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Brno, Czech Republic, and Dallas, USA – November 5, 2019 – After releasing record fiscal year results, Y Soft Corporation today announced that it is adding two industry veterans to help continue its strong global sales growth.
Document and Imaging management industry veteran Barry Löwer has been tapped as the new Chief Sales Officer (CSO). In this position, Löwer will be responsible for planning and coordinating Y Soft’s sales and business development activities across the entire Y Soft product portfolio, as well as helping lead Y Soft’s growth trajectory.
Before joining Y Soft, Löwer spent two years running international customer success and advocacy for Nuance Communications’ Imaging Division, later Kofax, which acquired the division in 2018. In the seven years before Nuance Communications, Löwer overlooked EMEA sales for its Imaging Division. Before that, Löwer spent time at Equitrac Corporation, where he established its presence in the EMEA region and led its revenue-generating activities and expansion.
“I am delighted to be leading Y Soft’s global sales team and am looking forward to working with the team to support and develop Y Soft’s global partner network. There is fantastic potential and opportunity for Y Soft and partners to realize in the digital office solutions market. By bringing together innovative technology and outstanding pre- and post-sales support, Y Soft and partners can deliver significant benefits to customers,” Löwer commented.
Y Soft recently announced that its IOTA Hardware division, which produces card readers, 3D printers, external terminals, and edge devices, had increased its percentage of overall sales to 21%. Due to this growth, Ondřej Župka was hired for the newly created role of Vice President of Manufacturing to lead Y Soft’s growing manufacturing operations and strategy.
Župka brings 18 years of large-scale manufacturing experience with companies such as TE Connectivity, Honeywell, Celestica, and Flextronics. He is tasked with scaling Y Soft manufacturing for future growth by increasing automation, standardizing quality management, optimizing production planning, and further developing the manufacturing for startups from the Y Soft Ventures portfolio.
“Y Soft has a strong manufacturing business here in the Czech Republic,” Župka stated. “I am very proud and humbled to lead the team that is producing the hardware for YSoft SafeQ, YSoft Labs, and Y Soft Venture's portfolio companies.”
“I believe that Barry and Ondřej bring the necessary on the ground experience that will help us execute on anticipated growth and to capitalize on the opportunities ahead of us,” said Václav Muchna, CEO and co-founder, Y Soft. “Both positions help us meet the needs of partners and customers and prime us for our growth strategy.”
With the appointment of Barry Löwer into the position of CSO, Lukáš Maňásek will move to the position of Chief of Staff, Global Sales, and will leverage his strong relationships and strong internal knowledge to support Y Soft’s regional sales teams, their partners and customers.
About Y Soft
Y Soft develops intelligent Digital Transformation office solutions for enterprise, SMB and Education that empower employees to be more productive and creative. OurYSoft SafeQ workflow solutions platform enables businesses to manage, optimize and secure their print and digital processes and workflows. Our 3D print solutions are focused in the Education sector where they provide unique ease of use and safety benefits, while utilizing YSoft SafeQ software for seamless 3D print management.
Founded in 2000, the company is headquartered in Brno, Czech Republic, with offices in North and Latin America, Europe and Middle East/Africa (EMEA) and the Asia Pacific region (APAC). For more information, please visit www.ysoft.com.
(CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA) October 25, 2019 — The Managed Print Services Association (MPSA), a not-for-profit, volunteer-led association to help further Managed Print, is pleased to announce its newly elected Executive Committee and Board of Directors. Elections were held in September and October, with two-year terms beginning later this month.
The newly elected MPSA Executive Committee is comprised of:
The newly elected MPSA Board of Directors consists of 12 members:
The new officers will be welcomed to their new positions at the October 2019 board meeting.
If you are not currently a member of the MPSA, this is a great time to get involved and help shape the dialog. Join an international group of professionals from every aspect of the imaging industry: http://www.yourmpsa.org/join
About the Managed Print Services Association
The Managed Print Services Association (MPSA) is an independent, not-for-profit organization that serves the MPS industry. Its focus is on the development of standards, education, and industry guidelines that unite the different segments of the industry and bring value to all those participating. For more information about benefits and memberships, visit http://yourmpsa.org/Membership or contact us at email@example.com.
