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All 2013 nominations are due by June 7, 2013. We look forward to announcing the winners at theComptia ChannelCon Event in Orlando, FL on Tuesday, July 30th.
The 2013 Award Categories
The following TEN categories of awards reflect the diversity of the managed print services industry. Within each category description listed below, click on the link indicating "Form" to open a document submission form for that category. Once you have filled out the submission form, save it and email it to the 2013 Awards Committee by the deadline.
Direct MPS Provider – An Organization selling basic managed print services (Supply fulfillment, B/F Service, & equipment services) which is owned directly or indirectly by a manufacturer (includes branches and subsidiaries). Direct MPS Provider Submission Form.
Independent Managed Print Services Provider – An Organization selling Basic managed print services (Supply fulfillment, B/F Service, & equipment services), but not owned by a manufacturer. Independent MPS Provider Submission Form.
End User – an Organization that has a contract for the receipt of managed print services from a reseller, services provider, or manufacturer. End User Submission Form.
Professional Services Provider – an Organization with more than one full time employee providing training, research, or consultancy. Professional Services Provider Submission Form.
Software Provider – An Organization that develops software for the managed print services sector, whether sales management, device management, user management, service management, or billing. Software Provider Submission Form.
Regional Managed Print Services Provider – any Organization that provides managed print services outside of North America. Regional MPS Provider Submission Form.
Manged Print Infrastructure Provider – An Organization that has no reseller agreement with end users, but provides necessary combination of components to create a succesful program, e.g. Distribution, Leasing, Parts, Supplies, and Break Fix Services, etc. Manged Print Infrastructure Provider Submission Form.
Direct MPS Plus Provider – An Organization selling basic managed print services (Supply fulfillment, B/F Service, & equipment services) which is owned directly or indirectly by a manufacturer (includes branches and subsidiaries) AND offers additional solutions around document management, document workflow, and/or business document processes. Direct MPS Plus Provider Submission Form.
Independent MPS Plus Provider – An Organization selling Basic managed print services (Supply fulfillment, B/F Service, & equipment services), but not owned by a manufacturer AND offers additional solutions around document management, document workflow, and/or business document processes. Independent MPS Plus Submission Form.
Best MPS Innovation Award - Each year we see new developments and initiatives in MPS which have the potential to redefine the way we view the industry. This award is intended to spot light the individual, the company, the product or process which can genuinely be hailed an innovation for the industry. Best MPS Innovation Award Submission Form.
The nomination forms each cover six areas. These areas range from the extent of the program or service, to the problem solving and approaches used. All entries will be requested to submit case studies, and the MPSA Judges will contact the nominee's self-identified customers to verify their statements.
NEWTON, MA, April 11, 2013 -
Next week the Channels best dealers, resellers, VARs and vendors will be in attendance at the ITEX 2013 National Conference and Expo, taking place April 16 - 18, 2013 at The Rio in Las Vegas. ITEX represents the Channel's premier event offering the most comprehensive education and largest showcase of vendors. Attendees can enhance the ITEX experience and have access to valuable ITEX information on the go by downloading the new, free ITEX Mobile App.
o imageSource Live Theater (Booth #147): Free education on the Expo Floor from credible resources including executives from Kodak, DocuClass, AutoTask, Ingram Micro, MPSA, Breezy, and Marlin Leasing.
o Managed Services Zone: ITEX will be showcasing the industry's leading managed services vendors in an easy-to-find Tech Zone on the Expo Floor. Participants include: Autotask, Breezy, CompTIA, Continuum, Crexendo, N-Able Technologies, OKI Data Americas, Inc., Tech Data, ModernOffice Suite, Tigerpaw Software, and Xanté.
o Document Management & Workflow Solutions Zone:ITEX will be showcasing the industry's leading managed services vendors in an easy-to-find Tech Zone on the Expo Floor. Participants include: DocuClass, DocuWare, ELO Digital Office, Fujitsu, Ingram Micro, Kodak, Laser Line, Lexmark, LSSP Corporation, Nuance Communications, PSIGEN Software, and Webbstone.
o Networking Breakfast (Aisle 100): Enjoy breakfast on Thursday and network with colleagues as your day begins at ITEX. Plus, enter a drawing to win a $250 Gift Certificate to Ruth's Chris Steak House!
o Resource Center: Conveniently located in Aisle 100 and equipped with Memjet printers and Internet access, the Center offers a place for attendees to print, check their email, meet up with colleagues and more.
o Concurrent Events: leading industry groups, associations and vendors have chosen to co-locate their events with ITEX 2013, including BTA, Great America Financial Services, NPRN, IBPI, and MPSA.
