Xerox has introduced a new software platform embedded in its multifunction printers that allow solution providers, ISVs and more to develop and implement apps that can help customers around mobility, cloud, big data and other workflow areas, according to the company.
The ConnectKey system is available on 16 MFPs including the WorkCentre 5800 and 7800 series, which also include new embedded security from McAfee, according to Xerox.
Rick Dastin, president of Xerox's Office and Solutions Business Group, explained the new functionality as "ecosystems for simplicity."
Xerox's strategy is to build up a software platform to lift the company's value proposition "above the box" and to enable users to look at Xerox as more than a print provider.
"We will transform the way work gets done," Dastin said. "We will have our devices be integral to the new world [of mobility, cloud and big data]. We're moving from peripheral to integral with software to make everything more relevant."
For example, the embedded McAfee technology will give IT managers more control and peace of mind in BYOD workplaces, according to the company. In addition, ConnectKey devices also come with Cisco Systems' TrustSec technology, which protects data paths to and from devices, according to Cisco.
"As people get more mobile, there are concerns around confidentiality of documents. They're not just worried about box, but also end-to-end security management," Dastin said. "With McAfee intrusion detection built into the system, if you don't have a mobile device configured and totally managed correctly, McAfee can detect it and stop that malware from executing [on the device or network]. It's the same with Cisco. You can manage the device like the way you manage a PC or server. The MFP is just another device on the network. It should have all the management tools as a PC or server."
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