What's the Point of Managed Print Services?

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When it comes to business solutions, there are a lot of questions you can ask. However, perhaps the most important is also the simplest: "What's the point?". Today, we'll ask that very question about one big business solution--managed print services--and find out why the answer is so important.

The Point of Managed Print Services

When you hear the term "managed print services", you may think it refers to some sort of outsourcing situation where a faceless third-party company rules your print environment.

That couldn't be further from the truth.

In fact, the real "point" of managed print services is to make your print environment better, stronger, and more efficient in whatever way works best for you. While some tasks and concerns may be outsourced--namely, the ones you don't want to deal with--the rest stays firmly within your control.

Here are a few examples of managed print's main point in action:

  • Company A uses managed print sparingly. They want to maintain control over every little detail in their print environment, so their provider only gives advice and recommendations when necessary. Otherwise, they help Company A by implementing the chosen tools and solutions.

  • Company B is comfortably in the middle. Their provider manages the little day-to-day stuff like automating supply orders, and they deal with the bigger issues, like which machines to buy. It's their perfect combination of responsibility and freedom.

  • Company C relies on their provider for just about everything. While they like having a say in things that impact their unique workflows and company culture, they're happy to trust their managed print services provider with solutions, recommendations, implementation, security, and more.

In these examples, one thing is clear: The point of managed print services is not to take over your print environment but to support it in whatever way you feel is best.

Conclusion

Although managed print solutions comes with a long list of benefits, the real point is to help you use your print environment to your advantage. The solutions and approaches involved are totally up to you--and that's what makes managed print so powerful.

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