Bridging the Gap: Oracle Database Systems and Canon Copiers{4}


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