Doc loves professional associations as much as the next tech nerd, but sometimes, those dues can add up. That's why I'm glad to point out a new program from the Managed Print Services Association (MPSA) that provides for a free trial membership (along with a host of new services).
The MPSA recently announced the new suite of member services at the MPS 2009 European Conference in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Starting in December 2009, a free, limited MPSA membership lets users try these services for several months at no cost.
Recognizing the importance of serving a global membership, the MPSA also announced that it is accepting nominations for two new board member positions offered exclusively to international MPS providers. Detailed information about member services, board nominations, and other topics is available at the new MPSA Web site.
New tools and services for MPSA membershipThe MPSA is launching a special Web portal for the MPS industry as a centralized source for not only information but also as a hub where providers can collaborate and communicate to increase their knowledge and expertise. MPSA members can also volunteer on many of the projects underway within the MPSA to help shape the future of the industry.
Some of the new tools and services include:
- MPS Discussion Forum. Designed to help communications and collaboration for anyone doing business within the MPS industry.
- MPS industry awards. Members of the MPS community can submit significant accomplishments they have made within the MPS environment. These submissions will be profiled monthly on the site, and an annual award will be given to the most significant entries across five categories.
- MPS industry events calendar. Accessible for all areas of the MPS community to add to and document industry events.
- First MPS business listing. This is a first: anyone within the MPS industry can list products, services, and offerings.
- Industry best practices and standards. A primary focus for the MPSA team, this will help establish the standards and best practices that ensure success.
Doc says, "worth every cent, but even better for free!"