Monday, April 18, 2011

Ricoh is the Number One Manufacturer in the U.S. Copier Market

Ricoh Americas CorporationRicoh Americas Corporation, one of the leading providers of digital office equipment as well as advanced document management solutions and services, just announced that they have been ranked number one for the fourth straight year in the combined black and white and color copier segment according to Gartner's latest market share database.

Because of this, Ricoh has earned a 21.5% share of the total market for multi-function products (MFPs). Ricoh has also finished first for the eighth straight year in the color copier market with a 22.1% share. In the category for black and white copiers, Ricoh finished second with a 21.2% market share. These percentages are calculated using total market share. This includes dealer, direct and retail products.

According to Senior Vice President of Marketing for Ricoh Shun Sato, "Ricoh Americas Corporation is proud of our continued leadership position in the combined black and white and color copier market in the U.S. Our robust product offerings along with our industry-leading Managed Document Services approach provide our customers with the best solutions to help them meet their goals."

Ricoh offers a full line of digital imaging products suited for any work group environment. They offer everything including color and black and white multifunction copiers, printers, facsimile systems, scanners, digital duplicators, wide format copiers and digital cameras. Ricoh is also one of the leading providers of advanced document management solutions and services, specifically Ricoh's Managed Document Services (MDS) program. This focuses on total cost of ownership, business process improvement, security and compliance and environmental sustainability.

Source: PR NEwswire - Ricoh Ranks Number One in U.S. Copier Market

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Monday, April 4, 2011

Keeping Your Copier Protected

protecting your copierIdentity theft is a serious thing and something that nobody wants to have happen to them. Most people fear identity theft such as a thief getting their credit card numbers, social security numbers or other kind of personal information. That is why people shred old credit cards, receipts and other personal documents. However, I doubt a lot of people think about becoming a victim of identity theft via their copier. Recent reports involving copier security have brought to light how some information that is stored on your copier's hard drive can be accessed by somebody other than yourself which could ultimately lead to identity theft. What is interesting is that while this news may be new to some, it is definitely something copier manufacturers have seen as important for a long time. If you own a copier, you need to know that it needs data safeguards just like antivirus software on your computer. So what kind of tools can help you protect the information flowing through your multifunction printer? IT specialists and users should definitely talk to their vendors in order to make sure that the security features that are already on their copier are enabled. Network authentication and authorization is a nifty tool that allows administrators to restrict access to people by verifying network usernames as well as passwords in a network directory. Encryption is also built into a lot of multifunction printers in order to make sure that the data stored on it is protected. These printers even have features that protect your information from a hard copy theft. If you are about to buy a new copier, make sure you choose a vendor that offers options for the removal of the hard drive before the printer or copier is disposed of or turned in after a lease. Another thing to consider is that new threats are created everyday so it is important to update your protection on a regular basis as well. New patches are generally available for multifunction printers and copiers and they are typically an easy download. Copiers are an important part of business so it is equally important that they are protected. You wouldn't use your computer unprotected so why use your printer unprotected? Source: SC Magazine - Protecting data on copiers is news of, for and by SMBs! The Small & Medium Business Magazine!