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  • 25-May-2016 8:07 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dallas, Texas and Brno, Czech Republic, May 23, 2016 – Y Soft, a leading enterprise office solutions provider, has expanded its partner relationship with Xerox as the Powered by Y Soft provider in the Xerox Secure Print Manager Suite. 

    Y Soft also released data on its growth, global customer base and year-to-date fiscal 2016 revenue. The existing growth, the Xerox expanded partnership and the recent announcement of the YSoft SafeQ workflow solutions platform, demonstrates the company is well positioned for growth in 2017. 

    Referring to the announcement made today by Xerox, Xerox has expanded its partnership with Y Soft by choosing YSoft SafeQ as the solution for perpetual and flexible subscriptions in the Xerox Secure Print Manager Suite. Customers who purchase the Suite or its modules receive print management software powered by Y Soft. 

    Over 14, 000 customers around the world use YSoft SafeQ as their enterprise IT strategy for reducing costs of critical business printing, copy and scanning; increasing document security and improving productivity. As a platform, YSoft SafeQ offers print management, document capture and workflow and 3D printers integrated with print management and accounting, into one solution. 

    Y Soft’s FY2016 data on current customer and revenue breakdowns by region shows:

    · 23% of the Fortune Global 500 use YSoft SafeQ. These companies represent automotive, building/construction, financial services, food/consumer products, healthcare and insurance, mining/oil production, pharmaceutical, telecom and utilities industries. 

    · Y Soft is truly a global company with customers on every continent. Although based in the Czech Republic, the company exports more than 98% to over 120 countries.

    · While Europe and Central Europe provide 58 percent of the company’s fiscal year 2016 revenue (31 and 27 percent respectively), the remaining revenue is split evenly, 15 percent each, between North America/Latin America and the Asia Pacific Region. The Middle East/Africa revenue represents 12 percent 

    Commenting on Xerox’ announcement and the company data, Václav Muchna, Y Soft CEO and co-founder said, “Our relationship with Xerox began in the early 2000’s and we are proud to expand our partnership even further today. Our enterprise office solutions, global presence and the size of the customers we support demonstrate the value we bring to our global partners and customers.”  

    The data infographic can be downloaded here

    About Y Soft 

    Y Soft provides intelligent enterprise office solutions that help build smart business. Our YSoft SafeQ workflow solutions platform is used by corporations and SMB organizations to manage, optimize and secure their print and digital processes and workflows. Our family of 3D printers provide easy-to-use, high quality and reliable solutions for education and manufacturing. 

    Founded in 2000, the company is headquartered in Brno, Czech Republic, with offices in North and Latin America, Europe, Middle East/Africa (EMEA) and the Asian Pacific region (APAC). For more information, please visit www.ysoft.com

  • 18-May-2016 9:15 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dallas, Texas and Brno, Czech Republic, May 17, 2016 – Y Soft, a leading enterprise office solutions provider, today announced new hardware solutions that complement the company’s flagship workflow solutions platform,YSoft SafeQ. The hardware products, YSoft SafeQube 2, YSoft Terminal Pro 4, and YSoft USB Card Reader 3, provide organizations cost-reduction opportunities in print management infrastructure and options for extending the investment of their existing printer fleet.

    Earlier this year, Y Soft announced a major update to YSoft SafeQ. The update extended YSoft SafeQ’s core benefits: reducing print costs, increasing document security and improving employee productivity through custom document capture and automated workflows.

    In a recent report, Gartner noted: “Given relatively flat IT budgets, IT leaders can best make available more funds for digital business by lowering the costs to "keep the lights on" — collectively known as "run" costs. Since infrastructure and operations (I&O) comprises two-thirds of overall IT run costs, I&O is the primary area for reducing expenses.”

    With these new hardware solutions for YSoft SafeQ, organizations have additional options to further reduce print infrastructure costs and extend the investment in their current fleet of multifunctional devices (MFDs). The hardware solutions are:

    ·  YSoft SafeQube 2. Expensive servers often drive the high cost of print services. By using SafeQube 2, a lightweight appliance, typically 2-4 times fewer servers can be used to support print services. When used with Client Based Print RoamingTM (CBPR), a software module in YSoft SafeQ, SafeQube 2 serves as a local connection point for the MFD’s user interface, to perform authentication tasks and data collection for reporting reducing hardware costs.

