Back in the 1970s, pundits were predicting that we’d be well into the sphere of the paperless office by the 21st century. Our offices are still stacked with papers and the print market – especially the production print market, appears to be buoyant.
Well, according to a survey from IDC, that’s far from the case. The worldwide production print market grew by 9.9 percent in the third quarter of this year.
Shipment value increased too by 5.9 percent, so the value was over $1.2 billion.
All categories in the production print market grew, with label and packaging up 15 percent and high speed inkjet shipments growing by 8.8 percent in the quarter, compared to the previous quarter. Canon, Ricoh and HP rule the roost in this sector.
The top five vendors in the quarter were Xerox, HP, Ricoh, Konica and Canon.
Amy Chado, research manager at IDC, said: “High speed inkjet experienced a tremendous rebound in the third quarter, with system shipments growing 110 percent from the previous quarter and nine percent annually.”
Further proof that the fabric of the universe has been fundamentally changed since CERN was switched on has appeared.
Microsoft is among the world’s most ethical companies, according to a list put together by the Ethisphere Institute in New York.
There are 110 companies in the Ethisphere list, including Microsoft and 35 other newcomers. Getting on the list is decided by whether or not companies have leading ethics and compliance programmes, particularly compared to their industry peers.
More than 26 companies dropped off from the 2010 list because of litigation and ethics violations, as well as increased competition from within their industry.
Ethisphere publish the list to prove that it pays to be ethical. Those that land on the do-good list have performed better than the S&P 500.
However Starbucks also is on this year’s list probably for providing TechEye with much needed wi-fi back up in times of crisis.
Other tech outfits which made the list were Adobe, Google, Cisco, Symantic, Terradata, Ricoh,T-Mobile, Vodafone and Xerox.
Missing from the list are Oracle, HP, Intel, IBM, and Apple. Oracle was there in 2009 and seems to have slipped off. Oddly HP was also there the year before, despite being involved with snooping on hacks and the time. Other exits from the 2009 list include Intel and Freescale. Apple never was on the list.
If we had asked Apple about ethics it would have told us about its plans to build an Apple store in Chelmsford, so we didn’t bother.