Xerox Launches New Managed Print Services Tool

When it comes to managed print services, Xerox has branded around its PagePack initiative. But the printer and copier giant also is developing new software tools to help end-customers and MSPs better manage their printer fleets. The latest move involves new software called Xerox Print Advisor. Here are some details.

Xerox's Print Advisor software is web-based and uses screen prompts to let users know what they can do to make smarter choices when balancing print priorities with green initiatives. Xerox gives the example that the software will recommend printing a large document two-sided instead of one-sided.

The Print Advisor software is free to existing ColorQube 9200 customers. What's more, Print Advisor will also collect data on quantity of prints per user a day and report that data to the IT department or service provider. In theory that means end-customers and their channel partners can make smarter choices around print services.

There's also Print Advisor Premium, a paid version of the software. It's geared for the enterprise and provides printing alerts and data for more than just ColorQube users; it can report on all networked and managed printers, plus those just connected to a single PC. You can also create custom prompts and alerts for users, too.

Xerox claims that with their 'cartridge-free solid ink technology' you can cut your printing woes up to 62% and overall, produce 90% less waste with supplies.

Xerox certainly isn't alone in the managed print services (MPS) market. Other recent MPS moves involve Toshiba, Ricoh and Hewlett-Packard.

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