Sharp launches Managed Print Services for SMB
- While almost all small and medium sized businesses need to print and scan information to function, most do not have the time or specialist knowledge to manage their printers effectively. This means unnecessary admin and consumable costs can creep up while equipment underperforms. With Sharp MPS we’re making enterprise level print management available to everyone. – said Maciej Tomaszewski, Country Sales Manager, Sharp Electronics CEE.
Sharp MPS involves five phases, from Assessing a customers’ needs and Proposing a solution, to Transforming their printing practices, to on-going Management and continuous Optimisation. This process acts as a strategic framework designed to provide flexibility and scalability.
As part of the proposal, Sharp may recommend that individual desktop printers are replaced with far fewer multi-functional printers (MFPs) that everyone can use. Accounting software may also be deployed to monitor and manage the business’ print and copy usage, to track and recover costs. Gartner has estimated that being proactive about print management can cut office print costs by between 10 and 30%.
Sharp’s MFPs already offer a range of advanced security features to protect information while it is being created, shared and stored. These include automatic encryption of data transmitted to and from the hard disk drive on the MFP, and while saved on the MFP, automatic file deletion after a specified period. MPS offers further options to increase security, for example, adding secure pull printing software which prevents pages of sensitive information being left on a printer tray by only printing when you are logged in and standing at a device.
Sharp also offers a range of Managed Content Services, which work alongside MPS. For example, a business could use Sharp’s light document management system Cloud Portal Office and its integrated software to automate certain document workflows. In an accounting department, a scanning application on a multi-functional printer can extract usable data from an invoice, such as the total amount of the invoice, using optical character recognition (OCR). Based on the amount, the scanned document could automatically be routed to a line manager for approval.
For more information about Sharp Managed Print Services for small and medium sized businesses visit www.sharp.eu/scee