XEROX EU:TO PRESS ALL THE RIGHT BUTTONS
XEROX EU:TO PRESS ALL THE RIGHT BUTTONS
2005-06-09 at 9:34:00 am #9844
Xerox aims to press all the right buttons
At its recent conference in Seville, the vendor unveiled a raft of new
products and stressed its commitment to making life easier for both its
customers and its channel.JUNE 2005
More than 700 Xerox partners from across Europe were encouraged to ‘Go for
Gold’, as the vendor unveiled a host of new products and services at the Hotel
Renacimiento and Conference Centre in Seville recently.
Xerox Europe has three main businesses: Office Group, Production and Global
Services. The vendor explained to partners who attended the event how it is
planning to make life easier for its customers and partners to do business with
Cees van Doorn, senior vice-president and general manager of Xerox Europe’s
Office Group, said in his keynote speech: “The Office Group focuses on two
markets: the large account market such as corporate and public sector, which
makes up 25 per cent of our business, and the SME market which accounts for 75
per cent of our business.”
The Office Group has moved from primarily using a direct model to a two-tier
business model, he said.
“In the past few years we have totally rebuilt the Office business. We have
moved from a very direct model to an indirect model, which we did to drive costs
out of the operation of going to market and to enable us to work with partners.
It has given us a healthy business model with enough returns to continue this
business,” van Doorn added.
The Dutch boss told delegates at the conference that he wants to zoom in on
the SME market.
“I think there are enormous opportunities for Xerox in this space. The
channel is doing very well, but there is still a lot of opportunity for us to go
beyond where we are today. SME customers have different requirements from large
accounts. My priority is to look at various customers in different sectors and
make sure we deliver what they expect and to make their life a little easier,”
Van Doorn said he believes a key element of success in the print industry is
to “refresh the product range and consistently deliver new products”. Hence the
announcement of 12 new products at the event. One of these was Xerox Copier
Assistant, which makes it easier for blind or visually impaired people to
operate digital copiers. Another was Xerox DocuShare 4.0 , the latest version of
the company’s secure, web-based enterprise content management software. The
vendor also announced Xerox Smart eSolutions, a suite that simplifies
administration of customers’ Xerox devices.
On the same PagePack
Asked what Xerox Office will do to support its channel, van Doorn said:
“Channel partners need opportunities to expand their business. We need to give
them opportunities to make revenue, and we need to create new market
opportunities for them. We need new products and the right programmes to support
One way Xerox showed it will help its partners grow is with PagePack.
“PagePack was launched last year, but was available only on multifunctional
devices. Now we have extended this to cover printers. With PagePack the reseller
can sell a cost- per-page contract that includes consumables, supplies and
servicing. PagePack will enable resellers to build equity for their company and
secure long-term relationships with their customers,” van Doorn told CRN.
PagePack is available to accredited Xerox resellers on completion of a
Kevin Jones, managing director of reseller Printware, which has partnered
with Xerox for nearly nine years, said: “The event in Seville was great. I came
back with an amazing amount of information. It is easy to forget how big Xerox
is, and all the technology it showed us was very impressive.
“The big commercial thing for us is PagePack. We are very well placed to use
it. The main benefit for us is that it allows us to go to our customers and say:
‘We can reduce your costs by 25 per cent. Are you interested in talking to
“They obviously are. We have a service contract, called Pointability, which
we can incorporate with PagePack to provide a single point of billing for
The right stuff
“Overall, from a technical point of view and considering the investment in
time, the Seville event was great for us. We came back thinking that we were
definitely with the right company. In fact we will be considering dropping two
vendors we currently work with as it just isn’t worth our while any more.”
Catherine Charlery, European group director at InfoTrends, agreed that
PagePack is a key offering from Xerox and a good idea.
“It should reduce customers’ costs as it is a fixed cost per page whatever
the coverage,” she said.
“The key thing for Xerox is productivity. It needs to maintain that as a
unique selling point. Although Hewlett-Packard (HP) is the market leader, I
don’t believe it can compete in terms of productivity against Xerox. HP does not
have as robust a machine. Xerox has it, and needs to keep pushing this
“Xerox’s channel strategy is good, but it needs to keep pushing the resellers
all the time,” she added.