Bridging the Gap: Oracle Database Systems and Canon Copiers

by Daniel L
Printed documents are prevalent in practically all businesses and organizations, and Canon plays a key role in facilitating the production of printed material through their line of business grade copiers and printers.  These same businesses and organizations have servers running database management systems, usually developed by Oracle.  Using these same databases, documents are being processed and digitally stored.  It will take a while before we completely ditch the use of printed material; however, through the partnership of Canon and Oracle, document processing technologies will be in for a ride.  Canon is known for its advanced hardware, but somewhat lacking in the software side of things.  That is where Oracle will step in to help advance the software behind Canon’s copiers and to develop a new platform which will help bridge the gap between the copiers and database software.  Canon and Oracle’s jointly developed copier will go on sale in the United States in the first half of 2012.

I am excited to see how this new technology will turn out.  With so many medical organizations switching to electronic medical records, I don’t see how this can be a bad idea.  Especially with features like PDF file generation, this technology will help reduce office clutter and help maximize productivity.  I am actually surprised that it took this long to start developing ways to digitize documents through the use of copiers.

Canon has had a long history with Oracle, especially since they have used Java in their line of multifunction copiers, which makes them already aware of Oracle’s software development capabilities, paving the way for further joint developments from these two companies.

Alabaster, J. (2011, September 26). Canon, Oracle to Develop Document Processing Technology. Retrieved October 2, 2011, from http://www.pcworld.com/article/240579/canon_oracle_to_develop_document_processing_technology.html

4 thoughts on “Bridging the Gap: Oracle Database Systems and Canon Copiers”

  1. That is actually a great idea. I was not aware that Oracle was involved. If the software is successful then it will certainly help mortgage companies, whom have rooms filled with paper that has yet to be digitalized. Perhaps that will even help with fraud. Mortgage companies are prone to being “hacked” for the sensative information they have from their customers. But I guess all we can do is wait.

  2. I find this quite interesting. First off, I knew that Canon had advanced hardware such as their cameras, but I felt that their software for the cameras worked fine. However, I did not think much of their other products such as the copiers and database storage, and now that it’s brought up, I believe there is a lot of room to improve. With a software company like Oracle backing it up, I believe they can develop wonderful technologies together that lead to a cleaner, more clear-cut method of printing and storing and other advanced techniques.

  3. I agree with what Joe had to say about the software side of Canon. They always worked fine for me, but the reason for that is because Canon’s software side has always been a bit more simplistic when compared to others. They never have the advanced sophistication, if you will, of other camera company software like Sony for example. Getting back to the article though, I think the pairing up of these two companies is a great move and I think will benefit both of them and help both get back to the top.

  4. Switching to electronic records had both positives and negatives. Whether or not switching to electronic documents is a “bad idea” is dependent upon the organization planning and carrying out the switch effectively. Yes it helps to maximize productivity, but there are many steps that need to be taken to ensure that that productivity is constant in worst case scenarios such as a database crash.

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