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This IDC study uses the IDC MarketScape model to evaluate a number of vendors participating in the smart MFP market. The IDC MarketScape is an evaluation based on a comprehensive framework and a set of parameters that assess vendors relative to one another and to those factors expected to be most conducive to success in a given market during the short term and long term.

This study assesses a number of vendors participating in the Western European smart MFP market and is made up of two key sections. It starts with a graphical depiction of multiple vendors in a bubble chart format. This concisely illustrates IDC analysts' review of vendors along their strategies and current capabilities axes. The strategies axis represents a three- to five-year future perspective, while the capabilities axis represents current product and go-to-market execution. This standing determines whether the vendor is positioned in the Leader, Major Player, Contender, or Participant categories in the Western European smart MFP office market. It also depicts the vendor's market size (as determined by current market share) by the size of the bubble.

The remaining portion of this section offers IDC's assessment on the most critical success factors in the smart MFP market and guidance to the buying community for such products. The section goes on to provide individual analysis for each company participating in this market.

The second section of the study is provided in the Appendix. This portion of the study offers all the background analysis on using the IDC MarketScape graphic, research methodology, market definition, and capabilities/strategies criteria.

"Many organizations are utilizing the architecture of smart MFPs to transform their business processes in today's office workplace as the hardcopy industry itself transforms from paper to digital pages. The availability of cloud-enabled workflow and document management solutions are increasing the deployment and utilization of smart MFPs in small and large organizations as they realize that the smart MFP is no longer just a print and copy device, but a center point for their day-to-day business activities," said Phil Sargeant, program director, IDC Imaging Hardware and Document Solutions.



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