Earlier this year Nintex hosted Xchange 2018, the company’s third annual customer and partner conference. More than 500 business leaders and IT professionals converged on the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, California, to network and learn about AI, best practices and Nintex’s workflow solutions. The event featured keynotes and presentations from Nintex’s (now former) CEO John Burton, CTO Alain Gentilhomme, CMO Matt Fleckenstein, Senior VP of Technology Strategy Ryan Duguid, Salesforce VP for Strategic Research Peter Coffee, and Box Chief Product Officer Jeetu Patel. Attendees could also attend more than 40 breakout sessions or meet one-on-one with representatives from Nintex.

As the office market has evolved from desktops to mobile, the multifunction printer (MFP) has evolved as well. Not only is the MFP the critical printer for high impact color documents in the office, it is also a fundamental element of the digital ecosystem with its scan and mobile integration. In this sense, the MFP bridges the gap between the paper and digital environment. Today, in addition to print, copy, scan and fax, MFPs offer connectivity and fully integrated workflow solutions.    

Thousands of IT professionals descended on Washington, D.C., July 31-August 2 for the annual CompTIA ChannelCon event, and BPO Media was there to bear witness. The focus this year was "The Business of Technology," and to our eyes, it seems that a large portion of that business is now focused around cybersecurity.

Workplaces have traditionally consisted of people following processes that were supported by technology. Not anymore. I’ve been thinking a lot recently about a keynote presented by Dr. Tassu Shervani which explored how technology is reshaping the world, along with the opportunities and challenges it brings. Dr. Shervani is a professor at the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University as well as an external consultant to some of the largest companies in the world. He discussed why he thinks technology is coming at us so fast, explained S-curves to the layman, and talked about how we are on the cusp of a technological revolution that will fundamentally change the world. It was hands down one of the best presentations I have seen in a long while, and I must not have been the only person that felt that way, because after the Sharp National Dealer Meeting where I first experienced Dr. Shervani’s insights, I was lucky enough to see Shervani again in Ft. Worth sponsored by Sharp at the latest BTA event.

When it comes to the level of importance placed on automating business processes, research by AIIM reveals that this is high on the list for many organizations. Seventy-five percent of survey respondents report that this is a “must do” in their business model, making it more of a requirement than a “nice to have.” This priority was the driving force behind a project recently initiated with a leading law firm.

Whether they need to share, store and collaborate on documents, or manage projects, customer accounts, billing, contracts, and so on, many businesses rely on platforms like Box, SharePoint and Salesforce as a part of their everyday operations. For many of those businesses, the platforms have evolved from “useful tool that helped us grow our business” to “critical business system that we can’t live without.”

The first time I heard about SharePoint Saturdays (SPS), I did a double-take. What? People attend an event run by volunteers to learn more about SharePoint? Then I saw how many of these free sessions exist around the world. It turns out that with 100 million active users, there is plenty of interest in SharePoint and how to use it beyond collaboration.

Digital workspaces are workspaces of the future – integral to the success of business in the long term, allowing teams to collaborate from anywhere. But they do come with challenges in ensuring they perform optimally within organizations’ ecosystems and satisfy the requirements of a connected world.

PDF files are underrated. They are commonly shared as forms or presentations, and often serve as the final destination in the creative process – after a document is typed, the last step is to convert it to a PDF for sending.  However, in some cases the finality of PDF files can frustrate recipients who may need to take the extra step of printing the document to sign and rescan, or manually retyping the content in a word processing program to create an editable version.

In early March, over 45,000 people descended on Las Vegas for HIMSS18, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society’s annual conference. As expected, almost everyone had something to say about interoperability, automation, security and compliance, and AI and machine learning technologies dominated a lot of the five-day-long show’s discussion.