Canon imageRUNNER ADVANCE Portfolio Celebrated as Top Performer

Canon imageRUNNER ADVANCE Portfolio Celebrated as Top Performer with Highly Coveted Industry Accolades from Buyers Laboratory, LLC
Multifunction Systems Receive Various “Pick” Awards for Exceptional Reliability, including A3 Line of the Year, A Celebrated Buyers Laboratory Award

MELVILLE, N.Y., February 15, 2017 – Since the introduction of the imageRUNNER ADVANCE Series in 2009, the message behind their mission has been clear: help customers advance their business and business opportunities through the use of reliable, security feature capable, customizable office print and scan solutions. Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to announce that Buyers Laboratory LLC (BLI) has recognized a number of devices in the imageRUNNER ADVANCE Series of multifunction systems (MFPs) with various industry honors, including the esteemed 2017 A3 Line of the Year and two Winter “Pick” Awards.

The A3 Line of the Year Award is bestowed annually to the vendor whose product line is determined by BLI to be the best overall in its category that excel in BLI’s rigorous two-month laboratory evaluations. This is the second consecutive year Canon has received this distinction. Selections for “Pick” awards are made by BLI’s staff of technicians and editors after subjecting a number of devices from every major original equipment manufacturer to BLI’s comprehensive lab tests in the last six months.

“Indicating a vendor’s ability to provide product lines that deliver outstanding test results, the award for A3 Line of the Year is BLI’s most highly sought after distinction. For another year, this award validates Canon’s strong A3 market reputation for offering reliable, easily adaptable systems that can enhance existing workflows,” said George Mikolay, senior product editor, A3 Copiers/MFPs, Keypoint Intelligence. “The introduction of the third generation of imageRUNNER ADVANCE MFPs was a pivotal moment for Canon, and as this generation of MFPs continues to grow, so does Canon’s ability to offer fully integrated and holistic business solutions.”

“For the second year, Canon is honored that BLI has recognized the imageRUNNER ADVANCE Series with the Award for A3 Line of the Year,” said Toyotsugu Kuwamura, executive vice president and general manager, Business Imaging Solutions Group, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “With the 2017 expansion of the imageRUNNER ADVANCE Series, this year’s models will build upon the firm foundation of reliability created by their dependable third generation counterparts. Delivering consistent, print and scan fleet solutions demanded by today’s businesses, Canon is proud to offer our customers a cohesive, secure and customizable user experience aimed at reducing IT management burdens and helping to balance the needs of the enterprise and the individualized workflow expectations of the modern worker.”

2017 A3 Line of the Year: Canon imageRUNNER ADVANCE MFPs

Geared towards advancing business, in eight short years the imageRUNNER ADVANCE line has evolved to include additional security features, provide enhanced personalization, more control for administrators and powerful integration with optional uniFLOW and Therefore™ solutions to deliver end-to-end business process solutions. Announced as the user-friendly platform of the future, the third generation of imageRUNNER ADVANCE MFPs demonstrates Canon’s commitment to embrace a unified approach across hardware and software solutions in order to help enterprise environments optimize their digital workplace transformation and help meet the expectations of flexibility, customization and convenience in the office demanded by today’s changing workforce.

Additional BLI Winter 2017 ‘Pick’ awards in the A3 Category Include:

imageRUNNER ADVANCE C5535i MFP – Outstanding 31-to-40 pages-per-minute (ppm) A3 Color MFP

imageRUNNER ADVANCE C5550i MFP – Outstanding 41-50 pages-per-minute (ppm) A3 Color MFP

Offering advanced personalization, along with a convergence of imaging technology and support for cloud connectivity and various mobile solutions, these models are well-suited for small-to-mid-size organizations and departments within enterprises. Providing high-quality output, powerful performance, outstanding ease-of-use and virtually seamless integration with many Canon and other third party workflow solutions, these award-winning models are positioned to be at the core of an organization’s digital business communications.

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Source: Canon USA, Inc.

imageRUNNER ADVANCE Platform Expands Again with 4500 Series

Increased flexibility and customization are top of mind for many of today’s businesses, and are also key focus points for the third generation imageRUNNER ADVANCE platform. Building upon the success of this platform, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the new imageRUNNER ADVANCE 4500 Series of multifunction systems (MFPs), an information management platform for integrated and holistic business process solutions. Combining powerful scanning capabilities with advanced personalization and additional security features, the new imageRUNNER ADVANCE 4551i, 4545i, 4535i and 4525i models offer excellent document workflow systems for small to mid-size offices, departments within large enterprises and document-intensive industries that require efficient, cost-effective, monochrome printing, including legal, financial services, education and healthcare.

Designed to help businesses save time and improve productivity, these models offer a strong set of standard features, including a single pass duplex scanning document feeder (standard with imageRUNNER ADVANCE 4551i/4545i models, and optional for the imageRUNNER ADVANCE 4535i/4525i models). This powerful feature delivers higher sheet capacity and scanning speeds more than nine times faster than predecessor models.

“Canon has a strong reputation in the A3 market for offering reliable, easily adaptable systems that enhance existing workflows,” said George Mikolay, senior product editor, A3 Copiers/MFPs, Keypoint Intelligence. “With this latest product line upgrade, Canon has demonstrated its commitment to this market segment by bringing its latest innovations in this area to these A3 MFPs, most notably seen in their fast scanning capability, customization ability and easy connection to their uniFLOW Online solution.”

