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December 30, 2015

German Company Standardizes on OM Plus

OMPlus_OM_WhiteOne of the world’s leading form-work and scaffolding manufacturers and suppliers, with an annual revenue of over $1 billion and subsidiaries in more than 50 countries has implemented OM Plus print software in 13 locations across their network.

One reason this company is successful in their market, is their own custom built ERP system, and Sales and Distribution. This system provides the IT processes for the business models that make them so successful.

In order to provide a reliable service for so many countries, this company has several servers, split along geographical lines (Europe, Afria, Asia, America, etc.). These servers are all in Germany but the printers they serve are located around the world. Each server has an OM Plus system installed and the system prints via these OM Plus servers.

There are two main print variants; line text based and XML based. OM Plus print software is integral to the operation and management of both document streams.

The line text based output is generally routed through a single OM Plus server who is responsible for delivery to the output devices throughout the enterprise, regardless where they are located.

With XML based output, document composition is required. In this case, OM Plus manages the routing of document output through a system that converts the XML into PCL and PDF formatted
documents suitable for printing and archiving. OM Plus print routing then takes the formatted documents schedules and routes them to the appropriate printer confirming delivery,
providing fail-over capabilities, capturing print data and providing centralized error recovery tools. Hundreds of incoming jobs per minute are processed based on the output queues.

December 28, 2015

Industry Analysts see Managed Print Services Market Shifting

OMPlus_OMPrinter oem’s, copier dealers, and office equipment dealers have been offering managed print services (MPS) for some time now. IDC estimates that the market for MPS is approximately $2.7B and growing at over 16% per year. Gartner Group defines MPS as a service offered by an external provider to optimize or manage a company’s document output.

Typically MPS includes a needs assessment, replacement of printer hardware, equipment maintenance, and provision of printer supplies. Customers pay for this service on a ‘per-page’ (usage) basis. To enable this billing model, MPS providers need a reliable tool that can monitor printer supplies, monitor device alerts, measure device ‘uptime’ and capture device metrics (for billing). Plus Technologies OM Plus Fleet Manager (FM) is a tool that provides all these features and more and used to by MPS providers to empower their service.

Recently Gartner Group released studies that indicate that the MPS market may be shifting focus from managing customers’ devices to managing customers’ ‘document output workflow” in order to improve business processes and customer efficiencies. Gartner is calling this emerging market Managed Content Services (MCS). This market shift is leading MPS providers to look for more advanced document workflow and routing tools such as OM Plus Delivery Manager (DM) as DM can ingest documents from numerous sources – examine the ‘context’ of these documents – and make real-time routing decisions based on customer-defined business rules.

Other ways OM Plus can improve document-related business practices include: improving print security with pull print-related solutions, reducing print server overhead by providing scalability reducing the number of servers needed, integrating into complex business systems such as Epic and SAP and streamlining the output generated from those systems, enhancing cloud and mobile print with our i-Sat solution.

December 21, 2015

Plus Technologies Thanks its Customers

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2015 was a very successful year for Plus Technologies. We acquired dozens of new customers, won very large projects, expanded our footprint in health care, delivered a new cloud based printing solution, took business away from competitors, launched new products, entered the managed print services software market, and grew our revenues considerably. Plus Technologies could not have done this without an excellent, dedicated team and the support of our customers. We thank each and every one of our customers for their support of our company and products. In addition, we hope we have taken good care of you and pledge to make every effort to continue doing so in the future.
We wish all our customers a happy holiday and we look forward to helping you with your output management, document routing, managed print challenges again next year.

Thank you all

December 15, 2015

Plus Technologies Employees – Donations

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Throughout the year Plus Technologies collects a small contribution from each of its employees for casual dress. On days when there are no customers visiting, employees are allowed to dress casually at work for a small donation to holiday charity fund. Each year these funds are distributed to well deserving local charities. This year one of the recipients is the Dayton Food Bank where the donations from Plus Technologies will contribute to 900 meals which are much needed this time of year. Plus Technologies also contributes to Operation Homefront where the funds are directed to help a local soldier.
Plus Technologies thanks our employees for being so generous and helping others.

December 3, 2015

Multi-Billion Dollar Bank Using OM Plus to Increase Print Throughput

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A $24B bank has selected OM Plus Delivery Manager (DM) print software to increase productivity in its check printing operations. This bank needs to print several thousand checks at a time. Rather than printing on large high speed printers that are extremely expensive to operate the bank has decided to print checks on low cost laser printers. In order to achieve the needed throughput on the laser printers, printing must take place in a parallel process across multiple printers (12 in one country’s case). Checks are created on the bank mainframe and formatted with a software product called CheckPlusCFO from Printech Global Secure Payment Solutions.

After this process the checks are passed to Delivery Manager print software where its load balancing feature is used to spread the batches across the devices. Delivery Manager provides print confirmation feature by communicating directly with the devices to ensure all checks are printed properly, as well as a hold and release feature so that operators may select and print jobs to when needed. The net effect is that the bank saves cost, improves productivity, and ensures quality.

Automating document management and business processes