How managed print services slash business costs

Managed print services leader Bryan S Ryan hosts a major convergence conference next month
(8 March 2012) to show Irish businesses how they can slash IT costs by 40 percent and more while also maximising workplace efficiencies and improving network security.

While anyone involved in company management or IT has heard of managed print services, few realise just how powerful a tool MPS can be for organisations striving to do more with less (reduced budgets and less manpower).

The event is called Convergence because, in the past two years, the lines between the printer-copier-scanner, or Multifunctional device, and its role in business has morphed into a different animal calling for radically different skill sets from vendors.

It is against this background that Bryan S Ryan has organised this major event on 8 March aimed at helping businesses maximise savings and efficiencies from managed print services. http://bryansryan.ie/convergence

Bryan S Ryan MD Brian Whyte explains: “Convergence, collaboration and information management are changing how MPS are delivered”.

He adds that the days when a printer was just a printer are long gone. Multifunction devices (MFD) are now just as likely to have a graphic user interface plus sophisticated network and security features as they are to have paper-trays and toner.

But technology never stands still, and more sophisticated user demands and market influences have recently forced further development in MPS.

Not least among these demands has been the need for increased security, and it is partly this aspect that has driven convergence as network-enabled print and imaging devices come under the remit of the IT department, with all that this entails.

On the security front there have been several high profile incidents involving MFDs being targeted for attack. This is because, as these devices employ intelligent network interfaces, browsers can be used to gain information on the rest of the network and also on the jobs that have been put through the machine. So IT has to extend the usual network security measures for these devices. Moreover, MFDs are frequently deployed as part of document and information management strategies, which makes these devices entry points as well outputs for information, bringing them further within the IT fold.

Collaboration trends, too, have seen print and imaging move beyond a single function to being part of a wider array of actions within business processes.

With the current focus on services, and the associated cost and efficiency, MPS will likely see greater adoption in the Irish market. However, service providers need to guide users through the journey of adoption as MPS evolve and change under market forces.

At the free Convergence event at the Dublin Convention Centre on 8 March, MPS leader Bryan S Ryan will explore these themes from a user perspective. Speakers will cover such areas as transitioning, convergence, user trends and cloud influences in an effort to inform and educate conference attendees on the benefits and opportunities for organisations in moving to and building on MPS.

Brian Whyte notes: “Bryan S Ryan has had a strong role to play in MPS, and we’re pleased that speakers from Photizo, Google and State Street have decided to share their experiences and views at this major managed document service event.” He added: “We are a leader in this field and, through our comprehensive approach; we help manage documents more effectively as well as managing IT infrastructure. We look forward to hosting the event and facilitating an information-packed morning.”

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About Bryan S Ryan

Bryan S Ryan Limited is an Irish owned and managed business, operating in Ireland since 1948. The company is the largest and most technically advanced supplier of managed print devices to Ireland’s public, corporate and SME sectors. The company provides customers with quality Managed Print and Business Technology Solutions. This is achieved through highly motivated, customer-focussed and professional using continuous innovation and best practise standards.

About Convergence:

Event Date:          8th of March 2012, registration from 8.00am

Location:               Convention Centre Dublin

Convergence is an information-packed morning conference where industry recognised specialists will explain how you can create optimised print and IT environments harnessing the latest business process thinking and the latest generation of multi-function devices and software solutions.

Attendees will:

  • Find out how the acceleration of technology and consumer behaviour will impact on demands for service provision.
  • Learn what the implications are for businesses trying to grapple with documents, security and availability.
  • Discover how Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) practices are having a significant impact on how workflows operate on personal and business levels.
  • Hear about: customer and employee expectations, security issues, IT priorities and resources.
  • Discuss the challenges IT executives face in the growing array of tools and services that must be mastered and managed.

With the growth of managed print services (MPS) and integrated document software solutions, many see MPS as a way reduce cost and increase control while delivering a better more efficient service to the business.

However, MPS is only an interim step to the long term challenge we will have to face. Dynamic forces are in play, such as new technologies (mobile), new user demands (anytime, anywhere) and the new information technology economy opportunities that are evolving in the cloud.

Change in workflow is inevitable and this change is advancing in “Internet years” not calendar years.

You can choose to be informed and ride the wave, or be engulfed by it.

This important conference discusses:

  • Trends and how we need to act with precision and surety more rapidly than ever.
  • Photizo research on MPS and how it is shifting cost and service provision models.
  • How mobile technology is a new wave of “Peripherals” and how best to integrate.
  • Organisational & security needs and requirements in addressing the mobile device issues.
  • Case studies on MPS and changing business workflows.
  • MPS benchmark figures.

Convergence: The event will look at the changes taking place in IT services and how to integrate IT services and MPS as a pathways to enabling your business.

Pictured L to R (in the attached jpeg file) at the launch of the event are Brian Whyte, Managing Director of Bryan S Ryan, and Steven Swift, Senior Consultant at Photizo Group.

Take this opportunity to use the conference as an aid to think differently and embrace new technologies that will become valuable business services.

Register now and book your place at this important event. Go to www.BryanSRyan.ie/convergence

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