The Datamax Thinking Blog

Educating, collaborating, and sparking ideas for maximizing the technology that matters.


Managing Workflow Feel Like Herding Cats? Consider a Technology Assessment

A thorough technology assessment – significantly more than a simple walk through – is designed to provide accurate insights and perspective on current infrastructure, workflow and personnel.

It can become a lot like herding cats.

Organizations often fall victim to processes that are unorganized, unwieldy and scattered in all directions: Delayed document approvals that gather dust on a desk or stall helplessly in a manager’s inbox. Shaky (and unsecured) IT Infrastructure that has the wheels of IT personnel spinning for hours every day. Fluctuating monthly print costs that ride along spreadsheets like a rickety wooden roller coaster – enough shake and rattle to give any CFO a migraine.

Topics: Printing Partnering Technology Pain Network Security

Copier Service Sabermetrics: What are Your Technology Partner's Performance Numbers?

Just as Sabermetrics is utilized by baseball front offices to gain a competitive advantage, explore just how metric-driven Datamax is; and how we showcase our service responsiveness and strength by constantly measuring powerful metrics.

America’s national pastime today is a game more and more driven by analytics.

Sabermetrics is described as the empirical analysis of baseball through statistics, used to predict the performance of players. Simple box-score elements like hits, runs and errors have given way to stats like WAR (wins above replacement), BABIP (batting average on balls in play), ISO (isolated power) and DIPS (defense-independent pitching statistics). In today’s “scouts” vs. “stats” era, these exhaustive numbers go beyond what a scout’s gut may say, to actually predicting level of success.

Topics: Business Problems Digital Copiers Technology Pain Creating Raving Fans

The 3 'Cs' of Cultivating Your Own Production Print Landscape

The streamlined, cost-effective, and well-controlled in-house production landscape doesn’t exist without digging in and getting your hands dirty a little.

The colorful blooms blanketing neighborhood lawns and flowerbeds are a signature denotation of spring.

They’re also the result of a lot of hard-earned preparation.

Cultivation, or soil refinement, involves getting your hands dirty: digging into or cutting up an existing soil bed to better prepare it for planting. Cultivating the soil boosts its nourishment and plays an integral first step in the eventual beautiful springtime displays.

Topics: Office Equipment Production Print

A Mass Migration: How Architects, Engineers and Construction Firms Can Collaborate Better in the Cloud

How efficiently does your firm access and share key documents, both internally and externally? In the office and out in the field? When it comes to high-speed collaboration, could your head be in the clouds?

“We’ve had a change of plans.”

Whether those words are coming from the pilot pre-take off or the marketing department hours before a large-scale proposal pitch, they’re rarely welcomed. The phrase stirs up both anxiety and a need to swiftly shift one’s mode of thinking.

Architectural, engineering and construction firms, of course, deal with those words regularly - beginning with blueprints and continuing on the construction site. New versions of plans may be issued multiple times on a monthly, weekly, or even daily basis. Core document updates, such as floor plans, change orders, or materials specifications evolve, and all parties need access to the most up-to-date set at any particular time.

Topics: Cloud Canon USA Content Management AEC Solutions

Onward & Upward: 5 New uniFLOW Online Features We're Sky-High On

New features from cloud-based print/scan solution uniFLOW Online demonstrate 5 key advantages for organizations looking to improve productivity and enhance security in their print environment. 

There’s an old joke among pilots that the most dangerous part of flying is driving to the airport.

Once into the clouds, they reason, travel is both better streamlined and more secure.

As organizations look to the cloud for operational flexibility, scalability and enhanced security, those navigating the Software as a Service (SaaS) airways continue to report clear skies ahead.

Topics: Scanning Printing Printer Management Solutions Document Security Cloud Canon USA

Recent Lawsuit Builds Even Bigger Case for Cybersecurity Education

Organizations must be accountable for guarding against cybersecurity, they must be fully aware of current risks, and they must be proactive about Cybersecurity education.

As cybersecurity increasingly becomes an agenda item inside the executive boardroom, organizations continue to recognize their own accountability in guarding against cyberattack.

But what about end users? How accountable are they?

It’s an interesting question raised in a recent news article published in KnowBe4’s Security Awareness Training Blog.

Topics: Managed Network Services Network Management Network Security Cybersecurity

A Print Workflow Wellness Check for Your Healthcare Organization

The right technology partner can ensure long-term wellness for your organization: From security/compliance peace of mind, to highly efficient workflow processes and optimal uptime on your fleet of equipment. 

An annual check-up is a routinely prescribed course of action for adults to ensure long-term wellness. But that’s not the end-game.

True wellness is not defined by any one current ailment or appointment; it’s an actively pursued goal of maintaining good health based on a myriad of ongoing good habits. To ensure overall wellness for their print fleet, a healthcare organization needs much more than an annual checkup.

Topics: Healthcare Solutions Office Equipment Print Management HIPAA Managed Compliance Services

Cloud of Suspicion: Ease Security Concerns with Full Control over Cloud-based Content

Cloud-based content management systems like Box unify all people, information and applications together in the cloud to transform the way they work, giving IT departments the tools they need to match the tightness of security with the speed of collaboration.

As humans, we are suspicious by nature.

Anything that’s not visually identifiable – or right in front of our eyes - can often be difficult to trust. We trust the local Italian restaurant because we know the owners. We trust local government because we’re neighbors with an elected official, and we see direct results from his or her public service in our own city. Excruciatingly cliché TV ad campaigns mention ad nauseam being “locally trusted.”

Topics: Security Productivity Tips and Tools Cloud Content Management

5 Technology Initiatives that Will Drive Business Transformation in 2019

Paired with a barrage of potential threats, yet brimming with productive potential, technology plays an intimate role in the routines of today’s business workday. When well harnessed, it can unlock unforeseen competitive advantages.

Henry Ford once said, "I don't read history. That's in the past. I'm thinking of the future."

Ford, of course, was the Michigan-born engineer who developed a petrol-driven quadricycle into a small car; this proved the basis for the famous Model T motor car introduced in 1908. Just as Ford’s ingenuity forever transformed the auto industry, technology has been a driving force in business transformation for years.

As we look at the state of technology as it relates to business in 2019, Ford’s quote has a profound foreshadowing effect.

Topics: Scanning Printing Healthcare Solutions Network Management Cloud HIPAA Network Security Cybersecurity Managed Compliance Services Content Management

Fresh Ideas, Further Technology Innovation: Most Read Blogs of 2018

From document workflow, network security to print management and many things in between, our intent is to serve as a vehicle for helping YOU maximize YOUR technology investment.

Technology, much like life, moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

We, the dedicated scribes of the Datamax Thinking Blog, certainly don’t want our readers to miss it. We work hard each year to contemplate, to evaluate and, ultimately, educate on many of the moving parts of an ever-changing business technology landscape. From document workflow, network security to print management and many things in between, our intent is to serve as a vehicle for helping YOU maximize YOUR technology investment.

Topics: Printing Security Digital Security Healthcare Solutions Creating Raving Fans Education Tips and Tools