Doc was impressed recently when he came across a report from InformationWeek that looks at the benefits federal agencies receive from Managed Print Services. The report, based on 199 respondents from organizations with $500 million or more in revenue and 500 or more employees, is free, but does require signing up for a no-cost account.
Printers and copiers are a hot topic for federal government agencies looking to save money and energy, and, like their counterparts in the private sector, those agencies are turning to managed print services to streamline their resources. MPS helps agencies tailor their infrastructure to match their printing needs, usually reducing the overall number of printers.
The move to managed services is being spurred by a General Services Administration initiative that lets federal agencies use a blanket purchase agreement for two areas: print environment assessment and tailored print services packages. Agencies can save millions of dollars by pooling their printer and copier purchases.
We look at the ways the Federal Aviation Administration, the Census Bureau and the Department of Commerce have implemented MPS, from evaluating their printing needs to getting management and user buy-in, and offer tips on how to make it all work.
The report--written by Christine Cignoli is extensive -it has 21 chapters and quite a few figures. Lots of good information here and worth a look, says Doc.