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Xerox Canada’s Bridge to Digital Business blog closes, but you can still stay in touch
Five years and 285 articles later, the time has come to close the Xerox Canada Bridge to Digital Business blog.
When I first took over the helm of the Bridge to Digital blog about three years ago, I’ll admit I was skeptical about whether a blog about helping Canadian businesses move into the digital realm was still relevant. Being of the oft-discussed millennial generation with our deep roots in technology, I assumed most businesses would be far on the path on their digital journey.
Boy, was I wrong.
We’ve spent the last five years exploring just how challenging it can be for businesses to make the leap to digital. Just last month, IDC Canada published a new study that found that although Canadian business leaders were aware of the necessity for a digital strategy, only 38% of businesses are taking the actions needed to move to digital.
The problem is not uniquely Canadian – and that’s one of the key reasons why we’ve decided to close this blog. Businesses around the world are struggling to embrace digital, become more productive, maximize their efficiencies and compete in today’s landscape. So I’ll pop up from time to time with more articles about these themes on some of the other Xerox blogs below.

I hope you’ve found our articles informative, and that they’ve helped you make one or two business decisions. I also hope you’ll keep in touch with us in the Xerox Canada Newsroom for press releases, updates, and facts about Xerox in Canada and in the other Xerox blogs that cover every part of our business and our world:
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By |July 19th, 2017|xerox news|0 Comments

Xerox ConnectKey Portfolio heats up this Summer

The Xerox ConnectKey® portfolio continues to heat up in the market place and was recently recognized by Keypoint Intelligence – Buyers Lab in their annual Summer Pick Awards. Four Xerox printer and multifunction printer (MFP) lines – including three ConnectKey devices – were selected based on their productivity-boosting capabilities.

The award winning devices in the Summer 2017 Pick Award are:
The Xerox VersaLink® B400 series was awarded “Outstanding Multifunction Printer for Mid-Size Workgroups” because of its support for mobile printing, ConnectKey apps and impressive feature set, including flexible media handling.
The Xerox VersaLink C400 series was named “Outstanding Color Printer for Mid-Size Workgroups” due to its access to ConnectKey apps that streamline workflows and add functionality.
The Xerox VersaLink C405 series received “Outstanding Color Multifunction Printer for Mid-Size Workgroups” based on its highly intuitive touchscreen panel that simplifies walk-up activity and access to time- and money-saving ConnectKey apps.
The Xerox WorkCentre® 6515 series won “Outstanding Color Multifunction Printer for Small Workgroups” for its easy-to-use touchscreen panel and high-quality, professional-looking output.
“This group of Pick-winning Xerox products was clearly designed with productivity in mind,” said Marlene Orr, senior test technician for Keypoint Intelligence – Buyers Lab. “The Xerox VersaLink B400 series, VersaLink C400 series and VersaLink C405 series deliver ConnectKey technology in a compact footprint, allowing users to streamline workflows and add functionality, while the Xerox WorkCentre 6515 series is an affordable option with an intuitive design perfect for small workgroups. And the fact that all four devices offer high-quality output, above-average tested speeds and robust mobile support increases their value proposition even further.”
To read more about the awards, click here.
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By |July 12th, 2017|xerox news|0 Comments

Set the Page Free in the Modern Workplace: Beyond Ink & Paper

By: Falynne Finagan
“Everyone comes into the office, and everyone leaves their doors open. There is always a need for face-to-face meetings.” – Warren Werbitt, Owner and Founder, Pazazz.
“I constantly have to remind people that we’re not here to just put ink on paper.” As the owner and founder of Pazazz, an independent Montreal-based print house, Warren Werbitt knows a lot about the need for effective communications. “We’re a service. We create marketing communications and help our customers generate revenue,” explains Werbitt. “We’re always looking for new ways to convey that message.”
Pazazz specializes in graphic design, direct marketing, fulfilment and finishing for some of Canada’s biggest department stores, health and beauty companies, hospitals, universities, real estate firms and more. For Werbitt and his crew, setting the page free is about moving beyond those legacy perceptions tied to the print industry.
“We’re combining cutting edge technology to create cutting edge marketing,” notes Werbitt.
How do you set the page free?
Tweet us using #SetThePageFree, or share your thoughts in the comments below.
In fact, Pazazz acquired the world’s first Xerox iGen 5 Press equipped with both the optional extended color gamut and the optional capability to print on thick stock. The press expands the company’s product mix, particularly with short-run packaging. It also enhances color quality at Pazazz, which is the first printer in Canada to gain Pantone certification for color printing.
“The first time I compared an image printed on the iGen 5 with four colors to the same image printed with five, I almost lost my marbles,” Werbitt says. “The fifth color made it just so much more vibrant.”
Keeping up with technological advances has both benefits and challenges, says Werbitt. “A new tool in the office, whether it be […]

