Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Ricoh+IBM. Step after step after step

from Death of The Copier:
Ricoh can monitor Copier Power using IBM software:
"TOKYO, Apr 13, 2009 -- Japan's Ricoh Co. said Thursday that it has developed a system that can be used to monitor copy machines' power consumption in real time, managing multiple copiers simultaneously via a network to help a company save energy and cut costs."
Meanwhile over at MFP Solutions Blog
Ricoh announced its Account Development Fund (ADF) Program to assist in large account take downs:
- Single take down deals or initial orders only
- Must be accounts with over $100,000 in hardware revenue installed
- Money can be used for short term price reduction, early lease buyouts or customer rebate
- Up to 8% of deal may be provided as support on low margin deals

At the enterprise level, "nobody ever get fired for hiring IBM." Plus all the IT folks, speak IBM or HP. Meanwhile, Ricoh keeps releasing the print output nodes for enterprise printernets. I assume that HP and Xerox will or already have similar functionalities. But how are they going to break IBM's legacy in the enterprise?

Now if only InfoPrint would sell stock, I could add them to my IRA. I've got Ricoh, but it's an ADR so I can't really tell what's going on. I don't want IBM, too much non Print stuff going on.

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