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Ricoh, Cisco partner for connected, digital workplaces

February 27, 2019  By PrintAction Staff

Ricoh Co., Ltd. and Cisco Systems G.K. have announced a global strategic partnership aimed at providing Cloud solutions to empower digital workplaces that deliver increased productivity in a more secure environment.

The two companies say they will jointly develop solutions with the goal of delivering simpler and more secure environments in three layers – Cloud, network and device – to promote digital transformation and improve productivity.

“Companies are faced with the significant challenge of improving productivity by using the latest in digital technologies such as artificial intelligence and Internet of Things (IoT). While many companies are promoting new ways of working, they need to address increasingly diverse workstyles that are not restricted by place or time whilst using cloud and mobile computing,” according to a press release from Ricoh. “At the same time, security threats such as unauthorized access and information leakage are increasingly vicious and sophisticated. To address the advance of cyber attacks entails expertise and huge costs for companies. Small- and medium-sized businesses that cannot afford to have dedicated IT administrators as well as larger enterprises spread across multiple locations need a solution to maintain and manage a secure environment more simply at a low cost.”

In January 2019, Ricoh launched the Ricoh IM C Series of next-generation intelligent multi-functional printers along with the Ricoh Smart Integration Cloud platform. By connecting multi-functional printers and other office devices with Cloud services via Ricoh Smart Integration, Ricoh says it is bringing employees together and contributing to a digital workplace that supports intellectual productivity.

By combining Ricoh Smart Integration and Cisco cloud security solutions under this partnership, Cisco and Ricoh will connect, using Cisco Meraki, the Ricoh IM C Series of next-generation multi-functional printers and other office devices with multiple Cloud services. This solution, they say, will reduce the time required for implementation, operation and management. Also, by bringing together Ricoh Smart Integration with Cisco’s information leakage detection/prevention and other advanced authentication features, the solution will help support processes that require higher security levels, they say. This will be the first partnership program in the Ricoh Smart Integration partner program, which is being implemented in spring 2019.

Cisco and Ricoh will start to implement the solution on a trial basis starting April 2019. After verification, it will initially be offered in Japan after September 2019, followed by a global deployment.

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