I've written about many of the organizations and groups that exist to further the message and mission of Managed Print Services (MPS), but one I've neglected to cover is the Managed Print Services Association (MPSA).
The MPSA is an independent international organization that seeks to develop Managed Print Services (MPS) within the industry through Communications, Collaboration, Education, and Best Practices, which results in members achieving success and profitable business growth.
Here are a few passages from the MPS charter:
Problem Statement The use of documents as a tool of communication of content within businesses is fundamental and universal. Communication of content within businesses, both on paper and electronic, is frequently fragmented, expensive, un-audited, and out of control. Many businesses have not implemented highly efficient distributed office document environments for both internal and external communications.
Vision Statement It is the vision of the Managed Print Services Association (MPSA) to establish a worldwide independent and nonprofit organization that embraces all industry participants in a collaborative and noncompetitive environment, as we strive together to provide the necessary Industry Standardization, Education and removal of Barriers to provide Profitable Growth for all business within this sector. This will directly result in a high value for our mutual end-user customer's who find the path to Managed Print Services (MPS) much clearer, easier to obtain and with minimized risk that provides a positive return to their bottom line.
Mission Statement The mission of the Managed Print Services Association along with its members is to address and optimize businesses and end-user office document management needs and issues while enhancing the growth, efficiency, and profitability of the MPS segment through advocacy, marketing, education, research, standards and a general community of interest.
In addition to many services and programs (including sponsorship of the popular MPS LinkedIn Group) the MPS sponsors the MPS Leadership Awards, now in its third year. The Association has various membership levels starting at $149 for individuals. If you're serious about MPS, it could be well worth the investment.