Brno, Czech Republic and Dallas, USA – October 14, 2019 – Y Soft® Corporation, today announced the latest card reader in its family of convenient authentication solutions used on multifunction devices, the YSoft USB Card Reader 3 MFX. The MFX card reader is unique because it can simultaneously read numerous RFID technologies. Partner sales to customers are now much more simplified, and partners can stock a single card reader in inventory saving on logistical costs.
Companies use ID cards (badges) to authenticate employees for access to buildings. Using the same badge for corporate assets, such as multifunction devices (MFDs), is convenient for businesses. However, there are numerous different RFID card technologies used in modern badges.
A Universal Card Reader
The MFX card reader uses a patent-pending method to simultaneously identify over one hundred different RFID card technologies in both high and low frequencies, without requiring any special configuration. With one card reader capable of reading numerous technologies, partners no longer need to worry about which technology their customer uses and can reduce their costs associated with stocking multiple part numbers. Equally important, partners do not have to spend time configuring, deploying and supporting multiple card readers. The MFX card reader simply plugs in and works.
“We have tested the new MFX card reader from Y Soft with the various card technologies we have in our internal lab. The MFX card reader was able to read every one of them, so this new reader looks very promising for us”, said Marek Krynicki, Head of Implementation Department, Konica Minolta, Poland.
Enhanced Signal Strength and Quality
With an additional patent-pending innovation, the MFX card reader inherently enhances the strength and quality of the signal the RFID badge emits. By reading a signal that is stronger and of greater quality, the card reader can read badges from a greater distance with accuracy. This means users don’t have to place their badge precisely on the reader and can still be recognized and accurately authenticated.
“With the new YSoft USB Card Reader 3 MFX, our partners can source one universal card reader that is not only the most accurate and reliable on the market but is also plug and play, reducing the time needed to deploy by their technical staff,” said Matěj Štefaník, VP Product Management, Y Soft.
Because Y Soft card readers, including the new MFX, are fully designed, tested, manufactured and supported by Y Soft, they can be offered at a low, competitive price. Partners also have the peace of mind knowing they have one source for both print management and card readers that work well together and can be supported by one vendor.
About the USB Card Reader 3 MFX
The MFX card reader simultaneously reads RFID cards that are both high and low frequency and uses HID technology commonly used in the U.S. and Mifare technology common in Europe and supports advanced security requirements.
The MFX reader is certified for sale in the U.S. and Europe; additional certifications will be obtained matching other Y Soft card readers which are certified in over 100 countries. If needed, contactless configurations are supported through easy-to-use, programmable configuration cards.
About YSoft USB Card Readers
YSoft USB Card Readers are highly customizable. Y Soft partners can add value specific to a customer’s need. Customers can use custom data reading and transformations for enhanced security. Y Soft’s family of card readers are also open to support or integrate with 3rd party technologies, such as NFC smartphone apps, enabling the use of NFC-capable smartphones instead of ID badges.
Additionally, Y Soft uniquely uses RQA (robotic quality assurance) to test its card readers, which allows for deeper and more comprehensive testing. In Y Soft’s robotic tests against competitor card readers,
Y Soft card readers, including the new MFX model, have the lowest MTBF (mean time before failure) and are the only readers tested with a 0% error rate, placing Y Soft as a leader in USB card reader reliability. For example, an end to end robotic test of 200,000 card swipes on an MF type reader resulted in 100% card reading accuracy, taking an average of 1 second to accurate read the card. Inaccurate readings can result in unintentional ID spoofing where a card holder is able to access documents belonging to others.
BELLEVUE, Neb. — Tigerpaw Software, creator of the technology industry’s first and most complete end-to-end business automation platform, has launched version 18 R3 of its award-winning software.
The latest release of its all-in-one software features several customer-requested enhancements, which sets Tigerpaw apart from other solution providers on the market.
