Multifunction Printers Tackle the BYOD Market in an Attempt to Keep the Industry Alive

Info-Tech Research Group’s Multifunction Printers (MFP) Vendor Landscape report lists HP, Konica and Xerox as Champions in a market that’s at the peak of its game

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MFP Vendor Landscape 2012, Info-Tech Research Group

Unfortunately, an overall decline in hardware sales in the printer space has caused several vendors to consider restructuring offerings to focus more on managed print services, as well as increase pricing to address the decline.

London, ON (PRWEB) October 03, 2012

The introduction of bring-your-own-device (BYOD) has urged MFP vendors to step up their game for requirements while the market itself plummets due to a decline in sales, according to new research from Info-Tech Research Group. A Multifunction Printer Vendor Landscape report, published by Info-Tech Research Group, ranked HP, Konica and Xerox as Champions in a market that’s struggling to stay afloat as technology sails forward.

“Increasing usage of personal devices means new user and security requirements. Web options, universal print drivers, and increased security controls are essential for organizations allowing employees to BYOD,” said Darin Stahl, Lead Research Analyst for Info-Tech Research Group. “Unfortunately, an overall decline in hardware sales in the printer space has caused several vendors to consider restructuring offerings to focus more on managed print services, as well as increase pricing to address the decline.”

HP provides a strong global presence and mobile product offerings, landing them as a Champion in the report. Founded in 1939, HP has mostly been known as the leader in single-function printer solutions and has lately challenged Canon’s hold on the MFP market. As their business looks to address the ever-growing importance of Green IT, HP’s competitive price point also landed the vendor with the Best Overall Value award.

Xerox ranks as a Champion in this report and is a long-time leader in the MFP space. Founded in 1906, Xerox has a stable position in the market and provides solutions that span small desktop MFPs to large enterprise document solutions that improve workflow. Enterprise of all sizes are likely to find a match in their broad portfolio.

Konica Minolta provides an open platform technology to customize solutions to enterprise environments and also ranks as a Champion. According to the report, IT managers will appreciate Konica’s unique management and reporting options.

Samsung won the Trend Setter Award providing high quality solutions. Ranking as an Innovator in the report, Samsung’s mobile app and unique web printing options makes it a steward in the BYOD space.

For the full list of Info-Tech Research Group’s recommendations for selecting a Multifunction Printer vendor, visit: http://www.infotech.com/research/ss/it-vendor-landscape-multifunction-printers

Info-Tech Research Group Vendor Landscape reports recognize outstanding vendors in the technology marketplace. Assessing vendors by the strength of their offering and their strategy for the enterprise, Info-Tech Research Group Vendor Landscapes pay tribute to the contribution of exceptional vendors in a particular category.

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