Excerpted from Purchasing Magazine
Security features and spend management/product use features caught most office technology buyers’ eyes at the AIIM/OnDemand printing technology trade show in Boston Last month. Major equipment manufacturers such as Xerox, Ricoh, Sharp, Konica Minolta and Canon all announced new products at the show, including software and multifunction products that demonstrate they hear buyers’ calls for new and innovative ways to control office spending. Security was a major theme at the show-both from a traditional security standpoint and from a cost management standpoint. Several office equipment manufacturers present this year rolled out products with user authentication options, which have numerous benefits. Varmazis noted that as the office equipment market matures, more manufacturers are entering the software fray to help offices extend the usefulness of their in-house equipment. And as more offices work to reduce the redundancies and paper use in their offices, document management software will integrate more and more with office computers and copier equipment. In testament to these programs’ growing popularity, document management software companies, such as Laserfiche had a notable presence at this year’s trade show. Most of these software suites can integrate with existing ERP systems to show where important documents are in a workflow – whether it be a sales contract or an RFP.