The involvement of managing of hardcore devices such as printers, multifunction devices, fax machines and copiers is known as Managed Print Services (MPS). Managed Document Services (MDS) is closely related to Managed Print Service (MDS) in which the vendor such as Printercorp sees this service as much more than just simply a printing service. MPS/MDS are branches of a bigger Managed Services market, even though MPS/MDS have the unique application which is required for an organization. Managed Print services have much definition in the market place, such as on- source contract with on line staff and ranging as far as re-banking with break fix contract.
MPS have four categories which are facilitated by key software applications. These are: IT manage the nature of print and the volume; print devices in the environment are managed and monitor by Device Management Software: software is discovered and design to plan and analyze for changes which are required in the implementation of a MPS and scan routing software which do route scans to different destinations such as network folder, email or workflows and fax servers.
The four (4) groups of MPS providers are the OEMS such as HP, Canon, Konica , Samsung, Lexmark, Minolta, Toshiba and Xerox. These OEMs provides independent brand of MPS. Services offer by Xerox and HP enhances productivity, reduce ownership cost, and energy consumption. (more...)