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September 2016

Most business owners understand the need to be on the go at all times. Take a second now and ask yourself this question: how many hours do you spend at the office desk in a typical workday?

In fact, in this day and age, the savvy businessman hardly needs an office to do office work. We daresay that, with the array of technologies available, it is possible to run a successful business with nothing more than a laptop and smartphone. Moreover, with nearly everything existing in the cloud, migrating the enterprise to the virtual space has never been easier

That is why you want office solutions that fit your mobile working lifestyle. Here at Canon, we have a few tricks up our sleeves to help you out.

1. Show, Don’t Tell

Even the best salesperson in the world can only do so much with words. Instead of waxing lyrical about the product or service you are trying to sell, there is a far easier way to do so: show them. Canon’s RAYO i5 and i8 projectors connect wirelessly to your mobile devices, so you can project everything from images and videos to presentations onto any surfaces. The best part about this series of projectors is that each weighs in at 260g. Not only that, its compact design also means that you can literally put the projector in your pocket and carry it everywhere. Portability doesn’t get any better than this.

2. Print Anytime, Anywhere

If you have ever been on a business trip, you know that the hotel’s business centre never has a decent computer, much less a capable printer. If the clients you are meeting happen to need printed materials during your meeting, you want a compact printer that literally fits into your suitcase. Canon’s PIXMA iP110 is a portable printer designed specifically for business professionals. It hooks up with your mobile devices without a hitch. It even runs on a portable battery so that you don’t have to find a wall socket everywhere you go. And since the printer is cloud-enabled, you can even print directly from popular online services like Dropbox, Google Drive and various social media platforms.

3. Scan Anytime, Anywhere Too!

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Let’s go back to hotel’s business centre for a second. Even if the hotel is somehow well equipped with the latest devices, Forbes reports that cybercriminals may utilise low-cost logging software at hotels to steal sensitive data and guest information from hotel guests. Having a portable printer and/or scanner with you, then, is not just a matter of convenience, but a matter of security also. Canon’s imageFORMULA P-215II is a portable scanner that can do nearly everything that its larger cousins can — including duplex scanning. And since it does not require additional software installation, you can simply plug it into your laptop and scan. It’s that easy.

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Job fulfilment is not something you only read about in self-help books. In fact, there are a great many people that are passionate and driven about their work on a day-to-day basis. To these people, Monday Blues simply do not apply.

However, a handful of things may get in the way of our job happiness, even among the best of us. For example, if you work in an old office building, you know that the central air-conditioning is almost always too cold for comfort (bring your winter jacket). And don’t get us started about the coffee machine that never seems to churn out the perfect cup of coffee.

Among the list of grievances, however, printer-related ones are likely the most common. As much as offices try to steer clear of paper and dive head long into the digital world, many office functions still require employees to interact with printers one way or another. Unfortunately for some, printing documents may not be the most pleasant experience — not unless the office is furnished with Canon’s printers, that is.

Here are the most common printer-related frustrations at your workplace. Let’s see if you are acquainted with some of these familiar pain points:

Pain Point #1: The Formatting is All Wrong

All you wanted to do was to print an A4 sized paper. Yet, for some reason, the printer churns out the document on an A3-sized paper. Now you have to print the document all over again, what a waste of resources!

Our Solution: With Canon’s latest imageRUNNER ADVANCE (iR-ADV) C5500i series, that’s entirely possible. The built-in Force Hold Printing function allows you to preview and edit settings at the printer itself. Aside from saving time, this also means that precious resources can be saved. No more wastages!

Pain Point #2: Printing From Mobile Devices is a Pain

Everybody is on the go these days, including the average office worker. When emails and documents are sent and received via mobile devices, you want the ease of being able to print them directly. Yet, technologies don’t always work well with one another, with communication between printers and mobile devices sometimes lacking. You either have to print it from the office computer (troublesome).

Our Solution: The new iR-ADV C5500i printers, on the other hand, come standard with Wi-Fi connectivity via Direct Access Point. Furthermore, the updated Canon Print Business App allows users to print documents on the fly.

Pain Point #3: 10 Printers, 10 Different Settings

Setting up your preferences on a normal printer is painful enough as it is. However, since you only have to perform this task once, most office workers don’t mind going through the pain — that is, until you have to print from a brand new printer within the same fleet.

Our Solution: The new iR-ADV C5500i printers come with My ADVANCE Synchronisation. As the name suggests, this means that your personal settings will be automatically synched across the entire fleet. It doesn’t matter if you are printing the document in the office or downstairs in the warehouse. As long as they are within the same network, your preferences will be the same across the board.

Canon’s Multi-Functional Devices aim to make your office life easier and, ultimately, happier. However, eliminating pain points is not the only name of the game for Canon. For more information on the wonderful things the new iR-ADV C5500i series is capable of, click here to find out more!

