by David G
Canon will now integrate its business copiers and printers with Oracle’s software, including their database and server software. Canon has always used Oracle’s Java for its third party application development platform but will now sell a new platform that easily migrates and links Canon’s new ImageRunner printers with Oracle’s database WebLogic. They will begin selling this new platform at the beginning of next year in Japan and will be selling it in the United States by the middle of the year. Canon is a Japanese company and is well known for it’s printers and copiers along with its high quality cameras. Their software on the other hand is not very popular and not very user friendly. Canon hopes to change that with the software and database giant Oracle. The new joint contribution will offer software with optical character recognition (OCR) and advanced features for saving and splitting PDF documents. Canon knows business are cutting down on printing and doing more online and digital storage. Canon hopes to also make this merger a smooth transition for companies that already handle Oracle databases.
Canon has basically just officially joined forces with Oracle. Canon has always used Oracle’s Java platform to make their software for their printer and copier line. Now they will make it a complete revamp and make Oracle an official partner with their printer/copier line. It will definitely improve features for business users and make it easier to integrate on Oracle database and system software.
I think this is a smart move on Canons part. I work in an office with an extremely complicated printer/copier/fax machine. Let me tell you I always get complaints about how hard it is to make a simple copy or send something digitally to a computer. The machine is not user friendly and it takes a crash course to learn how to use its basic features. Canon will hopefully simplify not only the integration part but make the device user friendly. Trust me when I say people don’t care how many features a copier/printer has, they just want it to work.
Alabaster, Jay. “Canon, Oracle to Develop Document Processing Technology | PCWorld.” Reviews and News on Tech Products, Software and Downloads | PCWorld. 26 Sept. 2011. Web. 16 Oct. 2011. <http://www.pcworld.com/article/240579/canon_oracle_to_develop_document_processing_technology.html>.