“My team asks for and receives customer feedback all year long so that we can improve the Tigerpaw user experience going forward and incorporate feature requests into our product releases,” says Chris Owen, director of development at Tigerpaw Software. “Whether a long-time Tigerpaw customer or a newer user, 18 R3 has something that will simplify your work day.”
Highlights in version 18 R3 include:
• Enhanced User Interface — As a follow up to the 18 R2 complete redesign of the Tigerpaw user interface, the software now ships with a new default color scheme that exceeds industry guidelines for color-blind UX design. In addition, toolbar icons now have labels, making the user experience more seamless. Users still have the ability to customize the look of Tigerpaw to fit their company or individual preferences.
• QuickBooks Integration — The Tigerpaw integration with QuickBooks has been updated to support QuickBooks 2019.
• Tigerpaw Mobile — More than 20 updates have been made in the Tigerpaw Mobile application, including an increased size limit for uploaded photos, new accessibility to account documents and stronger overall connectivity.
“Tigerpaw Mobile is already an amazing tool for our users, but we knew we could make it even better,” Owen says. “We invested the time on delivering many updates in one release in order to make a huge impact for users who are always on-the-go. And we’re not done yet.”
All of the 18 R3 updates and every other feature are included within the versatile business automation software Tigerpaw One that offers all of the best functions of a CRM, PSA, ERP and BPM. The only converged services-ready platform on the market, Tigerpaw One recently was named the top MPS Software Provider for the second consecutive year by the Managed Print Services Association.
Dallas Texas and Brno, Czech Republic – June 24, 2019 – Y Soft® Corporation, a leading enterprise office solution provider, todayannounced that Stephanie B. Kennard has joined
Y Soft as Executive Vice President of Sales, North America as of June 1, 2019. Ms. Kennard brings nearly twenty years of industry experience to lead channel sales teams and provide strategic engagements with channel partners.
Previously, Ms. Kennard held sales positions within the print and document capture industry with companies including Equitrac and X-Solutions before being acquired by Nuance Communications, and OpenText. Most recently, Ms. Kennard was VP of Sales for EveryonePrint.
Ms. Kennard will lead Y Soft’s U.S. based channel sales team, work with OEM partners, and develop new channel sales relationships for the YSoft SafeQ workflow solutions platform. The workflow platform offers solutions for print management, document capture and 3D print management.
“Our growth plans for North America require an experienced leader with strategic channel relationships. Stephanie brings that and much more to this new role and we are pleased to welcome her as the latest YSofter in the U.S.,” said Lukáš Maňásek, Chief Sales Officer, Y Soft.
Worldwide, IDC reported that Y Soft was the fastest growing print management supplier by revenue in 2018. The North American market, in addition to China and Western Europe, is a strategic growth region for the company.
“The opportunity in North America for Y Soft is significant. Y Soft’s existing products and services, the innovations coming from YSoft Labs and the culture of customer-first makes it a very exciting time to join this growing organization,” said Stephanie Kennard, Executive Vice President of Sales, Y Soft North America.
Ms. Kennard is based in Y Soft’s Grapevine, Texas office. She will work closely with Y Soft’s existing North America sales team, Y Soft North America’s Managing Director, Ondřej Krajiček, and the global sales leadership.
Austin, Texas, June 13, 2019 — The Managed Print Services Association (MPSA) is pleased to announce the winners of its2019 Global MPSA Managed Print Services Leadership Awards. Nine winners were announced for six categories at the 2019 BTA Gateway to Success event held in Austin, Texas June 13-14th at the Fairmont Hotel. MPSA President, Tawnya Stone, emceed the ceremony.
The MPSA Awards were established in 2010 to honor those companies that have excelled in various areas related to managed print. Winners serve as shining examples to the community regarding their commitment and expertise in MPS. The last Global MPSA MPS Leadership Awards were held in 2018 at the ITEX Expo Show in the MGM Grand Hotel located Las Vegas, Nevada.
An esteemed judging panel of industry leaders, chosen from the MPSA membership and led by members of the MPSA Executive Committee to ensure impartiality and adherence to guidelines, vetted and scored awards submissions. The company scoring highest in each category was deemed winner of the respective award.
