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    Message of the Week 18 - 22 April 2022

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    The future of the printer

    Business and technology are in a continuous state of evolution, which means that organisations need to constantly adapt to their customers’ changing wants and needs. Our job at Kyocera is to navigate the technological landscape to meet our customers where they are.

    As a result, we strive to expand and optimise our technological competencies and maintain a spirit of research – in this way we ensure a future-forward approach, or in the words of our founder, Dr Kazuo Inamori: "To succeed in our work, we must attain the state of mind where we can visualise future results."

    This means adapting our products to cater for a world of hyper-connectivity, while maintaining the agility to adapt quickly to change. The past two years have shown us how rapidly and dramatically the world can change, and we believe it is our job to help customers to adopt the right technology to adapt efficiently.

    One area in which our technologies can offer multiple opportunities in the hybrid work office, is through the once humble printer. Print technology has evolved considerably over the years along with developments in the cloud, artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, etc.

    The future of the printer plays an essential part in contemporary document management:

    Sustainability in the cloud

    Along with the increasing need for mobility, control and functionality among hybrid organisations, printing technology is adopting digitisation and moving to “cloud printing”, effectively reducing the number of documents that need to be printed.

    Paperless office: dream or reality?

    Although the dream of a paperless office is still a long way off, the increase in remote working has concurrently increased the need for digital document processes. Kyocera’s electronic signature and ECM solution are tools that has considerably increased in popularity as a result and we are tirelessly working towards a reality where document flow is 100% digital.

    Security of IoT

    The Internet of Things (IoT) is an increasingly popular and practical concept in the modern workspace and printers are no exception to these connected ecosystems. But while IoT may improve the management and maintenance of printers, security remains a concern.

    I agree with Hendrik De Hertogh, GM at Kyocera Document Solutions Belgium, when he said: “Today, printers have evolved into full-fledged 'servers'… The boundaries between printers and servers are blurring due to the increased functionality of the devices.”

    By reminding clients to view their printers as an essential part of the overall network, we not only encourage network security, but also ensure that our customers get the most from this evolving technology.

    Greg Griffith - Senior Product Manager - KYOCERA Document Solutions South Africa

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