    ·  YSoft Terminal Pro 4. While SafeQ is embedded into the MFDS of the world’s most popular brands, there are situations where a customer may want a hardware terminal interface to the MFD. Terminal Pro 4’s large, 7-inch capacitive touch screen provides a consistent user interface when an organization has multiple MFD brands or when the printer doesn’t support an embedded solution. In this way, organizations can realize the cost-savings of print management, while extending the investment in their current printer fleet.

    The Terminal Pro 4 is also the user interface panel in YSoft’s family of 3D printers, YSoft be3D DeeRed -- a professional 3D printer for large object prototyping and small volume manufacturing -- and YSoft be3D eDee, a 3D printer with print management and accounting system for the education market. 

    ·  USB Card Reader 3. Designed to slot into YSoft Terminal Pro 4 or as a stand-alone with Y Soft’s existing embedded terminals, the USB Card Reader 3 is a small form-factor device that reads cards such as those commonly used for building access making authentication at the MFD easy and fast for users. The family of card readers uses LED indicator lights to confirm positive or negative authentication access.

    “Unlike our competitors, Y Soft is the only workflow solutions platform provider that designs, manufactures and tests our own hardware solutions. Customers are assured that our hardware works with our software and do not have to cobble together disparate solutions and live with incompatibilities,” said Václav Muchna, Y Soft CEO and co-founder.

    Additional information about YSoft SafeQ can be found on the company’s newly redesigned website at www.ysoft.com.

    About Y Soft

    Y Soft provides intelligent enterprise office solutions that help build smart business. Our YSoft SafeQ workflow solutions platform is used by corporations and SMB organizations to manage, optimize and secure their print and digital processes and workflows. Our family of 3D printers provide easy-to-use, high quality and reliable solutions for education and manufacturing.

    Founded in 2000, the company is headquartered in Brno, Czech Republic, with offices in North and Latin America, Europe, Middle East/Africa (EMEA) and the Asian Pacific region (APAC). For more information, please visit www.ysoft.com.

  • 03-May-2016 12:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    (Cedar Rapids, IA) - Collabrance LLC announced the launch of the newest version of its www.collabrance.com website. The new content and design improves the user experience with better navigation, responsive displays, interactive graphics, videos, and a social media feed. The website also features a blog that provides current industry information on Managed IT Services.

    “As our company grows, so do the ways we share information,” said Doug Grimm, Vice President and General Manager of Collabrance. “The website improves the user experience by presenting intuitive navigation lanes to the information they are looking for.”

    Collabrance has experienced the issues Service Providers encounter ranging from technology and personnel, to sales and marketing. The new website blog will be a learning center for visitors and is typical of the hands-on approach used by Collabrance to help Service Providers build and scale their Managed IT business.

    “We’re more than just a technology company. We’re in the business of helping Service Providers be more successful,” said Grimm. “The website will help aggregate thoughts and opinions of our Service Provider community and foster deeper interactions and relationships.”

  • 13-Apr-2016 3:17 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    (Pompano Beach, FL) The Managed Print Services Association (MPSA) is pleased to announce that it is now accepting nominations for the Global 2016 MPSA MPS Awards. All 2016 nominations are due by May 30, 2016.  Nominations will be judged by panel of MPSA leaders from a variety of backgrounds. The association plans to  reveal the winners in each of 10 categories at the CompTIA ChannelCon 2016 event in Hollywood, FL in early August.

    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 2016 Award Categories

    The following ten 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.

    Nominees can visit the MPSA website (http://www.yourmpsa.org/awards ) to find the submission form for the appropriate award categories listed below. Once nominees have completed the submission form, they should save the document and email it to the 2016 Awards Committee at awards@yourmpsa.org by the May 30 deadline.

