HP has formed an alliance with Toshiba as part of its managed print services (MPS) strategy. At the HP Innovation Summit at Singapore, the vendor revealed that key high-volume MPS enterprise customers will have access to a select range of Toshiba multifunction devices. HP already has a similar agreement with Canon announced last year. The two vendors have had a long running relationship with Canon supplying laser printer parts to HP. The HP-Toshiba partnership is specific to the Asia-Pacific region. “We are pleased and proud with this new partnership as it will enable HP to continue its key position in the MPS space in enterprise,” HP VP for managed print enterprise group, Pierre Mirlesse, said. As part of its MPS push, HP has also introduced new versions of its FutureSmart firmware and Open Extensibility Platform (OXP) which allows solution partners to develop applications to improve business printing processes on HP printers. The new firmware and OXP platform is compatible with HP printers produced since 2005. Spandas Lui travelled to the HP Innovation Summit in Singapore as a guest of HP.
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