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Five Years Ago in the Seybold Report: February 25, 2019

Five years ago in the Seybold Report we were sharing some big news about Xerox. Here are the first few paragraphs from the lead story in the issue.

On February 5, 2019 Xerox senior executives spent a few hours in the morning telling investors and, by extension, the world how the company plans to spend the next few years. The company also unveiled its latest corporate slogan: Made to Think. All of which made us think it was time to share the latest on Xerox with readers of this newsletter.

In this article we present highlights from the various presentations made that day along with a summary of how the company’s stock price has been doing, how various analysts have reacted to the company’s latest plans, how the legal fight with Fujifilm Holdings over the failed 2018 merger is going, and, of course, an Our Take.

The Investor Day presentation lasted about three hours and 17 minutes. Xerox recorded it and has made it available online as a Webinar. To access the recording, please visit https://webinars.on24.com/xerox/Investor2019.

The Latest Slogan: Made to Think
The press release for the Investor Day in February explains the origins of the new slogan thusly: “With a history of designing breakthrough technologies, Xerox is ‘made to think.’ We are taking a disciplined approach to creating the next generation of innovative technologies and intelligent
work solutions to meet our clients’ evolving needs,” says John Visentin, Xerox’s Vice Chairman and CEO.

“By simplifying our operations, instilling a culture of continuous improvement, investing in growth areas, and capitalizing on new and adjacent market opportunities, we anticipate we can achieve flat to growing revenue by 2021, while driving continued annual adjusted earnings per share expansion, including at least four dollars of adjusted earnings per share in 2020, and delivering over three billion of cumulative free cash flow over the next three years,” Visentin adds.

Five Years Ago in the Seybold Report: February 11, 2019

Five years ago this month in the Seybold Report newsletter we were discussing global print security, industry presence, and the continuing value of print. Below we have included a snippet from the lead article.

Quocirca Examines the Global Print Security Landscape

As we were going to press on this issue, Quocirca released news of its 
latest study on global print security. We found the theme of the report,
 Putting Print Security on the C-level Agenda, and the content of the report, very compelling. Print security is becoming a “greater concern,” as the report says, but, in the Joss Group’s opinion, graphic arts companies are not concerned enough about this matter, and there is much to be done to avoid crippling emergencies. Here we present a portion of the report along with Our Take and information on obtaining the full report.

Executive Summary

Data breaches are rarely out of the headlines and compliance pressure,
such as the introduction of GDPR, means security remains high on the
corporate agenda. Cyber threats and data breaches are no longer the
sole domain of the IT department, they must be considered at board level as the repercussions are simply too big to ignore.

Businesses of all sizes are potentially exposed to reputational, legal, and financial losses as the result of cyber attacks. Due to the increasing sophistication of attacks and the emergence of insider threats, businesses face a battleground to balance business productivity with the need for privacy and security. One area of the IT environment which is often overlooked is the print infrastructure. The majority of organizations rely on print to support business critical processes, meaning it can be the gateway to valuable, confidential, and sensitive information.

Quocirca’s Print Security 2019 report discusses how print security is becoming a greater concern to businesses with 59% reporting a print-related data loss in the past year. With only 27% classed as print security leaders, it is imperative businesses become more print security conscious, particularly as they look to close the paper to digital gap in their business processes. This [imperative] ultimately requires print security to move higher on the C-level agenda.

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