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Top 5 Most Read Technology Tips & Posts from June

Jasmine Lancaster

Posted by Jasmine Lancaster
Wed, Jul 06, 2016

During the month of June, we delivered informative content outlining topics — including what to expect during IT onboarding, cyber security and cyber attack prevention, how to avoid printer jams and more — from which all organizations can benefit.

These posts were created to be used as a guide, helping to relieve anxiety, answer questions, and ultimately assist organizations with making the best business decisions related to office technology. 

As we continue to rev up valuable content for July, take a minute to soak up the information in our five most popular blog business technology posts of June:

  1. What to Expect From Your New Managed IT Services Provider During Onboarding
  2. How to Avoid and Reduce Paper Jams in Your Office Copier or Printer
  3. Top 10 Messy Desk Mistakes That Threaten Security in Your Office
  4. What the Healthcare Industry MUST Know About Ransomware Attack
  5. IT Can No Longer Guarantee Cyber Security

Keep reading for more info on each of these topics.

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MFP vs Desktop Printer: Which is better for your office printing needs?

Robert Bruce

Posted by Robert Bruce
Tue, Feb 23, 2016

The multifunction printer (MFP) has greatly improved document management, workflow and office efficiencies, but desktop printers can still be found at some workstations. In fact, despite the many technological advantages of the MFP, the desktop printer hasn't completely disappeared from the modern office environment. 

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The Top 5 Most Popular Office Technology Blog Posts of 2015

Jasmine Lancaster

Posted by Jasmine Lancaster
Tue, Jan 05, 2016

As we spring into the New Year, one of the best ways to ring in 2016 is to recap a few of the most popular posts published on our blog in the previous year. 2015 brought many successes and steady growth for the Meridian family. We showcased everything from ways small to midsized businesses can benefit from vCIO services, techniques that allow your business to “go green” to ensure environmental sustainability, along with a host of other blogs, which gave comprehensive access to information that could benefit you and your organization.

Most of our blog posts are aimed at answering questions we commonly hear from clients and prospects. Read on to take a look at the five most popular blog posts of 2015 — you may just find some answers to questions you've been wondering about, or ones you haven't even thought of yet!

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How Much Copier Speed Do You Need?

Robert Bruce

Posted by Robert Bruce
Tue, Dec 08, 2015

One of the most important qualities of a printer/copier is ppm or pages per minute. It’s not the only factor, not by a longshot. But, copy speed is certain to be heavily factored in when deciding on which copier, or multifunction printer (MFP), to lease or buy.

Much like an automobile’s horsepower, top printer speed is not always utilized, but it’s nice to have it when it’s needed. On the other hand, do you really need to lease a Corvette when most of your driving occurs within a radius of 10 miles or less, on city streets?

For now, let’s take an objective look at MFP ppm speed. We'll start with one question: is faster always better?

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4 Ways DC Businesses Can Save Money Through Managed Print

Robert Bruce

Posted by Robert Bruce
Tue, Nov 17, 2015

Running a small- to mid-sized business (SMB) in a market as competitive as the Washington, DC metro area is a challenge. Profit margins can seem slimmer than a sheet of printer paper. And that segues into a good way that SMBs can save money, increase efficiency, improve document security, and help the environment — managed print services (MPS).

In a continual effort to reduce expenses and increase profits, many SMBs closely monitor recurring expenses like travel and transportation costs, telecom and broadband usage, and energy costs. However, it's not unusual to find an SMB that keeps a frugal eye on those expenses while mostly ignoring its printing costs.

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Top 5 Office Technology Blogs of May 2015

Claudia Alvarez

Posted by Claudia Alvarez
Tue, Jun 02, 2015

From common cyber attack techniques, to which output device is best for your office, check out our 5 top office technology blogs of May. Enjoy as we prepare even more useful content this month. 


MFP vs Desktop Printer: Which is better for your office printing needs?

Posted by Robert Bruce on Wed, May 20, 2015 

The multifunction printer (MFP) has greatly improved document management, workflow and office efficiencies, but desktop printers can still be found at some workstations. In fact, despite the many technological advantages of the MFP, the desktop printer hasn't completely disappeared from the modern office environment. Document management is complex, and there is no easy, one-size-fits-all solution. Print strategy often involves a hybrid approach that may well include not only desktop printers and strategically placed fps, but an in-house print room or copy center, as well as the occasional outsourced print job.

RELATED: The Benefits of In-house Production Printing vs Outsourced Printing

In this blog post, I'll focus on the decision regarding whether to have only desktop printers, just use multi-functioning devices, or employ a mix of both device types. There are pros and cons for each strategy. Read on to learn about the pros and cons as they relate to each of these 5 key factors:

  1. Features
  2. Initial costs vs recurring costs
  3. Available space and device footprint
  4. Digitizing and networking
  5. Security

Read on to learn more!

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DC Copier Service: 7 Reasons You Need a Copier Maintenance Contract and SLA

Adam Siegelbaum

Posted by Adam Siegelbaum
Tue, Jan 27, 2015

The modern multifunction printer (MFP) is a marvelous engineering achievement. Through a complex combination of digital electronics, laser optics, and analog engineering, a small-to-midsize business (SMB) can now produce large quantities of high-quality copies and prints in house, instead of ordering them from a print shop. The office printer has become as important to most enterprises as its computer system, making its upkeep and repair just as important.

The best way to ensure smooth print operations is with a service level agreement (SLA), and here are seven reasons why:

  1. Predictable operating costs
  2. An ounce of prevention
  3. Insurance
  4. Only highly trained personnel should work on your MFP
  5. Better service response time
  6. Remote help
  7. Complete and accurate service records
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