    • Direct MPS Provider – An organization selling basic managed print services (supplies fulfilment, break/fix service, and equipment services) that is owned directly or indirectly by a manufacturer (includes branches and subsidiaries).
    • Independent Managed Print Services Provider – An organization selling basic managed print services (supply fulfillment, break/fix service, and equipment services) but not owned by a manufacturer.
    • End User – an organization that has a contract for the receipt of managed print services from a reseller, services provider, or manufacturer.
    • Professional Services Provider – an organization with more than one full-time employee providing training, research, or consultancy.
    • Software Provider – An organization that develops software for the managed print services sector, whether sales management, device management, user management, service management, or billing.
    • Regional Managed Print Services Provider – 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.
    • Managed Print Infrastructure Provider – 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).
    • Direct MPS Plus Provider – An organization selling basic managed print services (supplies fulfillment, break/fix service, and equipment services) that is owned directly or indirectly by a manufacturer (includes branches and subsidiaries) and offers additional solutions around document management, document workflow, and/or business document processes.
    • Independent MPS Plus Provider  – 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.
    • Best MPS Innovation Award - 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.

    Awards Committee Contact: awards@yourmpsa.org

    Nomination Deadline: May 30, 2016

    Awards Reception: August, 2016

    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 awards@yourmpsa.org.

    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.

    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 info@yourmpsa.org.

  • 13-Apr-2016 9:01 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    SCOTTSDALE, AZ —April 12, 2016 — MWA Intelligence Inc. (MWAi), a master value-added reseller (MVAR) and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) for SAP Business One and leader in enterprise resource planning software (ERP) participates in The Rolling Thunder ride in support of The Jillian Fund.

    Michael Stramaglio, President and CEO of MWA Intelligence, Inc., along with Andy Slawetsky, President of Industry Analysts, Inc., will ride in support of The Jillian Fund while participating in the Rolling Thunder Ride. The journey will commence at the MWAi headquarters in Scottsdale, AZ on Friday, May 20, 2016 and conclude on Wednesday, June 1, 2016. During that time, MWAi and IA will visit the following dealerships and manufacturers: Muratec, Datamax, Memphis Communications Corporation, Advanced Office Systems, Cobb Technologies, Stones Office Equipment, Perry proTECH, and Des Plaines Office Equipment.

    The Rolling Thunder inaugural ride began in 1987 to bring full accountability for prisoners of war and missing in action service members of all US wars with only 2,500 attendees and has since then attracted nearly 1 million riders and participants. This will be the third year MWAi and IA ride in support of a charity. This year, The Jillian Fund will be honored. The Jillian Fund is dedicated to uniting families in need during their most critical times and providing academic financial support to young women who demonstrate Jillian’s legacy of living by example and conquering fear with faith.

    “The Jillian Fund has touched my heart in ways I cannot even describe and I believe that Jillian is looking down on us and smiling,” said Michael T. Stramaglio, President and CEO of MWA Intelligence, Inc. “The Jillian Fund has united an industry to support families when the unthinkable happens and provides financial funding during those incredibly dark times. It is my honor to ride for Jillian.”

    This year, Clover Imaging Group has graciously donated a customized 2011 Harley Davidson Fat Bob for raffle. All tickets sales will go directly toward The Jillian Fund. For more information, please visit www.ride.mwaintel.com

    FORZA with SAP Business One is a complete, integrated ERP that provides transparency and instant visibility into operations. The FORZA solution helps dealerships to better unify, manage, and control their entire business across financials, sales, customers, and operations. Together, MWA Intelligence and SAP will provide office technology and imaging channel businesses the ability to make smart IT decisions, improve future performance, and achieve long-term success.

    About MWA Intelligence, Inc.

    MWA Intelligence Inc. (MWAi), an SAP Business One Gold Partner, delivers enterprise-class and leading-edge Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and Machine-to-People (M2P) solutions to better serve the imaging industry. MWAi's Intelligent Service, Workforce, Assets and GPS solution suites deliver mission-critical information in real time to the hands of customer-facing employees and into companies' back-end ERP systems including the powerful MWAi FORZA with SAP Business One. The MWAi solution automates all of the business intelligence management, meter collection, consumables and service alerts and also offers an integrated pre-sale MPS tool.

