Managed Print: Choosing Your Provider

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So you've made the smart decision to switch to managed print services. Now what? You've probably seen that there are multiple providers, making your decision somewhat overwhelming. How do you choose? Here are some considerations as you search for a new managed print service provider.

Assessing Your Needs

In order to prepare for your decision, your first order of business should be to take stock of your requirements and limitations. This can be done by taking stock of your current status and fleet with a few questions:

  • How are you currently paying for your printing fees (including equipment, leases, services, and supplies)?
  • How do you currently handle service needs (in-house IT or service contractors)?
  • What is your current inventory of printers and supplies? How old are your devices?
  • What are your network requirements?
  • What level of security do you need for your equipment?

Reviewing Your Options

Once you have a clear idea of what you need, you can begin to assess the providers available for managed print services.

First and foremost, you will want to understand the type of providers that offer managed print services. These types are:

  • Equipment Manufacturers
  • Office Supply Vendors
  • Value Added Resellers
  • Office Equipment Dealers
  • Managed Service Providers

Once you have identified the type of provider you would like to use, you can then evaluate specifics of each. Do they have contracts? Do they require you to purchase new equipment? Most managed print service providers should offer free evaluations or consultations so that you can weigh your options with relevant information.

At iTech, we take pride in our service to customers. We have a comprehensive service that helps you optimize your current fleet, and we help you establish a print management strategy that will increase productivity and cut costs. Contact us today to learn more.

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