Tuesday, April 16
Pre-Conference Workshops: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday, April 17
Conference Sessions: 9:00 AM - 11:50 AM
Expo Hall: 11:00 AM- 4:30 PM
Perfect Image Awards: 3:00 PM
Welcome Reception: 4:30 PM
Thursday, April 18
Conference Sessions: 8:30 AM - 9:20 AM
10:00 AM - 11:50 AM
1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
Networking Breakfast: 9:00 AM
Expo Hall: 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
LOCATION: The Rio All Suite Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas
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ITEX 2013 National Conference and Expo, the largest and most comprehensive event in the office solutions and imaging channel, will be held April 16 through April 18, 2013 at The Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV. ITEX is produced and managed by Questex Media Group LLC, a global, diversified business-to-business integrated media and information provider, headquartered in Newton, MA. For detailed information about the event, visit www.itexshow.com
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New Business Unit Represents Continued
Strategic Commitment to Technological Leadership
SCOTTSDALE, AZ undefined April 11, 2013
MWA Intelligence (MWAi), an SAP Gold Partner and leader in enterprise-class Machine to Machine (M2M) and Machine to People (M2P) solutions announced the formation of a Strategic SAP Business Unit in response to the overwhelming acceptance and support for the SAP Business One solution in the Imaging Channel.
The creation of the SAP Business Unit represents MWAi's continued and growing commitment to providing the finest technology, support and partnering support for the Imaging Channel and its growing services offerings. MWAi is focused on the growth of our M2M business and Field Service/Mobile solutions while expanding upon the company's existing SAP Business One offering that was launched in December, 2012. This is the next logical step in our SAP Business One growth and SBU infrastructure will ensure high-quality delivery and continuous enhancement of the MWAi Services Platform enabled by SAP Business One. In addition the SAP SBU brings further clarity to our significant investment in the growth of our team as well as well as organizational clarity of purpose, mission and the individual responsibility.
"The creation of the new SAP Business Unit is a direct response to a dynamic marketplace and our ability to serve the needs of the dealers in the Imaging Channel with the best technology and support in the world." Said Michael T. Stramaglio, CEO and President of MWA Intelligence. "The dealers businesses are expanding and growing into new markets and opportunities and it is our goal to encourage revenue and customer growth with new technologies and business models and to provide the dealers with real time, actionable data the likes of which the industry has never seen before."
The establishment of this business unit brings three important changes. First, the new organization will be led at the corporate level and will be interacting on a daily basis with SAP management as well as our many other Technology United Partners. Second, the scope will expand beyond the MWAi Intelligent Service and Workforce solutions to address customer needs more broadly with a solution that empowers dealers to run their entire business with a single, Imaging Channel specific solution. And third, it will separate planning, development, sales and support of the current MWAi solutions to ensure continued development and evolution in the solutions that MWAi has been providing to the Imaging Channel for over twenty years.
"In all my years in the channel, I have never seen such an enthusiastic response for a new solution." Said Gavin Williams, Executive Vice President of MWA Intelligence. "Since our initial launch, the channel has embraced SAP Business One and the MWAi Services Platform for its powerful functionality, ease of use and affordability."
The newly formed MWAi SAP Business Unit will deliver Office Technology and Imaging Channel businesses the ability to make smart decisions, improve future performance, and achieve long-term success with little financial or strategic risk. The all-encompassing MWAi Services Platform enabled by SAP Business One provides a complete, integrated business management solution that offers transparency and instant visibility into operations. The solution helps companies to better unify, manage and control their entire business across financials, sales, customers and operations while eliminating redundant data entries and errors at the same time. The solution not only provides immediate results in operating efficiency and real-time business decisions, but also comes with an affordable price tag. The affordably priced SAP Business One application is designed for those businesses that recognize the importance of leveraging business software as an integral component of their business growth strategy.
About MWA Intelligence, Inc.
MWA Intelligence Inc. (MWAi), a SAP Business One Gold Partner, delivers enterprise-class and leading-edge Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and Machine-to-People (M2P) solutions to better serve the imaging industry. MWAi's intelligent service, workforce, assets and GPS solution suites deliver mission-critical information in real time to the hands of customer-facing employees and into companies' back-end ERP systems including the powerful SAP Business One solution. The MWAi solution automates all of the business intelligence management, meter collection, consumables and service alerts and also offers an integrated pre-sale MPS tool for easy auditing of end-user networks. MWAi literally connects the people who service and sell the assets with the actual machines and ERP systems.
For additional information please visit the MWA Intelligence corporate website: www.mwaintel.com
Charlotte, NC – March 18, 2013 – The Managed Print Services Association (MPSA) today announced three new categories for its upcoming 2013 MPSA Leadership Awards. This means that this year, there is a total of 10 categories of excellence in which various companies involved in MPS may be nominated and awarded – up from seven categories last year.
