Top 20 Tech and Channel Trends of 2009

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    Lawrence Walsh

    | Posted 2010-01-04

10. Death of Printers
For a time, HP was printing money through the sales of its printer consumables – ink, toner, paper. Those times are over, and not just for HP. All of the major printer vendors saw their sales tank in 2009 as more businesses looked to beyond reducing their printer fleet to simply reducing printing, in general. The cost of paper and toner is simply too much for many businesses to sustain. Users are growing increasingly used to viewing digital documents – the popularity of Amazon’s Kindle and other digital book readers that can display HTML and PDF documents – proved that. Environmentalism is increasingly working against printing as people become more conscious of not producing needless waste by printing documents. Printers will not go away since a need will always exist for hard copies. However, the days of having a printer on every desktop are likely over.

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Lawrence Walsh Lawrence Walsh is editor of Baseline magazine, overseeing print and online editorial content and the strategic direction of the publication. He is also a regular columnist for Ziff Davis Enterprise's Channel Insider. Mr. Walsh is well versed in IT technology and issues, and he is an expert in IT security technologies and policies, managed services, business intelligence software and IT reseller channels. An award-winning journalist, Mr. Walsh has served as editor of CMP Technology's VARBusiness and GovernmentVAR magazines, and TechTarget's Information Security magazine. He has written hundreds of articles, analyses and commentaries on the development of reseller businesses, the IT marketplace and managed services, as well as information security policy, strategy and technology. Prior to his magazine career, Mr. Walsh was a newspaper editor and reporter, having held editorial positions at the Boston Globe, MetroWest Daily News, Brockton Enterprise and Community Newspaper Company.

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