Plus Technologies’ OM Plus Delivery Manager (DM) print software is being considered by some organizations as a replacement for CUPS.
CUPS is an open source product that provides some limited print spooling functions. However, questions about product technical support and function have led some users to consider OM Plus DM as a replacement.
Some of the features lacking in CUPS that users are looking for in OM Plus include:
The print fleet includes many hundreds of devices spread across multiple locations. Also, it consists mostly of Lexmark and HP printers and multifunction printers.
Plus Technologies will be providing output management capabilities by tying into the organization’s back office systems and routing jobs (workflow) to the appropriate printer. The software allows the customer to set rules that can define the end users rights and privileges when using the system increasing compliance and security. The print software also provides comprehensive print job reporting that captures the who, what, when and where of what was printed.
Plus Technologies Offering Subscription License for Imprivata API
Plus Technologies offers a market leading pull-print solution called My-Print-Delivery (MPD). MPD allows users to identify themselves at print devices to direct and release print jobs. In addition, My-Print-Delivery helps with security, cost and compliance.
One important feature of MPD in the healthcare market is its integration with Imprivata’s OneSign single sign on solution. Plus Technologies has accomplished integration with OneSign by using Imprivata’s API called Imprivata Print Connector (IPC).
A new Web Client version is now available. This new version is number 3.1.3.0001. Some of the changes/enhancements include:
An update to the View Job command in the request status screen. Previously there was a limited number of data types that the web client would allow you to view. Now only the ‘graphics’ type is unviewable (for safety reasons).
Plus Technologies Announces FIPS Compliant Encryption
Plus Technologies announces changes to its encryption methodology to support FIPS compliance standards. FIPS compliance is often required by US federal government agencies. Since Plus Technologies has numerous government customers including the US Federal government it made sense for Plus Technologies to add this capability.
FIPS compliant means an organization adheres to the Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) in order to act in accordance with the Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002 (FISMA) and the Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2014 (FISMA2014).
Despite the recent economic impact of the coronavirus, Plus Technologies customers continue to grow and add OM Plus Output Management Software licensing.
Recent examples include:
A Healthcare customer that added licensing to its existing OM Plus prescription printing software solution. This customer uses OM Plus Rx printing software for printing Rx on plain paper printers thereby saving costs associated with pre-printed forms and gaining efficiencies by streamlining Rx printing operation.
Automated Print Failover for Mission Critical Documents
Most large organizations still rely heavily on printed documents to complete important business processes. When mission critical print documents do not complete successfully, business is negatively impacted. Any time a print job is unsuccessful; there can be the potential for problems with patient care, missed shipments, missed loan closings, or invoices not going out, which effects costs, and lower levels of customer service.
Some important issues to consider when print failures occur are:
Are your enterprise print servers managing the delivery of business critical documents?
Do you have multiple points of failure in your enterprise print server environment?
Do business processes stop when a printer or an enterprise print server fails?
The weakest link in a SAP business process chain is where information leaves SAP® applications. For example, at the creation of a hardcopy or electronic document. The infrastructure that supports SAP printing and SAP document management in most enterprises is complex and costly to manage. This increases the risk of business process failure and the cost of delivering SAP documents.
SAP developed its External Output Management (BC-XOM) interface to offer a scalable alternative to problematic native OS-based document facilities.
OMS in the SAP Print Environment
We are frequently contacted by customers facing print/output workflow limitations with their SAP system. So we thought we would write a high level summary of the SAP print situation. While the base SAP spooling process can provide basic delivery to print devices it has severe limitations if the need is for load balancing, automated fail-over, format transformations, label print management, confirmed delivery, error notification, pull print, print statistics and other advanced functions.