The Analyst Corner

Square 9 Rolls Out New Features to Improve Web-Enablement for SmartSearch ECM

by | 07/20/2015

robert palmerby Robert Palmer | 7/20/15

On July 8, Square 9 Softworks announced the release of SmartSearch 4.2, the latest version of its Enterprise Content Management (ECM) suite that includes new features to improve productivity via the web. The new version offers a range of advancements for browser-based functionality, including web-enabled enhancements to both SmartSearch and GlobalSearch. Square 9 says that the new capabilities are in direct response to the rising international business economy and increased demand for mobile flexibility.


IBM and Box Partner to Develop New Cloud Solutions and Services

by | 07/02/2015

robert palmerby Robert Palmer | 7/2/15

On June 24, IBM and file syncing and sharing company Box jointly announced a global partnership to combine technologies and resources in pursuit of new cloud products and initiatives. The deal could have major implications for both companies, and promises to drive far-reaching changes in the way businesses work with information.


Kodak Alaris Pushes Web-Based Capture to New Levels with Info Input Solution

by | 06/17/2015

robert palmerby Robert Palmer | 6/17/15

Last Month, Kodak Alaris announced the latest version of its Web-based document capture solution: Info Input Version 3. The basic capabilities and functionality of Info Input remain unchanged. As a Web-based capture solution, Info Input was designed specifically for document-capture and it delivers key benefits over a broad range of metrics, specifically for those businesses that have already moved or are looking to move to decentralized scanning environments. 


New Xerox Solutions Enable Broader Deployment for Robotic Process Automation

by | 06/03/2015

robert palmerby Robert Palmer | 6/3/15

On May 29, Xerox announced a new suite of tools that it says will accelerate the adoption of robotic process automation (RPA) services across a broad range of industries. Robotic process automation is a broad term used to describe the use software programs or “robots” to capture, interpret, and automate existing processes and applications, such as transaction and response, data manipulation, or communicating with other digital systems.


With Rebranding and Acquisitions, Does Lexmark Finally Make the Leap From Hardware Company?

by | 04/08/2015

by Amy Weiss | 4/8/2015

On March 24, Lexmark announced its plans to acquire software and solutions provider Kofax. A little more than a week later, on April 7, the company announced a new corporate brand and logo. The two news items, taken separately, are interesting. Together, they signify a critical new direction for the Lexington, Ky.-based company that many still refer to as a hardware manufacturer.


HP’s Q1 Results Marked by Weak Revenue and Tempered Outlook

by | 02/26/2015

robert palmerby Robert Palmer | 2/26/15

On February 24, HP announced financial results for its fiscal 2015 first quarter ended January 31, 2015. Despite what president and CEO Meg Whitman described as “excellent execution” during the quarter, HP missed most analyst expectations, reporting declines in both revenue and income and flat to declining sales in most areas of the business. First quarter net revenue of $26.8 billion was down 5 percent from the year-ago quarter, and down 2 percent on a constant currency basis. Net earnings also declined 2 percent on a non-GAAP basis.


HP Expands Security Portfolio with Voltage Acquisition

by | 02/12/2015

robert palmerby Robert Palmer | 2/11/15

On February 9, HP announced plans to acquire encryption technology vendor Voltage Security. Based in Cupertino, CA, Voltage Security offers a broad array of security solutions, but its flagship product is data encryption and tokenization technology that can be applied to distributed file storage systems, such as Hadoop, and to distributed applications including e-mail, regardless of where the data resides. Founded in 2002, Voltage Security has received multiple rounds of financing and has been growing steadily in the enterprise security market. 


Embedded DRM Solutions Gaining Traction in the Effort to Secure Information

by | 01/14/2015

robert palmerby Robert Palmer | 1/14/15

Content security has become a major concern as businesses strive toward a fully connected office environment. In today’s business world, users demand 24/7 access to information, and content is expected to move freely inside and outside the corporate firewall, and from device to device. Balancing the need for information access with the obvious requirement to secure data and protect content integrity is a growing challenge among IT professionals.


HP Focuses on Convergence of IT With New Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions

by | 12/04/2014

by Robert Palmer | 12/4/14

On December 2, HP unveiled new enterprise products and services that it says will enable customers to transform operations across the data center to enable growth, improve profitability, and increase business agility. The announcement includes new offerings in hardware, software, and storage designed to help enterprises drive better business outcomes by taking advantage of trends in big data, cloud, mobility, and security.


