November 19th, 2013
The U.K.’s electronics review site Expert Reviews raved about our WorkCentre 6605DN multifunction printer.
The WorkCentre 6505DN received five stars (out of five) in a recent review. The device was praised for its print quality and impressive touchscreen interface that rates “among the best” seen by the website’s reviewers.
With its fast color output speed, exceptional print quality and optimized ease-of-use, the WorkCentre 6605 is ideally suited for small, busy workteams.
October 31st, 2013
According to a report from research firm Gartner, Inc., worldwide information technology spending is estimated to hit $3.8 trillion in 2014. That figure represents a 4 percent increase over the total spent in 2013.
I’ll leave it to you to read the article for further insight, but one quote from Gartner’s Peter Sondergaard, senior vice president and global head of research, resonated quite strongly with me, so I’ll share it with you now: “The security of embedded technologies that your organization has right now may be the most important operational responsibility you will have in 2020.”
True, 2020 is more than six years away, but between now and then expect a steady increase in the volume of news headlines regarding the heightened importance of securing your company’s networked embedded devices.
Also, I encourage you to learn more about what we’re doing from a technology standpoint to ensure our devices help you stay ahead of the security curve. Visit our Xerox ConnectKey page for additional information.
October 23rd, 2013
[EDITOR’S NOTE: While the following information pertains specifically to an event involving our colleagues from Xerox Europe, the story of Xerox ConnectKey and its countless business-productivity benefits remains relevant in all geographies.]
By Conrad Mills, services line marketing manager, Large Enterprise Operations, Xerox Europe, Twitter @conradmills
Next month, Europe’s largest gathering of CIOs will assemble in Barcelona for Gartner Symposium/ITxpo, and we’re looking forward to attending for the second consecutive year.
This year’s event looks to “discover how to seize new opportunities, forge strategic partnerships to drive change and evolve to become indispensable leaders in the digital world.” The key to achieving this is connecting with analysts and peers, and accessing the reams of invaluable content that will be on offer.
It just so happens that getting the most out of your content has been a central focus of ours for the last twelve months. So we’ve come up with a way to showcase this at the event, in a way that also helps you get the most out of your visit.
As you walk around Gartner Symposium, you will find 13 of our ConnectKey multifunction devices installed. These are intended not just to help delegates print, copy and scan on the fly, but work as a hub for information you need about the event.
Take a look at the ConnectKey dashboard and you’ll find applications for:
- Gartner presentation materials
- Xerox sessions materials
- Mobile print
- Scan to cloud
- Restaurant guide
- Venue floor plans
You can even win a prize each day by scanning in your business card using our DocuShare content management application.
It’s our way of showing how we’re optimising the multifunction device for the future. In today’s mobile working environment, companies are looking to automate workflows, manage content and analyse documents better, in order to become more productive. You’d be surprised how much of this is available using technology already at your fingertips.
If you’d like to find out more, we will have three speakers during the conference, including:
- Dr. Stephen Hoover – CEO of PARC research centre, on how CIOs can foster a culture of innovation in the workplace.
- Andy Jones – Director and GM of Xerox Europe, on the use of technology in creating an agile working environment.
- CIO of the year 2013 James Thomas at University College London Hospitals, on using technology to improve the efficiency of UCLH so that it can do more for its patients.
We look forward to seeing you there. To register for the event, visit the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo site.
October 17th, 2013
By Julian Patel, Xerox Supplies General Manager, Xerox Europe
We get it: Printer supplies are about as exciting as car tyres.
But like the tyres you put on your car, the supplies you choose for your Xerox printer or MFP truly matter, and here’s why.
Think about the reasons you chose Xerox in the first place. My guess is print quality and reliability were important factors. And much like you wouldn’t put bargain-basement tyres on your high-performance car, it stands to reason you shouldn’t use bargain-basement supplies in an office device you count on to deliver superior quality.
