As another year draws to a close, it seemed pertinent to ask some of the industry’s key vendors for their thoughts on what will have the biggest impact within the print and IT sectors in 2017. As you will read on page 31, there are a number of recurrent themes.
Post-Brexit currency flctuations and the very real likelihood that we will see price increases across both hardware and software, is undoubtedly one of the biggest challenges facing the channel. On the plus side, concerns over Brexit could also be a driver for the wider adoption of managed print services, which to some degree provide end-users with control and transparency over their print costs in uncertain economic times.
Our panel believe that we will see further consolidation within the print industry and continued convergence within the MPS and IT marketplaces. They predict opportunities for growth will come from cloud services as cloud printing becomes more mainstream, BYOD will continue to defie the tools people use in and out of work and there will be an increase in market demand for software and in particular apps.
No matter what the future holds, opportunity will continue to knock in the print industry. Vendors who continue to focus on creating long-term business value by providing consultancy, solutions and services that resolve their customers’ pain points, will continue to thrive.
Based on a web-based survey of 750 offie workers in the US, UK, Brazil and Spain, a new Infotrends report provides further evidence of the decline in offie printing, whilst also highlighting the enduring popularity of paper as a medium for recording, processing and sharing data (page 48).
Interesting to see that as print volumes decline and printer vendors diversify their offering to fid new sources of revenue, more and more have started to add audio-visual and collaboration solutions to their portfolios. Visual solutions are an obvious fi for these vendors, and Ricoh’s Keith Howell explains why Ricoh is encouraging OA dealers to diversify their offer – see page 46.
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