Lexmark is attempting to bolster its channel offerings by placing greater emphasis on the wider business benefits that its Lexmark Print Management service offers.
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The service can be deployed on site or as hosted software and is designed to create a secure, shared print environment that offers a range of business benefits.
Lexmark says the service not only reduces printing costs and shrinks carbon footprint, but can also be used to introduce new functionality. For example, it can help customers strengthen access controls, security and compliance.
It can also enable printing from mobile devices, track activity and increase user accountability.
As part of Lexmark Print Management, Print Release lets users send print jobs from anywhere, for example from their desktop, tablet or smartphone, and release the jobs for printing whenever and wherever they want to. All documents are held in the print queue until their owners release them.
This means confidential information stays protected and print jobs don't pile up endlessly on office printers. The queue can be hosted on-premises or in the cloud for additional features and benefits.
Furthermore, tracking and accounting tools let partners and end-users jointly monitor every print, copy and scan transaction by every user on every device. This data, combined with a reporting options, delivers the insight needed to proactively manage the network printing and imaging environment.
For example, to curb waste it can be configured to implement print quotas for individual users or user groups, or to restrict access to certain features such as copy, scan or fax.
Danny Molhoek, country GM at Lexmark UK & Ireland, said: “Research shows that organisations spend anywhere from one to six per cent of their annual revenues on office copying and printing... This gives our partners the tools they need to implement and streamline an output environment by helping to reduce unnecessary printing while providing greater mobility and productivity for the end users.”