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This Week in the Copier Industry 10 Years Ago (Last Week of September 2009)

Enjoy these awesome threads from Ten years ago this week! Topic Konica Minolta Boosts Productivity for Small- to Mid-Sized Businesses and Workgroups 9/27/0911:26 PM Newest Office Systems in Award-Winning Product Line Meet Needs of Sophisticated Color Users and Those Transitioning from Black and White Environments Ramsey, N.J. - September 21, 2009 - Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta), a leading provider of advanced imaging and networking technologies for the...

This Week in the Copier Industry 15 Years Ago (Last Week of September 2004)

I'm doing all of copier industry x amount of years ago in advance. I only have 20% of my month left and I'm having a rough go this month. Got many peeps hanging out but can't get them to move or we're playing tag. I hate it when people ignore my emails and phone calls, just can't see why that happens. If you're busy tell me, if you don't like me then tell me, if you bought somewhere else then tell me. Don't leave me hanging because I didn't leave you hanging when you scheduled an...

Ricoh IM 550F, IM 600F and IM 600SRF Copier aka MFP Specs in Review

Just a note for everyone, these specs are coming from a brochure that sourced on the web for Ricoh Asia Pacific. While the IM 550F has not been released in the United States I would expect that most if not all of the specs will be the same for the US market. It seems there will be three models offered by Ricoh. The IM 550F, IM600F and the IM 600SRF. There was a note on the brochure that stated double feed detection is only available on the IM 600F and the IM 600SR. Double Feed Detection So...

Imaging Channel Production Print?? Many should Just Say No

As the print equipment and services industry continues declining it's time to evaluate all aspects of the deliverable. In the days of its growth it made sense for dealers to sell all the industry's equipment. However, today dealers should question that approach. Here are my thoughts on Production Print. There seems to be a lot of talk regarding Production Print. However, if that talk turned into a discussion based on realities, most would listen with caution. The Imaging Channel is chasing...

This Week in the Copier Industry 15 Years Ago (Third Week of September 2004)

It's late Sunday, watching the Mets vs Dodgers and it's 2-2 in the top of the ninth with one out. Dodgers just got a double with one out. Hoping we can win this game. Mets need to win out to have a shot to make the last wild card spot. Enjoy these top threads from 15 years ago this week! Topic Muratec says "TALK TO ME" w/the 2830! 9/16/044:50 PM The new Muratec flagship features an interactive voice guidance system, single-pass duplex scanner, touchscreen control panel and affordable...

This Week in the Copier Industry 10 Years Ago (Third Week of September 2014)

Alright, I'm ready to start the first day of the last week of the month for me. Thus far it's been a struggle trying to get prospects to move forward with an order. I'll admit that Labor Day, the golf event and BTA has taken it's toll this month. Those four days are 20% of the month. Thus I plan to be up at 5AM tomorrow and hope to be at the office around 6AM. Hoping the extra hours can make up for some of the time I lost. Enjoy these awesome threads from ten years ago this week! Topic Color...

This Week in the Copier Industry 5 Years Ago (Third Week of September 2014)

Sunday afternoon here, just about a quarter to 4PM. Also a beautiful day here in New Jersey. Summer weather for another couple of days. At 1PM decided to watch the NY Giants vs Buffalo Bills. Just like last week the Giants score early and couldn't score again. Frak me, it's going to be a long season. Enjoy these awesome threads from 5 years ago this week! Benchmarked Sales & The Future of Selling Excellence Art Post · 9/20/1411:24 PM Blog Post This Week in the Copier/Office Equipment...

Attention Sales Leaders... What Are You Doing To Help Your Sales Team Have A Gigantic Q4?

In a few short months, the holiday season will be upon us and before you know it, we will all be talking about the year 2020. For many of you, Q4 becomes the craziest time of the year. You and your sales team will be heads down, fast at work, doing all you can to meet budgets and close out the year strong. Many on your team will find themselves striving to reach their annual sales goals, but some will be unsure about how to successfully close deals with all the year-sales pressure you place...

MSP & MSSP Industry Notes for September 14th, 2019

September 14th 2019 MSP & MSSP Industry Notes Accenture Acquires Pragsis Bidoop, Boosting AI Capabilities, Big Data Portfolio and Talent Pragis Bidoop founded in 2004 in Spain, operates in big data and AI markets. Offers innovation data solutions Accenture is a global professional services company, servers 6,000 clients in 102 countries. Employees 482,000 worldwide and two hundred offices in 52 countries Bespin Global Receives 'Google Cloud Platform Managed Services Provider' partner...

BTA Grand Slam NYC Notes for Day One

I thought that keynote speaker Chris Messina (technologist and inventor of the hashtag) was awesome! I guess I’m a technology geek at heart and his talk track about the past, the present and the future of user interface technology coupled with AI was enlightening. I posted a few of those talk tracks on Linkedin earlier and since I’m using my iPad tonight it won’t be as easy as I thought to capture and post them tonight. According to Chris user interfaces change almost every ten years and the...