Cisco Predicts Data Center Traffic Will Triple by 2018

by | 11/05/2014

by Robert Palmer | 11/5/14

In its fourth annual Global Cloud Index released on November 4, Cisco predicts continued strong growth of cloud-based traffic, workloads, and storage. The study indicates that data center traffic is expected to nearly triple, with cloud traffic representing three-fourths of total data center traffic by 2018.


Kyocera Launches New Apps for Controlling Business-Critical Documents

by | 10/23/2014

by Robert Palmer | 10/23/14

On October 21, Kyocera Document Solutions America launched two new business applications aimed at helping organizations gain better control over documents and content. Kyocera CentraQ and CentraQ Pro were both developed internally by Kyocera and are designed primarily for small- and medium-size businesses. The firm says that the applications provide businesses with a document solutions approach to solving critical business challenges related to document security, job management, and output costs.


The Big Split: HP to Separate Its PC/Printer and Enterprise Businesses

by | 10/07/2014

by Robert Palmer | 10/7/14

On Monday, Hewlett-Packard announced sweeping changes that promise to radically alter the course of the company’s future, as well as the landscape for IT products and services. After years of speculation and rumor, the firm has decided to split its enterprise services business from its PC and printer operations. The result will be two separate and publicly traded companies roughly equal in size, both of which will be Fortune 50 businesses. The transaction is expected to be complete by the end of fiscal 2015.


Konica Minolta Extends Content Management Capabilities With FileAssist

by | 09/26/2014

robert palmerby Robert Palmer | 9/26/14

On September 23, Konica Minolta introduced a new cloud-based content management system called FileAssist. Developed exclusively for Konica Minolta and hosted by All Covered, the firm's managed IT services business acquired in 2011, FileAssist is a managed file storage and content management system designed for businesses of all sizes. The solution provides a turnkey approach for organizations looking to collaborate and share information in a secure environment, while also improving workflow efficiency.


Box Expands Enterprise Tools With Workflow, Vertical Solutions

by | 09/10/2014

robert palmerby Robert Palmer | 9/10/14

During its annual BoxWorks conference held last week, Box announced several solutions designed to streamline the way businesses work with information. Box Workflow combines the core content/collaboration features of Box with new automation and metadata features so that businesses can automate processes and create customized content workflows.


HP Revamps Big Data Services to Provide Improved Customization and Flexibility

by | 08/28/2014

robert palmerby Robert Palmer | 8/28/14

On August 26, HP announced a series of services designed to assist businesses with developing big data strategies to increase competitiveness and drive business opportunities. According to HP, its new Business Intelligence Modernization Services are aimed at helping organizations understand, manage, and leverage their data to improve customer engagement, create new business opportunities and reduce costs.


Disparate Silos Continue to Hinder Access to Information

by | 08/11/2014

robert palmerby Robert Palmer | 8/11/14

Businesses today face numerous challenges when it comes to document and content management. Knowledge workers are creating and consuming more information than ever before. Meanwhile, technology advancements combined with changes to workforce dynamics have ushered in a whole new set of obstacles — particularly in how we work with information. The challenge lies not just with managing massive amounts of content, but more importantly managing access to the very information that is critical to business success.


Nuance Snaps Up NSI, Looks to Expand its Document Capture Business

by | 07/23/2014

robert palmerby Robert Palmer | 7/23/14

In a move that to date has attracted very little market attention, Nuance has acquired Notable Solutions (NSI). Rumors of the deal began to surface a couple weeks ago but no formal press release was issued. At this point, neither firm has provided much detail regarding the acquisition and terms of the deal have not been disclosed.


Docassist Expands Capabilities With Desktop Functionality, New Partnerships

by | 07/03/2014

by Robert Palmer | 7/2/14

Docassist has been active recently announcing new functionality and increased integration for its cloud-based document management solution. On June 25, the firm announced Docassist Desktop, a new version that allows users who prefer to work on their desktop to scan, upload, e-mail, or print documents directly into Docassist. Users can assign a document type (such as purchase order) and indexing attributes (such as vendor name, purchase order number, date, or amount) on the Desktop and then push those documents into the Docassist workflow.


Speculation Abounds as Talks of a Nuance Acquisition Resurface

by | 06/19/2014

by Robert Palmer | 6/19/14

A Wall Street Journal report on Monday stated that Nuance Communications is in talks with Samsung and others — including unnamed private equity firms — regarding a potential sale of the company. The news sparked a whirlwind of market reaction and speculation focused primarily on how a Nuance acquisition might impact the market for speech recognition technology.  


The Challenges of Managing Business-Critical Information

by | 06/18/2014

Infographic: How is an evolving workforce changing the way we work with our most valuable business asset?