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What’s New: A round-up of new products for work and home

Bulletin: Lack of investment in new technology keeping staff at home

Technology Energy-saving tips for technology users

Vending: Lavazza Professional launches alternative to office canteen

Events: Consumer tech takes centre stage at inaugural Exertis Exclusive event

MPS: The rise of the employee-centric hybrid workplace, plus greener printing at KLM UK

Cover Story: How Snom helps maximise the benefits of unified communications

MFPs: New HP A3 MFPs optimised for managed print services

Meetings: Giorgia Prestento’s top tips for more effective business meetings

Displays: Work smarter with Samsung displays

End user computing Citrix and IGEL offer fast route to new acquisition integration

Tech Live 2022: Who was there and what was said (in the seminar programme)

Electric vehicles Changing EV charging habits revealed

I couldn’t do my job without…: Tash Grossman picks five things she couldn’t do her job without

“Comment ”

There’s nothing like an imminent recession to turn Britain into a nation of dimwits. Or so it would seem. For the last few weeks survey after survey has dropped into my inbox pointing out how troublesome we find it to perform even basic tasks, like setting up virtual videoconferencing technology. Can this really be true? Or is it just convenient for technology vendors to pretend we find these things difficult to encourage us to splash out on some shiny new gear. As ever, the key words to look out for are ‘up to’, which marketers use quite shamelessly to turn the world on its head. Thus, ‘90% of users can take up to 20 minutes to change a light bulb’ looks bad, but it says virtually nothing about how long it really takes people to change a bulb. Perhaps only one person needed 20 minutes and the rest just 20 seconds.

Rant over. I love statistics, and we have some really good ones n this issue. The feature on electric vehicles on pages 32 and 33 is jam-packed with them – and the best sort too, comparing responses from different years. Quocirca is a master at this, and on page 16 we publish findings from its third Global Print 2025 report highlighting the continuing need for print in the emerging hybrid workplace. Interestingly, 72% of IT decision-makers (ITDMs) say print will still be important in 2025, compared to just 50% of office workers. Is ITDMs’ belief in printed output why 83% of office workers surveyed by Microsoft Surface have the same working environment that they did before the pandemic and why only 31% say their organisation has invested in technology to improve digital collaboration (see page 7 for more details).

HP, which recently acquired collaboration specialist Poly, is clearly preparing for all eventualities. Nothing demonstrates this more than its new flagship A3 MFPs (see pages 20 and 21), which come with faster print speeds but also larger displays, physical keyboards and new workflow capabilities, including the ability to edit, re-order, redact and sign scanned documents on the MFP screen. With 57% of workers surveyed in March citing having access to a printer as one of the things they missed most about working in an office and 56% citing having access to a scanner, HP’s decision to enhance both aspects of its new devices looks very smart.

James Goulding, Editor, jamesg@binfo.co.uk

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