Technology Geeks Brings Expertise and Managed IT to Companies North of Dayton
Companies of all sizes need technology to operate efficiently and effectively. With reliance on information technology (IT) growing and many small businesses having limited IT resources, it is becoming increasingly difficult to keep the IT infrastructure up and running. Managed services let companies offload specific IT operations to a service provider, or managed service provider (MSP), who assumes responsibility for monitoring and managing IT systems and functions. MSPs act as an extension of an IT department, freeing up IT staff to focus on business-critical projects.
In many businesses, document-related expenses are one of the largest unmanaged expenses. Studies show that 90% of business owners are unaware of their total printing spend, which totals an estimated 1 to 3% of their annual revenue. Managed print services (MPS) gives you visibility and control over your business’s printing which contributes to a healthier bottom line.
A business’s printing costs includes the total costs incurred to manage and optimize the printer fleet and printer production, as well as the technical staff and processes that support the printer fleet. A MPS strategy allows you to control printing expenses by having a provider manage your fleet of printers. Benefits of a MPS strategy include:
- Increased productivity
- Reduced costs
- Streamlined printer placement
- Predictable printing
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Managing documents is a common workplace challenge. A backload of paper equates to inefficiencies, security risks, and storage costs. On average, professionals spend 18 minutes trying to locate a document they need, resulting in $14,000 worth of lost productivity per worker every year. By replacing manual document management with automated document management, your business will be able to take advantage of the benefits of an automated information workflow.
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Every year, there are many high-quality technology conferences, trade shows, expos, and events to attend, allowing business professionals to interact with people who have the same passion for technology. Prosource Tech Show VII, Presented by Konica Minolta provides a unique opportunity for business professionals to attend a free show that gives them exclusive access to cutting-edge technology. Here are the 5 main benefits of attending the tech show.
The total cost of printing can consume up to 3% of a business’s annual revenue.¹ Having visibility and control over your business’s printing can result in instrumental changes that contribute to a healthier bottom line. This can be achieved by implementing a Managed Print Services (MPS) solution that provides benefits such as increased productivity, reduced costs, streamlined printer placement, and predicable printing.
Document-related expenses are one of the largest unmanaged expense for many organizations. In fact, studies show that only 1 out of 10 business owners are aware of their total printing spend.
A business’s printing costs includes more than just the toner and paper used, it includes the total costs incurred to manage and optimize the printer fleet and printer production, as well as the technical staff and processes that support the printer fleet. Typical printing costs include:
- All printing devices within the office, including desktop printers, multifunction printers (MFPs), copiers, scanners, fax machines, and production printers
- Every document created by employees, regardless of location
- Paper, ink, toner, and other supplies used during the printing process
- Documents and materials that are outsourced for quick printing, offset printing, mailing, and distribution
- Internal and external help desk support, IT support, technical service, and maintenance
Between toner, paper, printing clicks, and printing equipment, on average, businesses can spend up to 3% of their annual revenue on printing.¹
Industry estimates show that for every $1 spent on printing, businesses spend another $9 to manage the printing environment.² For example, if the cost of printing one document is $.05 and, on average, an office worker prints 10,000 documents annually, the total cost of printing for one office worker is $5,000 per year. If your office has 30 employees, that reflects $150,000 spent each year on printing.
Managed Print Services (MPS) is a program offered by print providers that manages and optimizes your entire print environment. MPS goes beyond reducing printing and paper usage. Just as your business is always evolving, MPS continues to evolve to help businesses meet their information challenges. Optimizing your print devices enables businesses to save money, reduce paper waste, and increase efficiency.
The goal of a successful managed print services (MPS) program is to give businesses visibility and control over their printing, resulting in an increase in productivity and a decrease in printing costs by up to 30%.³ With a MPS solution, an office of 30 employees can save up to $45,000 per year on printing, or 30% of total annual printing costs.
Printers, fax machines, scanners, and copier costs are often overlooked in businesses, especially since print costs are paid from numerous budgets and departments. Not having a clear understanding of how much is spent annually for hardware, toner, ink cartridges, paper, and management overhead results in unmanaged print spending.
¹ Joch, Alan, BizTech Magazine, http://www.biztechmagazine.com/article/2012/04/benefits-using-managed-print-services (accessed July 1, 2016).
² Joch, Alan, BizTech Magazine, http://www.biztechmagazine.com/article/2012/04/benefits-using-managed-print-services (accessed July 1, 2016).
³ Gillhooly, Kim, BizTech Magazine, http://www.biztechmagazine.com/article/2015/03/can-managed-print-services-save-you-money (accessed July 1, 2016)
By Michael Nadeau, Senior Market Analyst for Actionable Intelligence and contributing editor for ENX
HUNTINGTON — The city of Huntington and the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition are collecting supplies for flood victims in West Virginia.
The items will be collected through Thursday, June 30, and OVEC will work with other groups across the state in order to coordinate how the items will be best distributed.
OVEC is also seeking volunteers who can offer to help load supplies on Thursday and provide transportation. For more information or to offer assistance, email Natalie@ohvec.org.
The drop-off locations are Blacksheep Burritos and Brews, 1555 3rd Avenue, Huntington, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day and Facing Hunger Foodbank, 1327 7th Avenue, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday.
The following other groups are also collecting donations for the flood victims.
- The Lesage Lions Club and the Hillbilly Toy Chest in Milton are collecting cleaning supplies and other donations. Drop off at the Hillbilly Toy Chest, 878 E. Main St., Milton, or from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at the Lions Clubhouse, 6020 Kyle Lane, Lesage.
- The Milton Baptist Church Mission Committee is collecting cleaning supplies. Drop off from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday, June 26, at the church, 1123 Church St., Milton.
- Marshall University Women's Studies Program is collecting monetary donation on GoFund Me. The link is https://www.gofundme.com/2bjuy3x8. They also plan to have a drive across campus next week.
- The West Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster asks individuals seeking ways to help disaster survivors to make a monetary donation to its Disaster Relief Fund or register as a volunteer atwww.volunteerwv.org. Financial donations are accepted and more information can be found at https://wvvoad.communityos.org.
Lexmark brought home more awards than expected from the 2016 Manufacturing Leadership (ML) Awards gala.
Several Lexmarkers attended the June 8 gala in Carlsbad, Calif., expecting to accept three awards based on the list that wasannounced earlier this year.
However, the Manufacturing Leadership Council reserved some award announcements for the gala. Twelve recipients of the ML High Achiever Awards were surprised with awards — Lexmark among them.
The High Achiever Awards are presented to the ML Award-winning projects that received the most votes from the judges in each of the 12 project categories.
Lexmark received High Achiever Awards in two categories:
Enterprise Technology Leadership (for Lexmark’s Enterprise Social Networking project — moving the company to the Jive social collaboration platform, which Lexmark named “Innovate”). “Winning the top award in this category further confirms our leadership in collaboration and communication through our Innovate platform,” said Innovate administrator Dennis Pearce, enterprise knowledge architect. “We are continually working to improve our collaboration across the enterprise and are seeing business areas looking for more ways to collaborate and share knowledge on Innovate.”
Sustainability Leadership (for Lexmark’s TonerPave project).“Congratulations to all involved for these great achievements,” said Tonya Jackson, vice president, Global Supply Chain Operations. “Our GSCO team continues to innovate by developing and improving processes that benefit our customers and grow ourbusiness.”
Lexmark’s other ML Award this year was in the Customer Value Leadership category (for the Customer Setup Workflow project), bringing the total to five ML awards for the company in 2016.