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    Enterprising CIO’s at ACN Summit 2013

    At the ACN Enterprise Computing Summit 2013 , held at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, around 90 CIOs, CTOs and senior IT managers were present for some in-depth discussion of the trends and trials of their industries, as well as to examine proven strategies and working examples of the most useful technology and operationally efficient practices in the Middle East. As a staunch supporter of cost- saving and efficient business practices, shown in our Print Smart campaign, OKI exhibited the C301 network colour printer and the MB451 mono Multifunction printer at the event. OKI Team hard at work

    The challenges that were considered in the round table sessions obviously inspired the audience who came out to the exhibition area very interested in how OKI could help provide solutions. The excellent quality print samples and range of media shown (business cards, POS banners, CD labels etc.) made it easy for the end-users to see firsthand the benefits of in-house printing on an office printer. A recent study by leading business research body the Centre for Economics and Business Research (cebr) has suggested that businesses in the EMEA region could save a staggering $25,000 million by changing the way they manage their printing, and in particular by bringing more of their print requirements in-house.Delegates buzzing with energy

    The Summit provided an excellent opportunity for OKI to explain their principle of printing just what you need, when you want it and where you want it. This not only boosts cashflow, saves storage space and distribution costs, it also ensures accuracy and timeliness, boosts efficiency and greatly reduces environmental waste. So, in addition to stimulating discussions and the delicious lunch that was served, the attendees left with plenty of food for thought from us.

    For more information on how in-house printing can help your business, please read Why Switch to In-House Printing?

    Ask OKI. You may just find your solution.

    Thoughts on your office environment for Earth Day 2013

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    Today is Earth Day, and all over the world more than 1 billion people are celebrating by driving green initiatives like cleaning, planting and recycling. On this special day activists, governments, and NGOs try to drive more awareness about the current environmental issues and what we can do to help protect our Earth and preserve our natural resources.

    Though green issues such as climate change have become a major part of our daily life, many people still find it difficult to sustain it in their working environments. Business Printing is one of the areas where you too can make a difference. We can’t give up printing and in fact it is our duty not to, but how we print is what makes all the difference when it comes to our impact on the environment. So today we are going to show you in three simple steps how your business can score double by cutting down its printing cost and carbon foot print at the same time.

    Smarter printing

    At first glance it may be hard to see how moving print from a specialist supplier to in-house could have such a dramatic impact both on costs and on carbon emissions. The explanation, though, is simple: if you print in-house then you print precisely what you want, when you want it and where you want it. You might call this smarter printing.

    Every business requires stationery: letterheads, invoice blanks and so on. Traditionally this stationery is pre-printed in advance, and because of the economies of scale when using an external supplier, items are usually ordered in large quantities. You pay for a large amount of paper, tying up cash. You spend energy moving it from the print shop to your premises and, if you have multiple locations, to probably pay again to move it from the headquarters to these other branches. You have to provide storage for it and if any detail changes – a new address, membership of a new trade body, an update in the corporate identity, maybe the addition of your environmental certification details – then the paper is just scrap to be delivered (more carbon) to a recycling plant.

    So, why outsource when you can do it in house?

    Online information

    The last few years have seen a marked change in the way that brochures and data sheets are used. Gone now are the days when if someone was interested in a product they called the company who put a glossy brochure into an envelope and mailed it. Today the expectation is that all this information will be available on the web, and while brochures still exist they are formatted to be downloaded and printed out remotely.

    Again there is no need to print large quantities of brochures in advance. If you need ten copies to display in a reception area, print out ten copies. If you need 100 copies for an exhibition then print out 100 copies. And if the exhibition is in Las Vegas or Beijing then print them there, rather than shipping them around the world. This provides more benefits than you can shake a stick at. It saves money and it reduces the carbon footprint, but it also means that you can make changes to your document as they happen.

    Managed printing

    These real savings are realised readily, by taking a managed approach to printing. Identify what your requirements are and install the hardware you need to support it accurately. The network design will ensure that staff has access to the right printer at the right time. Multi-page documents should be routed to duplex devices for double-sided printing to halve the paper cost.

    These are simple steps but can deliver cost savings to a business of as much as 30%. By printing what you need exactly when you need it you eliminate waste, and by printing what you need at the exact location you need it you save the cost, and environmental impact, of shipping it.

