May 28, 2015
ITWeb reported on Printacom, OKI’s South African distributor, and its views on both managed print and managed document services (MDS). Calling MDS the “business of not printing”, the company’s Managing Director Neil Rom was interviewed by the technology website, with OKI’s Smart Managed Document Solutions programme designed to “reduce printing”.
The solution is aimed at the BYOD (bring your own device) market, and allows “anyone with a vetted smart device to participate”, and aims to help solve the “massive reliance on paper” due to its “resource-heavy” nature. Businesses are “continually looking for ways to reduce their reliance on paper” on a cost-saving basis, and while MPS is “proving to be a popular market for many printer companies”, Printacom stated that “promises don’t always manifest in reality”.
Rom stated that “everyone is talking about managed print solutions”, but that “a lot of flowery things have been promised, [and] are rarely delivered. In fact, implementations are often a nightmare and end up adding to the complexity, not reducing it”. He notes that OKI’s “different” approach involves using software developers to “help create smart software for printing ecosystems” that are “not designed explicitly from a print vendor’s perspective”.
In this case, the developers are “focused on addressing the issue from a business approach” and are “not affiliated with the printing world”. The collaboration between developers and OKI has created the Sendys print solution, a “brand-agnostic” programme that “embraces a company’s environment on its terms”. The software allows all users to access it, and IT administrators “can then decide who can print what, where and how”, with smart printers changing the screen to “offer specific functions”.
Older machines can use the software by having a tablet “attached” to them, and Sendys also includes “document capture tools” along with the “ability to digitise a document” by taking a picture of a page. The software can support between five and 50,000 users, and OKI’s goal is “to reduce printing”, utilising its consulting services to “identify efficiencies” as well. Analysing a printing ecosystem in detail also allows for paper use to be checked, alongside “recapitalising old hardware”.
Rom added: “Being one of the smaller printer brands, OKI is less motivated in selling printers and pushing out pages than its peers, holding a higher moral and ethical standard. It’s not about printing, but bringing our printing expertise and unique software to help customers save money and save on printing.”
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