Xerox launches AltaLink Digital Workplace Assistant

Xerox AltaLink C8100/B8100 Series with ConnectKey apps speeds digital transformation

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Xerox launches AltaLink Digital Workplace Assistant

Xerox announced its new Xerox AltaLink C8100 and Xerox AltaLink B8100 Series multi-function printers (MFPs) that can better support today’s flexible work environment and help companies speed their digital transformation with access to the ConnectKey ecosystem of apps.

In addition to its printing capabilities, the AltaLink 8100 series helps speed workplace digitization with ultra-fast scanning of up to 270 images per minute and optical character recognition that allows clients to extract more value from information. Combined with ConnectKey apps, including connections to the most popular cloud solutions, these printers can support a key area of focus for businesses as they shift from physical to digital enterprises. According to a recent global Future of Work survey by Xerox, 34% of businesses are expediting digital transformation plans as a result of Covid-19.

Vineet Gehani, director – Technology and Channels, Xerox India, said, “We are committed to helping Indian businesses drive digital transformation and support a hybrid workforce. Our latest ConnectKey-enabled AltaLink C8100 and AltaLink B8100 improve workplace productivity through an intuitive user experience, mobile, and cloud connectivity, access to a host of apps, along with comprehensive security. As Indian companies increase digitization, this new series of MFPs bring in an entirely new level of flexibility and efficiency to support the workforce with a collection of sophisticated applications for auto-redaction, conversion of handwritten notes to digital files, and other functions.”

According to Quocirca, a Smart MFP is a key enabler for digital transformation, providing access to services and systems beyond digitization and into more complex business process and workflow automation.

The most mature smart MFP platform is Xerox ConnectKey,” says Louella Fernandes, director, Quocirca. “Xerox ConnectKey-enabled MFPs support a range of cloud and mobile digital workflows, boosted by a broad ecosystem of Xerox and third party-developed apps. The Xerox app gallery continues to only grow stronger with more apps and widening developer support.”

Additionally, a more flexible workforce brings with it heightened security concerns. Xerox partners with leading cybersecurity experts such as McAfee and Cisco to give AltaLink comprehensive built-in security that protect both device and network. Integration with industry-leading security solutions like security information and event management solutions from McAfee, LogRhythm, and Splunk simplifies reporting and management of security events.

For the past two years, Keypoint – BLI has named Xerox workplace suite and ConnectKey apps the Document Imaging Software Line of the Year Award and Outstanding Job Management & Mobile Print Solution.

The AltaLink C8100/B8100 are available immediately in India by the end of November 2020.

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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