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    OKI strengthens ties at Annual Distributor Conference

    Event highlights strong business opportunities and honours leading distributors

    View of Prague from Castle

    This year OKI Middle East, India and Africa held their Annual Distributor’s Conference in Prague, capital of the Czech Republic. The conference was attended by delegates from over 15 countries across the region and supported by Dave Collinson, Lee Webster and Javier Lopez from OKI Europe.OKI men in Prague

    The conference focused on developing relationships with partners, raising awareness of business opportunities, and discussions of the company’s product road map. A lot of effort was made to ensure that all parties fully understood where each product could be placed in the business market and the corresponding verticals and how competitive they are in the differing segments.

    John Ross, General Manager of OKI Middle East, India and Africa, said, “We have ambitious growth plans for the coming years and wanted to ensure that our distributors were clear about OKI’s strategy and brand values. It was an ideal opportunity to consolidate our message and to show our commitment and support for the valuable work that they do.”

    OKI aims to continue eTaking a breath at Prague Catlempowering its partners with the required tools, training and support to help them improve the company’s reach within the region. These ties between partners and OKI were further strengthened with much “informal” conversation taking place whilst touring the beautiful Prague Castle and enjoying the delicious Czech cuisine.

    The conference concluded with the annual awards being given to the distributors below. Congratulations everyone and here’s to a successful FY13!

    Dot Matrix Distributor of the Year – Jawad Sultan of Oman

    Mono NIP Distributor of the Year – MABCO of Jordan

    Colour NIP Distributor of the Year – Al Eqtessad of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

    Outstanding Achievement Award – Avantech of Libya

    Distributor of the Year – Qatar Computer Services of Qatar

    OKI ADC Prague Traffic lights

    Join the dots of history…

    Developed as OKI’s first Serial Impact Dot Matrix printer (SIDM) in 1968, the Wiredot Printer is the root of digital printer technology. The technology to express characters as an assembly of dots was a groundbreaking technology at a time when there was no way of storing the pattern of characters by electrical means. The product was widely used by schools, laboratories, and financial institutions for a long time.Wiredot printer

    Over the years, a good deal of research and manpower were put into making this system smaller, lighter and easier to operate. OKI’s commitment to technical expertise and monozukuri, a word that describes Japanese-style manufacturing processes or the “art, science and craft of making things”, has been recognized by the Information Processing Society of Japan (IPSJ) who have awarded us the “Information Processing Technology Heritage” (IPTH) certification for our original Wiredot Printer.

    The IPTH program is hosted by IPSJ to certify historical products and achievements that have formed the foundation of Japan’s information processing technology and this contributing significantly to Japan’s economy and society. Through the certification program, IPSJ aims to make the heritage of ground breaking technology widely known, for use as research and education material.

    This is OKI’s 5th IPTH certification from the IPSJ, with previous certs being given for its OKITYPER-2000 and OKITEC-300C System in 2008, 2400B-type Line Printer in 2009 and for the Autoteller Terminal AT-20P in 2011.

    “We are honored that OKI’s Wiredot Printer has been recognized for its historical value for understanding the information processing technology of that era,” says Hiroshi Endo, Corporate Officer and Divisional General Manager of Products Business Division at OKI Data. “Moving forward, we will continue to provide and maintain products that contribute to the development of an information society.”

    Come back next week to find out how the Wiredot has evolved over 40 years into the extremely reliable and highly versatile Dot Matrix printers we use today.

    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

    5 simple tips to getting the most out of your printer and printed documents

    1.)    Do your research before buying a printer: You might think that choosing a printer is easy, but its important to do your research beforehand not only to save money, but also to pick the best printer for the types of documents you plan to produce. An office printer that is capable of mass producing different types of documents in a short period of time for instance, might not be suitable for someone who only prints a few pages on A4 paper a day. Read up on various models and make note of how often you print and on what types of media.  A simple tip for those who do a lot of document printing is to go with a toner based printer rather than an inkjet printer. While toner based printers might cost more, each document page printed on a toner based printer will cost a fraction of the price of each document printed on an inkjet.

     

    2.)    Know your technology: Understanding the technology behind printing is essential to getting the most out of your colour printer. Things like LED vs Laser technology and the type of toner used can make major differences in the final outcome of your printed document. At OKI, the combination of LED technology and toner technology are carefully constructed for precision placement of toner on the documents to create enhanced images that can be printed on a variety of mediums.  LED printers are also more reliable than laser printers and produce higher resolutions and better colour definition.

    3.)    Understand the role that colour psychology plays in business communication: Contrary to popular belief, colour goes far beyond cosmetic appearance. Doing some research into colour psychology in business will give you insight into how colour can be used to influence specific responses from customers or clients. For instance, did you know that invoices printed in red get payed 70% faster?

    4.)    Adjust your settings: Know that changing print settings on your computer can actually help you get the most out of your colour cartridges and save energy and money. Make sure you optimize the energy saving settings on your printer in order to consume less energy when the printer is idle. Many people who use printers also don’t know that adjusting the dots per inch ratio on your computer will help you use less ink and get the most from your cartridge. Printing using “Draft” mode on toner printers will also help you save money in the long run.

    5.)    Take a little time to evaluate the software that came with your printer: Oki printers ship with hundreds of dollars’ worth of free software to help you manage your printer, optimise performance and simply do more with it – getting more ‘bang for your buck’. Software such as Template Managerr, which helps you quickly and effortlessly print labels, letterheads, business cards, CD labels, fridge magnets and others for a huge range of other useful applications.

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