November 1st, 2012
It’s always interesting to see people’s reaction when they are introduced to the latest Xerox innovation – and how this can change their vision of the company.
This video was shot after a major analyst and journalist event at Xerox Research Centre Europe, and captures “hot off the presses” feedback from some of the journalists that attended.
July 27th, 2012
At the surface, not much. However, if you dig a bit further, you find that some of the data mining techniques that apply to Documents can also apply to help you park around your favorite city, as described in this interview with Natesh Manikoth, CTO of Transportation, Central and Local Government Sector for Xerox Services:
“Xerox, which most people associate with printing, is doing some really innovative things in transportation by applying its years of imaging, data capture and research to transportation processes. A recent example is a project we have
Take parking as an example. From a commuter’s standpoint, the cost of parking is a moot point when you’re wasting time and (gas) money cruising for a parking space that doesn’t exist. And if you’re a local business, low parking turnover usually translates into less foot traffic. So how can the technology and processes behind managing print environments improve parking? By studying the way people work and behave. Xerox is helping cities like Los Angeles and Indianapolis solve parking headaches by employing the same research processes it has done for years in solving document workflow problems.
In Los Angeles, we observed parking behavior, conducted driver interviews and surveys, and even participated in parking activities ourselves. We spent the bulk of our time standing on streets or in parking garages as we watched drivers parking their cars and using meters, workers making deliveries, and officers issuing tickets.”
Wanna learn more? Check this video out. It explains how state-of-the-art data mining techniques embedded in the the Xerox MERGE pricing engine can predict the impact of price changes and other events that will affect urban parking.
June 28th, 2012
Google has been creating the buzz lately around their ability to recognize cats (and, hopefully, other animals or objects!) through their Machine-Learning / neural networks approach, as discussed in this New York Times article. Their “deep learning” approach looks very promising. And, the fact of working with videos from Youtube makes it a bit more appealing, but it basically comes down to a large scale image categorization problem.
One should not forget that this research area (tagging an image with a tag corresponding to its content, with thousands of “classes”, after having “learnt” from samples of these classes) is one where Xerox research excels, too. Our results are pretty impressive, too. Our algorithm was tested on the same dataset of 10,000 classes and 9 M images and produced similar results. Last year, it won the well-recognized (at least in the research community) ImageNet Large Scale Visual Recognition challenge classification contest - and it did not require 16 thousand processors to run the test.
April 17th, 2012
February 24th, 2012
Very interesting study from AIIM, called “The Paper Free Office – dream or reality?”, contradicting many of the beliefs we have around PDF and other electronic document formats killing the paper document.
As you know, one of my big beliefs is the Less Paper Office – we are thriving to reduce paper for many good reasons, but it is not so easy, and paper will continue to be used for many years to come. This report confirms this belief with many key points.
One of the key points is this study, based on a survey conducted to 395 AIIM, shows that the paper reduction induced by PDF usage in e-Invoicing is very minimal, if not a total illusion. Indeed, 77% of electronic invoices received… are re-printed right away, sometimes more than once (10%). And in 16% of cases, those are re-scanned as PDFs again… and potentially re-printed by others down in the business process. Only 23% of the respondents process e-invoices electronically in their capture system.
This study, which can be downloaded from the AIIM web site, lists a number of other very interesting key points. Although paper usage is decreasing,
- 45% of the documents that are scanned are 100% digital – coming straight from the printer, no human alteration – so could be processed fully electronically.
- An electronic-only filing policy would halve the storage space needed for paper in 5 years, reducing office costs by 8%.
This report also contains many key facts about the Digital Mailroom:
- 41% of respondents are using some form of digital mailroom. 13% of respondents (21% in Europe) are planning to outsource this mailroom activity to specialists like Xerox Services.
- On average, scanning and capture is considered to improve response time by a factor 6x.
- Their Digital Mailroom has paid back over a period of 12 months or less for 42% of the respondents, 18 months for 57%.
- Mobile capture is increasingly used – 38% of respondents have equipped their employees with portable devices to capture paper documents.
Anyway, a very worthwhile read.
January 5th, 2012
Interesting article on how Xerox PARC is now successful at making money from innovation, e.g. through small but profitable partnerships such as the one with ThinFilm Electronics.
In the past, PARC had been famous for not being able to capitalize on great innovation. After going through various phases, it adopted Open Innovation in the 2000′s. But after a few years, PARC better understood how to make money – establishing partnerships to make innovation work – and this model is now successful, as it generated over $60 million in 2010. PARC is also filing over 150 patents per year.
December 19th, 2011
December is a pretty crazy month, and I have not had much time to blog. I however wanted to mention a few recent analyst reports where Xerox’ position was comforted, if not improved:
The latest Magic Quadrant for Managed print Services, Worldwide, comforted Xerox Corporation as a leader in that space, in particular the best on its Ability to Execute. The Ability to Execute axis position for each MPS provider is based on its success in delivering results today as well as its preparation to deliver results in the future. On this axis, Gartner verifies an MPS provider’s capability to deliver MPS based on direct feedback from extensive interviews with its clients and other provided customer references.
Xerox Corporation has also progressed in the 2011 issue of its Magic Quadrant for Entreprise Content Management, thanks to its Xerox Docushare 6.6, BlitzDocs Mortgage Processing, and Categorix for Litigation Services. But this is also owing to Online Document Management (ODM), MIDAS+ Healthcare suite, and a few others. Similarly, Xerox progressed significantly in their latest Entreprise Content Management Wave report.