“This year’s winners are great representatives of the high quality providers within the MPS community. The MPSA is fortunate to have members focused on innovation, customer experience and consistency of service while delivering value. We are proud to recognize their efforts,” stated Tawnya Stone.
The 2019 Global MPSA MPS Leadership Awards winners are:
Best Independent MPS Provider
This award recognizes an Organization selling managed print services, but not owned by a manufacturer. The Organization may also be offering additional solutions around document management, document workflow, and/or business document processes.
Best MPS Industry Collaboration
Epson America, GreatAmerica Financial Services, PrintFleet, Synnex Corporation, Simac
Each year we see various companies in the industry work together to make advancements by developing new products, training or programs that further the advancement of Managed Print Services. This award is intended to recognize the best collaborative effort by multiple organizations.
Best MPS Infrastructure Provider
This award recognizes an Organization that has no reseller agreement with end users, but provides necessary combination of components to create a successful program, e.g. Distribution, Parts, Supplies, and Break Fix Services, etc.
Best MPS Innovation Award
Each year we see new developments and initiatives in MPS which have the potential to redefine the way we view the industry. This award is intended to spotlight the individual, the company, the product or process which can genuinely be hailed an innovation for the industry.
Best MPS Professional Services Provider
GreatAmerica Financial Services
This award recognizes an Organization with more than one full time employee providing training, research, financing or consultancy.
Best MPS Software Provider
This award recognizes an Organization that develops software for the managed print services sector, whether sales management, device management, user management, service management, or billing
About the Managed Print Services Association
(CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA) March 28, 2019 — The Managed Print Services Association (MPSA) has announced it is now accepting nominations for the Global 2019 MPSA Managed Print Services (MPS) Leadership Awards. All 2019 nominations are due by Friday, April 19, 2019. Nominations will be judged by a panel of MPSA leaders from a variety of backgrounds. The association plans to reveal the winners in each of nine categories at the Business Technology Association (BTA) 2019 Gateway to Success event in Austin, TX on June 13-14.
The MPSA MPS Awards were established in 2010 to honor those companies that have excelled in various areas related to managed print. Winners are recognized as leaders, innovators, and dedicated members of the managed print services community.
The 2019 Award Categories
The following nine categories of awards reflect the diversity of the managed print services industry. Each nomination form covers six areas, including the extent of the program or service, problem solved, and approaches used.
Once nominees have completed the submission form, they should save the document and email it to the 2019 Awards Committee by the April 5 deadline. Please use this form for all submissions.
Best Independent MPS Provider – This award recognizes an Organization selling managed print services, but not owned by a manufacturer. The Organization may also be offering additional solutions around document management, document workflow, and/or business document processes.
Best International MPS Provider – This award recognizes an Organization that provides managed print services excellence outside of North America.
Best MPS Hardware – This award recognizes a product line that is specifically geared towards managed print service engagements. This product line incorporates specialized features and functionality to drive managed workflow, supplies fulfillment, serviceability and remote capabilities.
Best MPS Industry Collaboration – Each year we see various companies in the industry work together to make advancements by developing new products, training or programs that further the advancement of Managed Print Services. This award is intended to recognize the best collaborative effort by multiple organizations.
Best MPS Infrastructure Provider – This award recognizes an Organization that has no reseller agreement with end users, but provides necessary combination of components to create a successful program, e.g. Distribution, Parts, Supplies, and Break Fix Services, etc.
Best MPS Innovation Award - Each year we see new developments and initiatives in MPS which have the potential to redefine the way we view the industry. This award is intended to spotlight the individual, the company, the product or process which can genuinely be hailed an innovation for the industry.
Best MPS Professional Services Provider – This award recognizes an Organization with more than one full time employee providing training, research, financing or consultancy.
Best MPS Software Provider – This award recognizes an Organization that develops software for the managed print services sector, whether sales management, device management, user management, service management, or billing.
Best MPS Support by an OEM – This award recognizes an OEM that supports their dealer channel that sells managed print services. The Organization may also offer support through pricing, programs or additional solutions around document management, document workflow, and/or business document processes.
