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March 28, 2016

Learning from Print

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Learning from Print

University of San Jose State University is researching if reading from a computer screen is improving our ability to learn. Their conclusion is that it does not. In fact, their research is showing that even current university students – all members of the first digital generation – learn better when they read printed books and documents rather than screens.

In 2010, a group of college students were tested on their ability to learn from printed and digital texts. Both groups were encouraged to highlight, underline, and take marginal notes. The students were given as much time as they thought they needed to absorb the material. Then they were tested on their understanding of what they had read. Those who had read the printed material earned scores about 10 points higher than those who had studied the exact same material on a screen.

Even more interesting to the research team was that those who read the printed material were far more accurate than the on-screen readers in predicting their own test scores. The researchers concluded that on-screen learners had a more difficult time understanding the material they were reading than the readers of printed material. In addition, they had a much harder time judging their own comprehension of what they had read. In other words, the people who read from a screen thought they were learning, but they really weren’t.

More research is being done but these early conclusions suggest a few new ideas.

First, it may be time for all of us to encourage more printing in the office. No one wants to promote unnecessary printing. However, when the material is of strategic importance or when major decisions have to be made, the value of handing out printed materials should not be overlooked. Printed handouts can help the team to understand more, and better understanding leads to better decisions.

Second, these results highlight the importance of a solid print management program. This program will help control costs and ensure that the printers are well supplied and operating flawlessly. In addition, it may also be valuable to have an intelligent print routing system. A print routing system can make decisions in real time based on document context as to print or not print. OM Plus CDP (Context Delivery Plus) offers such capabilities. It seems even in the digital age there is still benefit for printing in a intelligent manner.

March 25, 2016

OM Plus Delivery Manager – Imprivata Support

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OM Plus Delivery Manager – Imprivata Support

Plus TechnologiesOM Plus Delivery Manager is now integrated with Imprivata Support. Imprivata is a leading provider of authentication, access management and secure communication solutions for healthcare.
The following releases or newer will support the full Imprivata integration:

 

  • OM Plus Delivery Manager (core product) 2.6.4.002
  • My Print Delivery (print release) 3.3.0011
OM Plus Delivery Manager Print Spooler Management Software

OM Plus Delivery Manager (DM) is advanced, intelligent print spooler management software that seamlessly ingests jobs from multiple systems and delivers them to printers, multi-function devices, fax software, email systems, and more. Rarely, changes are needed to existing ERP/EMR systems. OM Plus print spooler management software features include: print confirmation, re-printing, re-routing, automated fail-over, load balancing, bundling, re-sequencing, and much more.

March 21, 2016

Get to Know Plus Technologies’ Employees

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Meet Plus Technologies‘ Employees. This will be a series of blogs (posted approximately once a month) that will focus on a different employee each time.

Karl Gangloff: Karl is a long time employee and one of our National Account Managers. Karl is responsible for customers in multiple industries including manufacturing, finance, transportation and government. He also manages our our European partners. Karl has been with with Plus Technologies for 19 years.

Karl is married with five children and some fun facts are: Karl minored in Swahili (language) at Ohio State (undergrad.), but says since he has not been able to practice it with East Africans yet and has forgotten it along with most of his French and Spanish. Karl says he regularly speaks “Print” instead.

What he likes about working here at Plus Technologies:
“After college, the one thing I “knew” I did not want to do was sales…but sales at Plus Technologies is not at all like what I thought of sales. (not pushy like selling used cars).” “I love hearing and solving people’s problems from all kinds of different industries and applications, systems and printers, from all over the world. It is great to be able to save them time and money.” – Karl

March 15, 2016

Fleet Manager Used for Managed Print Solution

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OM Plus Fleet Manager Used for Managed Print Solution

Plus Technologies‘ OM Plus Fleet Manager (FM) has been selected by Dell Services for a Managed Print Services project. Dell’s customer is a large rail transport company and this project will be responsible for a fleet of several thousand printers as well as multi-function devices.
Dell will use FM based data to count printer and multi-function device usage at the page level including mono print, color print, copies, scans, and fax. In addition, Dell will use FM to improve response time to break/fix issue by leveraging the alert feature, and FM device page counts will be used for usage based billing. FM will also streamline track and manage consumables for Dell.

For more information, please contact Plus Technologies

March 4, 2016

DMV Implements OM Plus Delivery Manager

OM Plus Delivery Manager, DM, Delivery Manager, Plus TechnologiesDC Department of Motor Vehicles Implements OM Plus

DC Department of Motor Vehicles has implemented OM Plus Delivery Manager (DM) output management software to improve operations. DC DMV was experiencing interruptions with CICS DB2 mainframe printing which significantly increased IT costs of supporting the system.
Delivery Manager has been used to implement a fail-over system to increase print productivity and reliability. Print confirmation is also used to ensure printing is successful.
The notification of print errors with error diagnostics will increase recovery time and increase IT productivity. DC DMV provides service to more than 541,000 licensed drivers and more than 2.5 million tickets annually, by collecting payments or providing citizens the means to contest the tickets. In addition, they also conduct over 189,000 vehicle inspections each year.

Automating document management and business processes