. So you should already be expecting something spectacular. Two technologies that have shaped and influenced the art and practice of making document scanners easy to use and dramatically enhanced image quality have come together. 

In 1998, Visioneer changed the way that users interacted with their scanners. Previously there were multiple steps to scan a document or photo. Launching software, setting resolution, paper size, prescan, color depth, cropping, saving, etc. And the average user who was not skilled in scanner or imaging technology had no idea how or why to make these choices. So any scanning task took up to 14 steps and some techno-savvy. Enter Visioneer OneTouch. Visioneer created buttons on scanners that let the user scan with one touch to already configured settings for different applications: scan a photo, scan to email, scan to the printer (copying), etc. Before you knew it, everyone starting putting buttons on scanners. Why? Because ease of use  was more important than any other feature including price. The steak is more important than the sizzle. 

Why buy HP Hard Disk and Solid State drives for HP Workstations?

Overview

In the open market there are a wide variety of available hard disk and solid state drives, many at budget pricing. Why not buy them directly from any one of the many storage device manufacturers over the Internet, or from any of the numerous electronics stores? What is the real advantage of buying hard disk and solid state drives from HP? What are the risks of using drives that have not been qualified through the HP process?

This paper was written to help educate the end user on why purchasing HP hard disk and solid state drives for use in HP workstations is a good business decision. There are a few key points consider:

  • Not all hard disk and solid state drives are the same, even when on paper they have identical specifications. There are potential differences in components and firmware used on the storage devices. Non-HP storage devices may perform less effectively or may even fail when exposed to the higher workloads imposed by HP workstation customers.
  • Manufacturers of 3rd party “Distribution Channel” hard disk and solid state drives can’t test their storage devices on HP workstations as thoroughly as HP does, if at all. HP leverages testing performed on various computer and server platforms, including other business units, and works with suppliers to improve their storage device performance for HP specific products.
  • Failures of hard disk and solid state drives are infrequent, yet have significant costs, especially the loss of productivity and the possible loss of critical data. HP minimizes the impact of loss of productivity through our highly effective HP workstation warranty. Typically, your HP warranty will enable you to have your workstation functioning again on the next business day. It is not likely the manufacturer of the 3rd party storage device can offer or deliver the same warranty experience.

HP OpenVMS NUMA Programming Guide

Introduction

Non-Uniform Memory Access (NUMA) is distributed shared memory architecture, where the access latency to memory is non-uniform across different processors. In NUMA, each processor or set of common cores will have its own local memory forming a small building block (called node/domain). These blocks are interconnected across high speed network to form a large scale Symmetric Multiprocessor (SMP) server. These nodes are called NUMA nodes or Resource Affinity Domains (RAD). OpenVMS support for NUMA was first introduced in version 7.2-1H1 for older Alpha systems and extended its support for Intel® Itanium® architecture based HP Integrity servers with the V8.4 release.

Refer to OpenVMS Technical Journal (VTJ) called RAD on OpenVMS for more details about OpenVMS support for NUMA systems. 

This document provides detailed overview and usage of OpenVMS NUMA/RAD programming interfaces. The intent of this document is to show the usage of programming interfaces and ability to create custom Application Programming Interface (API). The techniques used in the sample APIs can help application designers to take maximum advantage of complex NUMA architectures. The application performance in NUMA environments largely depend on its architecture. The major impact happens when the application allocates resources which aren’t aligned with NUMA locality.

NUMA has become de facto architecture of all the latest scale-up SMP servers that are available in the market. Even most of the new-generation servers shipped by HP are NUMA based. Examples are the BL8x0c i2 blades and rx2800 i2 rack-mounted servers. Historically, HP is the market leader in manufacturing the NUMA based servers. A class of Alpha and some previous generation Itanium (IA64) servers were NUMA based. Examples of Alpha NUMA systems are GS series systems and examples of Intel Itanium architecture based HP Integrity servers are HP Integrity rx76xx/rx86xx series (also called as cell-based systems).

The OpenVMS system services allow the programmers to get the NUMA specific configuration and to provide NUMA hints to the system so that the resources are allocated aligning to the NUMA locality. The C source files mentioned in the Appendix rad_routines, rad_crmpsc, rad_creprc, and rad_qops are examples that demonstrate how to program with OpenVMS NUMA system service interfaces.

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