Nomination Deadline: April 19, 2019
The MPSA is seeking nomination for judges for the awards process. Current members of the MPSA who are interested in judging one or more award categories can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Managed Print Services Association (MPSA) is an independent, not-for-profit organization that serves the MPS industry. Its focus is on the development of standards, education, and industry guidelines that unite the different segments of the industry and bring value to all those participating. For more information about benefits and memberships, visit http://yourmpsa.org/Membership.
Existing MPSA members interested in getting more involved with the MPSA can find out more about the committees and the MPSA here or contact us at email@example.com.
(Cedar Rapids, IA) -- The Managed Print Services Association (MPSA) announced today that Tawnya Stone, vice president, strategic technology, GreatAmerica Financial Services, serves as the association’s president, effective November 1, 2018. Stone replaces Doug Bies, who served as president since August 2017. Bies has resigned to increase his focus on responsibilities at his employer, CDS. Prior to November, Stone had served as vice president of the MPSA for just over a year. She is the first female president for the association.
“We are fortunate to have such a high caliber MPS professional in Tawnya Stone to step into the most important role at the MPSA,” said Ron Alphin, MPSA Board Chairman. “Tawnya has solid leadership skills, extensive experience in MPS, as well as a fresh technology perspective to help our association evolve in the digital era,” he added.
Stone is also an executive council member of CompTIA’s Technology Lifecycle Services Community and past chair of CompTIA’s Managed Print Services Community.
“I am honored to serve as the leader for the MPSA. We have an extraordinary group of experienced MPS leaders involved in the Board and Committees and I hope to increase that involvement and expand the MPS community,” said Stone. “Our Association is only as good as its membership activity and so I encourage those in the industry to get involved. I hope to hear from you,” she added.
For a list of the MPSA leadership, please visit the website.
About Tawnya Stone
In her role as VP, Strategic Technology, Stone is a member of the GreatAmerica Office of the CIO. The Office of the CIO makes decisions that set the technology direction of the company and include ideation, strategy, solution delivery, and operational decisions. In this role, Tawnya is responsible for customer-facing tools and products across various GreatAmerica business units. She works in close collaboration with business unit and functional leadership and external technology partners. Tawnya joined GreatAmerica in 2011 and since that time has served in a number of roles that have blended technology and customer facing activities. Prior to joining GreatAmerica she worked for Philips Electronics and Verizon Communications in the Washington, D.C. metro area.
Tawnya also is a member of the Technology and Operations committee within the ELFA. She was recognized by ENX as a Difference Maker in 2016 and 2018.
Tawnya is a Certified Lease and Finance Professional and earned her B.S. in Management Information Systems from Iowa State University in 1995 and her M.B.A. from Marymount University in 1999.
The Managed Print Services Association (MPSA) is an independent, not-for-profit organization that serves the MPS industry. Its focus is on the development of standards, education and industry guidelines that unite the different segments of the industry that bring value to all those participating. For more information about benefits and memberships, visit www.yourmpsa.org.
(Cedar Rapids, IA) -- Cannata Report presented GreatAmerica Financial Services with its 2018 Frank Award for “Best Leasing Company” during its 33rd Annual Awards & Charities Dinner at The Madison Hotel in Morristown, New Jersey on Thursday, November 8. The Frank Award winners were chosen by Office Equipment Dealers who responded to The Cannata Report 33rd Annual Survey. Winners were chosen in nine distinct categories.
This year the response to the survey hit an all-time record high of 338 participants, according to The Cannata Report. The Best Leasing Company Award recognizes the leasing companies who provide an outstanding mix of lease options, competitive rates, superior service, and effective dealer communication.
“Consistency in professional excellence speaks for itself. Dealers have ranked GreatAmerica Financial Services number one [in The Cannata Report Annual Dealer Survey] for nine out of the past 10 consecutive years,” said CJ Cannata, executive vice president/publisher, The Cannata Report. “I would also add that based upon several discussions with dealers, and observing GreatAmerica representatives in action, these are the types of professionals leaders refer to when advocating for ‘doing business with people you like’.”
