November 15th, 2013
For the second year, the Xerox ColorQube 8570DN is ranked No. 1 in the “Best Laser Printer Reviews and Comparisons” by TopTenREVIEWS. The device received a score of 9.83 out of 10, highlighting features such as automatic duplexing, wireless network capabilities and high resolution.
You can read the review in its entirety here.
For more information about the ColorQube 8570, visit the printer’s product page on Xerox.com.
June 17th, 2013
Defining today’s workplace is no longer as clear cut as it was a decade ago. Gone are the days of workers based at a main office, tied to their desktop computer. Today, thanks to the rise of smartphones and tablets, more and more employees are working wherever there’s a WiFi connection.
Although technology has helped make work simpler, it has also added a variety of new challenges. Xerox recently invited a group of entrepreneurs, technology innovators, emerging leaders and business executives to discuss just that. During the “Dreaming Session,” participants collaborated to create a picture of the ideal workplace, while also identifying areas for improvement in their own day-to-day business lives.
Steve Hoover, CEO of PARC, summed up the group’s common challenge best: how can we make technology and processes adapt to us, versus us adapting to technology? Whether it was the traveling business executive using WebEx in the airport to conduct conferences, or the young small enterprise staying connected with virtual offices around the globe, everyone looks to technology for creating a smarter, more agile workplace.
Creating an agile workplace is especially critical for small- or medium-sized businesses (SMBs) who cannot afford to divert attention away from core operations. Here are five tips for SMBs to become a more “A.G.I.L.E” workplace:
- Adapt – Business owners and IT departments need to be prepared to embrace the trend of workplace mobility. Identify or adapt technology that fits today’s “Bring Your Own Device” environment and allows employees to work from anywhere on any device.
- Go green – Reduce energy consumption with a single energy-efficient device that can print, copy, scan, fax and email. Turn off equipment when it’s not in use. Be selective about what you print, use both sides of paper and recycle the paper you use.
- Invest – Not only is it important to purchase the latest technologies, but the solutions should offer security options as well. This protects your most important investment: your business.
- Leverage – Take advantage of the latest technology and services that will streamline everyday business processes and improve productivity. Innovations like cloud computing make it easy to stay in sync between multiple devices and locations.
- Economize – Opportunities for savings can be discovered in nearly every area of business. Allow employees to work virtually to save office space and energy. Consolidate office equipment with a multifunction printer. Challenge suppliers and vendors to uncover and reduce the hidden costs in their products and services.
In honor of National Small Business Week, what are your tips for helping SMBs succeed and be more agile?
June 6th, 2013
By Brian Lincoln, senior product line manager, Xerox DocuShare
Spending on information technology by small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) in the United States will approach $145.8 billion in 20131.
IT spending is on the rise and the economy is moving forward, but IT leaders are still asked to justify every penny they spend. This makes calculating expected return on investment (ROI) before making a purchase very important. When it comes to enterprise content management (ECM), this can seem like an elusive goal. However, measuring the ROI of ECM isn’t as difficult as some may think. An ECM system can yield savings and efficiencies that help a smaller business grow.
- Time is money – and workplace productivity is the ultimate measure of business success. If an employee can quickly find information using an ECM system, the freed-up time can be refocused on more important, revenue-generating or core organizational activities. Customer service is vastly improved when agents or representatives can find a client’s information or respond to a query instantly. Leveraging multifunction printers (MFPs) with an ECM system is another way to save money. MFPs can help automate tedious office activities by enabling you to scan documents directly into an ECM workflow that routes the document automatically to specific departments or colleagues. Storing documents in digital form eliminates filing cabinets and reduces storage and postage fees.
- Businesses are becoming more aware of their carbon footprint – and are noticing that “going green” saves green! By automating business processes, SMBs dramatically reduce consumption of paper, ink, toner, energy and materials. Gas emissions and transportation costs affiliated with the shipment of hard-copy documents are also greatly reduced when using an ECM solution instead. Going paperless within an office can literally help free up space and modernize a work environment.
- Maintaining compliance is an unavoidable cost of doing business for many, and the returns on investments can be difficult if not impossible to measure. Business documents must be kept secure and confidential. With ECM, content is housed in a secure Web repository, accessible 24/7. ECM solutions help meet security and compliance requirements—which sometimes demand time and expense from an emerging business—through features like permissions, digital signatures and auditable workflows, which make annual audits easier and help companies avoid the risk of potential fines.
