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  • Automated Artificial Intelligence Revolutionizes Printing

    , Director, Franchise & Commercial Print Associations

    From the home to the office to the print shop, artificial intelligence (AI) is bringing smart technology into our workplace to make our lives easier. When I want to listen to music, I don’t always want to think about what band, what album or even what song I want to hear. I don’t always have time to make or sort through a playlist for specific selections. Today, I use a personal automation listening app like Pandora to pick my mood/feeling/style/era of music and it fills in the great bands, the great albums and the best songs from that timeline. Simply put, Pandora automates and makes my life easier. (more…)

    From Our Experts, Solutions, Technology

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    blog-cb-082917 (1)You might recognize this as the title of a song by Fleetwood Mac, a very popular band in the 1970s and ‘80s. It’s a fun song to listen to but if you think about it, what it’s saying is really motivating and inspirational as well. It may be easy to get into a rut in our everyday lives and start acting like tomorrow will be just another yesterday. But the truth is, new challenges and opportunities are always all around us. Just look at all of the technological changes that have occurred in the last five to 10 years. It wasn’t  that long ago that Netflix introduced online streaming, the iPad was first launched, e-readers changed the way we read books and Keurigs’ single serve system revolutionized the world of coffee. (more…)

    Content Management, From Our Experts, Solutions, Strategy, Technology

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    The Continuing Evolution of the Print Production Market

    , Vice President, Graphic Communications & Industrial Print

    Print17_revisedIn the print production market, including Graphic Communications and Industrial Printing, customers’ needs and expectations have changed over the last 30 years. As printing technology has changed, the method and means of production has changed, but print quality and impact are still the most important considerations. As digital quality levels and speeds keep increasing, new communication channels (email, social, etc.) and print embellishments or decorations (such as with our MGI solutions) have been the moving factors that continue to reset expectations for end customers. (more…)

    From Our Experts, Solutions, Strategy, Technology

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    KMBS_LogoImagine a technology of bygone days that’s still a vital communications tool today, relied upon by businesses of all shapes, sizes, industries and regions worldwide, and still needed in today’s digital transformation. No, it’s not the automobile or the lightbulb. It’s fax communications. Consider this: The latest 2017 IDC Fax Trends survey confirms the vitality of fax and its continuing growth and relevancy today.  In the survey, 75 percent of total respondents expect fax usage to grow or remain the same in the next two years while in North America it’s expected to be an even higher 88 percent! (more…)

    Content Management, From Our Experts, Security, Solutions, Technology

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    Blog-IntegratedServicesPrint and workflow automation are at the forefront of all discussions surrounding the print shop of the future — particularly regarding the front and back end systems. In the past, the front- and back-end have been two distinct systems, basically what you see and what you don’t see. Now, they are converging together driven by the need for print automation solutions. A better understanding of these trends can help you when working with a customer and presenting print shop automation solutions and services. Today, we explain a brief overview of these industry changes. (more…)

    Content Management, From Our Experts, Solutions, Strategy, Technology

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    PrintFile sharing solutions are ubiquitous now. If you run a Google search for “online file sharing services,” you’ll get pages of possibilities returned like secure file sharing, secure file transferring, virtual data rooms, Google drives and every other imaginable solution out there. In today’s high-tech world, businesses of all verticals, but especially legal, deal with sensitive data understand the importance of sharing files securely.  With the likes of Konica Minolta and Workshare file sharing solutions, we’ve come a long way in how we now protect our client and customer data. (more…)

    Content Management, From Our Experts, Security, Solutions, Strategy, Technology

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    Why Cyber Security Should Be Your Top Priority

    , Director of Integrated Marketing, All Covered

    eBookAs more and more core parts of our clients’ business have moved online or into the cloud, they have become increasingly concerned with cyber security. Malware, vulnerabilities and hacking have become part of their most pressing concerns, not something they’re content to simply leave to the IT guys.

    This rapidly evolving  security threat environment calls for a more comprehensive information security approach that goes beyond systems management to active protection. Thus, we’ve evolved our managed IT services and tweaked the name to go with the change: we’re now All Covered Care – Secure and Protect. (more…)

    Cloud, Content Management, From Our Experts, Security, Solutions, Strategy, Technology

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    Blog-ECM1_resizedThe Association for Information and Image Management (AIIM) recently conducted a survey to better understand the needs of businesses regarding information management and whether they’ve made enterprise content management part of their digital transformation in 2017. According to the survey, return on investment (ROI), increased productivity, compliance and risk mitigation are key focus areas for businesses that are looking to better manage their information. (more…)

    Content Management, Customer Experience, From Our Experts, Solutions, Technology

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    Print Management: The Forgotten Revenue Stream

    , Solutions Product Marketing Manager

    KMBS_LogoGenerating a steady stream of revenue and ensuring document security are big objectives for a business of any size to survive. But many of them – especially small businesses – neglect to adopt a comprehensive means for tracking multifunction printer (MFP) usage and recovering costs. Additionally, many businesses don’t take the necessary precautions to protect and secure files across their organization. The result? They’re tossing a bundle of valuable funds into the wind while leaving their organization open to security breaches and threats. (more…)

    Content Management, From Our Experts, Solutions, Technology

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    Blog-bizhubSecureYou may have heard about recent reports of network hackers gaining access to multifunction printers, causing headaches for IT and cyber security personnel. These stories in the news are creating a lot of noise in the industry, overstating the risks of having a printer or MFP installed within an organization’s network. Although the vulnerabilities could be a cause for concern, multifunction printer hacks are relatively harmless, causing incidents such as an MFP to “lock up” using denial of service and brute force attacks. This type of action would require an exceptional, concerted effort by a person within the firewall of an organization to attack a specific multifunction printer. Typically, a person who wanted to do cyber harm within a corporation wouldn’t spend this type of effort to attack a printing device.

    It is important to understand that these perceived network vulnerabilities can only be taken advantage of from within a company’s network environment. This means that the network hacker would need to be a company or organizational employee with private network access. The devices are not vulnerable from outside the firewall or from the Internet – unless the network is vulnerable to external attacks. If that is the case, the multifunction printer should be the least of an organization’s worries. Obviously, the first course of action must always be to secure the network.

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    From Our Experts, Security

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