Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Canon Establishes Comprehensive Document Management and Consultancy Business - In INDIA

“Canon has formed a new business group of MPS-Managed print services, where key account managers are being developed as consultants capable of undertaking large scale projects involving print health check ups, designing optimal fleet, deploying & helping clients monitor & manage entire process of printing more effectively”
- Alok Bharadwaj, Senior Vice President- Canon India

Canon India has built 3 Business Solutions Lounges in Mumbai, Gurgaon & Bangalore where various simulated solutions can demonstrate applications to business users.

Oki, Toshiba, Xerox, HP, Konica/Minolta, Samsung, Ricoh, Kyocera, have all announced their Managed Print Services programs - many have been asking,

"Where is Canon?"

Have they been meranding around in stunned silence, a year long fugue state, triggered when IKON was gobbled up by Ricoh?

Apparently not.

While the MPS bus has gotten more populated here in the states, Canon has been toiling away, initiating it's MPS World Domination plan in India - not Indiana.

Press Release Follows:

New Delhi, Delhi, India, Tuesday, August 04, 2009 -- (Business Wire India)

-- Strong proposition on enterprise cost savings up to 30% and end to end single window approach

-- Aims at handling 500 million documents under Managed Print Services in 2010

-- Canon BIS Direct Sales Division renamed as Enterprise Solutions Division

Canon India Pvt. Limited, India's No 1. Complete Digital Imaging Company today announced its venture into the managed document services space.

The CIOs of Indian Enterprises have recognized the need to reduce costs and optimize resources, so that they can build higher competitiveness for their organization. They are also realizing the need for domain experts to manage processes and activities more effectively.

Thus outsourcing has gained importance in document management. The service which Gartner calls” The last great area of uncontrolled & invisible cost is Print.

The way to do is through deployment of Managed Print Services. This essentially consists of three simple stages that work in continuous cycle.

These are:-

1. Assessment
2. Optimization
3. Monitoring and Management

Canon, brings to the CIOs, a holistic approach for providing expert consultancy and solutions on all the three areas.

Canon is a dynamic company which always has aligned its strategies towards the need of its customers. The enterprise segment is one of the crucial engagement areas for Canon and we realized that in the slowdown phase, each enterprise would look at saving costs by shifting from Capex to Opex models and bringing in operational excellence.

One of the major areas to look at it is the print infrastructure. This is the area where Canon is the technology leader and continues to innovate and deliver what it promises to its customers, said Mr. Kensaku Konishi, President & CEO- Canon India.

In phase-I, Canon India would be partnering with its customers to optimize their print management. In the second phase which may be a year later Canon India would take lead in adding input site which covers digitization of hard copies, archival, indexing, retrieval and workflow to provide end to end document imaging solutions. These would ensure minimal paper usage and flow within the organization to bring higher efficiency in speed.

Speaking on the Occasion, Mr. Alok Bharadwaj, Senior Vice President- Canon India, “With our core technology strength in digital imaging, we are present across complete business product categories of printers, copiers, faxes, MFDs, high speed scanners, Cheque scanners, large format printers & digital presses. We have also introduced various software solutions which are device neutral. Our 10 years of experience in deploying 250 direct sales & service teams has prepared us to move to next higher orbit of offering comprehensive document management & consultancy”.

“Canon has formed a new business group of MPS-Managed print services, where key account managers are being developed as consultants capable of undertaking large scale projects involving print health check ups, designing optimal fleet, deploying & helping clinets monitor & manage entire process of printing more effectively”, Mr. Bharadwaj added.

Before this announcement, Canon carried out Round table meetings with 21 CIOs of large enterprises from various verticals to understand their immediate and long term pain areas. This helped in aligning the offerings & internal organization.

During last six months, Canon has signed up with 3 enterprises with multicity & multi location operations deploying hardware & software solutions. Canon also plans to leverage its global software development centre based in India apart from tie ups with leading solution providers in developing customized document solutions.

Towards this

The entire success of such a deployment is pivoted around convenience and change management for that end user who would in the end use these multifunctional devices on daily basis. Canon understands this as a critical aspect towards such a deployment and has well established processes in place to help enterprises overcome these hurdles.

In the second phase, the strategy is to help enterprises look beyond printing devices and navigate the surplus flow of information in a cost effective manner.

About Canon Inc

With total revenue of about US $ 45 billion in 2008, Canon Inc. is a global leader in photographic and digital imaging solutions. Its global network now employs some more than 165000 people. Five Technology ‘imaging’ engines of Optical, Electro photography, Bubble Jet, Semiconductor and Display drive Canon’s cutting-edge technology products. Canon is the world leader in office automation and digital imaging technologies. The company is dedicated to the advancement in technology and innovation and commits 8% of its total revenue each year to R&D. Canon is ranked 36th on the Best Global Brands for the second consecutive year in Business Week's 100 Best Global Brands 2008 and 189th on the Fortune Global 500 in year 2008. Canon has consistently remained as one of the top 3 companies to have earned the most number of patents over the last decade. Guided by its kyosei philosophy, which focuses on "living and working together for the common good”, Canon delivers high performance and user-friendly products and solutions to improve efficiency both in the office and home environment. More information is available on www.canon.com.

Canon’s product portfolio extends over a vast variety of photocopiers, multi-functional peripherals, fax-machines, printers, scanners, All-in-ones, digital cameras, camcorders and multi media projectors, cable id printers, semi conductors and card printers.

Canon in India

Canon India Pvt. Ltd. is a 100% subsidiary of Canon Singapore Pvt. Ltd., a world leader in imaging technologies. Set up in 1997, Canon India markets over 140 comprehensive range of sophisticated contemporary digital imaging. The company today has offices in 7 cities, warehouses in 11 cities across India and employs over 700 people. Canon products are available in over 300 towns in India. Overall Canon’s presence is expected to increase to 4000 outlets by December 2009.

Canon India closed 2008 with revenue of Rs. 665 crores, which marked 31% growth over 2007. Overall, Canon expects to touch revenue of more than 800 crores in 2009.

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