    For additional information, please visit the MWA Intelligence corporate website: www.mwaintel.com

    About The Jillian Fund

    Jillian Lauren Gorman was the embodiment of strength and encouragement to others, and recognized the importance of a parent’s presence and support during difficult times. The Jillian Fund believes that children facing life-threatening illnesses should never face them alone. Each day, thousands of critically ill children face long hospital stays without a parent by their side because the parent is financially unable to leave work. The Jillian Fund is dedicated to uniting families in need during their most critical times and providing academic financial support to young women who demonstrate Jillian’s legacy of living by example and conquering fear with faith. The Jillian Fund is a 501(c)(3) Organization.

  • 29-Mar-2016 12:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) – GreatAmerica Financial Services Corporation and Collabrance LLC announced today they will host three Sales Simplicity Seminars in 2016 at GreatAmerica Iowa headquarters.  The Managed IT sales training will be conducted by Alex Rogers, founder of the Master IT consulting firm CharTec. The seminars are for companies ready to transition to a managed services model.   

    “Alex does an excellent job of sharing exactly how to win profitable Managed IT deals,” said Jennie Fisher, GreatAmerica Office Equipment Group Senior Vice President and General Manager. “Our Unified Communications and Data business unit has had great success working with Alex and CharTec in recent years and we are pleased to offer this training to office technology dealers as well.” 

    Office technology dealer, John Lowery, President, Applied Imaging has had exposure to CharTec training and was impressed. “Alex has a great process and it works. We have not found anyone else who helps prepare our salespeople to get Managed IT Services deals closed.”   

    “Several partners who implemented strategies from Sales Simplicity Seminars are seeing instant results,” said Lindsay Dick, Director of Sales for Collabrance, LLC. “They’ve improved their close ratio by overcoming objections they couldn’t in the past, and closing larger deals faster because the structure of the training showed them how to properly create value, kill alternatives, and justify the cost of their solution during the sales process.” 

    Rogers says the workshops can improve the number of first appointments, and show how discovery can uncover latent challenges experienced by prospects. “The Sales Simplicity Seminars brought together very high caliber businesses ready to take their sales to the next level,” said Rogers. “Attendees were able to implement the strategies immediately with tremendous ROI.” Since founding CharTec in 2009, Rogers has helped Solution Providers close $1 million MRR deals, achieve record margins, and increase sales by 200 percent. 

    The dates and locations for the three Sales Simplicity Seminars: Selling Everything-as-a-Service are as follows: 

    April 12 & 13 – GreatAmerica Headquarters, Cedar Rapids, IA 

    June 14 & 15 – GreatAmerica Headquarters, Cedar Rapids, IA 

    August 2 & 3 – GreatAmerica Headquarters, Cedar Rapids, IA  

    Registration is open for all events, and seats can be secured by visiting: www.greatamerica.com/chartec

    About CharTec 

    CharTec is the SMB Channel’s leading provider of sales, marketing, and operations training for managed services and technology solutions providers. As the largest technology training facility in North America, CharTec’s 20,000-square foot, custom-built center is the training hub for all businesses within the technology sector. In addition to their training, CharTec is a channel friendly partner that helps you deliver a truly unique managed service offering with Hardware-as-a-Service (HaaS) solutions. 

    CharTec’s success is fueled by its partners’ success, which is why it invests so heavily in training and partner support. While attending the monthly CharTec Academy, partners not only participate in five-star trainings but also have complete access to CharTec’s own 21-year-old, multimillion dollar managed service practice, ARRC Technology. As a measure of leading by example, ARRC Technology has been listed five times as one of the fastest-growing companies on the Inc. 500/5000. www.chartec.com 

    About GreatAmerica Financial Services Corporation 

    Established in 1992, GreatAmerica Financial Services Corporation is a $1.8 billion national commercial equipment finance company headquartered in Cedar Rapids, IA. GreatAmerica provides financing and niche market-focused services in all fifty states and several U.S. Territories. Our commitment to understand the office equipment industry has positioned us as the unparalleled leader in single invoice solutions (MPS, Managed IT, and other specialized billing options). We also offer innovative non-financial services to help our dealers evolve their businesses. www.greatamerica.com 

    About Collabrance LLC 

    Collabrance, a subsidiary of GreatAmerica, partners with Service Providers determined to offer an exceptional IT experience to their customers. Collabrance provides a standards-based technology offering and remote services delivered by a team of technical experts focused on people, not just technology. Collabrance offers flexible financing for partners wishing to differentiate themselves through a total technology solution in a single payment. To ensure partners’ success and profitability in Managed IT Servic­­­­es, Collabrance also provides business planning, training, and access to industry experts. www.collabrance.com 

