Xerox to demo printer service for .net

Xerox will show off a newly minted version of its printer administration software that was developed on the .net framework.

Xerox will show off a newly minted version of its printer administration software that was developed on the .net framework.

CentreWare Web 2.0 is designed to automate the process of monitoring and generating alerts from networked printers. The company uses base Web services protocols, including SOAP, UDDI and XML, and taps into the .net framework.

Integration with .net and Web services takes the basic CentreWare Web functionality of monitoring the health of SNMP-compliant devices on a network to a new level, according to Art Smith, vice-president of marketing at Xerox.

Version 2.0 provides proactive monitoring of networked printers and the ability to share printer information with other applications. The demonstration will simulate a Web services-enabled help desk application that can automatically generate alerts. The software monitors networked devices and automatically sends alerts if there is a problem, before an end-user or system administrator becomes aware of the problem, according to Smith.

"The proactive monitoring of assets increases customer satisfaction and reduces the cost of operating a help desk," he said.

Furthermore, developing the CentreWare Web application to the .net framework was much more efficient than developing in other platforms, Smith said.

"In terms of time to market, .net let us develop much more quickly and more efficiently," he said.

Xerox intends to develop more Web-based integration with Microsoft, according to Smith.

"This is the first step in our journey of deeper integration into the .net framework," Smith said.

Xerox is exploring other web services, including imaging and remote and Web access, he said.

CentreWare Web 2.0 will be available in March.

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