IT spending estimates

IT equipment spend projections Published by Leareenbonds.com Projects that IT equipment spend in the U.S. will grow to $128 billion per year by 2023 Spend on PCs = $71.14 billion Spend on peripherals (includes printers/MFPs) to grow to $33.37 billion (IDC predicts that worldwide spend in IT devices/peripherals will decline 8.8%)

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Network Security

Hacking printers to increase – report Report published by Palo Alto Networks entitled; “2020 Unit 42 IoT Threat Report” While printers and MFPs account for only 18% of all IoT (internet of things devices attached to customer networks, they represent 24% of the total amount of security issues. Can open up lateral movement to computers

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Lexmark news

Lexmark cuts employee pay (Lexmark is owned by Ninestar of China) Due to downturn caused by COVID-19 pandemic, has instituted 20% pay cuts for all 8,200 employees worldwide for 90 days Also implemented a hiring freeze, travel restrictions, and cancelled events Company executives will take a 30-40% reduction in pay during this period

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Security News

“Canon has huge security breach A multitude of news sources reported that a breach at Canon exposed the personal information of an unknown number of current and former employees of GE Corp., which uses Canon as a vendor Documents accessed include: Direct deposit forms Driver’s licenses Birth certificates Passports Marriage certificates Medical child support orders

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Treatment of Doctors and Nurses

April 1, 2020 Fox news report “Emergency room doctors and nurses who are putting their personal health at risk to treat coronavirus patients are now seeing their pay, compensation and other benefits being cut as the economic impact from the pandemic is spreading through the medical industry. Staffing companies that have contracts with hospitals and employ those who work in emergency rooms say

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Texas will continue to follow social distancing guidelines continue until at least April 30

AUSTIN, Texas – Texas Governor Greg Abbott has issued an essential services order. The order would require anyone who is not considered an essential critical infrastructure worker to stay home. The order will limit everyone who lives or works within the state of Texas to only leave home for essential activity, essential business, essential government functions and critical care

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CYBERSECURITY & HEALTHCARE VERTICAL NEWS

Importance of GPO contracts in Healthcare annual report published by the Healthcare Supply Chain Association (HCSA) Group Purchasing Organization (GPO) contracts are growing in usage in the healthcare industry (Konica Minolta is a vendor on all 5 of the national healthcare GPO contracts, including Premier, Vizient, Intalere, Healthtrust and HPSI) Used by all 7000+ hospitals

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Harris County News Release

HCPH | Harris County COVID-19 Case Count (WED – 15:00) Published March 25, 2020 Back FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 25, 2020 HCPH | Harris County COVID-19 Case Count (WED – 15:00) As of March 25, 2020 (3:00 p.m.), Harris County Public Health (HCPH) has 40 new cases of COVID-19, which brings the total to 119 positive cases, including one

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OSOT message from the President

All of us with Office Systems of Texas appreciate our loyal customers, wonderful vendors and each of our dedicated colleagues we work with in our organization. Through these disruptive times, we will continue to provide the very best support to all of of you.  We are proud to be an authorized dealer for Konica Minolta

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Konica Minolta

March 16, 2020 Due to recent events involving COVID-19, also known as the Coronavirus, we want to assure you that Konica Minolta has a thorough and comprehensive business continuity plan in place to protect our employees, our customers, and our business. In the US, Konica Minolta has formed a cross functional team of business leaders

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HP & Xerox

HP/Xerox merger update Xerox filed a proxy statement with the SEC to support its slate of nominees for HP’s board of directors, Expanded its board slate from 11 to 12 members, as it added former Alliant Energy CEO, Erroll Davis Jr. Xerox’s CEO, John Visentin, stated that it will pause its public pursuit of HP

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Digital Printers by Konica Minolta supplied by Office Systems of Texas

Konica Minolta Expands Smart, Connected bizhub® i-Series Line Three New Color A3 Multifunctional Printers Added to Award-winning Portfolio Ramsey, N.J. – February 20, 2020 – Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta), a leader in world-class printing technology, has expanded its new bizhub i-Series with the launch of three new color A3 multifunctional printers (MFPs.) The

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Klein ISD School Closings

Dear Klein ISD Employees & Families: Klein ISD continues to actively monitor the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) situation in conjunction with local and federal health authorities. In this update, you’ll find information regarding: Klein ISD moving to LEVEL 3 Klein ISD closed Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20 All events and extracurricular activities canceled

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Klein ISD News Update

Dear Klein ISD Employees & Families: Please be assured that Klein ISD continues to actively monitor the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) situation in conjunction with local and federal health authorities. As always, the safety of our students, staff, and families remains a top priority, and we will act out of an abundance of caution to

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Industry News & Speculation

Canon to no longer make HP LaserJets? As reported by Nikkei Asian News, Canon’s CEO, Fujio Mitarai stated that Canonwill end its 35-year relationship with HP, if Xerox takes over HP “The foundation of this partnership is, above all else, built upon a relationship of trust between the top management of both companies,” including HP CEO Enrique

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Houston ISD News

View this message in your browser  ||  Can’t see images in messages from HISD? Click here   Dear HISD Parent: As we continue to monitor the potential impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), HISD is taking immediate, proactive measures to mitigate the impact on the HISD community and keep our students and staff safe. Travel Reporting

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Industry News

Canon to close 5 factories due to virus announced that it will be temporarily closing 5 of its factories due to supply shortages caused by the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak scheduled to last approximately two weeks. Affects 5 facilities based in the Oita, Miyazaki and Nagasaki prefectures of Japan

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Industry News

Canon cancels 86 camera dealers announced that they removed 86 authorized dealers, nearly 20% of their network were targeted towards smaller stores, as well as online-only dealers, in a bid to reduce Canon USA’s operating costs less expenditure on sales management, marketing, operations, and compliance latest in a series of actions that have included layoffs

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Whistle Stop Tour

The Whistle Stop Tour is an old-fashioned political campaign event hosted by The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce every other year to help inform the community about candidates running for office in Montgomery County. The Chamber invites all candidates appearing on the Montgomery County ballot to reserve a sponsorship and give a stump speech. Email Margo

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Security

HIPAA & Cybersecurity Update A federal grand jury in Atlanta returned an indictment last week charging four members of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) with hacking into the computer systems of the credit reporting agency Equifax and stealing Americans’ personal data and Equifax’s valuable trade secrets. alleges that Wu Zhiyong, Wang Qian, Xu Ke,

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HP/Xerox merger update

HP/Xerox merger update In a CNBC interview, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE) CEO Antonio Neri recently commented on Xerox’s bid to acquire HP Inc.(which used to be part of Hewlett Packard) separate companies.) “the deal doesn’t make any sense.” “I think the HP Inc. has a clear strategy to create value for shareholders and stakeholders. And Enrique

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Konica Minolta Leads

Konica Minolta Leads in Brand Loyalty for 13th Consecutive Year Thursday, February 6, 2020 ENX Magazine Ramsey, NJ (Feb. 6, 2020) — Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. Inc. (Konica Minolta) announced today that it has again received first place in Brand Loyalty in the 2020 Brand Keys Customer Loyalty Engagement Index. This marks the thirteenth consecutive

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