Xerox said this week that its line of ConnectKey-enabled devices will now include connectivity to apps from platforms including Salesforce, QuickBooks Online and Concur.
Xerox's ConnectKey platform aims to turn multifunction printers into a smart workplace assistant, with access to apps for simplifying and improving business workflows.
In early 2017, Xerox put the ConnectKey interface on all 29 of the new printing devices that were part of the company's massive A4 and A3 launch in a bid to make the portfolio more appealing to customers.
This year, the company is expanding on the 2017 device launch by adding capabilities for a number of prevalent business apps in its ConnectKey-enabled VersaLink and AltaLink devices.
The apps include the Xerox Connect App for Salesforce, which provides users with access to the Salesforce CRM from ConnectKey-enabled Xerox multifunction printers. Users will be able to upload documents and share information by "scanning the documents directly into Salesforce," Xerox said in a news release.
The company is also launching the Xerox Connect App for QuickBooks Online, which aims to provide a "hassle-free" process for expense reimbursement with scanning of multiple receipts. The receipt data is "extracted into an expense report and submitted with notifications sent to reviewers for timely approval," Xerox said.
Concur users will get a similar receipt management app in Xerox ConnectKey devices by the end of the year, according to Xerox.
The new ConnectKey apps will be released between the fourth quarter of this year and first quarter of 2019, Xerox said.
For solution providers, "the e-commerce-enabled Xerox App Gallery provides a global marketplace for channel partners to promote and sell apps," Xerox said. Meanwhile, channel partners will receive a share of revenue when their customers purchase apps, the company said.