Monday, February 9, 2009

HP seems to be getting closer to MFP to Internet

read at
"HP recently invited European analysts for its first Halo telepresence briefing, a departure from its usual format and demonstrating the use of its own technology which is now installed at 30 offices across HP, aimed at reducing travel and the associated financial and environmental costs. Along with Halo, which is part of its Imaging and Printing Group (IPG) business, HP discussed its strategy for its consumer, SMB and enterprise markets and its goal of capturing colour or 'value' pages across all segments, whilst minimising the environmental impact of printing."
And some cut and paste:
. . . Meanwhile, to capture incremental pages in the highly mobile and connected consumer market, HP has developed software such as iPrint and Cloud Print. iPrint is a freely downloadable software application to print photos from an Apple iPhone or iPod Touch on most HP networked WiFi printers

. . .Its ambitious plans are to capture a 51% market share by expanding its MFP product portfolio.
It's that "Google it. Find it. Print it. Anywhere." thing again.
Inkjet and Web Solutions Business
LaserJet and Enterprise Solutions Business
Graphic Solutions Business

Each group has profit and loss responsibility for hardware, supplies, services and software solutions.
It would probably be worth considering giving our divisions separate Profit and Loss responsibility. It will help us to figure out who's making money and who isn't. Then instead of having long meetings to figure out who to fire, we can fire, sell, or spin off the folks who aren't adding to the pie.

Then we can focus "like a laser beam" on our core strengths and network with SAP or IBM or Kodak or Ricoh or one of our own spinoffs or whoever comes up with the latest invention or open source solution on the net.
HP has $4.2 billion under MPS contract worldwide, and MPS revenue grew by 70% in 2008 compared to 2007.
Meanwhile on June 2, 2008 2:37 PM EDT
Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ) today announced that it has signed a multimillion dollar agreement with Consolidated Graphics Inc. (NYSE: CGX) for the installation of as many as 36 HP Indigo digital presses - including multiple HP Indigo 7000 Digital Presses - at facilities in the United States and the Czech Republic this year.
Textbooks, anyone?

Let's face the fact that in the next couple of years a wave of creative destruction is going to sweep through the education business. Wouldn't it be a lot more fun to surf the wave, instead of having to worry about how any reorganization is going to hurt our legacy business? Of course, it's a really hard decision to implement. But that's why C level people get the big bucks.

When you get a chance, google NIMAS.
The NIMAS provision was included in the revised Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) 2004. In this legislation a standard NIMAS file format was created for the production of textbooks for the blind and print-disabled students. The result is a common file that will be provided from the publisher to a repository of NIMAS titles stored at the National Instructional Materials Accessibility Center (NIMAC). The NIMAC will then make the files available to both State and Local Education Agencies who will then have them converted into the desired accessible formats such as Braille, large print and digital talking books
So how about we partner with someone in the cottage industry of NIMAS converters and produce customized personalized workbooks for every kid?

Then our network of printers can print them, we get the clicks and everyone buys a little time until the commercial printing industry figures out where it lives in a Google-Mart economy.

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