Five Reasons I Love the New Ricoh MP 430f!

It's been awhile since I had some extra time to write about some of the latest and greatest MFP's from Ricoh. Just this year Ricoh dropped the old naming convention of MP and replaced it with IM. The IM stands for Intelligent MFP. These new intelligent devices operate with the RICOH Smart Integration platform (RSI). RSI Remote In For those of us who have been in the industry for sometime, we can remember having to walk clients through settings on the user screen interface and or helping the...

Private Equity, The Imaging Channel, The Silence in the Storm

It Sure Is Quiet Out There! It almost seems as though the Imaging Channel has no hardship. It appears that everything is just fine. Who could have ever imagined that some of the mighty could fail? Who could have ever imagined that Private Equity would evacuate ahead of schedule? Who could have ever imagined that the glory of Managed Print Services would not be so glorious after all? Just because things are quiet doesn't mean all is good. As the weather teaches us, there is the calm before...

This Week in the Copier Industry 10 Years Ago (Second Week of September 2014)

Sorry for be late with these. Up half the night, figured I would do an auto post in the AM. Enjoy these awesome threads from ten years ago this week! Weekend Industry Notes from 09/13/09 Neal · 9/14/097:47 AM running jobs. Canon now shipping the imagePRESS CR Server A7000, which is a relabeled Creo print controller for its imagePRESS C7000VP system. RJ Young Company, a Canon copier dealer in Tennessee, bought Photocopy Supply Company, a dealer in Nashville that carries Savin and Panasonic...

Attention Executive Leaders... How Well Are Your Salespeople Listening To Their Clients?

Face to face and human to human interactions are typically viewed as one of the most valuable activities for salespeople. However, opening the door and gaining a seat at the business table is tough. One primary differentiator with salespeople is their ability to prospect. Sales professionals know they must be strengthening their client relationships and open up new conversations with their clients on a consistent basis. Simple stuff here... If you want your sales team to have a healthy sales...

MSP & MSSP Industry Notes for September 7th, 2019

MSP & MSSP Industry Notes September 7th 2019 Spectrotel awarded 2019 Visionary Spotlight Award for Managed Services Spectrotel based in Neptune, NJ provides national integrated solutions and managed services for enterprise businesses ChannelVision Magazine awarded Spectrotel Ross Artale, President & COO, “We are honored to be recognized by ChannelVision for offering one of the most comprehensive end-to-end soluitions”. Red River Acquires CWPS Red River located in Claremont, N.H.

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Doing the right thing in sales

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Kind of interesting day today to say the least. I find my self within the last 3 selling days for the month. Also the last three selling days for the quarter, looking at opportunities that could close in the next 72 hours I was down to about six clients. Could, does not mean they all will, and I've had times where none of them closed. I haven't hit my quarter quota (I have a large quota for SMB accounts) yet, although I'm very close, there is a path to get the additional $20K in revenue I...Read More...
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SKOUT CYBERSECURITY Announces $25M Funding Round by ClearSky Security Fund

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NEW YORK , Sept. 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- SKOUT CYBERSECURITY , a cloud-native cybersecurity provider for small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs), delivered by managed services providers (MSPs), today announced it has raised $25M in a Series B funding round led by ClearSky . "In today's era of hacking and online fraud small and midsize businesses (SMBs) are increasingly at risk," said Jay Leek , Managing Director of ClearSky. "As cybersecurity threats become more common for SMBs, SKOUT's...Read More...
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Frontier Communications Introduces Frontier® Cloud Managed Solutions

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NORWALK, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Frontier Communications Corporation (NASDAQ:FTR) has expanded its business services with the launch of Frontier® Cloud Managed Solutions, a new offering that enables enterprises to benefit from cloud native automation, elasticity and agility with more transparent and right-sized cloud IT consumption and billing models. The new Cloud Managed IT Solutions can be used as a fully managed service or through a self-service portal and has a simple, flexible billing...Read More...
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TrackStreet Announces Complete Brand Protection Managed Services

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Santa Barbara, CA, Sept. 17, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- In response to the increasingly complex and ever-evolving landscape of brand protection, TrackStreet, an industry-leading Software as a Service (Saas) brand protection platform, is expanding its capabilities beyond its world-class artificial intelligence and automation to offer complete brand protection managed services. Lead by Denise Mosteller, Director of Brand Protection, TrackStreet’s team of over twenty highly-seasoned specialists...Read More...
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CloudJumper Names Frank Picarello Chief Operating Officer

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GARNER, N.C., Sept. 16, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — CloudJumper today announced the appointment of Frank Picarello as Chief Operating Officer for the company. Picarello brings a strong record of IT operations excellence to CloudJumper and will be focused on MSP solution delivery, organizational development, quality control and overall operational strategy. “Frank is an impressive executive with a proven leadership record in the managed services industry,” said JD Helms, president, CloudJumper.Read More...
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Pure Makes Customers "AI-First" Infrastructure a Reality

