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Could Blockchain Disrupt the Print Industry? Three Possible Use Cases

Published: 25 September 2017

ID: G00335289

Analyst(s): Rajesh Kandaswamy , Kristin Von Manowski


Blockchain can usher in the technology-driven transformation of digital business, and interest has skyrocketed among diverse industries. Technology strategic planners should consider the potential disruptive nature of blockchain as applied to three business dynamics unique to the print industry.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts


Impacts and Recommendations

  • The development of blockchain technologies impacts how industries solve complex distribution, resource and collaboration challenges
  • Print industry macro challenges are increasing pressure on OEMs to maximize toner revenue, optimize service delivery and eliminate on-premises print infrastructures
    • Market Control of Consumables
    • Reimagined Service Delivery
    • Serverless Pull Print
  • Blockchain technologies remain embryonic, negatively impacting enterprises' ability to effectively capture cost savings and productivity gains

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