This is arguably the most unsettling time in history to be a CIO. The IT landscape is shifting at a rapid pace with advances in social media, mobility and big data. The proliferation of advanced robotics is just around the corner and the Internet of Things is connecting even the most mundane objects to the internet—and probably the corporate network. Back in the 1990s, most computer hackers were interested in gaining access to networks purely for kudos among their peers. Today hackers have monetized their skills and make their living from finding vulnerabilities in IT networks.
The fax market is changing significantly though not in the way predicted by many. Far from an inevitable decline brought about by the emergence of e-mail, the demand for fax, particularly from larger companies, is actually growing. The way that fax is managed within the business is also undergoing a significant period of transition.
The introduction of e-mail and its exponential expansion into every aspect of business life presented a significant challenge to the fax industry and for some observers it was a foregone conclusion that fax was destined for a rapid demise. It is interesting to note, therefore, that fax has actually continued on a steady growth path that is predicted to continue well into the future.
There is little doubt that Multi Function Peripherals (MFP) offer businesses of all sizes significant benefits: they combine printing, scanning, copying and fax functions in one machine and deliver considerable cost and space savings. They also address some very important business process, management and legal issues faced by virtually every business. Within this discussion document we concentrate on the fax element and look specifically at the integration of MFPs with network fax run through a fax server such as Lane’s Passport Fax Server.