You’ve asked users to print less, stop printing in color, and use duplex for every print job. As a result, your users have risen up in rebellion and continue to make costly printing mistakes—printing in simplex, using color ink for every print job, and leaving jobs in the print tray.
We’re kidding, of course.
But when you’re trying reduce print costs in traditional print environments, it is a constant struggle. Print management services can help combat habits that make printing expensive.
The reasons you’re overspending on printing.
Printing and print servers have a closer relationship to your organization’s bottom line than you may think. Here are a few overlooked expenses in traditional print environments:
- Print consumable waste (e.g., toner, paper)
- Purchasing, deploying, and maintaining servers and endpoint devices
- Time spent on print-related helpdesk calls—for users as well as IT staff
- Lost productivity due to printer downtime and print service interruptions
- Excessive time and resources devoted to deployments and driver management
And those are only the major ones.
Add them up in dollars and it will likely amount to a shockingly high figure—which is money that your organization could be saving or allocating to other areas. The problem is, conventional print management services don’t address these issues in a systematic way. These preventable costs have become an accepted part of the status quo.
It doesn’t have to be like that. Forward-thinking print management services can reduce printing costs dramatically.
How do print management services save you money?
Think of print management services as the ultimate tune-up of your print environment. You’ll no longer be stuck performing tedious server maintenance, deployments are more precise, and you get access to features designed to cut costs without sacrificing efficiency.
1. They eliminate print servers (and printers) from your environment
The costs of maintaining, licensing, upgrading, and powering print servers stacks up over time. You’re not only dealing with expenses here, either. Countless hours are devoted to print servers just to keep printing afloat in organizations. Print server crashes lead to hours of damage control and employees are less productive when printing services are down.
Print management services enable IT teams to remove print servers from their environment and consolidate management to a single platform. With a bird’s-eye-view of your print environment, you can identify which printers aren’t being utilized in your environment and remove them from your printer fleet.
The removal of legacy infrastructure doesn’t just cut down your company’s electric bill. You experience long-term saving by removing tedious server maintenance and increasing end user productivity.
2. They allow you to track costs
Users print every day. With hundreds, if not thousands, of users to manage you can imagine how tracking print jobs seems like a daunting task. And it is. Especially in decentralized print environments.
Print management services allow you to determine the cost of each print job (color and greyscale), allowing you to calculate the precise dollar amount of paper and consumable usage. You can narrow your search down to users, devices, and groups to see where printing is being used the most (or the least) and determine which areas to develop stricter printing policies to cut costs.
Who knows? You may find that a few users don’t need printers anymore, allowing you to minimize your printer fleet even further.
3. They promote sustainability (and security)
You’re probably calling our bluff on this one. But sustainability and security go hand-in-hand in modern print environments. By authenticating end users at the printer before they can receive their print jobs, you can cut down on paper waste, cancel accidental print jobs, and make sure print jobs aren’t left in the print tray.
And users aren’t inconvenienced by the extra step, either.
You and your team can choose the authentication method that works best for your end users. Print management services offer a few of the following release methods like badge release, entering a PIN at the control panel, web browser release, and QR code scanning.
Most solutions don’t offer the full lineup of authentication methods mentioned above. For more info on Secure Release Printing (pull printing) click here.
4. They enable you to limit print volumes
Some IT teams have a tighter budget to work with. Having the ability to limit print volumes by setting quotas for users or groups is critical to maintaining healthy print costs.
A few ways Print Quota Management can help organizations on a budget:
- Admins can set a maximum allowance on print jobs per user/group based on price or volume
- Limit print jobs to a specific page count (i.e., users can’t print more than 10 pages per print job)
- Assign print quotas by modes (i.e., color, greyscale, and duplex)
- Set time delays between print jobs to reduce unintentional print jobs
- Create recurring quota periods to reset every month, quarterly, or yearly
This feature set enables admins to identify which users and groups are printing the most, helping you determine how to allocate print volumes across your organization. Plus, you stop losing sleep over questionable 100-page color print jobs that have nothing to do with work.
Start saving today with SaaS print management.
Print management services provide ample ways to reduce the financial burden printing can have on your organization. Yet, few solutions offer a complete SaaS platform that unifies your entire print environment, eliminates your print servers, and promotes sustainability with its feature set like PrinterLogic does.
What’s more, PrinterLogic is free for your first 30 days.
Schedule a demo today to learn more about serverless print management.