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September 9, 2011
Toshiba America Business Solutions Inc. (Toshiba) and PaperCut Software International are partnering to promote managed document services. The effort is called PaperCut MF. The Toshiba effort arrives just as other big IT companies — particularly Hewlett-Packard — develop channel partner programs for managed print services.
At Toshiba, the PaperCut MF solution is a managed print service of sorts. It allows customers to track, monitor and control all of the printing, copying and scanning that takes place within their business. In theory, businesses will be able to identify areas where they can reduce waste and operating expenses.
PaperCut MF offers web-based administration, on-board design, “Find Me” printing, mobile printing, digital signatures, tracking and monitoring, and several desktop widgets. PaperCut MF is available in three different versions, as described below by Toshiba:
Commercial: This is the primary solution for corporate users which includes support for Toshiba’s e-STUDIO MFPs as well as other select printers.
Educational: This version has a special configuration designed for the education markets.
Professional: This version is similar to the commercial version with the exception that it features an advanced client billing pop-up to facilitate simple and accurate out-of-pocket cost tracking for client/department charge back.
In addition to the PaperCut MF announcement, Toshiba partnered with Lexmark in August 2011 to leverage the Lexmark Fleet Manager 2.0. The Toshiba-PaperCut initiative surfaces just as Hewlett-Packard is launching a managed print services effort that involves channel partners and the SMB market.
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