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August 21, 2020

Value of Enterprise Output Management

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Value of Enterprise Output Management

Plus Technologies started in the print spooler business in 1994. Since then we have continually added to our software portfolio and for the past several years have become a leading vendor in the Enterprise Output Management (EOM) market with our OM Plus products. A recent IDC paper identified the value of EOM in today’s market. Some snippets from their paper include the following.

The proliferation of 3rd Platform technologies (cloud, mobile, big data, and social media) continues to foster significant changes in the ways that employees work with information. Knowledge workers are capturing, creating, consuming, and sharing massive amounts of content across multiple applications and device types, forcing businesses to find a proper balance between the need for information access and protecting business-critical content. Adding to these complexities is the fact that business information is now stored across a host of on-premises and offsite applications and document repositories, including information management systems, content sharing and collaboration solutions, local and network file folders, email, and hardcopy documents.

August 18, 2020

What is Enterprise Output Management

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Plus Technologies provides world class Enterprise Output Management software. But just what is EOM? Enterprise Output Management (EOM) solutions are middleware software solutions that automate the production, distribution, formatting, delivery, and management of output streams from any enterprise and/or desktop application to any physical or visual output channel. Meaning it can capture output from your ERP, CRM, EMR, and other line-of-business applications and send it to a printer, a web-based document archive, email recipient, fax server, or other destination.

As middleware, EOM solutions relieve desktop and enterprise applications from the burden of document delivery, formatting, and tracking. zEOM can also confirm that the documents that need to be printed actually did print. This can increase the performance and stability of your critical IT systems and improve regulatory compliance.

August 13, 2020

Cloud Printing Service – Enhanced Printing Features not Available for all Documents

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Cloud Printing Service – Enhanced Printing Features not Available for all Documents

You may have noticed that there have been a number of MPS (Managed Print Services) vendors and printer OEM’s announcing “cloud printing services”. In their announcements they have made statements that imply cloud printing can manage the print delivery needs of all types of corporate documents. For example, Konica Minolta recently announced that their global Cloud Printing Service can manage the “total print” environment of its customers.

That claim may not be completely accurate. While we are sure the cloud print service is quite robust it would not always be able to provide the advanced Output Management” type functions for documents created and printed by “back-end” systems like ERP’s, EMR’s WMS, Accounting and other server based systems. Frequently these backend systems need advanced print delivery (eg print spooling) features such as bi-directional communications with printers, automated fail-over, load balancing, pull-print, integrations with authentications systems (eg Imprivata), the need to capture end user names for statistics and pull print, bundling/kitting of documents, intelligent routing, tamper resistant print, etc. These capabilities may not be available in a Cloud Print environment.

If the features listed above are needed for backend documents then in many cases an Output Management Software (OMS) system like OM Plus Delivery Manager would still be required.

For more information, please contact Plus Technologies.

1-877-899-7587

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August 11, 2020

President Visits Plus Technologies Customer

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President Visits Plus Technologies Customer

Last week President Trump paid a visit to the Whirlpool facility in Clyde, Ohio. He toured the Whirlpool production facility there and was able to see how the plant operated.

In that plant Whirlpool uses Plus Technologies’ OM Plus Delivery Manager (DM) software to manage the delivery of documents created by their ‘backend manufacturing system’ to the printers on the line.

Many of our manufacturing customers such as Whirlpool create documents such as pick lists, manifests, bills of lading, and shipping labels.

August 7, 2020

Pull Printing – Print Release – Follow me Style Printing

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OM Plus My-Print-Delivery (MPD) is Plus Technologies product for pull-print. Pull-print is also known as print release or in some cases follow me printing. My-Print-Delivery improves printing efficiency and security by holding a user’s “printed” documents on a secure print server until the user walks up to a convenient printer and authenticates/releases their jobs. As well as “Follow-Me Print.”

In particular, we have many customers from a number of different industries that use the MPD feature. In addition to reducing overall print volume therefore saving cost, each user has their own unique story and value proposition. By all means, please contact us for more information.

OM Plus My-Print-Delivery Software

OM Plus My-Print-Delivery (MPD) software is Plus Technologies solution for pull printing. This type of solution is also known by other names. Names such as: print release, pull-print, follow-me, or find-me printing. The idea behind the concept is to improve printing efficiencies by holding user documents in the print system until the user releases the document while physically at the printer or multifunction device itself.

July 31, 2020

Work-From-Home Printing

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Work-From-Home Printing

More and more employees are working from home. However, working from home can present corporate print issues. In some cases, work-at-home employees need to print documents at home that are created on systems at the office. In other cases, employees need to print documents created at home at the office. Both these cases can be problematic.

 

July 29, 2020

SAP Basics

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Plus Technologies has been providing enhanced print solutions for the on-prem SAP environment for many years. We thought it might be helpful to share some background information about the SAP print environment.

Years ago, the corporate computing environment consisted of mainframe computers (host), dumb terminals (workstations), and line printers. Then, in the late 70s and early 80s, the use of computers started to migrate away from the centralized, mainframe environment, where most applications were batch-based, to a more distributed configuration using personal desktop computers.

July 22, 2020

Competitors Making False Claims

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Competitors Making False Claims

We have been informed by some of our customers that our competitors are making statements about Plus Technologies that are not always accurate. In a competitive sales environment such as the OMS market that may not be too surprising. However, we would like to take this opportunity to share a few specific examples and clarify what the competition is saying wrong about us.

One cannot always take what the competitors say about Plus Technologies as being accurate. We encourage our prospects and customers to call us to verify the information they are being given. They can trust us to give them the truth (good or bad) and prove it through demonstrations and free evaluations.

July 13, 2020

OM Plus Stats Manager – Print Metrics and Statistics

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OM Plus customers are taking advantage of OM Plus Stats Manager to capture the who + what + when print statistics. OM Stats Manager (SM) is a printing solutions application that enables organizations to analyze and understand the who, what, when, and where of printing, copying, faxing, and scanning in their enterprise.

By collecting print spooling data Stats Manager is able to provide user based print metrics in addition to device based data. This user based metric allows organizations to understand who is printing, what they are printing, when they are printing, what application the documents are coming from, and even the titles of the documents.

Unlike other printing solutions, Stats Manager provides scheduled reports as well as an ad-hoc query capability to enable users to search for the data as they require it.

July 8, 2020

OM Plus Integration with MFP’s

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OM Plus Integration with MFP’s

Plus Technologies has been asked if OM Plus integrates with MFP’s in order to facilitate pull-printing (sometimes called print release). The answer is yes, OM Plus MPD (My-Print-Delivery) does integrate with printers and MFP’s to gather card reader data and to facilitate print delivery.

OM Plus currently has an integrated solution with several vendors including Lexmark, HP, Xerox, Ricoh, Sharp and others. OM Plus also provides integration with Imprivata which adds an authentication capability to the pull print environment. There are several pull print workflows provided by OM Plus MPD to suit a number of customer needs including a shared print solution called SQR (secure Queue Release) that is perfect for emergency room environments which is unique in the industry. In addition, OM Plus provides optional plain paper Rx printing solutions which helps our healthcare customers save cost.

Automating document management and business processes