Top Stories in the November 2018 Issue:
The Editorial: “All Talk and No Action?” - I
assume the limited printing that will be generated via smart speakers will merely replace a tiny fraction of the printing
that would previously have taken place on a PC or even with a smartphone. My bottom line is this. Printer vendors are way
more interested in the potential smart speakers may have for their businesses, than smart speaker vendors and their customers
are interested in what printing might add to the smart speaker user experience.
- Kofax Ascendant - The unexpected but not exactly surprising deal by which Kofax is buying Nuance’s
Document Imaging Unit for $400 million in cash will bring
together the two biggest players in scanning software. These two largely complementary purveyors
of broadly defined document solutions will become a potential software powerhouse with roughly $600 million in revenue. But there are numerous and daunting institutional, cultural, financial, channel, product and technology
hurdles yet to be overcome.
- Funai ... Another
One Bites the Dust - Although there has been no explicit
announcement, it appears Japan’s struggling Funai has pulled the plug on its failed consumer inkjet AIO business less
than four years after buying the already outdated and underperforming inkjet technology from Lexmark for $100 million. We’re
talking here about the low-end lineup of Kodak Verite AIOs Funai began shipping in mid-2015 in three countries with close
to zero marketing and sales support. Who would have guessed?
- Will the FX/Xerox Battle Affect These Models? - Fuji Xerox has long been a leader among office MFP vendors
in regularly updating the platform shared across most of its A3 color MFPs. The latest instance of that approach came in November,
when Fuji Xerox announced sixteen new 25 to 70 ppm ApeosPort-VII and DocuCentre-VII series models in Japan. A big unanswered
question is when and under what circumstances those models might appear from Xerox as the next generation in its AltaLink
product line, given all the tension between the two “partners” this year.