In-depth testing conducted by Buyers Laboratory Inc. (BLI), an independent printer evaluation laboratory, reinforces the importance of choosing Xerox supplies for your Xerox printer and/or multifunction printer.
In addition to inferior image quality, the BLI report details significant reliability issues caused by the Hana brand ink sticks, including excessive paper jams and premature failure of the printer’s maintenance roller.
With the potential for such lost productivity—and the resulting increased maintenance costs—does it really make sense to save a little money up front when there’s so much at risk?
It’s smart business to make the most of every opportunity; whether you need to create a captivating proposal or presentation, or professional-looking business documents, top quality Xerox supplies will help your company stand out from the crowd.
But when you choose cheaper, low-quality compatible toner or ink, you’re at risk of sacrificing not only critical print quality, but also your business’ reputation.
So consider: The initial cost-savings that likely enticed you to purchase third-party supplies in the first place simply do not add up to any significant bottom-line benefit when your professional image is at stake.
We definitely don’t think it’s worth it.
But what are your thoughts?
If you’re using low-cost compatibles, why did you make that choice? Do you have any regrets, or stories you’d like to share about bargain-supply disasters?
I encourage you to read the BLI report in its entirety, and then return here with your comments.
Thanks for reading.
September 24th, 2013
I have exciting news to share.
Xerox has joined with other print providers to launch the Mobile Print Alliance.
To learn more about how printing on the go just got easier, check out the Real Business at Xerox blog post by Karl Dueland, vice president, Solutions Delivery Unit, Xerox.
September 19th, 2013
Our professional lives are complicated enough. The technology we rely on at the workplace should be there to add simplicity, not more layers of complexity.
Which is exactly why we developed Xerox Extensible Interface Platform (EIP).
EIP is a software platform inside many Xerox MFPs that allows independent software vendors and developers to easily create personalized and customized document management solutions you access right from the MFP touch screen.
The benefits of EIP are many. But its most basic, and most important, benefit is the delivery of true, meaningful simplicity across countless office processes you rely on regularly. And when time-consuming tasks meet innovative simplicity, you suddenly gain more time to focus on what you do best—your real work.
You can visit the EIP section of Xerox.com to read a lot more about the specific benefits and capabilities EIP offers.
But for now, we’d like to share a great example of EIP in action, courtesy of the East Rochester (NY) Union Free School District. In this case study you’ll see how, by purchasing a fleet of Xerox EIP-enabled MFPs, the school district successfully created a more centralized, cost-effective and productive print environment with greater focus on simplified processes through electronic versus hard-copy workflows.
Also, to help you better understand the countless ways in which Xerox EIP helps professionals in every industry gain more time to focus on what they do best, we encourage you to watch our new video, “Xerox EIP Smart Technology.”
Thanks for reading, and stay tuned for future EIP success stories.
July 23rd, 2013
This Thursday, 7/25 at 11 a.m. Pacific time, experts from security-industry leader McAfee will host a Twitter chat to discuss today’s security-threat landscape regarding embedded devices in the office.
This year’s launch of the Xerox ConnectKey lineup of printers and MFPs showcases our partnership with McAfee that provides embedded security and advanced whitelisting technology as part of the McAfee security offering.
The upcoming Twitter chat is a great opportunity for our readers because, even today, many businesses and IT professionals lack the information necessary to ensure embedded devices such as printers and MFPs—and the business-critical data they contain—are effectively safeguarded against malicious, Internet-based threats.
The McAfee Twitter chat will address various security-related topics, including:
- Examples of embedded devices that may be overlooked with regard to security.
- Common embedded-device security gaps, and those most critical to address promptly.
- Barriers to achieving tighter embedded-device security adherence.
- Embedded-device security best practices.
This is a great opportunity for those interested in or responsible for business-data security to learn from top industry experts, who look forward to answering your questions.
Visit the McAfee Business page on Twitter to join the conversation this Thursday, 7/25, at 11 a.m. Pacific time.