    While achieving best environmental practices can be challenging for a business, particularly in the current climate, there are areas where going green does not inevitably cost money. Taking a fresh look at printing can be good for your business while fulfilling your Corporate Social Responsibility at the same time.

    OKI goes on the road..

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    In the last few months, OKI has organised roadshows across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) to educate more people about the benefits of our amazing printers while keeping existing customers up to date with our latest innovations.

    KSA is oMahmood with exhibitne of the major countries in the region with a huge potential for expansion, the size of the country, the industrial cities and the massive government spend on IT are all factors that contributed to us wanting to do these events, meet the people and hear what it is they really need in terms of printers in their workplace. It was really exciting to see how many people are looking to increase efficiency and productivity while keeping costs down!

    The industries represented included Governments, Hospitals, GA and Education. They were extremely interested in our latest advancements in printing solutions; especially the ground-breaking White Toner. Chairing the talks was Abdallah Obeidat, Sales Manager for KSA, who spoke of how our new generation printers and MPS efficiently manage work flow while remaining being fast, robust, reliable and environmentally friendly.Boudi Sleeman and winner

    The events ended with a raffle draw for 50 printers of various models. The winners were presented with a model printer to hold onto until the real printers were delivered to their companies the next day. Boudi, here on the left, from our distributor Al Eqtessad, making it look very easy!

    Would you like an OKI event in your country? Let us know by leaving a comment.

    Look out for our roadshows happening soon near you!

    From Innovation to Recognition

    CIO 50 Awards on table

    What do you get when you have become a leader in your field, an innovator in ways to deliver business advantages either through optimising business processes, enabling growth or improving relationships with customer?

    A CIO50 award, an acknowledged mark of enterprise excellence.

    OKI Stand at CIO50OKI was very proud to be a category partner for the CIO50 Awards event held at The Address Dubai Marina. The top CIO innovators in the region listened to keynote speeches from:  Joe Tesfai, Senior VP-Information Technology; Atlantis the Palm Hotel, Ali Almazrooei, CIO; Emirates Aluminum (EMAL), Arun Tewary, VP-IT and CIO; Emirates Flight Catering, Muhammad Ali Albakri, CIO and CFO; Saudi Arabian Airlines and Ali Sajwani, CIO; Emirates NBD, on topics as diverse as the Consumerisation of IT to the major IT challenges during acquisitions and mergers.

    In response to the strongly recovering Middle East economy, many of the CIOs present at the awards have been responsible for massive implementations in the last 12 months and many of them travelled from all over the region to network with their industry peers and be honoured by CNME.

    If you have used IT to get more from existing customers, pursue new markets, save money, or make more, your company too could be in line for a CIO 50 award…

     Congratulations to all 2013 award winning companies!All 50 award winners

    White Toner..whatever next!

    It was over 35 years ago when IBM introduced the first toner-based printer and nearly that long since people started using toner copiers and printers as a way of digitally transferring images or photographs onto material. The simple method of using laser printed heat transfers has allowed businesses to personalise any kind of promotional item they can think of, from mugs to umbrellas to shopping bags.

    However this has always been limited to white/ light coloured backgrounds, that is until OKI decided to remove this barrier to creativity and design!OKI White Toner Products

    As shown by our partners The Magic Touch and Forever at Sign Graphics and Imaging Middle East (SGI Dubai 2013), the new white toner-based products are versatile, easy to use and, as there is no drying time required, enable much faster and more cost-effective printing than the traditional inkjet or dye-sublimation technologies. At the same time, the robust solid print output is just as good as foil blocking, making it a credible in-house solution for a wide range of white print applications.

    Magic Touch MerchandiseFrom small business printing single t-shirts on demand to large screen printers looking for a fast and effective alternative, using the white toner printer allows almost anything to print on dark coloured garments or other dark coloured substrates without any cutting required. This versatile system can also be used in industrial production for items such as printing on wood, leather, ceramics, metal, glass, carton or other coloured substrates. Printed output offers consistent high quality and robust performance, as it is scratch resistant compared to inkjet-based competitors.Leather bag sample from Forever

    New Oki “Print Smart” Range Launch event

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    Yesterday we held a big launch event at the prestigious Armani Hotel in Dubai to unveil Oki’s expanded printer range to our channel partners in the United Arab Emirates, led by our very own John Ross, general manager for the Middle East, India and Africa. The new products launch comes as part of OKI’s Print Smart strategy to offer competitive, cost-effective solutions to businesses of all sizes across a range of industries in the Middle East.

