Ricoh Saves Development Time and Costs, Improves Customer and Developer Productivity with Upgraded Platform
 
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Ricoh Saves Development Time and Costs, Improves Customer and Developer Productivity with Upgraded Platform

Ricoh Company Ltd. (Ricoh) is one of the world’s leading providers of printing and document management products and services. Its flagship product offering consists of corporate imaging equipment, including multifunction printers (MFPs), standalone printers, and production printers for commercial deployment.

Ricoh also manufactures and sells industrial products such as thermal media, optical equipment, semiconductors, and electronic components−as well as a range of high-end digital cameras for personal and professional use.

 
 

 
 

Challenges

A word from Ricoh Company Ltd.

  • “We chose to migrate to Oracle Java SE Embedded due to its compatibility with a previous Java platform, offering customers more robust functionality. We saved significant development time and costs and satisfied customer demand for a more flexible and high performance printing device.” ‒ Jun Ebata, Senior Specialist, 2nd Development Section, 5th Development Department, GW Development Center, MFP Business Group, Ricoh Company Ltd.

  • Upgrade the existing Java platform to improve print engine controller performance for MFPs and meet growing customer demand for more functionality and application support
  • Provide ease of use development environment for third-party developers to create more powerful printer solutions and improve productivity

Solutions

Oracle Product and Services

  • Enhanced MFPs’ print engine controller performance by supporting a wider array of functions, including a robust debugging module and PC-like memory management and security, improving customer satisfaction
  • Saved significant development time by migrating to compatible Oracle Java SE Embedded, enabling MFP users and developers to reuse existing functions and applications previously developed using the Java Platform, Micro Edition
  • Reduced IT costs by maintaining compatibility with previous Java platform, enabling more applications and functions to incorporate into MFPs rather than limiting to embedded devices, improving developers’ productivity
  • Increased customers’ office productivity by offering a more efficient printing product, capable of supporting mobile, network, and cloud—increasing paperless communications in the office environment 

Why Oracle

Ricoh decided to migrate from the Java Platform, Micro Edition to Oracle Java SE Embedded because the company can now embed it in Ricoh’s MFP due to its larger memory size and ability to support broader functionality. Oracle Java SE Embedded is also compatible with existing IT assets, eliminating the need to redevelop applications for new products or re-configure Ricoh’s IT architecture.

“We are very happy with Oracle Java SE Embedded as it enables our developers and MFP users to continue to use their experience and knowledge of the previous Java platform. We saved significant development time and costs and improved our developers’ productivity,” said Jun Ebata, senior specialist, 2nd development section, 5th development department, GW development center, MFP business group, Ricoh Company.

Implementation Process

Ricoh researched the possibility of migrating from Java Platform, Micro Edition to Oracle Java SE Embedded and started developing multifunction printers incorporating Oracle Java SE Embedded, before launching MFPs in different countries.