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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Many MFP manufacturers are trying to catch up with the market with introductions of more powerful letter/legal MFP devices. Kyocera Canada has recently joined the club with the introduction of two units based upon their strong FS-3920 monochrome laser printers.
Sometimes we come across some great articles which offer real value to others. Recently I was reading the blog of a colleague called Art Post who is a sales professional in the office document strategies industry. He is located in New Jersey. His two recent blog articles are so timely and right on the mark, that I though it would be worthwhile for our readers to be directed to them.
The Green revolution is getting well entrenched in many offices. How many times have you seen the e-mail footer that says, "Save some trees. Please don't print this e-mail unless absolutely necessary."
- 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.
- at minimum we reformat drives at the end of a lease and return the multifunction copier back to factory specs.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
There is a lot of discussion in the printing industry these days about managed print services. According to the Managed Print Services Association this concept is, "Managed print services is the active management and optimization of document output devices and related business processes". To date the focus of these concepts has been the large enterprise, organizations with hundreds or even thousands of print devices. Over time the concept is working its way into the SMB space where organizations with a few printers or multifunction printers can begin to think along the same vein.
Is your printer- tall , dark, and handsome with ink on his hands; or short, squatty and gray and sits on the end of your desk and puts ink on paper?