I hesitate to call this "the year" of managed print services, but it certainly seems like vendors, industry associations and managed service providers are rallying around managed print services. The latest example comes from CompTIA Breakaway 2009, kicking off this week in Las Vagas.
At Breakaway, VARs and MSPs will spot the Managed Print Services Pavilion during Technology Vendor Fair sessions on Aug. 4 and 5. And Tom Gall, value channel marketing director at Xerox, is set to give me an update on Xerox's MPS strategy. I'll report later this week with details.
More than vendors speaking to the media, we're starting to see a managed print services ecosystem develop. One reason: Seven out of 10 MSPs are interested in managed print, according to a March 2009 reader poll by MSPmentor.
Growing the MarketVendors, partners and entrepreneurs are gearing up to help solutions providers develop MPS revenue streams.
Recent examples include:
- Hewlett-Packard has formed an internal group to help drive managed print services forward, according to PC World.
- Oki Data Americas launched a Total Managed Print initiative for its dealers and solutions providers.
- Photizo Group is hosting Managed Print Services conferences in Amsterdam (2009) and San Antonio, Texas (2010).
- Xerox starting to integrate with managed services platforms (RMM and PSA tools) from N-able, ConnectWise and Autotask, just to name a few.
- Finally, Dell, Ingram Micro and the Utility Company each have started some managed print initiatives.
- Who did I miss?
Perfecting Your Sales PitchAre managed print services guaranteed to succeed? Certainly not. Like all managed services, the difference between success and failure typically has little to do with technology and everything to do with sales/marketing strategies.
The sooner MSPs learn to promote the value of managed print services, the sooner they'll earn recurring revenue from multifunction printers (MFPs) and related devices.
The discussion continues this week at CompTIA Breakaway in Las Vegas.
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