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Print Servers vs. Output Management Servers

  • Date: Nov 20, 2019
  • Categories: Blog

Print Servers vs. Output Management Servers

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Print Servers vs. Output Management Servers

There is a lot of discussion about getting rid of Print Servers in the market today. Print Servers are devices that connect multiple workstations to printers so that the printers can be shared among many users. This is a good thing but print servers are also a burden on IT. They can add considerably to their workload. As a result, there are products are designed to eliminate print servers in order to reduce IT workload.  These products advertise by saying “get rid of print servers.”

Here at Plus Technologies, we want to point out that a print server is not the same as an Output Management Server (OMS). While prints servers connect workstations to printers the purpose of an Output Management system is completely different. Output Management Software provides the delivery of print jobs from their source system (either workstation or backend systems like SAP, Epic, Cerner, Oracle, etc) to the printer itself and ensures the integrity of the print function and its related business processes.

Output Management Servers

Print Servers and Output Management servers do different things so while it is a good thing to get rid of print servers it is actually a good thing to keep an Output Management Server (OMS). OMS systems are able to augment or replace the native spooling system and bi-directionally communicate with printers and multifunction devices. OMS can confirm that the print job (eg, bills of lading, manifests, patient records, label, etc) are properly printed and in the printer’s output bin.

In addition, OMS can provide numerous value add functions to the delivery of the print job such automated fail-over, load balancing, bundling, bursting, print statistics, diagnostics, print release and more. In the case of print release, end user names are required for the print release process to work. Many ‘back-end” ERP, WMS, EMR systems do not pass end user info with the print jobs making print release for back end systems unavailable for print release.

OM Plus from Plus Technologies which is a leading OMS is integrated with systems like SAP, Cerner, Epic, Allscripts, Oracle and many more and can get end user names enabling print release. OM Plus is also very scalable and can support thousands of printers on a single instance eliminating the need for most print servers in an organization. In conclusion, print servers are burdensome and replacing them is good. Output Management Systems like OM Plus are value add and good. When you hear someone say replace a print server that does not mean replace the output server too.

Automating Document Related Business Processes

Plus Technologies located in Ohio has been developing enterprise level document and output management software since 1994. Plus Technologies’ focus is on improving business processes affected by documents. We have thousands of customers, tens of thousands of server software installations, and millions of printers under management in 30 countries.

Plus Technologies serves customers of all sizes as our products, licensing, and pricing is scalable upwards and downwards. We have departmental as well as enterprise wide output management software implementations. We have successfully sold into many Fortune 500 organizations.

One reason for our success is our willingness to respond quickly to our customer’s unique requirements. First, we listen to the customer to understand their environment and their needs. Second, we work the customer to determine the optimal solution. In addition, we are able to quickly make enhancements to our products to meet specific needs. Third, we offer pricing and licensing flexibility to suit our customer’s budget. Lastly, we provide world class support. This recipe has served us well over the years and as a result, we have an extremely loyal customer base.

Please contact us to learn more about our company and products. Moreover, you can count on Plus Technologies to do our best to help you solve your document and output management issues.

 

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