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3 Steps to Avoid Analysis Paralysis and Right-Size Your Printer Fleet

Todd Stanton

Posted by Todd Stanton
Tue, Jul 26, 2016

I hear it all the time—"Help! I have all this information and don't know what to do with it!" It begins with a print assessment—an overview of how many printers and devices your organization has. Then, an overview of the cost per page, utilization per employee and overview of cost savings once the number of devices is reduced.

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The 3 Phases of Successful Printer Management

Todd Stanton

Posted by Todd Stanton
Mon, Jul 25, 2016

Every day, I’m on the front lines of Managed Print Services, working with clients to resolve business challenges associated with the operations and management of their print fleets. Fleets vary, but the challenges they produce for IT, Facilities and Purchasing can be quite costly to an organization’s bottom line.

Take into consideration the effect that a solid decision-making process can have on the efficiency of operating a large fleet of assets. Most organizations have traditionally acquired multifunction devices (MFDs) from a single provider that delivered a break-fix model within the operating costs of the equipment. However, since printers have always been peripherals to computers, they have generally been managed and deployed out of IT departments. Somewhere in the middle, purchasing processes POs for their copier management and buys supplies for a heterogeneous fleet of inkjet and laser printers. IT is then typically left to manage this hodgepodge of printers, copiers and fax machines. 

With each operation trying to independently handle these shared machines, it's not shocking to hear that 24% of IT helpdesk calls are related to issues on these devices.

Read on to learn about each of these 3 phases of successful print fleet management, as well as how you can implement them and reduce the burden on IT, facilities management and purchasing personnel:

  1. Management and reporting
  2. Optimization
  3. Innovation
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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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Moving Offices? What you need to know about planning a print strategy

Khris Fenton

Posted by Khris Fenton
Thu, Mar 27, 2014

Overseeing an office move?  Anyone who’s ever moved their house or apartment knows that it’s usually not a fun activity to undertake. And moving an office presents a different set of challenges to think about. But with the challenge comes an opportunity for your organization to start implementing best practices for managing your technology. So, in advance of your impending move, what do you need to know?

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