  • 23-Mar-2016 9:18 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    DALLAS, TX and BRNO, Czech Republic – March 22, 2016 – Y Soft, a leading enterprise office solutions provider, today announced YSoft SafeQ platform, a new version of the company’s flagship enterprise print management solution. YSoft SafeQ platform is the only solution that truly integrates print management and document capture workflow, provides a seamless solution for both 3D and 2D printers and includes a mobile app for secure printing no matter the brand of printer. 

    The SafeQ platform provides a one-stop solution for organizations seeking the benefits of print management and managed content services (MCS) and builds on the product’s reputation for reducing print services costs by 30 and, in some cases up to 50%, improving workflow productivity and increasing document security. 

    However, today’s organizations are increasingly requiring managed content solutions for the digital capture, processing and distribution of documents into 3rd party document storage and retrieval systems and other enterprise applications. 

    According to a recent AIIM Market Intelligence Report[1], 57% of IT/document management professionals are looking to automate more processes; 27% need to increase the speed of delivery to the next process and 26% want to improve security and compliance. 

    Commenting on the major update to SafeQ, Y Soft CEO and Co-Founder Václav Muchna said, “With our platform approach to enterprise office solutions, organizations have a resource inY Soft that is dedicated to providing integrated, intelligent office solutions. Adding document capture, processing and delivery to SafeQ is the first step in building a robust platform solution.” 

    Y Soft’s global network of partners shared their thoughts on video of what YSoft SafeQ platform means to them and to their enterprise customers. 

    In addition to MCS, the platform includes new ways to further reduce costs including: 

    ·  Client Based Print Roaming - Print Roaming, which enables users to print from any printer in the environment, is now expanded giving the option to have complex tasks associated with printing done on the client workstation. This means fewer and less expensive servers are needed to support existing and scale for new users. 

    ·  Multitenancy - uses the shared economy concept allowing print service providers to manage multiple customers using one instance of YSoft SafeQ where total costs for hardware and software are shared amongst several companies 

    ·  YSoft SafeQ Mobile Terminal - a mobile app that can be used with any multifunction device but is also a cost saving choice for devices without an embedded terminal option 

    In a separate announcement, Y Soft also introduced YSoft be3D eDee, the first 3D printer integrated with YSoft SafeQ offering comprehensive print management, workflow and an accounting system.   

    YSoft SafeQ Platform Packaging and Availability 

    The platform is offered in four Suites: YSoft SafeQ Enterprise Suite, YSoft SafeQ Workflow Suite, YSoft SafeQ Print Management Suite and YSoft SafeQ Print Management Suite LD (Limited Devices). Early access to the Suites will begin during Q2 2016. Detailed information about the Suites and new capabilities in SafeQ 6 including universal print drivers and finishing options can be found at ysoft.com/safeq6

    About Y Soft 

    Y Soft provides enterprise office solutions that help build a smarter business by improving office productivity and enabling employees to be more productive and creative. YSoft SafeQ, our enterprise print management and document capturing solution, reduces costs, improves document security and enhances workflow productivity. YSoft SafeQ’s full suite of modular on-premise or in the cloud solutions are deployed in large companies and SMB organizations around the world. YSoft be3D 3D printers provide a reliable, high quality, auto-calibrating solution that saves time, reduces prototyping costs and enhances 3D printing productivity. 

    Founded in 2000, the company is headquartered in Brno, Czech Republic, with worldwide offices in North and Latin America, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and the Asian Pacific Region (APAC). For more information, please visit www.ysoft.com

  • 22-Mar-2016 9:04 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    DALLAS, TX and BRNO, Czech Republic – March 16, 2016 – Y Soft, a leading enterprise office solutions provider, announced today that Wouter Koelewijn has joined Y Soft as Senior Vice President, Managing Director, of Y Soft Scanning Division. The new scanning division within Y Soft indicates the expansion of its core enterprise print management to include advanced scanning and workflow functionality.