“The workforce of the future is now the workforce of today, with millennial habits and preferences altering the way companies do business. In order to succeed, businesses are integrating office technology that meets expectations for increased flexibility and customization,” said Toyotsugu Kuwamura, executive vice president and general manager, Business Imaging Solutions Group, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “With this series of imageRUNNER ADVANCE models, we are delivering an efficient, adaptable and cost-effective print capability designed to enable businesses to expand their productivity.”

Workflow Efficiency
Meeting the expectations of the changing workforce, which has come to expect the customization of office technology, these third generation imageRUNNER ADVANCE models include advanced personalization and can support third-party cloud services2 using the optional ADVANCE Cloud Portal3. In addition, the imageRUNNER ADVANCE 4500 Series includes the enhanced standard security features found on third generation imageRUNNER ADVANCE models, including Universal Login Manager (ULM), a serverless authentication solution that can allow businesses to provide customization without compromising control. Upon authentication at the device, the My ADVANCE solution interfaces with each individual’s preferred functions and settings, while also helping control user access, meeting both the access control needs of the enterprise environment and the customization expectations of the individual. Customers in education institutions may find these helpful in providing secure, confusion free use to teachers, instructors and other users to enable them to more easily access and print the documents needed for the classroom and spend their time better focused on serving their students.

The imageRUNNER ADVANCE 4500 Series also provides powerful new scanning capabilities that help decrease the time needed to complete the paper-to-digital journey, allowing resources to be efficiently shifted to other workplace priorities. Each model can support a variety of finishing options, including hole-punching, Staple-Free stapling, Staple on Demand and booklet-making. Combined with imageRUNNER ADVANCE Desktop, legal firms can more easily combine scanned images and other files to more effectively support eDiscovery and case management needs and meet court and client deadlines.

Cost Management
Allowing organizations to help manage print and document costs by controlling employees’ access and usage, advanced user authentication with Universal Login Manager comes standard on these models. The imageRUNNER ADVANCE 4500 Series can be connected to the optional uniFLOW and uniFLOW Online solution, a cloud-based print management solution for companies wanting more control and tracking of their printing.

Security Features
Helping to limit access to sensitive information, the imageRUNNER ADVANCE 4500 series features a set of standard security4 capabilities and can support optional capabilities. For example, these MFPs include a standard Hard Disk Drive (HDD) Encryption function with FIPS140-2 validation which, when activated, automatically encrypts data stored on the main unit’s HDD, thereby helping to restrict access to the customer’s data. These security features and other optional features help financial and healthcare customers protect client and patient information and help them meet ever growing privacy regulations.

Device and Fleet Management
So that customers and channel partners can benefit from centralized control for day-to-day management, the imageRUNNER ADVANCE 4500 Series can be supported by Canon’s imageWARE Enterprise Management Console5, its plug-ins and Canon’s Managed Document Services6. These additional solutions and services, allow customers to easily deploy and manage device settings, user settings and security features across the fleet of imageRUNNER ADVANCE multifunction systems.

With features designed to help reduce waste, and technology designed to provide low-energy consumption, which can help limit emissions, all third generation imageRUNNER ADVANCE models are designed to help support customers’ sustainability goals. The new imageRUNNER ADVANCE 4500 Series models are Energy Star® certified and rated EPEAT® Gold.

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Jan 17, 2017, 09:37 ET

The Cost of Downtime

Anything that disrupts the normal flow of business operations and effects mission-critical systems and systems used by employees to do their daily work is considered downtime.

While natural disasters account for 2-3% of interruptions, the most common impact factors resulting in significant downtime are IT related – 42% hardware failures, 30% human error, 14% software errors or corruption, and 7% security breaches. After a major disaster, an average company will lose 25% of its daily revenue in the first five days, and up to 40% if it lasts up to 24 days (Source: University of Texas).

IT outages can be frequent and lengthy, and can cause damage to a company’s reputation, staff morale, and customer loyalty. Considering the loss of transactional revenue (yearly sales ÷ by 125,280 (60 min x 8 hours x 261 days) = avg. per minute cost of downtime), cost of repairs, and loss of business opportunities, it’s important for businesses and entrepreneurs to think about the cost of downtime and take more proactive steps to mitigate the risks.

Finding a prevention strategy starts with thinking about continuous, proactive network solutions and backup disaster recovery planning. Proactive IT management and monitoring can help you easily detect issues that may lead to network outages in the future. When you have identified network issues at early stages, you can take informed decisions and fix them before they build up into detrimental downtime. Gartner estimated the hourly cost of network downtime for large corporations was $42,000, with a typical business experiencing an average of 87 hours of downtime a year, resulting in estimated losses exceeding $3.6 million. Even 99% availability, as good as it sounds, still means 3.65 days of downtime per year, or 7.2 hours a month, or 1.68 hours a week; the goal should be as close to 100% as theoretically possible.

Occasional downtime effecting internet access, phones and email has a direct effect on your businesses ability to reach customers, and downtime from larger impact scenarios like loss of company data, can prolong the negative effects. If disaster strikes, having a good off-site backup solution is a key security measure to avoid data loss, minimize downtime and perform data restoration to get you and your company up and running quickly!

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