Professor Thomas Menkhoff from the Lee Kong Chian School of Business at Singapore Management UniversityInnovation is a buzzword we hear a lot in the media today. Businesses are constantly encouraged to evaluate their processes, then finding better, more efficient ways to execute them. This beckons the question: if the current business model is working, why innovate?

This was one of the key questions discussed during the latest edition of Canon’s Think Big Leadership Business Series event. Held on 26 August 2016 at Sheraton Towers Singapore, customers and guest speakers alike were invited to the half-day event to discuss the state of innovation today, as well as how businesses can and should capitalise on innovation to ready themselves for the future.

In case you missed it, here are the four key issues discussed:

1. What Makes a Good Innovation?

The first session of the day was helmed by Professor Thomas Menkhoff from the Lee Kong Chian School of Business at Singapore Management University (or, as he calls it, ‘Such a Marvelous University’). He began by sharing case studies of failed innovation attempts. For example, Prof Menkhoff brought up a scandal in 1985, where several Austrian winemakers added a chemical called diethylene glycol — a key ingredient in some brands of antifreeze — to wine in order to make them taste better. Naturally, once discovered, the so-called innovation completely backfired on the winemakers.

Not all innovations work, but for those that do, Prof Menkhoff highlighted a few similarities. For example, an organisation that successfully innovates tends to define their markets narrowly and work deep into the value chain. The most important factor, however, is leadership. As a CEO, you must be involved in driving innovation forward with a vision and strategies. Project leaders, too, must be able to motivate a multi-disciplinary team and possess the right management competencies. In short, every individual within the organisation has to buy in to innovation in order for it to work.

2. How Do I Make Innovation Sustainable?

Jacky Tai, Director of Brand Strategy at PwCLet’s say you already have a strategy in place, but how do you make sure that it is sustainable in the long run? The second session of the day, headed by Jacky Tai, Director of Brand Strategy at PwC, tackled this exact question.

Jacky sees the ideal innovation cycle within an organisation in four stages: first, innovate, which involves developing an innovation roadmap; second, implement, which involves using the innovation throughout the entire organisation; third, improve, which involves reviewing the results and then making improvements; and lastly, increase, which involves determining where else and how else we can use the innovation to drive growth or reduce cost. Jacky warns that many companies bounce between innovation and implementation without taking the time to review or drive growth. These companies end up with a whole portfolio of ideas without tangible results. Innovation for the sake of innovation, then, is the enemy of long-term sustainability.

3. What is Open Innovation?

Innovation does not necessarily have to always come from within. Dr Loy Chong Jin, Research Associate Director of Johnson & Johnson Consumer Asia Pacific External Innovation, introduced the audience to the concept of open innovation.

Open innovation is about using internal and external knowledge to accelerate your internal innovation. As an example, Dr Loy brought up Johnson & Johnson’s JLABS, a Houston-based life sciences facility that houses companies, medical prototyping labs and collaborative work environments. None of the companies here are from Johnson & Johnson per se. However, by bringing in external firms, they are also inviting external ideas into the company’s ecosystem. This is beneficial because open innovation fosters partnerships, which in turn reduces research cost, spreads risks and brings innovations to the market more quickly.

4. How to Foster a Bottom-Up Approach to Innovation?

Dr Kelly Anderson, Open Innovation Manager at P&GThe highlight of the event was the panel discussion, where all the previous guest speakers were joined on stage by Dr Kelly Anderson, Open Innovation Manager at P&G, as well as Alok Bharadwaj, Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy Group at Canon Singapore.

One of the questions fielded by an audience member was this: If you were an employee working for an organisation that is not innovative, how do you encourage the higher-ups to open up to new ideas?

“Cite concrete examples,” Dr Loy replied. “The onus is on the individual, regardless of your role. At Johnson & Johnson, for example, we have put together various initiatives for feedback and to measure if the organisation understands that innovation is the key of the future.” Prof Menkhoff agreed with Dr Loy’s sentiments, though with a more humorous take, “Or team up with someone more senior. When you have four or five people against the boss, it tends to be more effective! Show your boss the downside of not innovating.”

Alok Bharadwaj, Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy Group at Canon SingaporeThe other two panelists, however, feel that top-down initiatives remain crucial. Dr Anderson pointed out, “Innovation only happens if you have clearly articulated your strategy. If you are not working towards that strategy, then no innovation will happen.”

Alok, too, chimed in from Canon Singapore’s point of view, “When Canon was established 79 years ago, it was decided by the leaders at the time that innovation would be an important part of our corporate DNA. That is how, even now, we have been able to build value throughout the organisation. Everyone within the organisation is in tune with that concept, so it doesn’t matter if top-down or bottom-up. It is who we already are.”

 


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