    Wouter is an outspoken advocate for simplifying scanning on MFD's (Multifunction Devices). “Today’s complicated scan menus leave users confused and therefore scanning has not become the productivity enhancer it was meant to be, said Wouter Koelewijn. “Accurate, automated scanning workflows should be as simple as making a copy and I’m pleased that Y Soft shares this view as evidenced by its easy-to-use print management solution.”

    “The industry is calling for print management and document capture in a single, integrated solution,” noted Y Soft CEO and co-founder, Václav Muchna. “With Mr. Koelewijn’s extensive experience in the document capture industry, we are able to create scan workflows within YSoft SafeQ that share the same licensing, customer support and infrastructure – the true integration that customers want.”

    Prior to working with Y Soft, Mr. Koelewijn founded X-Solutions in late 2002 which was later acquired by Nuance in 2009. Prior to X-Solutions, Wouter was the CTO and co-founder of a Xerox concessionaire in the Netherlands from 1994-2002. Mr. Koelewijn is married and has two children. He enjoys skiing, swimming and sailing.

    About Y Soft

    Y Soft provides enterprise office solutions that help build a smarter business by improving office productivity and enabling employees to be more productive and creative. YSoft SafeQ, our enterprise print management and document capturing solution, reduces costs, improves document security and enhances workflow productivity. YSoft SafeQ’s full suite of modular on-premise or in the cloud solutions are deployed in large companies and SMB organizations around the world. YSoft be3D 3D printers provide a reliable, high quality, auto-calibrating solution that saves time, reduces prototyping costs and enhances 3D printing productivity.

    Founded in 2000, the company is headquartered in Brno, Czech Republic, with worldwide offices in North and Latin America, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and the Asian Pacific Region (APAC). For more information, please visit www.ysoft.com.

  • 01-Mar-2016 9:28 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    (Scottsdale, AZ) - In a joint announcement today from the Executive Connection Summit (ECS), GreatAmerica Financial Services Corporation and MWA Intelligence, Inc. said they have eliminated the need for manual entries when collecting and posting meter data for usage billing. The technology integration with MWAi FORZA enterprise resource planning software (ERP) reduces errors caused by duplicate data entry, and streamlines electronic usage and invoice record sharing for office imaging dealers.

    “Accessing accurate financial and billing information is critical to our dealers’ growth strategies. We’ve made it a priority to reduce their administrative burden as evident in today’s release of our MWAi FORZA usage billing integration,” said Jennie Fisher, Senior VP and General Manager, Office Equipment Group at GreatAmerica.  “We are excited about the technology roadmap we have put in place to increase dealer efficiency.” 

    This is the first integration point with MWAi FORZA and GreatAmerica InteGreat™ Web Services to improve dealers’ operational efficiencies. “By integrating with GreatAmerica, we’re furthering our end game to increase profitability and simplify technology service provider operations,” said Mike Stramaglio, President and CEO, MWAi. “Our open-architecture FORZA SAP platform enables further technology integration touch points with GreatAmerica to streamline the financial and billing work of our mutual customers,” he added.

    Dealers interested in the integration can contact integration@greatamerica.com for details.

    About GreatAmerica Financial Services
    Established in 1992, GreatAmerica Financial Services Corporation is a $1.7 billion national commercial equipment finance company headquartered in Cedar Rapids, IA. GreatAmerica provides financing and niche market-focused services in all fifty states and several U.S. Territories. Our commitment to understand the office equipment industry has positioned us as the unparalleled leader in single invoice solutions (MPS, Managed IT, and other specialized billing options). We also offer innovative non-financial services to help our dealers evolve their businesses. GreatAmerica is dedicated to helping manufacturers, vendors, and dealers be more successful and keep their customers for a lifetime. www.greatamerica.com

    About MWA Intelligence, Inc.
    MWA Intelligence Inc. (MWAi), an SAP Business One Gold Partner, delivers enterprise-class and leading-edge Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and Machine-to-People (M2P) solutions to better serve the imaging industry. MWAi’s Intelligent Service, Workforce, Assets and GPS solution suites deliver mission-critical information in real time to the hands of customer-facing employees and into companies’ back-end ERP systems including the powerful MWAi FORZA with SAP Business One. The MWAi solution automates all of the business intelligence management, meter collection, consumables and service alerts and also offers an integrated pre-sale MPS tool.

