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.
The hosted app market has seen steady growth for quite some time now. All indicators point to this trend continuing on an upward trajectory for many years to come.
One of the main reasons organizations are choosing hosted solutions is to take advantage of the cost savings. However, the print experience in hosted app environments can be less than ideal. The remedy to these limitations requires printing management software.
For example, to print a report from Salesforce, a user must first export and save a file to his or her local workstation. The file must then be opened manually within an application such as Excel and then printed to the printer of choice.
Healthcare System Chooses Plus Technologies Rx (TRP) Solution
Plus Technologies has sold (TRP) tamper resistant technology to dozens of hospitals and healthcare systems. Recently another hospital selected Plus Technologies plain paper Rx (prescription) solution to help reduce costs and increase Rx security.
In this case the customer is acquiring a production, backup and test systems for their prescription printing needs. The solution is based on PT’s Delivery Manager (DM) print spooling system technology with the Tamper Resistant Print (TRP) option.
OM Plus Delivery Manager (DM) will ingest print output form the customer’s Allscripts EMR system – parse the details – and pass the necessary information to the TRP system to create Rx on plain paper.
Pull Printing – Print Release – Follow the User style print
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 the User style print. 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 the User style 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.
A new Printer Load Balance video is available from Plus Technologies for its OM Plus suite of print management software products. The video demonstrates how easy it is to set up print load balancing and can be found on our Solution section of our website under Load Balancing.
What is Printer Load Balancing?
Print load balancing or printing across multiple printers can significantly improve overall document output performance and speed. Printer load balancing is also sometimes called printer pooling. In high performing print environments, jobs can quickly become stacked, waiting for their turn to print. With Printer Load Balancing, documents are routed to the next available printer and begin printing right away.