(Pictured left to right: John MacInnes, CEO, Print Audit / Laryssa Alexander, President Field Service Division, ECi Software Solutions / Trevor Gruenewald, President & Chief Operating Officer, ECi Software Solutions / Sean Halliday, President - PlacePoint Division, Print Audit)
The week that I get the most work done is the one where my American friends celebrate Thanksgiving. I’m Canadian you see, and we celebrate Turkey day much earlier, so for me this is a work week. Canadians are expert at taking more holidays than almost any other nation (with the exception of those in France, no contest!) but there is one time of year that our American neighbors take the cake (or the Turkey): Thanksgiving. It is likely the longest holiday in the U.S. and the week is pretty much a write off. I don’t mind, really. Thanks for helping me and my other Canadian friends to get caught up on our inboxes and to-do list during this time!
Topics: Managed IT, managed print, Managed Print Services, Office Equipment Dealers, print management, office equipment, print industry, office equipment channel, managed services, managed services providers, thanksgiving
As a senior manager or business owner, I get it, there aren’t enough hours in the day. You want to spend more time reading up on new ways to take your business or department to the next level, but best intentions are dashed by the hour-hand on your clock moving way too fast. In the words of Peter Drucker, “Time is the scarcest resource.” If he were alive today he would know that this truth is more relevant than ever before in the history of business.
Topics: Managed IT, Managed Print Services, Office Equipment Dealers, print management, convergence, convergence radio, print industry, office equipment channel, managed services providers, digital transformation, digital collaboration
As we move into November it’s hard to believe that the final SBB Road Show of 2018 has come and gone! These road shows are among my favorite events of the year and I’m kind of sad that another one isn’t just around the corner. Oh well, 2019 isn’t that far away and we’ll be doing 2 or 3 next year too!
The pace of change in the office equipment channel is happening faster than ever before. Users are printing fewer pages and customers are looking to digitize and automate as many of their workflows as possible. Some people call this Digital Transformation (DT), and truth be told, what that means is about as clear as the word “solutions,” or mud.
When thinking about Seat Based Billing, you probably fit into one of three buckets:
1. Someone who doesn’t know much about it and has questions
2. Someone who has heard a little bit about it but still has questions, or
3. Someone who has had extensive conversations about it but still has questions
One thing I have absolutely loved about being in the Office Equipment Channel for the last 15 years or so is just how innovative the people in this channel can be. When I started out in this channel, MPS (Managed Print Services) was just being born. Today, around 30% of every page printed is under an MPS contract. When our channel wants to change the way people do business nothing can get in our way.
I’ve worked with a ton of dealers over the years helping them with their managed print programs. One of the cornerstones of any good managed print program is a good remote monitoring and management platform. Compared to other expenses in the business, remote monitoring is extremely inexpensive yet many dealers insist on only monitoring and paying for the devices they are managing. As soon as the assessment is over, they “clean” out the unmanaged devices and only continue to pay to monitor the devices under contract. Here are 5 reasons that decision could be costing you a lot of business:
For those that tune in faithfully to our program, you know that we’ve interviewed a ton of industry pundits, office equipment dealers, and other folks. They all have their own perspective on the changes facing the office equipment channel and the insights we’ve gained from them sharing has been invaluable to the future of all our businesses. But what if we got to interview somebody who works with dealers, pundits and OEMs on a daily basis? What if we got to speak to three of those people?! Powerful, right? Well we have power for you in this episode!
I confess! I love to organize things. I get a tremendous sense of accomplishment and calm when things are in their place, under control and easily found. I like to know where we’re going and how we’re getting there. Sure, a psychologist might have some concern over the thrill I get from organizing, but I’m willing to face the music – I simply love to put things in their places.