- Maintaining the client-base and generating new customers is important to any business. An efficient ECM solution supports a better business process, ultimately improving response time to customers which can greatly impact their experience and loyalty.
1According to Ray Boggs, vice president, Small and Medium-Sized Business Research at IDC.
May 1st, 2013
Now available for purchase in North America, the latest-generation ColorQube® 8700 and 8900 Multifunction Printers are the first letter-size devices to be introduced for workgroup productivity on the desktop, which also feature all the advantages of ConnectKey: unparalleled ease-of-use, industry-leading security, and easily integrated solutions that help mobile professionals work in sync with today’s on-the-go demands.
Plus, the ColorQube 8700 and 8900 also provide every advantage of our unique Solid Ink technology, including low-cost color printing and renowned sustainability advantages.
And there’s great news for those who already own devices from the previous generation of the ColorQube 8700/8900 family. Now you can download a free ConnectKey firmware upgrade. No additional hardware is needed.
Xerox and the ColorQube 8900 will be featured at the Photizo Transform 2013 Managed Print Services conference providing mobile printing for all conference attendees.
Visit the ColorQube 8700 and ColorQube 8900
product pages on Xerox.com to learn more about the many advantages of Solid Ink teamed with ConnectKey, and to download the ConnectKey firmware upgrade if you’re already a ColorQube 8700/8900 owner.
March 8th, 2013
One of the aspects I mentioned as a commonly accepted benefit of working remotely is the affect it has on society’s collective carbon footprint. As the above-linked article demonstrates, the potential green benefits are impressive, especially when one crunches a few widely accepted bits of data regarding Americans’ fossil fuel consumption.
The following figures, which were taken directly from the ZDNet piece, are, as the author states, conservative estimates.
- Americans spend 36.9 billion hours a year, commuting
- Americans drive 1.9 trillion miles commuting each year
- Americans spend $255 billion just for the gasoline to commute
- Americans consume 60.5 billion gallons of gasoline (the capacity of 1,298 Exxon Valdez tankers, fully loaded) each year to commute
- Americans release 1.16 trillion pounds of carbon dioxide into the air while commuting.
Some of the comments I received in response to my earlier post touched on the environmental benefits of fewer cars driving to and from the office. I completely agree with such commentary, but I admit I didn’t fully comprehend the issue’s magnitude. And while I was a bit taken aback by the individual numbers listed above, I’m more impressed by the extent to which they collectively represent such a huge opportunity for major change.
Obviously there are many workers in lots of industries for whom telecommuting simply isn’t a viable option. But as the numbers show, even a small reduction in the percentage of those who regularly drive to and from the workplace can affect a dramatic downward shift in America’s total carbon footprint.
As always, your comments are encouraged.
January 24th, 2013
Today one of my Xerox colleagues, Catherine Reeves, posted an interesting article on our Business of Work blog regarding “greenwashing” as a growing phenomenon in the world of product marketing.
In a nutshell, the term greenwashing describes a marketing practice that uses misleading and/or unsubstantiated claims about a product’s “environmental friendliness.”
In an era of heightened public awareness of, and prominent headlines about climate change and other environmental issues, it’s easy to understand how consumers could be misled by disingenuous claims, either implicitly or explicitly stated, regarding countless products’ environmental benefits.
Read Catherine’s entire post here: http://businessofwork.blogs.xerox.com/2013/01/greenwashing-let-the-buyer-beware/#.UQFxbB3AeSo
October 1st, 2012
IT departments, big and small, are challenged every day on multiple fronts. They wear a number of different hats from security guard for their network to environmentalist trying to keep their companies’ carbon footprint to a minimum. All while trying to contain or reduce costs in their department. IT professionals are similar to the one-man-band I wrote about a few weeks back on multifunction printers.
Recently InfoTrends, a leader in worldwide market research published a whitepaper on the challenges of the IT professional. In it they refer to information security, cost savings and sustainability as some of the top challenges. These economic times have put a lot of pressure on IT departments to reduce cost without sacrificing productivity. This whitepaper encourages companies looking to meet these demands to consider Xerox Solid Ink multifunction printers (MFPs).
Check it out and let us know what you think and if there are other concerns that could be addressed by solid ink technology.