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Overcharge: What No One Is Talking About

Posted by Melliza Giliomee on Sep 11, 2019 12:00:00 PM

The expectation to deliver on an effective and efficient print environment for customers is becoming more and more important, whether it is a big corporate business with almost 3 000 assets to keep track of, or a small church down the road relying on one device to do the job. No matter your business size, you will most likely need to invest in a reliable partner to manage your devices and office automation space.

By investing in a partnership, you trust that the prices and terms presented to you are market-related and that the solution offering is a bargain because that is what the sales representative has told you…. right?

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Topics: MPS, Service Level Agreement, Office Automation, Managed Print Services, Managed Print Solutions, Managed Print Environments, Managed Print Expectations, Managed Print, Print Environment, Efficient, Green Office, Office Printing, TCO, Print Assessment, Hardware Solutions, CPC, CPP

Do you know if your contracts are up to scratch?

Posted by Melliza Giliomee on Aug 7, 2019 12:00:00 PM

It is imperative for businesses today to work in an optimal environment to increase efficiency. Office automation is one area in which a business can reduce costs and increase productivity significantly, provided you do your homework. Office Automation is critical for many businesses and because you are replacing many devices such as scanners, printers and multifunctional devices, the partner you choose becomes even more important.

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Topics: MPS, Service Level Agreement, Office Automation, Managed Print Services, Managed Print Solutions, Managed Print Environments, Managed Print Expectations, Managed Print, Efficient, Green Office

Outcomes of a Print Audit – What Should You Be Getting?

Posted by Melliza Giliomee on Jul 17, 2019 12:00:00 PM

It is not unlikely that most businesses do not know the number of printed pages they are currently generating or what their entire print environment is costing them.  It takes a lot of time and industry experts to inventory all the devices, analyse the related cost to each device and understand the current picture of the business environment.  If done properly, a print audit can be extremely helpful, as this critical information is used to measure the success and to identify opportunities to revitalise your print environment, reduce costs and improve end-user productivity.

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Topics: MPS, Managed Print Services, Managed Print Solutions, Managed Print Environments, Managed Print Expectations, Managed Print, Print Environment, Efficient, Office Solutions, Green Office, Office Printing, Printing Industry, Print Assessment

The Impact of Downtime on Business

Posted by Melliza Giliomee on May 23, 2018 10:27:53 AM

Can we ever understand the true cost of downtime in an organisation? The only way to do this is to get a grip on what downtime really costs. The first step is to define what “downtime” means, which is “system unavailability”. Even if an application is “up and running”, it is still considered downtime if the application can’t be used.  

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Topics: MPS, Office Automation, Managed Print Services, Managed Print Solutions, Managed Print Environments, Managed Print Expectations, Managed Print, Innovation, Efficient, Office Solutions, Green Office

Pros and Cons to Buying or Leasing a Printer

Posted by Melliza Giliomee on Mar 8, 2018 10:00:00 AM

As with any kind of asset investment, it is worth it to take the time to consider whether buying or leasing a printer is the best option. This is no different when it comes to buying or leasing an office copier, scanner or other multi-function device. In both cases, you want to understand the advantages and disadvantages of both a lease or purchase agreement.

To help you make a more informed decision when it comes to gaining control of print costs, here is a comprehensive list of pros and cons related to both purchasing and leasing new digital Multi-function Printers (MFP's).

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Topics: Print Environment, Efficient, Office Solutions, Green Office, Office Printing, Hardware Solutions

The Cost of Printing - Do We Really Need to Spend so Much on Paper?

Posted by Melliza Giliomee on Jan 13, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Every year, tons of paper is used in workplaces all over the world, in both large and small offices. Many of these offices have actively taken up recycling, but even though it is an inexpensive and environmentally conscious option, a much more cost-effective strategy is to reduce daily paper consumption. 

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Topics: MPS, Reduce Printing, Printing Costs, Office Automation, Managed Print Services, Managed Print Solutions, Managed Print Environments, Managed Print Expectations, Managed Print, Print Environment, Green Office, Office Printing

5 Steps to a More Optimised Print Environment

Posted by Melliza Giliomee on Aug 28, 2017 8:30:00 AM

It’s no secret that organisations are seeking to cut down on costs and what better and more effective way to do so than starting with the print environment. It is known that the typical organisation’s second most costly expense lies within the print environment.

What is needed is a centralised, strategic approach - one that is based on a thorough assessment of the costs, volumes, support needs and employee effort associated with the workflow.

With such an assessment, companies often find that they can:

  • reduce the number of printers and copiers hanging on their network
  • cut support and supply costs
  • optimise their equipment leases and maintenance contracts
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Topics: MPS, Managed Print Services, Managed Print Solutions, Managed Print Environments, Managed Print Expectations, Managed Print, Print Environment, Efficient, Green Office

5 Signs That It Is Time to Upgrade Your Printer or Copier

Posted by Melliza Giliomee on Jul 24, 2017 11:08:06 AM

Like anything, print devices have a life span and depreciates over time.  The performance consequently gets worse as the device ages.  It is therefore important to address the situation promptly so that you are not relying on a machine that offers sub-optimal performance. 

Print devices are continuing to innovate themselves to keep up with the technological demands that organisations require.  Although the printer might not be that old, new features can be beneficial to increase efficiencies whilst reducing costs.

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Topics: Printing Costs, Office Automation, Print Environment, Efficient, Office Solutions, Green Office, Office Printing, Hardware Solutions

How Managed Print Services (MPS) Benefits Schools

Posted by Melliza Giliomee on Jul 13, 2017 9:36:19 AM

It is a universal truth that printing can become a very costly expense if it is not closely managed. Looking at a school environment, printing cannot be done away with as printing plays a critical role in the education environment.  As technology evolves, educational institutions are challenged to keep up with the latest trends and they must do so with a limited budget.

A common misconception is that educational technology replaces printing, as well as replacing the role of the teacher.  Technology in the education space is there to support the teacher and school management in their daily activities and to enhance the teaching experience. Budgetary constraints become a barrier for schools to adopt the latest teaching technology and therefore place school management under immense pressure to keep expenses to a minimum while at the same time innovating within the school space.

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Topics: MPS, Reduce Printing, Managed Print Services, Managed Print Solutions, Managed Print Environments, Managed Print Expectations, Managed Print, Print Environment, Reporting, Efficient, Green Office

The Difference Between OEM and Aftermarket Cartridges

Posted by Melliza Giliomee on May 12, 2017 12:15:56 PM

For most end users, there is a lack of understanding on the difference between Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) cartridges and Aftermarket cartridges. What are the differences between them? This blog will assist you in understanding more about the differences in how these cartridges are manufactured.

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Topics: Remanufactured Toner Cartridges, Office Automation, Efficient, Green Office, Cartridge Solutions