Monday, June 21, 2010

Network Management Software Offers a Solution to the Dirty Little Secret in Printing Costs

The article 'Network Management Software Offers a Solution to the Dirty Little Secret in Printing Costs' was recently featured on the Lifestyle website, here is an excerpt:

Most printer manufacturers don't make much from the sale of printers, according to industry observers. Most essentially recoup their production costs on the sale of each printer. They make the bulk of their profit selling ink, toner, and paper to businesses, schools, and offices, which typically lack the ability to track and control their printing costs. The more ink, toner, and paper that printer manufacturers sell, the greater their profits. So can you expect the printer management software bundled with branded printers to control network printing as effectively as a third-party network management software solution?

The answer is no. Printer manufacturers often include some printer management software with their printers. But these controls are typically limited to their brand or an individual machine, as they aren't true network management software solutions. This limits their effectiveness in most business, school, and office environments, which tend to use multiple printer brands across their networks.

And consider this: even as computer prices have steadily dropped, the cost of one high-tech necessity has remained stubbornly high. Printer and toner cartridges are so costly that one printer giant has long made more than two-thirds of its profit from selling them. Because printer manufacturers essentially sell inkjet and low-end laser printers as loss-leaders to generate a high-margin revenue stream from consumable ink, toner and paper, relying on them to control printing costs is like putting the fox in charge of guarding the henhouse.

A company called Software Shelf is trying to change all that with a third-party network management software solution. Software Shelf makes a product called "Print Manager Plus". It's a simple, inexpensive way to control network printing. It not only allows administrators to restrict printer users by dollar amount, job size, file type, or other specifiers, but also gives them an easy, centralized way to view essentially everything printed on the network, see how much it costs, who's doing it, which printers are used, and so on.

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Saturday, June 12, 2010

FREE Add Credit Agent for Print Manager Plus 2010

Check out the new FREE Add Credit Agent for Print Manager Plus 2010. The updated utility is free for any Print Manager Plus 2010 customers.

Add Credit Agent Features and Updates:
- Compatible with Print Manager Plus 7.0 and Later.
- Logs credit transactions done to Database for reporting within User Credit Reports.
- Supports all Regions and Currencies.- Supports adding to Primary Balance, or Paid Balance(Requires Print Manager Plus or later)
- Various interface improvements and fixes for ease of use.

Add Credit Agent:
This tool provides a simple, easy to use drop down list of user's with current and active balances. Filtering allows locating individual user's in a large environment. Balance can be added or subtracted to both Paid Balance and Primary balance. All transactions are logged in the user's credit history within reporting. The program is web based and can be installed on your IIS Server with a simple installation option.

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