Hiflex products include MIS, Print Support and its open Web-to-print system called Webshop.
the acquisition of Hiflex Software, a privately held software solutions
provider specializing in Web-to-print and management information systems
solutions for printing services.
Financial terms of the
transaction were not disclosed. Following the acquisition, Hiflex-founded in 1991
and based in Aachen, Germany-will continue to service its current customers, HP
said in a statement.
"HP wants to break the
traditional barriers of how and where business customers print, making it easy
for them to produce custom or personalized materials anywhere, anytime," said
Vyomesh Joshi, executive vice president of HP's imaging and printing group.
"Hiflex's technology provides a powerful platform to deliver on this goal as
part of our overall cloud printing strategy."
Hiflex products include MIS,
Print Support and its open Web-to-Print System called Webshop. HP said
technologies from Hiflex would enable continued innovation across HP's imaging
and printing offerings and would extend the company's portfolio of cloud-based
technologies and solutions. HP said it also remains committed to supporting a
broad range of partner solutions.
Earlier this year, HP
announced imaging and printing solutions and devices designed to help small and
midsize businesses as well as enterprise organizations enhance employee
productivity, both in the office and on the go. These include expanding HP
solutions suitable for the enterprise but scaled for SMBs and delivered by
channel solutions partners, the introduction of strategic technology partners
Hyland Software and Nuance, as well as new workflow solutions for health care
and financial services enterprise customers and new and enhanced multifunction
printers aimed at the office environment and featuring ePrint capabilities.
HP recently released a
statement regarding the security of its print services after a series of
articles suggested potential security vulnerability with some HP LaserJet
printers. The company said no customer has reported unauthorized access and
labeled speculation regarding the potential for devices to catch fire due to a
firmware change as false.
The company said the
specific vulnerability exists for some HP LaserJet devices if placed on a
public Internet without a firewall. In a private network, some printers may be
vulnerable if a malicious effort is made to modify the firmware of the device
by a trusted party on the network. In some Linux or Mac environments, it may be
possible for a specially formatted corrupt print job to trigger a firmware
"HP is building a firmware
upgrade to mitigate this issue and will be communicating this proactively to
customers and partners who may be impacted," the company said in a statement.
"In the meantime, HP reiterates its recommendation to follow best practices for
securing devices by placing printers behind a firewall and, where possible,
disabling remote firmware upload on exposed printers."