Office Document Strategies Blog

6 Tools For More Environmentally Friendly Documents Printing

Posted by Lee Kirkby on Wed, Apr 20, 2011 @ 09:04 AM

Most businesses are interested in reducing their documents printing and doing so in an environmentally friendly way.  There are tools available with multifunction printers and some network printers that can help in this effort.  Here are 6 tips for more Eco focused printing.

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Topics: Multifunction Printer, software tools, Document, Printer, Colour printer, Copier, colour multifunction, colour multifunction printer, Environment

You Could Pay $9,000 More Than Necessary For Your Colour MFP

Posted by Lee Kirkby on Wed, Apr 13, 2011 @ 16:04 PM

  I got an e-mail the other day from a client of mine who was approached by his Canon colour mfp sales rep offering to upgrade his current unit for $56 a month savings.  He wondered if this was a good idea and asked me what I thought.

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Topics: Postage meter, Multifunction Printer, MFP, Copier, colour multifunction printer, postage machine

Choosing Your Colour MFP - 7 Key Questions

Posted by Lee Kirkby on Wed, Apr 6, 2011 @ 16:04 PM

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Topics: MFP, colour multifunction, colour multifunction printer

8 Reasons to Replace Your Office Printer

Posted by Lee Kirkby on Fri, Jan 7, 2011 @ 09:01 AM

Eventually all office printers come to a point in their life when they need to be replaced.  Here are some reasons I have found that clients make a decision to upgrade:

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Topics: Printer, Colour printer, colour multifunction printer, cost of printing, Managed Print Services

Colour Multifunction Printers Popular - 4 Reasons Why

Posted by Lee Kirkby on Tue, Jan 4, 2011 @ 15:01 PM

  Colour multifunction printers are a category of print device which continue to be popular with small business clients as well as some corporate users.  Combining the monochrome capability of a traditional printer copier with the output of colour documents has built this class of device into a favourite, especially in offices with only one multifunction device.

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Topics: cost of colour, colour multifunction, colour multifunction printer, cost of printing

Are A4 MFP Printers Taking Over Burlington?

Posted by Lee Kirkby on Wed, Oct 6, 2010 @ 17:10 PM

A4 (letter/legal) mfp printers have been around for a couple of years now offering full functionality.  The industry has debated whether they will eventually take over the market of A3 (ledger capable) mfps due to their lower price, smaller footprint and a growing focus on printing vs traditional copying.

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Topics: Multifunction Printer, MFP, Copier, colour multifunction printer

Has Your Business Copier (MFP) Lease Been Rolled?

Posted by Lee Kirkby on Thu, Sep 16, 2010 @ 09:09 AM

 What does rolling your business copier (MFP) lease mean?  This is the practice of encouraging a lease holder to replace their copier or MFP with a new unit prior to the end of the current lease.  It is a common practice for some companies and can lead to significant additional cost for lessees.  

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Topics: Multifunction Printer, MFP, cost of colour, Copier, colour multifunction printer, cost of printing

New MFP Printer in Burlington or Anywhere Else? Lease or Buy?

Posted by Lee Kirkby on Wed, Sep 15, 2010 @ 16:09 PM

  Getting a new MFP?  Should you buy it or lease it?  There are as many thoughts on this topic as there are finance people in businesses.

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Topics: Multifunction Printer, MFP, Colour printer, cost of colour, Copier, colour multifunction printer, cost of printing

Hamilton and Burlington Copier Document Security

Posted by Lee Kirkby on Mon, May 31, 2010 @ 14:05 PM

Much has been made about the CBS News report on digital copier hard drive security.  I have had discussions with several of our clients who were asking if they should be concerned.  We have advised them this is a manageable process.  In some ways it is similar to  shredding paper documents when they come to the end of their useful life.
 
The concerns raised have been known for several years and are similar to concerns with computer hard drives at the end of life of a computer.  None of the brands we carry were part of the subject of the report.

Multifunction printer manufacturers have responded to the need to provide security in several ways:
  •  some have made removable hard drives available as options
  •  all major manufacturers offer some form of security option which will provide levels of encryption and file removal
  •  there are reformating options which are available through the service settings on machines which will overright the hard drive and return the device back to factory settings.
As a vendor of these devices we provide various levels of response to meet the varying needs of our clients:
  1. at minimum we reformat drives at the end of a lease and return the multifunction copier back to factory specs.
  2. for some brands we can remove the hard drive from the device, connect it to a computer and use drive overwrite software to wipe the data more securely.
  3. for clients who have concerns about security during the active use of the device we will configure equipment with the encryption options available from our suppliers, Kyocera, Samsung and Ricoh.
  4. if clients are exceptionally concerned about the potential of data on hard drives then we will offer to the client the ability to "buy" the hard drives from the device and we will put new drives into the device before returning.  The costs of this option will vary depending upon how the manufacturer has dealt with their hard drive design.  In some instances the drives have proprietary boot formats and are only available from the vendor leading to a more costly replacement.
While we have not experienced the level of data exposure that was shown in the news coverage the issue of client data security is important for every business. Responding to ensure procedures are in place to protect this information is important to everyone concerned.  When laptops, cell phones or desktop computers are recycled at end of life it is important that users are aware that all of these devices have non volatile memory locations which need to be cleared and data removed.  Print devices of all types which use hard drives to carry out their work are simply subject to the same precautions.

Working with your vendor to establish the right mix of security, cost and information protection is an important part of any acquisition in this digital world.  

Lee K
 
  Did you buy the data security kit with your new MFP?  Is this a concern for you? 
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Topics: Multifunction Printer, Document, Copier, colour multifunction, privacy, colour multifunction printer

Colour Printer Purchase is an Emotional Decision!

Posted by Lee Kirkby on Fri, May 21, 2010 @ 16:05 PM

 

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Topics: Colour printer, colour multifunction printer, sales