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.
The South African Financial Institutions are well known, as ambassadors for the country. Their contributions in sport, art and education has made phenomenal strides in improving revenue and reputation, a mutual benefit for both the institutes and the country. The major financial institutes share similar challenges within the core industry.
These are namely:
- Growth and market-share of the business and their portfolios,
- Creating or improving on their customer experience ie. customer relationship,
- Conquering new revenue streams, and last, but not least
- Digital Transformation of their legacy systems and moving towards a paperless environment
Despite the future vision the above challenges offer, printing is still a major focus despite its challenges for the majority of the financial institutes. Even with the launch of the newer digital platform banks (as seen in the media - Tyme and Discovery Bank), many South Africans are very much loyal to the traditional financial houses. Ergo, printing is and will still be a requirement for many years to come.
This question often comes up, and the answer to it is certainly yes. Your printing devices connect to nearly every device in your corporate network and most printers are not even designed with cyber security in mind. If hackers are hungry enough for information they will use any possible way to get “inside’’ your network. Their intent is to get access and control of your printer and from there your network. If they have access to the network, they will have control over your data.
The hackers want data that contains sensitive information that they can use to harm your company financially or place malicious software on your network to bring your business to its knees, harming your company’s IT infrastructure.
How do you turn your business into a paperless environment? Is it as simple as stopping all printing and just doing everything digitally? What about storing and retrieving documents? The list of questions can get really long!
To address this challenge, Green Office’s Business Process Optimisation focuses on the following three steps:
Having a print management software to recover matter billing from your clients is no longer a pleasant option, but rather an essential part of your law firm’s IT toolkit. However, although most firms recognise this need and the importance of this revenue stream, most aren’t sure what the best software is and how to go about it.
Let’s fix that.
Think twice before opting for bartered sponsorship deals for your school with Office Automation companies.
These days there appears to be a trend with Office Automation companies offering sponsorship to schools in order to obtain their business, the question and concern this raises with me is “Who is actually paying for the sponsorship, the Office Automation Company or the School?”
Green Print was introduced to NDD through a partnership with the American company LMI, due to the high demand for brand diagnostic printer monitoring and print management software.
Software known as nddPrint MPS (Printer monitoring software) and nddPrint 360 (Print management software) was subsequently tested and established as a unique product in the current market due to its cloud based architecture and integration into various ERP applications. nddPrint MPS is not only outstanding in monitoring Network printers, but also has the capabilities of USB printers, which give the solution an advantage in comparison to other MPS software in the market. nddPrint 360 has the capabilities of Job Accounting, Print Rules, Secure Print, Release and Mobility .
nddPrint 360 can be setup without a print server and provide print tracking and policy control.
Interview done with James Elstob of MDM Technologies
When outsourcing your IT processes, there are 3 key points to consider:1. How do I know I am ready to outsource my IT?
If you are already asking this question, you should outsource your IT. Rather get the experts to assist, or conduct an assessment of your business and see where it could be implemented, instead of bogging your CIO down with issues they shouldn’t be dealing with. (It’s like getting a doctor to check your plumbing or a plumber to check your heart).
Benefits for small companies versus large companies.
An interview was done with James Elstob of MDM Technologies
“Outsourcing" and “insourcing" are methods of dividing up work amongst different departments or companies for strategic reasons. Insourcing is typically done solely from within a company's own operational infrastructure, while outsourcing uses companies that are not affiliated with the company itself to perform a task.
Do You Know How Much Paper Is Costing Your Business?
Take a minute and look around your office and/or work environment, what do you see? Stacks of paper in the recycling bin? Printers that are faulty or out of order? An A3 printer that everyone only uses to print A4? Printers that are always low on paper and ink?