By |July 5th, 2017|xerox news|0 Comments

The Advantages of Going Digital

In this month’s issue of Mohan Mailvaganam, Director of Digital Process Automation at Xerox Canada, talks about why digitization is an essential and strategic move for businesses to help save costs, reduce paper usage, and even improve their customer experience and competitive advantage.
“Organizations from all sectors and of all sizes – from small- and medium-sized businesses to large corporations – can realize [benefits] such as improving the client acquisition process and streamlining back-office operations by leveraging workflow automation and digitization capabilities,” Mailvaganam says.
Xerox has used digitization to help organizations across Canada to realize immediate business benefits. Recently Xerox worked with Family Service Toronto (FST) – a not-for-profit organization that provides counselling, community development, advocacy and public education programs – to digitize its paper-based processes prior to moving to a new location. The project was daunting – including converting decades of paper records stored in more than 500 bankers boxes. But with a positive 10-year cost-benefit analysis that showed the initial investment in a digital document management solution was worthwhile, FST realized a digital strategy was the right choice to make. FST were able to cut operating costs and improve internal business process, including reducing invoice processing time by 60%. More importantly, FST was able to redirect resources from back-office processing to direct client service, improving experiences for both staff and clients.

Mailvaganam says the biggest barrier to change is institutional culture – how the organization thinks and acts from upper leadership to middle management and down to frontline staff. He says there has to be company-wide buy-in to effect real change, and many organizations don’t understand the specific benefits to their operations. He recommends that companies begin by understanding their documents and workflows using […]

By |June 27th, 2017|xerox news|0 Comments

How the Xerox Research Centre of Canada is Helping Toronto become an Innovation Hub

As a bit of an innovation-junkie, it’s hard for me to admit that the word innovation has become overused. I was in my vet’s office buying cat food last week, and it was being advertised as being “innovated to provide superior health benefits to cats.” Maybe that’s true, but it did get me thinking about just how often we hear the word innovation used as a buzz word when what we really mean is “what do we need to do to remain competitive or provide a good product?”
I’m a firm believer that innovation IS the key to the future, and one of the most important aspects of the health of an organization, a city or a country. To me that kind of innovation isn’t about changing the colour and marketing it as new and exciting, but more about the kind of innovation that truly changes the game for the future.
So of course I was excited to see that Toronto was listed as one of the top 10 cities for innovation by Innovation Leader Magazine. But what really peaked my interest was one of the key reasons for selecting Toronto as the only Canadian city to make the list, was our very own Xerox Research Centre of Canada.

The Xerox Research Centre of Canada (XRCC) is Canada’s leading materials research centre and home to a world-class team of scientists and engineers with broad expertise in materials chemistry, formulation design, prototyping, testing, and chemical process engineering. Their work focusses on delivering real-world solutions for businesses in areas such as security and authentication, electronic and sustainable materials, chemical processes, coatings, and novel technologies for the printing, electronics and manufacturing industries. The Centre has also been nurturing an […]

By |June 21st, 2017|xerox news|0 Comments

What Basket Ball can teach us about Cybersecurity

More than 19 million people watched the NBA finals this week to see the Warriors win over the Cavaliers. But only a small fraction of that number pay appropriate attention to the cybersecurity war that is happening right now across the globe.
In 2016, 51% of Canadian organizations polled in a study conducted by Scalar experienced security breaches – and this number is growing globally. Recent outbreaks like the WannaCry virus, has brought some attention to the needs for a cybersecurity strategy, but studies show that Canadian businesses have fallen behind the U.S and Britain in protecting their businesses against cybersecurity crimes.
“The entire cybersecurity game is a war. It’s us versus them. It’s the hacker community against the rest of the world.” — Dr. Alissa Johnson, CISO at Xerox
At Xerox, security is top of mind and our Chief Information Security Officer, Dr. Alissa Johnson (Dr. Jay), is committed to closing the gap in cybersecurity crimes. In a recent interview with Huffington Post, Dr. Jay discusses cybersecurity and the lessons we can learn about cybersecurity from the NBA finals. Learn more from Dr. Jay on the keys to securing your business here.