    We’ve completely revamped the range and are proud to offer cost-efficient and environmentally friendly solutions that will help businesses Print Smart. Over half of the revised product range consists of new or upgraded products, creating the opportunity to significantly increase our footprint in critical markets.

    With the launch of the new range we aim to improve green practices in businesses across the region as carbon emissions become a growing concern for leaders and decision makers and we hope businesses will realise that the use of green technology will ultimately cut costs and carbon emissions simultaneously. With our new products businesses of all sizes are set to benefit from the energy saving benefits and our green technology products, which are now in compliance with the latest European regulations and are based on the company’s unique proprietary LED technology.

    The extended OKI range boasts improved product performance and upgraded features that will help micro-businesses, SMB’s, and larger businesses Print Smart. We’ve had some great feedback from the market so far and look forward to your comments on the ASkOki blog!

    The new products range includes the following:

    Colour/Mono Multi-function products (MFPs)

    MB491, MB441, MB451, MB461, MB471,  MC352dn, MC362dn, MC562dn

    Colour/ Mono Single Function Products (SFPs)

    C301dn, C321dn, C331dn, C511dn, C531dn, C822, C831, C841, B401

    You can watch John’s recap of the launch event here

    How to win an Oki colour printer at Gitex 2011

    Join us at Gitex 2011 for a quick Print Bingo game at our stand to win a brand new Oki colour printer.

    Here is how you can do it

    –         Come to Oki stand at hall 4 stand No. 416

    –         Collect your Print Bingo Card

    –         Cross out the names of our printers from your bingo card as we call them

    –         First one to cross out the 9 names and shout Bingo wins a new Oki C110 colour printer

    We run two games per day at 2pm and 4pm, except for the last day we’ll hold 1 game only at 2pm.

    Check out photos from first day at Gitex

    Beirut, here we come!

    We are gearing up for yet another exciting event in Lebanon to launch some products, host an exhibition, catch up with our loyal customers  and have the best tabbouleh and hommus in the world!

    In a joint event with our partners, PSI, we will be

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    addressing the office environment with new printing solutions guaranteed to slash down the costs of in-house printing and deliver top quality output that any professional needs.

    The afternoon event is dedicated to the graphic art market where an exhibition for Joumana Medlej (@CedarSeed) is taking place in the same venue. The artwork is printed on the outstanding  C910 from OKI.  Photographers, graphic designers and art lovers are invited to a cocktail reception  to enjoy Malaak’s stories  some of which are yet to be published in 2011!!

    The event is taking place on Thursday the 4th November at the Metropolitan Hotel in the Bary Hall. The morning conference is starting at 11:00am and the exhibition is open from 4:30pm onwards.

    BTW- Geekfest Beirut is also taking place on the same night later on in Plum Monot. More information can be found here: http://geekfestbeirut.com/

    Looking forward to welcoming you all,

    The OKI Team.

    OKI Business Efficiency Seminar

    The OKI Business Efficiency Seminar is held at the Arjaan Rotana on Monday 12th July @4:00pm and focuses on a number of areas intended to help you make a difference in how effectively you manage your business.

    Join us for a couple of hours of educational, entertaining & interactive sessions. We’ll also be taking the opportunity to launch the latest Oki colour products: the C300 & the C500.

    The event will feature a number of speakers of vast knowledge and expertise in Finance, Management, Innovation, Sales Training and Information Technology.

    First Speaker:               Binod Shankar, Genesis Review

    How to efficiently manage your budget

    Second Speaker:          Carol Talbot, Matrix Training Solutions

    A head start in 2010

    Third Speaker:             Jennifer Baxavanis, BAX Consultancy

    Sales training and its direct impact on productivity

    Fourth Speaker:           Vivienne Strettle, KVS Consultancy

    Staff empowerment and motivation

    Fifth Speaker:               John Ross, OKI Printing Solutions

    Efficiency in printing management

    The event is followed by a cocktail reception.

    To reserve your seat, please register here (free admission): http://cpilive.net/nl/2010/it/oki/registration.aspx

    You can help us with this survey about, oddly enough, business efficiency: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NKTX6KF

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