Posted on Feb 1 2014 - 8:42am by John Peters
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Make the most of paper’s enduring qualities With Christmas fast approaching, consumers will be celebrating the news that Royal Mail is expanding its small parcels category to include shoebox-sized items (see page 15). The change in allowable dimensions means that more parcels will qualify for the industry’s cheapest tariff: small parcels under 1kg, Royal Mail, second class. The change will be...

Posted on Jan 1 2014 - 8:45am by John Peters
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A Funny Kind of Progress It is with interest that I read about Keep Me Posted, a new campaign set up to protect the interests of consumers as banks and utilities encourage – or should that be coerce? – customers to move to paperless billing (see page 8). Inevitably, its prime movers are those with a vested interest in hard copy communications, among them Royal Mail and the Post Office. But that...

Posted on Dec 1 2013 - 8:58am by John Peters
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I have some sympathy with Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer’s opposition to home working on the basis that it impairs collaboration and innovation. There are clearly times whenworking from home lets you get more done, more quickly. But it is equally true that you lose something if you no longer have face-to-face interaction with colleagues. In a recent survey by Overbury (see page 5), 61% of respondents...

Posted on Nov 1 2013 - 8:35am by John Peters
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What weighs almost as much as a Smart car and is 34 times longer than War and Peace? The answer, The Sunday Times reveals, is a Government report on the environmental impact of the London to Birmingham high speed rail line. According to the paper, the printed document is 50,000 pages long, weighs half a ton and may require a Commons vote for it to be delivered and shared electronically. Paper has...

Posted on Oct 1 2013 - 8:38am by John Peters
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A few weeks ago I visited Autodesk’s new offices in Farnborough (see pages 35-37) and not for the first time wondered why I ever turned my back on corporate life. Current trends in office design have made the office a much more inviting place – Autodesk even welcomes dogs. Office interiors companies tend to emphasise how investment in design is indicative of a company’s attitude to its employees....

Posted on Sep 1 2013 - 8:40am by John Peters
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Its all one-way traffic from print to digital HP’s second quarter results make grim reading for the printer industry, especially for those that rely on strong consumer sales. A 23% fall in consumer hardware units shipped by the Imaging and Printing Group (year-on-year) underlines how challenging this sector has become since tablets and smartphones took over from PCs and cheaper, easier alternatives...

Posted on Aug 1 2013 - 8:44am by John Peters
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Why send six letters when one will do I recently moved into a new office in Winchester, much to the delight of my family who, for the first time in years, have the house to themselves (“Homeworking sucks!”). I’m happy, too, because at last I have a half-decent broadband service: it’s not as good as my Mum’s in London, but it’s miles better than what was on offer in the sticks. Getting...

Posted on Jul 1 2013 - 8:50am by John Peters
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The smartphone effect Smartphones are taking over the world. Sales of the devices outstripped PC shipments in the second half of 2010 and have maintained momentum ever since. As consumer smartphone adoption accelerates, smartphone apps are selling in ever greater numbers. According to a new report from Juniper Research, more than 31 billion were downloaded to mobile devices in 2011. By 2016, it predicts...

Posted on Jun 1 2013 - 8:52am by John Peters
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  In our Voice over IP feature on page 29, 3CX channel manager Steve Corrigan makes the point that today’s economic climate is making people open to new ways of doing things; and that the need for economy and efficiency makes managers and directors ‘more happy to take a perceived risk’ on the new, whether that be VoIP telephony, SIP trunks, cloud computing or social media. The benefits of these...

Posted on May 1 2013 - 8:52am by John Peters
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Fear and inspiration As a great salesman, salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff knows how to motivate an audience. His presentation on ‘the social enterprise’ at this year’s Cloudforce conference was a classic of its type, mixing fear and inspiration in equal measure (see page 11 for more details). Many will have left the auditorium believing totally in his vision and impatient to start integrating...