The Vision: Printers Everywhere

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-04-21 Print this article Print

The company envisions these connected printers to be set up and made available 24/7 in specially built kiosks in addition to hotels, airports, government buildings, Internet cafes, schools and numerous other locations.

ePrint Enterprise is only one part of HP's Enterprise Production Print Solutions. This is a suite of options that provide enterprises with several onsite, offsite and near-site production print capabilities.

These are HP Onsite Copy/Print and Mailroom Services, which enable comprehensive day-to-day operations management; HP Enterprise Services Document Processing Services, which specialize in digitizing, storing, archiving and retrieving documents-and include high-volume print and mail services; and HP Virtual Print Center, a turnkey HP portal available with MPS contracts, which enables users to produce, manage and distribute printed materials on demand.

Bruce Dahlgren, HP's senior vice president of Managed Enterprise Solutions, Imaging and Printing Group, reminisced a bit about the way document processing used to be, putting these new cloud-based services into fresh perspective.

"Twenty years ago, we all used transparencies for presentations," Dahlgren said. "We all had to check our mailboxes and wait for information to come to us, so we could do something with it. Then, when we did get something important, we had to go and copy it and send it out to those who needed to see it.

"We had to add scanners and fax machines and all kinds of other stuff. Now that everything's digital, look at all the electricity we're saving and how we're shrinking our carbon footprints. It's all good from that perspective."

However, despite all the cutbacks in office equipment that the future holds, HP will still be making money in another department: data storage.

"We may not be selling fax machines and scanners as much anymore, but people still have to store all their data, and we're seeing huge gains in that sector," Dahlgren said.

For more information on the new HP MPS Smart Decision Suite, go here.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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