imageSource Magazine Digital Edition - March 2013

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March 13, 2013
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BEI Services has been providing the world’s only source for unbiased imaging device and technician performance benchmarking since 1993. Analyzing millions of service calls on millions of imaging devices every month allows BEI Services to pinpoint opportunities to save money within your service organization. Having also developed the most successful and widely used performance based technician compensation program in the industry, BEI Services stands alone as experts in service department benchmarking and managed incentive programs. A free 2-week trial is available. Hundreds of organizations have turned to BEI Services to maximize service profitability and improve technician performance through a host of products. Whether you are looking to easily pinpoint profit improvement areas, create a self-funding technicians compensation program, or save precious time creating technician territories BEI Services has the answer. For more information: www.beiservices.com
EDITOR'S DESK
Editor’s Desk: Integrating New Technologies  

We continue to see major shifts on how businesses, IT departments, multiple markets and the office channel will need to adapt or change a lot of their focus in order to remain competitive today.  According to research data from InfoTrends, integration into existing workflows and IT infrastructures will be key in successfully merging three technologies: mobile, cloud and app capabilities - together through business process automation.  These will eventually become standard functionalities across all types of business processes and solutions, whether it is mobile print, document storage, device management, or capture/workflow.  It is becoming apparent to most in the office/document technology space that we need to embrace these areas and learn how to bridge together the paper and paperless world  in a more relevant way.

Yes, it is always good to review researched results from industry analysts, gather information form leading publications such as imageSource, become involved in planned training and education, partner with those who can help you evolve your business. And, while we're at it, seek out good trade expos such as ITEX, to learn what’s trending on the horizon and what you can do about it today.  The tools are out there for the taking.  Our March digital edition has some key answers on these initiatives and other relevant methodologies (and companies) that can readily affect your “office solutions” business. 

Sand Sinclair

 

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In business for more than two decades, FabSoft was first to the market with the All-In-One Business Document Solution. Providing the only document automation solution that you will ever need, FabSoft specializes in streamlining workflow through intelligent document distribution. Our diverse technologies include MFP Embedded Scanning, which gives organizations the ability to automate document processing directly at their copy machine. Mobile Printing, which gives the user the ability to send a document directly to the printer from their Smartphone. Secure Release Printing provides users with increased security and privacy at the MFP along with Variable Data Printing, which allows organizations to enrich their company image, cut costs, and improve efficiency. Along with many others, these solutions are compatible with all operating systems, applications and devices. FabSoft has improved productivity within organizations both domestically and internationally. For further information, please visit our website, or call us directly at (973) 767-2100.
TOP STORY
Industry Transformation: How Mobile, Cloud & Business Process Automation is Affecting the Office Equipment Market  
We continue to see major shifts occurring in the office document technology and information technology markets. As the industry transformed last year in terms of its unprecedented technological, social and economic changes we are now starting to see the effects of these disruptive forces affecting our market.

Each year, an increasing number of businesses and vendors are adopting a mobile and/or cloud strategy, and these relatively new technology platforms are transforming business processes and business models. Mobile devices have accelerated the availability of cloud services, where many vendors have included cloud storage as an added value accompanying their on-premise solutions. Likewise, the cloud has pushed vendors into the mobile landscape, as the appeal of remote and anywhere access works ideally with mobile devices. Both technologies complement each other, and it is almost impossible to come across a vendor that offers cloud storage without mobile compatibility, and vice-versa.

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Recognized as the industry’s premier event, ITEX showcases all aspects of the evolving office market and the growing influence of Managed IT services. Join us this April 16-18 at the Rio Las Vegas, for the intersection of cutting-edge technologies, education and networking opportunities, where thousands of ITEX attendees learn how to leverage, manage and build business solutions. With hundreds of best-in-class exhibitors, pre-conference workshops, essential education tracks, comprehensive MPS Strategy and Managed Services Forums and networking opportunities, ITEX is where you'll find the tools to help you advance, expand and evolve your business. Special offer for imageSource subscribers: Register with discount code A101E for $50 off All Access and Main Conference Passes. Hurry, register at www.itexshow.com today to save!
KEY HEADLINES
"IT" is Really About Information as a Total Business  
I travel a lot for my work, thus, when sitting on a plane, I'm often asked what I do for a living. For years that question struck an internal chord within me about what to say to truly explain what type work I do. Sell copiers? Provide solutions? Maybe document imaging consultant? The simple truth is, I am in the Information Business.
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Nubeprint MPS Compliant Report  
According to the Managed Print Services Association’s (MPSA) definition of MPS, “The active management and optimization of document output devices and related business processes,” MPS is much more than selling equipment and supplies, and providing service for a specified period.
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Up Close with Continuum  
Continuum is the ideal software and services provider for resellers, dealers, VARs and MSPs who want to capitalize on the growing managed IT services opportunity in the evolving office market.
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The Aftermarket Imaging Supplies Business in 2013: Opportunities, Challenges and Threats  
We often hear the (now overused) phrase “the new normal” when discussing expectations in the hard copy supplies business. This era of the “new normal” is one where inexorable trends curtail demand and we can do nothing but adapt to this bleak slow-growth/no-growth future.
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Affiliate Marketing: A Powerful Tool to Promote Your Company  
How would you like to be able to put your company’s ad and a dedicated link on thousands of websites directing people to your own company website, whether or not you have an ordering platform behind it or not? Well, you can–if you decide to start using Affiliate Marketing to build your product or service business.
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One of the largest office machine and supply distributors in the United States, Carolina Wholesale, is celebrating its 41st year in business. Specialize in copier, MFP, & SFP product from Canon, Kyocera Mita, Ricoh, OKI Data, SINDOH, Samsung, Lexmark, Hewlett Packard, and Brother. They have built their reputation and success by consistently providing excellent service, favorable pricing, and rapid shipping to their dealers. Provide exclusive cloud-based managed print solution Ctrl-Prt which allows dealers to provide MPS services to users nationwide. Distribution centers located in Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Los Angeles and Philadelphia provide quick delivery coast-to-coast including private label drop-shipments. You will find Carolina Wholesale at ITEX Expo at The Rio in Las Vegas, NV in Booth# 244 April 17-18. Visit us at www.cwholesale.com.
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