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The Green Office Story and Beyond 2020

Posted by Warren Valentine on May 6, 2020 12:00:00 PM

As with most companies this year, Green Office is under immense pressure to drive cost reductions while generating sales to ensure that we are sustainable and will be around next year! Luckily for us, our purpose is to make business more efficient and sustainable, and that is exactly what we’ve been doing for our own business and are planning on doing this year and beyond.

Green Office has been in operation since 1997, starting out in a garage with only three people. We are now a fully fledged Managed Service Business focusing on driving efficiencies and sustainability initiatives to ensure that our clients don’t have physical, financial and operational waste.

Green Office will be focusing on delivering services within the following four towers:

  1. Managed Print Services looking at all aspects of a print environment.
  2. Digitalisation Consulting, Services & Technology
  3. Cyber Security, focusing on identifying and managing vulnerabilities
  4. Sustainability Consulting, through assessments and training, amongst other items.
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Topics: MPS, Remanufactured Toner Cartridges, Office Automation, Managed Print Services, Managed Print Solutions, Managed Print Environments, Managed Print Expectations, Managed Print, Print Environment, Innovation, Efficient, Green ABLE, Office Solutions, Green Office, Office Printing, Printing Industry, Sustainability, TCO, Print Assessment, Cyber Security, Print Management Software, Hardware Solutions, Device Management Software, Digitalisation, Cartridge Solutions, Sustainability Consulting

The Importance of Digitization Software in the Banking Industry

Posted by Chasthi Grant on Dec 11, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Written by Chasthi Grant in collaboration with Riaan van Rensburg

Hello again and green greetings!

 Let’s recap from our previous blog post, Digitization in the Banking Industry…

  • Green Office’s approach understands the digitisation end-goal, driving print to zero, entrenching and guiding the business towards a paperless utopia.
  • Green Office has conducted varying sets of decompositions within the banking industry.
  • Green Office will identify, assess, conduct user interviews, present the findings and advise the most sustainable solutions.

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Topics: Innovation, Efficient, Office Solutions, Green Office, Print Management Software, Device Management Software, Digitalisation

Cost Recovery – It’s not as difficult as you think!

Posted by Zandalee Naude on Oct 30, 2019 12:00:00 PM

Cost recovery in any business is essential. In law firms, it’s even more important to ensure that billable items land on clients’ invoices. Disbursements are often either manually tracked and billed, or it is isn’t recovered 100%. (This is an opportunity lost to generate an income for your business!)

Our preferred software for printing, telephony management and cost recovery is PaperCut.  Not a lot of companies know that PaperCut offers telephony billing, through an add-on module called, Revoco.  We’ve worked with various law firms of different sizes and for us, this software is a must.

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Topics: Innovation, Efficient, Office Solutions, Green Office, Print Management Software

Are your printers vulnerable to a Cyber Attack?

Posted by Riaan Jansen van Rensburg on Jul 3, 2019 10:00:00 AM

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.

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Topics: POPI Act, Print Environment, Innovation, Efficient, Office Solutions, Green Office, Office Printing, Printing Industry, Cyber Security, Print Management Software, Device Management Software

Matter Costing - How Print Management Software Can Raise the Bar

Posted by Zandalee Naude on Jun 5, 2019 12:00:00 PM

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.

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Topics: Print Environment, Innovation, Efficient, Office Solutions, Green Office, Office Printing, Print Management Software, Device Management Software

The Future of Printing in Schools

Posted by James Tooley on May 15, 2019 12:00:00 PM

I asked my son, who is in Grade 9, which medium at school he prefers to read and study from.  Without hesitation he said a book or on paper.  His first reason was clear, he feels less distracted when reading from a book, while an e-book or screen always remains a temptation.  

The accessibility to games and social media is real and one can’t help but be distracted even if on some subconscious level.  His second reason was less clear, but in summary, he prefers the hands-on physical side of turning pages and having ease of reference when using a book to study.

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Topics: Reduce Printing, Print Environment, Innovation, Efficient, Green Office, Print Management Software

NDD Partners with Green Print - Expanding Business in Africa

Posted by NDDPRINT on Nov 14, 2018 11:11:09 AM

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

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Topics: Print Environment, Innovation, Efficient, Office Solutions, Green Office, Office Printing, Printing Industry, Print Management Software, Device Management Software

Print Management Software - Control Costs and Reduce Waste

Posted by James Tooley on Oct 17, 2018 11:09:11 AM

Written by James Tooley in collaboration with Zandalee Naude (Smarketing Leader)

Everyone knows pushing print is easy, many people don’t know that controlling and managing it is also easy and has many benefits!  Controlling cost and reducing waste are key objectives of any print strategy and there is a simple, effective way of achieving them.

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

How Does Your Managed Print Service Stack Up?

Posted by Francois P. Naude on Aug 23, 2017 11:39:38 AM

Being in a company that specialises in Managed Print Services (MPS) means that I spend a lot of time speaking to Customer and potential Customer IT Managers, Financial Managers and Facilities Managers about their office automation environments.  Not the most exciting topic, I agree, but one of those that needs to be discussed for a business to run smoothly (have you ever seen what happens to an employee when their printer does not work?  It’s usually not a pretty sight and has been the punchline of many entertaining television commercials).

No single conversation is ever the same but there is one recurring theme that comes up time and again, that is when the question arises, “…so Mr/Mrs Customer, do you want to have a Managed Print Service or an Office Automation Solution?”  The response I get without fail is, “but we already have a Managed Print Service”.  The unfortunate reality is that although most vendors sell their solutions as MPS solutions, they are in-fact not MPS solutions, but the customer is none the wiser.  

So, I thought it would be helpful to Customers to have some guideline metrics to check just how much of an MPS service they do have in place. We have therefor put together a set of questions (MPS Scorecard) that should help achieve this, I hope you find it useful.

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Topics: MPS, Managed Print Services, Managed Print Solutions, Managed Print Environments, Managed Print Expectations, Managed Print, Efficient, Green Office, Print Management Software, Device Management Software

Printing and the POPI Act, What You Need to Know

Posted by Riaan Jansen van Rensburg on Aug 11, 2017 3:17:09 PM

According to South African Law, everyone has the right to privacy (Section 14 of Constitution of South Africa, 1996).  The right to privacy includes a right to protection against the unlawful collection, retention, dissemination and use of personal information.  What does this mean in the World of Printing?  It means pages printed with personal information need to be controlled, but how do you do this?

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Topics: POPI Act, Print Environment, Efficient, Green Office, Office Printing, Printing Industry, Print Management Software, Device Management Software