The 2013 MPSA Leadership Awards categories are as follows (new categories are underlined):
One exciting new award category – “Best MPS Innovation” – was added to highlight advances made in MPS this past year. “We wanted something to create some splash about new innovations in this industry, and we wanted to recognize those who are leading the industry with new ideas," said MPSA President Greg Walters.
In order to allow organizations providing core MPS services as well as those that go beyond traditional MPS to be recognized, the MPSA divided the Direct and Indirect (now called “Independent”) MPS Provider categories into four distinct categories with two levels each. There is one level for organizations that provide core MPS services and then a “Plus” level for those that go beyond MPS into areas such as document management and workflow. MPSA Standards Committee Chair Ron Alphin said this new structure helps recognize areas where the industry has evolved: “This will allow the wide range of organizations that provide MPS services – from core to more advanced services – to be recognized equally by the MPSA.”
Finally, the category formerly known as “Independent MSP” was further clarified this year, and the name was changed to “Managed Print Services Infrastructure Provider.”
The nomination and voting periods for the MPSA Leadership Awards will open on April 2, 2013, through the MPSA website (www.yourmpsa.org). The MPSA Awards reception (and board meeting) will be co-located with CompTIA ChannelCon, taking place at the Peabody Orlando Hotel in Orlando, Florida, July 29-31. Both MPSA board meeting and awards reception attendance includes a free CompTIA ChannelCon registration, which can be obtained by visiting http://www.CompTIA.org/channelcon and using the MPSA’s priority registration code, which will be announced shortly; it is recommended that MPSA members wait for the code to take advantage of this special offer. Additional information about nomination processes and voting is forthcoming.
About the MPSA:
Founded in 2009, the Managed Print Services Association (MPSA) is a global, nonprofit organization that provides independent communications, collaboration, education, standards and success to MPS professionals. The mission of the MPSA and its members is to address and optimize businesses’ office document management while enhancing the growth, efficiency and profitability of the MPS segment through advocacy, marketing, education, research, standards and a general community of interest.
MIDWAY, KY, March 14, 2013undefined Photizo Group proudly announces that Ricoh Americas Corporation will be a Platinum sponsor of the Transform Global Conference, which will take place on May 6-9, 2013 in Scottsdale, AZ. Photizo’s Transform event is the premier conference for the imaging channel and draws a global audience.
Ricoh has a clear commitment to helping its channel partners successfully navigate the imaging industryundefinedthe company is a longstanding sponsor of the Transform conference series. Most recently, Ricoh was a Diamond sponsor of Transform 2012 Europe, which drew close to 350 attendees. Ricoh also recently signed a global contract to utilize Photizo Group’s Partner Transformation Series, which is a comprehensive transformation program designed for those who are serious about succeeding in MPS and strive for increased profitability, revenue, and organizational power.
"As the imaging industry sees significant changes, it's important for companies to strengthen customer relationships and help solve their business problems – MPS can play a significant role," said Terrie Campbell, Vice President, Strategic Marketing, Ricoh Americas Corporation. "Ricoh continually supports educating our industry professionals, which is why we are proud to be a Platinum sponsor of Photizo Group’s Transform Global Conference."
Ricoh is sponsoring the keynote speaker, Ryan Estis, who will be presenting Passion on Purpose: Turning Corporate Culture into a Competitive Advantage. Estis is a business performance expert who helps companies and sellers effectively connect with their employees and customers. In addition, Ricoh Vice President of Strategic Marketing, Terri Campbell, will be on the executive panel at Transform. The executive panel brings industry leaders together, providing an opportunity to speak out on the future of business and managed print services and answer questions from the audience.
“I remain impressed by Ricoh’s dedication to keep up with the advancing pace of the managed print services industry,” said Photizo Group Founder and CEO, Ed Crowley. “As longstanding partners of Photizo, we could not be more inspired by Ricoh’s commitment to bring the channel the most cutting-edge education available.”
Transform Global provides attendees and sponsors with the opportunity to network, exchange ideas, and receive cutting-edge education, diving beyond managed print services and into the future of imaging. The year 2013 marks the fifth anniversary of the Transform conference series, and the event will feature industry leaders, experts and analysts, end-user case studies, and channel success stories of transformation.
About Photizo Group
A leading transformation firm, Photizo Group assists clients in transforming their businesses from product-centric to services-centric companies. We provide clients with innovative and practical market intelligence, consulting, and education services based upon our deep industry insight and objective analysis. Photizo is a trusted advisor and provides clients, as well as the entire imaging market, with visionary guidance to help make successful business decisions. www.photizogroup.com.
