Nationwide Survey Indicates IT Professionals and Other Executive Team Members Have Widely Different Views on Cloud and Other

  Nationwide Survey Indicates IT Professionals and Other Executive Team
  Members Have Widely Different Views on Cloud and Other Document Workflow
  Technology

   Survey Commissioned By Canon U.S.A. Designed To Uncover Workflow Trends:
    Finds Document Security A Top Concern for Both Audiences; Offers BYOD
                                 Perspectives

Business Wire

MELVILLE, N.Y. -- July 15, 2014

Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today unveiled the
results of its inaugural Workflow Optimization Study^I, which uncovered trends
in how document management workflows impact day-to-day operations of
businesses nationwide.

Results from the online survey, conducted by Harris Poll in May among 211
professionals, unveiled significant findings about diverging opinions between
IT decision-makers and non-IT executives, regarding the importance of
integrating cloud, mobile and digital workflow strategies. An overwhelming
majority of IT decision-makers strongly believe that these tools are very or
extremely important investments for running their business more effectively,
while non-IT executives are less likely to view their operational importance
this strongly. Further, while 82 percent of IT decision-makers surveyed are
very or extremely confident their organizations’ ability to integrate paper
and digital document workflows, just 56 percent of non-IT executives said the
same.

The following technologies elicited a diverging response from IT and non-IT
professionals, when asked whether investing in them is very or extremely
important to running their businesses more effectively:

  *Cloud-based document technology: 79 percent of IT decision-makers vs. 47
    percent of executives
  *Integrating paper-based and digital information into company databases: 77
    percent of IT decision-makers vs. 55 percent of executives
  *Printing information from the cloud: 75 percent of IT decision-makers vs.
    45 percent of executives
  *Managed print services: 71 percent of IT decision-makers vs. 46 percent of
    executives

“Most companies today continue to grapple with how they can effectively merge
the continued strong demand for printed documents with the increasing volume
of information being exchanged digitally by a modern mobile workforce,” said
Dennis Amorosano, vice president and general manager, Business Imaging
Solutions Group Marketing Division, Canon U.S.A. “This nationwide study found
that IT decision-makers and other executives do not always see eye-to-eye on
the importance of investing in cloud, document workflow and mobile
technologies. In many cases, the survey results indicated a ‘knowledge gap’
between IT and non-IT professionals’ awareness of which technologies their
companies are deploying, and how they’re being used.”

The survey also garnered inconsistent responses between IT decision-makers and
non-IT executives regarding their companies’ Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and
mobile printing programs. For example, 57 percent of IT-decision makers and
just 23 percent of non-IT executives said their companies provide support for
all devices and platforms. There was a similar disparity in the percentage of
IT decision-makers and non-IT executives (12 percent and 36 percent,
respectively) who said their companies only support some devices and
platforms. Additionally, 67 percent of IT decision-makers said their companies
offer mobile printing, compared to 47 percent of non-IT executives.

Although the study found that IT decision-makers and non-IT executives
disagree on many subjects, the results indicate that there are at least two
things that these groups can agree on: the ongoing role of paper within their
organizations, and security concerns. A total of 82 percent of all
professionals strongly or somewhat agree that they anticipate there will still
be a need for paper-based workflows in their organization for at least a
decade. When asked about the issues related to their current document
workflows that they are very or extremely concerned about, nearly two-thirds
(65 percent) of professionals cited security breaches, making it the top
concern.

In addition to illuminating discrepancies between IT and non-IT professionals’
awareness of and attitudes toward workflow optimization, this study also
reveals how these technologies – especially BYOD and mobile – are currently
being used in the workplace, and the value they provide. For example, 70
percent of professionals whose companies support BYOD said employees use their
personal devices to access and share documents through company email, 59
percent said employees access documents stored in the cloud and 54 percent
said employees access company databases.

The 53 percent of professionals whose companies have mobile printing
capabilities cited several benefits of the technology, many pertaining to the
growing number of employees who telecommute or frequently travel for work.
These benefits include:

  *Flexibility to print while employees are traveling (79 percent)
  *Ability to print wherever employees are working within their company (78
    percent)
  *Ability to provide printed content to others, including team members,
    clients and customers (72 percent)
  *Convenience of accessing printed content created on any device, in any
    location (68 percent)

“Forrester's research into workforce computing trends shows that the
one-size-fits-all approach is getting harder to maintain. The corporate
personal computing environment is now a mix of legacy Windows, client/server,
cloud-hosted and native apps, with a wide array of devices and operating
systems, some of which are not well suited to an evolving, mobile workforce,”
said David Johnson, principal analyst, Forrester. “IT leaders have the
opportunity to offload costs and responsibility while increasing productivity
by launching formal bring-your-own-device (BYOD) programs that meet employees’
increasing demands to use the technology of their choice.^1 Executives must
develop a framework to continuously improve and evolve their BYOD programs by
examining six factors, including employee profiles, device diversity, mobile
application requirements, and self-service initiatives.^2”

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business,
and industrial digital imaging solutions. With approximately $36 billion in
global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks third overall
in U.S. patents granted in 2013†and is one of Fortune Magazine's World’s Most
Admired Companies in 2014. In 2013, Canon U.S.A. has received the PCMag.com
Readers’ Choice Award for Service and Reliability in the digital camera and
printer categories for the tenth consecutive year, and for camcorders for the
past three years. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest level of customer
satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service
and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated
to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. In 2014,
the Canon Americas Headquarters secured LEED®Gold certification, a
recognition for the design, construction, operations and maintenance of
high-performance green buildings. To keep apprised of the latest news from
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www.usa.canon.com/rssand follow us on Twitter @CanonUSA.

About Nielsen & The Harris Poll

On February 3, 2014, Nielsen acquired Harris Interactive and The Harris Poll.
Nielsen Holdings N.V. (NYSE:NLSN) is a global information and measurement
company with leading market positions in marketing and consumer information,
television and other media measurement, online intelligence and mobile
measurement. Nielsen has a presence in approximately 100 countries, with
headquarters in New York, USA and Diemen, the Netherlands. For more
information, visitwww.nielsen.com.

†Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and Trademark
Office.

All referenced product names, and other marks, are trademarks of their
respective owners

^I Survey Methodology

This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Poll on
behalf of Canon U.S.A. between May 6-19, 2014 among 211 US residents employed
full-time at companies with at least 500 employees. Of these, 105 are IT
decision makers employed in a director position or higher in the IT department
or are an IT professional outside of an IT department, and who have at least a
major influence in their company’s IT decisions; the other 106 are non-IT
executives employed full-time in a Vice President position or higher, and who
do not work in an IT department and are not an IT professional. This online
survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of
theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology,
including weighting variables, please contact Emily Moran,
emmoran@cusa.canon.com.

^1 “How IT Can Better Help Enterprises Get Work Done,” Computerworld, David
Johnson of Forrester Research, May 8, 2014.

^2 "Find The Sweet Spot For Your Bring-Your-Own-Device Program", Forrester
Research, Inc., April 9, 2014.

Contact:

Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Editorial:
Siobhan Cullagh, 631-330-4602
scullagh@cusa.canon.com
or
Emily Moran, 631-330-2403
emmoran@cusa.canon.com
or
Canon U.S.A. Web Site:
http://www.usa.canon.com
or
For sales information/customer support:
1-800-OK-CANON
 
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