13 Mar

How small businesses can make use of big data

How small businesses can make use of big data

Big data has helped large organisations from governments and airlines to global logistics firms solve their most pressing issues, but the same cannot be said for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). In fact, many SMEs have similar big data needs and are increasingly aware of the benefits of using big data to drive faster and more accurate decisions. So, what’s stopping SMEs from taking advantage of big data? The lack of expertise and seemingly complex interfaces of analytics software was one factor. That’s on top of the time and effort required to extract, transform and load large amounts of data from multiple sources into computer systems, before presenting the data visually. Today, with …

6 Feb

Spice up your print output with finishing options

Spice up your print output with finishing options

While so much of the world is focusing on making digital content look as professional and exciting as possible, there’s really no substitute for beautifully designed and printed physical documentation. That tactile pleasure of holding something real in your hand is not something to be overlooked, and with the right printing solution, images and text can have an elegance and visual appeal that’s difficult for digital content to beat. To achieve a level of quality that matches or exceeds what is possible for a digital equivalent, you may need to go beyond what is capable from a basic office printer. When you really need to make an impact with your printed output, adding …

2 Feb

5 must-have innovations for your next printing device

5 must-have innovations for your next printing device

Policies designed to make life easier for small businesses across the nation were outlined by Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison in his Budget announcement speech last year. These were reduced business taxes and simplified stock trading rules, GST accounting and PAYG arrangements. Each are helpful initiatives, likely much appreciated by many Australian companies. The policy that’s making more of an immediate difference than any other, however, is the expansion of immediate tax deductibility for asset purchases costing less than $20,000. The  2015 policy was first put in place for businesses with annual turnover of up to $2 million, but the revamped 2016 version opened up to those with turnover up to $10 million. “The extension of the …

8 Dec

How are you empowered to work differently?

How are you empowered to work differently?

Our work environment is ever changing. New tools are giving us new ways to collaborate in a highly connected world. As work becomes more flexible and communication more mobile, the traditional office is turning into an abstract concept. We believe workplaces should be defined by the people who occupy them, rather than the other way around. For over 50 years, Fuji Xerox has provided solutions that are shaped by innovation and technology that adapt to the way you work. Our human need to succeed at work, how and where we want has empowered our team to create smarter ways of working. With Fuji Xerox Smart Work Gateway, your business can utilise our suite of communication tools that deliver flexible and diversified working environments.   Seamless Integration …

5 Dec

Old habits die hard: Reassessing paper versus digital

Old habits die hard: Reassessing paper versus digital

In the modern business landscape, “evolve or die” seems a generally accepted maxim. Technology marches us towards a fully digital future with increasing speed every year, and there’s little room in the market for companies who remain set in their ways, unable or unwilling to move with the times. Few areas of the office have felt the touch of digitalisation more than documentation and imaging. Computers, tablets and even smartphones have sought to replace physical pen-and-paper processes and have quickly become the default tools for creating and sharing written information. There’s little substitute for the convenience offered by new innovations, but are these means of communicating actually as effective as their traditional counterparts? Some …

17 Nov

Productivity and paperwork in the public sector

Productivity and paperwork in the public sector

Given the responsibility that rests on their shoulders, day-in, day-out, it’s natural to want assurance that government workers at all levels are provided with the tools and systems to run smoothly. We all know that devising, discussing and implementing policies and amendments to legislation can be an intense and drawn-out process. Helping public service staff who are working for us achieve a suitable level of productivity should be a priority for federal, state and local authorities. The good news is that moves have been in place for some time to boost productivity in the public sector, since the introduction of the Australian Public Service (APS) Information and Communications Technology Strategy in 2012. As …

10 Nov

Embracing the notion of a paperless office

Embracing the notion of a paperless office

There’s little doubt that as organisations worldwide increasingly adopt a strategy of digitalisation, the move away from paper is only likely to increase. It’s not just for environmental reasons either – although those are still perfectly legitimate. The reality is simply that digital documentation has become more efficient than physical. While the idea of a paperless office is one that has been discussed for many years, recent moves from large stakeholders are likely to speed the transition away from traditional document management. For example, late in 2015 Microsoft announced a joint initiative with online transaction management service DocuSign to implement digital signatures into its popular cloud-based Office 365. It’s one more step towards …

27 Oct

Setting up the office of the future, today

Setting up the office of the future, today

Take a look around your office, and chances are some of the equipment you see on your desk or being used by your colleagues would have been confined to the realms of science fiction just a few short years ago. The world of consumer and business technology moves incredibly quickly, whether with incremental improvements to existing devices or brand new, revolutionary items that can impact the entire world. Keeping your organisation up-to-date may no longer be enough – the most successful businesses need to be able to predict how the office environment will change in the coming years and remain agile enough to adapt. Expert research into technological evolution can shed some light …

20 Oct

The role of multifunction devices in your office

The role of multifunction devices in your office

Smaller. Faster. More efficient. Words like these are the catch-cry of modern technology, with greater internet connectivity and ease-of-use essential features of devices of all shapes and sizes. Where just a few short years ago we needed a separate piece of equipment to handle each individual task, nowadays most people carry a powerful, multipurpose computer in their pocket at all times, allowing them to carry out a number of office tasks. That spirit of innovation – imbuing one device with the functionality of many – has been a hallmark of the documentation and imaging industry for a number of years, thanks to the introduction of multifunction printing device (MFDs). However, when so many essential …

13 Oct

Ensuring a bright future in insurance

Ensuring a bright future in insurance

Like a number of industries, insurance in Australia is affected by technological advancements, shifting climate patterns and an increasingly mobile and multicultural populace. How a business chooses to adapt in the face of such significant upheaval can mean the difference between struggling to keep up with the competition and heading into a thriving, profitable future. In the face of challenging business conditions, the nation’s company leaders remain unsure about the prospects for their organisations in the coming years. PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC) 19th Annual Global CEO Survey found that only one-third of Australian CEOs felt confident in their ability to achieve revenue growth this year. With concerning sentiments such as this, looking for cost reductions …

About nextwork

The next generation of work opens the door to new opportunities and challenges. The workplace of tomorrow will be a transformed place where greater mobility, increased innovation, collaboration and employee flexibility will be key drivers of change. At Fuji Xerox Australia we help businesses integrate data, documents and business processes and turn tomorrow’s documents into knowledge. Nextwork explores the dawn of the ‘new working world’ and how we can successfully harness the opportunities and mitigate the challenges of tomorrow.

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