PrintFleet, a provider of managed print services (MPS) software reports that it’s partnered with Brother International in order to provide channel partners with greater print-fleet management capabilities, along with a management dashboard that’s said to provide end-users full visibility into their document-imaging devices and workflow.
According to PrintFleet, resellers face many challenges with communicating the value of managed print services to their clients. It says that the Brother Dashboard is a reporting tool that enables resellers to demonstrate how managed print services can benefit their end-users. With the Dashboard, resellers can visually show users how managed print can increase efficiency, reduce costs, and improve device management.
The Dashboard uses a combination of automatic device data collected by PrintFleet’s Data Collection Agent (DCA) and custom total cost of ownership (TCO) values entered by the reseller to provide users with insights for better management of their print environment. It’s also integrated into the PrintFleet Optimizer platform that over 4,500 office-equipment dealers are currently using to manage their customers’ print fleets. The data is displayed in multiple widgets that report device and meter data, including problem devices, power usage, utilization, page coverage, and toner levels among other key print reports. Users can see aggregated data for high-level overviews or view data on a customer level for more detailed insights.
“We see the Brother Dashboard as extremely beneficial to the channel,” commented PrintFleet President and CEO Chris McFarlane. “With the proliferation of data and analytics, there is value in being able to easily access this information and see it visually represented in a clear, concise manner. The Dashboard provides valuable insight that allows users to better action the data and manage their print environment.”
The Dashboard is billed as an imperative sales-enablement tool for managed print providers looking to grow existing accounts and acquire new business.” PrintFleet says that with the Dashboard, resellers can help clients who struggle to capture and communicate print-fleet performance metrics, establish TCO benchmarks and ensure devices are properly utilized.
“As managed print services evolve, it is not enough to just collect the data; resellers and OEMs must act on it and help users optimize their entire fleet of devices, increase efficiency and manage print-related costs,” said Dan Waldinger, Brother International’s Director of Solutions & Services. “We engaged with PrintFleet to jointly provide a Dashboard that by its nature is a call-to-action for providers to continually optimize the environment of their customers.”
By providing accurate, real-time performance data to help end users manage their day-to-day business as well as their overall operations, PrintFleet says that resellers using the Dashboard are able to better demonstrate that print devices are as strategically important to their business as other devices and processes in the office.
For more information on subscribing to the PrintFleet Optimizer Platform with the Brother Dashboard, or if you are an existing user of the PrintFleet Optimizer Platform and would like to add the Brother Dashboard to reporting capabilities, contact Brian Healy with Brother at (908) firstname.lastname@example.org or David Brown with PrintFleet at (866) 382 8320 ext. email@example.com.
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