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Enterprise Print Management: 9 Tools That Offer Relief for IT Administrators

A proficient IT administrator derives satisfaction from automating tasks to enhance productivity, responsiveness ... and positivity.

In today's hypersonic-paced IT world, it's no surprise that the typical IT department is juggling a ridiculous number of tasks. From managing help ticket requests to tackling long-term projects to addressing ever-present security risks, it seems never-ending.

Topics: Office Equipment Print Management Technology Support Print Security

3 Questions: Start on the Right Foot With a Managed IT Services Partner

Here are a few suggestions on putting your best foot forward with your next Managed IT Partner.

While the origin of the phrase “getting off on the wrong foot” remains uncertain, we can all agree that doing so is a terrible start to any endeavor.

An athletic team that gets off on the wrong foot generally plays poorly. A relationship is less likely to prevail. In addition, a Managed IT partnership that doesn’t start off on the right foot is likely to spell major headaches – if not more – for your organization.

Topics: Network Management Managed Services Network Security

12 Advanced Canon MFP Capabilities for an Evolving K-12 Environment

Accommodating a modern learning environment means adapting to the use of Chromebooks, iPads, smartphones, and supporting the ever-evolving world of print and scan. It takes time to evaluate, let alone figure out for your school environment.

As anyone who works on campus or has a child in K-12 education knows, the classroom is changing.

According to Hurix Digital, adoption of VR and AR in the online education market is expected to see an 18.2% CAGR between now and and 2027. The global K-12 e-learning market is expected to grow exponentially. Meanwhile, security continues to be a necessary priority: Eighty percent of school IT professionals reported that their schools were hit by ransomware in the last year, according to a global survey of 3,000 IT/cybersecurity leaders conducted by cybersecurity company Sophos.

Topics: Office Equipment Print Management Education Education Tips and Tools

5 Quick Reasons to Use uniFLOW Online in a Hybrid Work Environment

In the end, uniFLOW Online provides a flexible and secure print and scan infrastructure for the future of work.

The COVID-era predictions are coming to fruition: Work from Home is here to stay.

According to Forbes, as of 2023, 12.7% of full-time employees work from home, while 28.2% work a hybrid model. As administrators know, the ever-shifting "workplace" can make managing print even trickier.  uniFLOW Online simplifies printing and scanning for employees, whether they're at the office or at home. The user experience is similar no matter where they're printing to, making it easy to switch between work environments.

Topics: Print Management Print Security UniFLOW

Section 179 and Bonus Depreciation: 2023 Tax Incentives on Office Equipment Acquisition

Section 179 Deduction of the IRS Tax Code is an immediate expense deduction that business owners can take for purchases of depreciable business equipment. 

Continuing to invest in new technology equipment to maximize efficiency is a valuable endeavor for organizations looking for a competitive edge. It's even better when you can maximize tax deductions as well.

Section 179 and Bonus Depreciation are two components of the 2017 TCJA (Tax Cuts and Jobs Act) that present potential tax savings for your organization if you're in the market for copiers, printers, or other related technology hardware or software. To maximize the current incentive, qualifying equipment must be financed or purchased before January 1, 2024. Also of note: Beginning Jan. 1 of this year, bonus depreciation has begun to phase out over the next four years.

Topics: Office Equipment IT Consulting Color Printing LeaseCare Technology Procurement

Zero Trust on Campus: 4 Areas Canon & uniFLOW Bolster Print Security

The following provides a closer look at the security capabilities of Canon's imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX devices and how incorporating your print environment into a Zero Trust strategy can foster trust between the end user students/faculty, the device, and the associated data.

If and when someone approaches a multi-function printer on your campus, have you considered an ideology of "Never trust, always verify"? 

The adoption of zero-trust security frameworks is increasing as a recommended approach to addressing cybersecurity risks, and with good reason. The Pandemic brought many changes, but among them, the sudden shift to remote work (and virtual learning environments)  in 2020 brought to light the need for more comprehensive security.

Topics: Print Management Print Security Cloud Print Zero Trust

5 Ways In-Plant Printers Can Boost Print Production Operations

In-plants are facing heightened competition for filling press capacity, keeping work in-house, and adapting to a changing landscape. There’s little room for leaning on “the way we’ve always done it.”

There’s this old joke about plants and generational groups. “What did the young plant say to the old plant? OK, bloomer.” Jokes aside, there’s relevance to that pun here... plant or in-plant. As the COVID era wanes and parent organizations get back to full speed, and as print/buyer demands continue to evolve, there’s no denying the fact that, for in-plant printers, the times are changing.

Topics: Office Equipment Production Print Wide Format Printers

Maximize Your Church Mission With an In-House Digital Press Solution

Under the right circumstances, with a relevant solution, and with the right partner, you can set your own turnaround times, control volume to meet current demand, and potentially save on costs along the way.

Your mission is what really matters.

Membership retention, fundraising, volunteerism, and ongoing outreach: These are all elements of delivering on your vision for your congregation and the community at large. The materials produced to help support that mission – flyers, banners, graphics, etc. – go a long way in communicating the heart and soul of it.

Topics: Print Management Production Print Print Security Church Organizations

Print Management: Get a 10,000-ft. View, Full Control of your Printing

How can you guarantee a Return on Investment without overarching control and full visibility of your print environment and end-user activities?

Leaders are routinely tasked with taking the “10,000 foot-view” perspective.

After all, it’s from this vantage point far above that reveals the entire landscape. Without a global view, it’s hard to make decisions and strategic moves that benefit the entire organization. It’s not uncommon in most technology engagements to host strategic, pre-rollout assessments and then actively monitor and control the relevant landscape.

Topics: Office Equipment Print Management UniFLOW

5 Reasons a Print Management Solution is Essential for K-12 Education

Superintendents, campus IT, and administrative teams must work together to maximize budgets while managing printing proactively to deliver a secure, accessible print environment for everyone on campus. This is where a Print Management solution becomes a valuable asset.

Mark Twain has this funny quote about a teacher’s first day back in the classroom.

“Describing her first day back in grade school after a long absence, a teacher said, ‘It was like trying to hold 35 corks underwater at the same time.’” IT administrators on campus might often feel the same.

Topics: Office Equipment Print Management Mobile Printing MFP Security Print Security UniFLOW PaperCut