Jennie Fisher, senior vice president and general manager of the Office Equipment Group at GreatAmerica says her team is motivated by this honor. “This Award reflects the passion our GreatAmericans have for our customers. They work to exceed the expectations of our office technology partners every day. We are grateful to our dealers who place their trust in us year after year.”
The 2018 Frank Award categories and winners are as follows:
Best A3 MFP Manufacturer: Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America
Best A4 MFP Manufacturer: Kyocera Document Solutions, Inc.;
Best Production Print Manufacturer: Canon U.S.A., Inc.;
Best-in-Class Manufacturer: Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America
Best Female Executive: Laura Blackmer*, Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America;
Best Male Executive: Doug Albregts*, Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America;
Best Software and Services Provider: ACDI
Best Leasing Company: GreatAmerica Financial Services Corp.
Best Marketing Strategy: Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc.
An additional Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Tom Johnson at the dinner event. According to The Cannata Report, the event raised and pledged $180,000 for Tackle Kids Cancer, a philanthropic program benefitting the Children’s Cancer Institute at Hackensack Meridian Health, Hackensack University Medical Center.
*Best Female and Male Executive award nominees are based on leadership in the prior year—2017—and does not necessarily reflect their current role inside or outside of the industry.
FAIRFIELD, NJ, May 18, 2018 — The Managed Print Services Association (MPSA) is pleased to announce the winners of its 2018 Global MPSA MPS Leadership Awards. Ten winners were announced for seven categories at the 2018 ITEX Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, the evening of Wednesday, May, 16 in room 105 of the MGM Grand Conference Hall. MPSA Executive Committee member and Vice President, Tawnya Stone, emceed the ceremony.
The MPSA Awards were established in 2010 to honor those companies that have excelled in various areas related to managed print. Winners serve as shining examples to the community regarding their commitment and expertise in managed print services (MPS). The last Global MPSA MPS Leadership Awards were held in 2016 at CompTIA’s Channel Con event.
“The nominees this year were outstanding and should give everyone in our industry great confidence in the future of MPS,” said Doug Bies, President of the Managed Print Services Association. “Our winners are pushing the boundaries of MPS innovation and should be proud of their achievements.”
The 2018 Global MPSA MPS Leadership Awards winners are:
Best MPS Innovation Award – Clover Imaging Group, Print Audit and GreatAmerica Financial Services Corporation (one award for a collaborative approach)
Each year we see new developments and initiatives in MPS that have the potential to redefine the way we view the industry. This award is intended to single out the individual, company, product, or process that can be genuinely hailed an innovation for the industry. This year, there was a novel approach to the submissions, with three member companies collaborating together to provide a solution to the industry around Seat Based Billing.
Independent MPS Plus Provider – Guy Brown Diverse Business Solutions
An organization selling Basic managed print services (supply fulfillment, break/fix service, and equipment services), independent from a manufacturer of printer/MFP equipment or supplies and offers MPS Plus solutions such as document management, document workflow, and/or business document processes. Services and value proposition may be targeted to specific vertical markets or be horizontal in application. Sales/delivery model may be direct to end-customers and/or through channel partners. Size/scope of organization may be local, regional, or national.
Managed Print Infrastructure Provider – Supplies Network
An organization providing the necessary component structure to MPS Services. Providers that provide MPS to end-user customers. This organization is not owned, directly or indirectly, by a manufacturer (including branches and subsidiaries).
Regional Managed Print Services Provider – Xtandit
A local or regional organization that provides all or any aspects of managed print services in one or more countries of the following regions; Asia Pacific, Europe/Russia, India/Middle East/Africa, and South America, whether directly or indirectly.
MPS Software Provider – Tigerpaw
An organization that develops software for the managed print services sector, whether sales management, device management, user management, service management, or billing.
MPS Professional Services Provider – GreatAmerica Financial Services
An organization with more than one full-time employee providing training, research, or consultancy.
Outstanding MPS Contribution by an Individual
An individual who has made a significant contribution to the industry and the MPSA organization.