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AUSTIN, Texas , Sept. 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Pure Storage (NYSE: PSTG ), the fastest growing data storage company, today announced a host of new and improved AI solutions that provide enterprise customers with the features and functionality needed to execute increasingly complex AI initiatives through any phase or scale. Built on Pure's industry-leading file and object system, FlashBlade TM , and its joint AI-Ready Infrastructure (AIRI TM ) offering with NVIDIA, customers can develop and...Read More...
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Coretelligent Executive Shares Cybersecurity Insight at 3rd Annual Private Equity US Fall Forum

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WESTWOOD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep 17, 2019-- The Private Equity US Fall Forum is bringing together investors, funds and advisors for the third consecutive year October 29-30, 2019 in San Francisco, and Coretelligent's Chief Technology Officer Christopher Messer will be on hand to help lead the conversation around cybersecurity. Understanding the challenges associated with cybersecurity is a growing concern for private equity investors, specifically in the realms of due diligence and risk...Read More...
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TrackStreet Announces Complete Brand Protection Managed Services

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Santa Barbara, CA, Sept. 17, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- In response to the increasingly complex and ever-evolving landscape of brand protection, TrackStreet, an industry-leading Software as a Service (Saas) brand protection platform, is expanding its capabilities beyond its world-class artificial intelligence and automation to offer complete brand protection managed services. Lead by Denise Mosteller, Director of Brand Protection, TrackStreet’s team of over twenty highly-seasoned specialists...Read More...
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ISG Technology Announces Project RecognITion on National IT Professionals Day

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan., September 17, 2019 (Newswire.com) - ISG Technology announced today that it is launching Project RecognITion – A salute to the heroes of modern business . The initiative seeks to honor the IT professionals who work tirelessly to keep businesses productive, connected and secure. Starting Sept. 17, coworkers, end-users and executives across the Midwest are being encouraged to visit ProjectRecognITion.biz to nominate the IT professionals that go above and beyond for their...Read More...
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ePlus Achieves Elite Status by Obtaining Cisco Master Networking Certification

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ePlus inc. today announced that it has achieved a rare and industry-leading Cisco Gold Master Networking Certification, placing it among an elite group of fewer than 30 partners globally who currently carry this distinction. The Cisco Master Networking Certification is a rigorous exam comprised of multiple components, including both technical and sales evaluations. The intention of the evaluation is to ensure the partner has the skills to engage customers in a strategic discussion to...Read More...
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Barracuda MSP Enhances Managed Workplace Offering; Adds Advanced Software Management and New Backup Monitoring Capabilities

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CAMPBELL, Calif. , Sept. 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Highlights: This latest version of Managed Workplace features expanded patch management and deployment and streamlines software updates Managed Workplace now includes policy-based monitoring for the backup processes in Barracuda Intronis Backup Pace of Managed Workplace innovation along with cross portfolio integration are illustrative of Barracuda MSP's commitment to advancing Barracuda's portfolio for MSP partners Barracuda Networks, Inc. ,...Read More...
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Ethier to Lead Automated Business Solutions’ Managed Services Team

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WARWICK, RI — Automated Business Solutions, a leading managed technology services provider, has welcomed Steve Ethier of Coventry to the team. Ethier will serve as the company’s Director of Managed Services. He brings a blend of strong organizational skills combined with precise technical skills which will help accelerate the rapid growth of Automated Business Solutions, according to the company’s statement about Ethier’s hire. “We’re definitely excited to have Steve on board,” said Alan...Read More...
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Edge Technology Group Ranked Among World’s Most Elite 501 Managed Service Providers

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Edge Technology Group Ranked Among World’s Most Elite 501 Managed Service Providers GREENWICH, Conn.–( BUSINESS WIRE )–Edge Technology Group, a global technology advisory and fully-managed IT service provider, has been named as one of the world’s premier managed service providers on the prestigious 12 th annual Channel Futures MSP 501 rankings, coming in at number 48. Every year, MSPs worldwide complete an extensive survey and application to report their product offerings, growth rates,...Read More...
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Swiss Post Solutions North America Appoints New CTO to Further Strengthen Document ...

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NEW YORK (PRWEB) September 18, 2019 Swiss Post Solutions (SPS) , an innovative leader in business process outsourcing and digitization solutions, has announced the addition of Joe Kovach as Head of Document Processing for North America. Reporting directly to the SPS North America Chief Executive Officer, Dan Moscatiello, Joe will also serve as the Chief Technology Officer and Transformation Lead, responsible for SPS’ Document Processing Centers (DPCs) and Information Technology groups in the...Read More...
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Fujifilm's Komori says health care can double to $10bn business

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TOKYO -- Fujifilm Holdings aims to roughly double sales in its health care business to crack 1 trillion yen ($9.24 billion) in the next several years, seeking to build a new reliable income driver as its mainstay copier business stagnates. The Tokyo-based company wants to win more orders to develop biopharmaceuticals on a contract basis while also focusing on medical equipment and information systems for hospitals, Chairman and CEO Shigetaka Komori said in an interview with Nikkei. The...Read More...

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