Until now, companies have had to rely on Office Automation companies to conduct an assessment of their current printer environment and put forward proposals on how hardware costs could be reduced or printer fleets optimized.
Manual data collection
This labour-intensive method is extremely time consuming for the Office Automation sales person. To gather all the necessary information, such as an accurate asset register and page volumes can be difficult, leading to assumptions being made, and proposals generated on these assumptions. This can be a costly mistake for both the provider and the customer.
In additional to the above process, usually 2 or 3 Office Automation companies are asked to do the same assessment, with the customer receiving 2 or 3 different proposals, based on different information.
Automated data collection
With the advent of the Internet of Printers, a collection agent is usually installed, then the proposals can be based on information collected. However, these software products don’t advise the supplier and the customer of the suggested specifications of hardware that should be purchased according to device location and page volumes and attributes such as colour/mono etc.
NEW PFM decision-making plug-in
BI (Business Intelligence) has allowed Printsol to take information collected through the Print Fleet Data Collection Agent (DCA) and develop algorithms that show the supplier and the customer what specific hardware they require, in a simple dashboard view.
The Dashboard is a graphically represented with a speedometer. The speedometer changes as the printer fleet comes closer to full optimization. What is really valuable is that the information is collected AUTOMATICALLY, ensuring accuracy of data collected with little effort.
We see the software integrating into other environmental monitoring tools, so in the future customers will have a view over all peripheral objects that are needed to run an office, but don’t necessarily generate revenue, such as air conditioners, office space, printers/ MFP’s.