Xerox CISO Dr. Alissa Johnson (Dr. Jay) discusses lessons learned in cybersecurity with Huffington Post

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By |June 14th, 2017|xerox news|0 Comments

Xerox Makes “100 Best Corporate Citizens List” In Corporate Responsibility Magazine

At Xerox, corporate social responsibility is ingrained in our culture and we are committed to conducting business in ways that positively impact the world. We strive to constantly innovate in this area by providing programs that work to nurture a greener world, create diverse and inclusive workplaces, and strong, viable communities.
For the ninth consecutive year, Xerox is recognized as a leader in this area and named “100 Best Corporate Citizens List” by Corporate Responsibility Magazine.
Visit our News Release for more information on how we’re fulfilling our commitment to corporate social responsibility and the 100 Best Corporate Citizens List.

Xerox makes 100 Best Corporate Citizens List by @CR_Mag for impactful eco, labor & community #CSR programs.

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By |June 6th, 2017|xerox news|0 Comments

Mike Granek from Reviews the Xerox WorkCentre 6515

Like many consumers today, I like to do my research before I buy a product. You can usually find me reading reviews or watching YouTube video reviews and demos before deciding to make any significant purchase.
So you can imagine I was pretty excited when Mike Granek of took some time to review the Xerox ® WorkCentre ® 6515 multi-function printer.
Take a look at what Mike thought of the device:

.@TopDaddies reviews the Xerox WorkCentre 6515

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By |May 31st, 2017|xerox news|0 Comments

Xerox CTO Steve Hoover Shares Innovation Secrets

In a recent podcast, Xerox Chief Technology Officer reveals to small business expert Steve Strauss the secrets to Xerox’s rich history of innovation.

Tablet-Like ExperienceCustomers today expect a tablet-like experience on all of their devices. One way to bring this into the office place is with Xerox’s transformative new technology, ConnectKey. Steve Hoover shares his tips on how you can swipe, tap and scroll your way to innovation with the ConnectKey devices with an engaging user interface.
Apps = AgilityThe process of getting work done has moved from your desktop to your pocket. Now apps have also moved from your phone to your multifunction printer and are particularly crucial to small businesses in order to remain productive and staying at the top of their game.
Workflow StreamlinedThe future of the workplace will see an even greater connection between the physical, digital and virtual world. This is something Xerox has been innovating in for decades. The most recent example of this bridging is with the new App Gallery in the Xerox multifunction devices. We have reimagined how work gets done and how Xerox can help you spend more time innovating and less time managing documents.
Click here to find out how Chester Carlson’s xerography invention is transforming the way we work today.
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By |May 25th, 2017|xerox news|0 Comments

A Day in the Life of a Small to Midsize Business

By Fred Ramsey
In the last four years, ConnectKey Technology® has helped countless small and mid-size businesses (SMBs) work better by combining hardware with a common set of software solutions to enable SMBs to improve their productivity, security and cost control. ConnectKey enabled MFPs set the page free by creating intelligent documents that are searchable, secure, connected and collaborative, with ConnectKey apps at the heart of it all.
With their most recent launch, Xerox is taking ConnectKey Technology® even further, turning ConnectKey enabled MFPs into true workplace assistants that truly transform how SMBs work.
Meet Your New Teammate
The newest fleet of ConnectKey-enabled MFPs change the fundamental nature of the workplace by going beyond base printing, copying, scanning and faxing functions to enable your team to work securely from any location, save steps with simplified workflows, and to personalize the way they work. In short, it’s the most helpful co-worker you’ve ever had.
Both the new Versalink (ideal for small and midsize groups) and the Altalink (ideal for large work groups) families will be welcome additions to your team, transforming the way work gets done, helping you resolve challenges and alleviating some of your most disruptive pain points.

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A Friendly Face
Right out of the box there will be something comforting and familiar about your new workplace assistant – it’s the user interface. The AltaLink® and VersaLink® family of products lets you swipe, tap, scroll, and pinch the same way you do on your favorite tablet. Its intuitive design makes it simple to use, so you can get the job done with less clicking, and less time wasted standing at the printer.
Imagine starting your day by walking up to a machine that is familiar and easy to use, […]

By |May 18th, 2017|xerox news|0 Comments