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As the publishing industry goes through a period of rapid and sustained change, it can be valuable to hear from people who have led major global publishers through digital transformations. Liz Schimel was recently an advisor at Apple for Apple News+, and has also been President of Condé Nast China and Chief Digital Officer of Meredith. She sat down with WoodWing CEO Ross Paterson to discuss trends in the publishing industry and where we may be headed next.

How COVID-19 is generating new opportunities for media, with FIPP CEO and President, James Hewes
With every crisis comes opportunity, and that has certainly been the case for many publishers in 2020. We’ve heard from dozens of media companies, large and small, about how the pandemic has impacted them - for the worse, but also for the better.

"If I had to choose one thing that has changed regarding the need for intelligent, connected workplaces in the wake of COVID-19, it's that we now need to write 'CONNECTED' in capital letters," says Olaf Lorenz, Senior General Manager, Digital Transformation Division, Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe, describing the rise of "hybrid work" and its implications for the workplaces of the future. For some time now, his company has been supporting its customers in reaping the benefits of further digitalising their work processes.

Keypoint Intelligence is pleased to announce the launch of a new study entitled CMYK Plus: Commercial Printing Demand, Needs and Opportunity Assessment. This research will define the market demand for services that go beyond CMYK process color including white ink, neon colors, metallic inks, spot color capability and colors for security.

Epson survey shows: three-quarters of respondents rate companies with sustainable environmental and social strategies much more positively
An Epson survey makes it clear that for both customers and employees, sustainability strongly influences the value of a brand (Bild: Thermal image of a laser printer [right] compared to an inkjet printer [left]).

The European Cyber Security Month in the light of the Covid-19 pandemic
Raising awareness and providing guidance, the European Cyber Security Month (ECSM) has an important role in promoting digital security. During the current pandemic, cyber security has grown into an even more business-critical factor. As offices become decentralised and digitally connected, safeguarding IT systems properly is an absolute cornerstone for maintaining and growing business success. Cyber security threats escalate as the amount of remote work increases. Small and medium-sized businesses in particular are struggling to secure their digital workplaces. With its comprehensive managed security services, Konica Minolta provides the exact IT that its customers need to secure their ecosystems. This is how the IT specialist is addressing their requirements with state-of-the art solutions that raise their cyber security to the next level. ECSM will take place in October and provide a wide range of different events, webinars and other formats.

Office work in most companies in Germany and Austria is still paper-based. This is the result of a recent survey commissioned by Kyocera Document Solutions. According to the office employees questioned in the survey, the introduction of digital archiving solutions could save up to two hours of working time per day.

Bouncing back will require SMBs innovation in work processes, flexible work options and customized products and services
SMBs unclear on how to innovate, especially when cashflow is a key concern
Indonesia, India, Vietnam, Australia, and Thailand SMBs are the most confident of their ability to be innovative
SMBs in Japan, South Korea and Singapore are more conservative about their predictions for the future based on the global nature of their economies
HP is introducing remote work solutions to enable SMBs to stay productive and effective

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