  • 24-Feb-2016 11:38 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    DALLAS, TX and BRNO, Czech Republic – February 23, 2016 – Y Soft, a leading enterprise office solutions provider, today announced YSoft Labs, an innovation center that explores emerging enterprise office technologies that will take Y Soft in new product directions while still expanding the company’s current business opportunities. YSoft Labs is a result of the company’s long-term strategy and commitment to invest half of its profits into research and development activities.

    The expansion of the company’s research and development also means over 40 new career opportunities for software and hardware engineers, researchers, architects and product and project managers.

    The newly formed YSoft Labs will enable the company’s expanding research and development teams the freedom to explore novel areas, particularly in the Internet of Things (IoT) and Business Process areas that have the potential for future products and services to help enterprises build and run smarter companies.

    In a December 2015 report, Gartner[1] noted “A majority of business processes will be impacted by the Internet of Things (IoT), creating pressure on IT leaders to evolve systems and infrastructure to adapt.”

    Y Soft’s CTO and board member, Ondřej Krajíček commented, “Our development teams are already experimenting with new technologies and pride themselves on staying ahead of trends in the market. The formalization of YSoft Labs with Martin de Martini and R&D is off to a great start already.”

    “It’s an exciting time for Y Soft as we invest in these initial technology areas,” said Martin de Martini, Head of YSoft Labs and Y Soft co-founder. “With YSoft Labs, we are bringing together talented teams of developers and project leaders interested in working together to conceive and create the next-generation enterprise office products,” he added.

    Currently, Y Soft’s flagship product, YSoft SafeQ, provides enterprise print management and document capture to large and SMB organizations looking to reduce the cost of print services, increase document security and improve workflow productivity. TheYSoft Be3D family of 3D printers provides an affordable way for educational institutions to incorporate 3D printing into their curriculum as a learning tool and for manufacturers to cost efficiently prototype or produce finished goods.

    With YSoft Labs, Y Soft will expand these two current product areas and demonstrate new capabilities in additional fields for the enterprise. The initial areas of focus for YSoft Labs include:

    The Internet of Things Platform – Already incorporated in Y Soft products today, this area will further explore the application possibilities an IoT platform approach brings due to features such as managed deployment, monitoring and configuration and easy development of IoT applications. In this video example showing the potential of this area, YSoft Labs created a pair of robots to simulate the testing of new software features on multifunction printers.

    Business Process Management (BPM) – Increasingly, organizations – especially knowledge-based organizations facing rapid growth with a young and very social-oriented workforce – are challenged with standardizing processes to remain productive.  Today’s BPM solutions are cumbersome and time-consuming and ultimately don’t serve the organization as intended.

    3D Printers and Workflow Solutions – With the rapid adoption of 3D printing, YSoft Labs will explore the similarities and differences between 2D and 3D printing processes to define best practice workflows for organizations using 3D printing in small form factor manufacturing, education and prototyping. With the belief that 3D printing will become pervasive on the networks of enterprises and universities, many of the print management benefits from YSoft SafeQ apply. Additionally, this area will define new 3D printer designs and capabilities.

    Future of Print Management and Document Capture – In this area, Y Soft will continually innovate its flagship product, YSoft SafeQ. As organizations’ needs change based on new technology and architecture trends, such as the shared economy, public and hybrid cloud, mobile and advanced digital workflows, YSoft Labs will develop new capabilities for the most forward-thinking customers.

    About Y Soft

    Y Soft provides enterprise office solutions that help build a smarter business by improving office productivity and enabling employees to be more productive and creative. YSoft SafeQ, our enterprise print management and document capturing solution, reduces costs, improves document security and enhances workflow productivity. YSoft SafeQ’s full suite of modular on-premise or in the cloud solutions are deployed in large companies and SMB organizations around the world. YSoft be3D 3D printers provide a reliable, high quality, auto-calibrating solution that saves time, reduces prototyping costs and enhances 3D printing productivity.

    Founded in 2000, the company is headquartered in Brno, Czech Republic, with worldwide offices in North and Latin America, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and the Asian Pacific Region (APAC). For more information, please visit www.ysoft.com.

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