Ricoh is a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems, and IT services. Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Ricoh Group, operates in more than 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ending March 2012, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 1,903 billion yen (approximately $23 billion).
The majority of the company's revenue comes from products, solutions, and services that improve the interaction between people and information. Ricoh also produces award-winning digital cameras and specialized industrial products. It is known for the quality of its technology, the exceptional standard of its customer service, and its sustainability initiatives.
Under its corporate tagline, imagine. change., Ricoh helps companies transform the way they work and harness the collective imagination of their employees.
For further information, please visit http://www.ricoh.com/about/
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Charlotte, NC – March 5, 2013 – The Managed Print Services Association (MPSA) today announced the completion of its Standards & Best Practices Committee’s first white paper of 2013, “MPS Business Models & Components.” This white paper identifies four managed print business models MPS providers can use to go to market, details the pros and cons associated with each and provides charts outlining additional components related to the delivery of managed print services.
“Ron, his committee members – indeed, all who contributed to this initiative – have brought to light a sound, easy-to-understand description of foundational managed print services models and components,“ said MPSA President Greg Walters. “We are very proud to provide this document to our membership. Look for more in the near future.”
The MPSA Standards & Best Practices Committee was chartered to help define industry areas that, once clarified, would result in a better understanding of MPS and an increased rate of adoption. One such area identified by the committee as a major source of confusion faced by its membership base centers around MPS business models. “We have members that are end users. We have members that are resellers. We have members that are software providers. There are all types. The MPSA did a very good job of defining what managed print services is, but there needed to be further explanation of how each type of member that delivers MPS services could go to market with that,” said MPSA Standards Committee Chair Ron Alphin.
Subsequently, the committee created a white paper around the topic that will prove invaluable to anyone interested in providing MPS. “Any new members to the MPSA or MPS industry could use this document to define what business models they would reasonably be able to go to market with,” Alphin said. “Right now, people have to go to different websites, look at different statements by other people, or ask others what they’re doing. This document, on the other hand, outlines the MPS business models available to them in one place, so people can start using it as a standard benchmark to determine what kind of delivery model they can take to the market and explain to end users exactly what will be provided to them.”
The MPSA Standards and Best Practices Committee’s white paper is now available to all MPSA members, who can access it by logging in to the MPSA website (www.yourmpsa.org) and clicking on the White Papers link under the Members-Only Content category in the navigation bar. Members can also register there for a webinar scheduled to take place on March 19, 2013, that will provide them with additional details and insight on this white paper. Nonmembers may become members by visiting the following link: http://yourmpsa.org/join.
“This was a great initiative to work with all the committee members on and get consensus on from the various perspectives,” Alphin said. “I am excited this is getting released to the general membership.”
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LAS VEGAS -- The 1105 Media Office Technology Group is pleased to announce a new event in 2013. Business Imaging Expo will take place Dec. 11-12, 2013 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. The two-day expo will be preceded on Dec. 10 by two separate full-day conferences. The first, presented by the Office Technology Group’s Workflow magazine, will feature a high-level lineup of speakers focusing on targets surrounding business process optimization, enterprise content management and similar topics. The second, presented by the Office Technology Group’s The Imaging Channel magazine, will focus on managed print and related topics.
“The office technology industry is changing rapidly,” said Group Publisher Patricia Ames. “Printed pages are shifting to mobile devices, printers are increasingly becoming part of the larger managed information technology programs at small and large business, and sellers and consumers of related devices are looking for ways to streamline their processes. Business Imaging Expo recognizes these shifts and creates a centralized resource for all facets of the industry.”
Business Imaging Expo capitalizes on the resources and experience of 1105 Media, a leader in B2B publications and events. The two-day expo and related education and conferences will include:
Pricing plans for the various elements will be announced shortly. Visit http://theimagingchannel.com/pages/bix-2013-fact-sheet.aspx for more information.
SAN DIEGO, CA January 7, 2013 – Memjet, the global leader in color printing technologies that provide remarkable speeds and affordability, today announced its membership in the Managed Print Services Association (MPSA).
Founded in 2009, the MPSA is a global, non-profit organization that provides independent communications, collaboration, education, standards and success to MPS professionals.
“We’re proud to be a part of MPSA, the premiere U.S. industry organization for managed print services professionals,” said Bill McGlynn, president of Memjet Office. “Memjet color printing technology is perfect for the MPS market which is experiencing explosive growth. With low running costs, a revolutionary ink refill model and desktop color speeds of a page-per-second, Memjet-powered office devices represent the office printing industry’s first breakthrough in two decades. Memjet heralds the beginning of an entirely new office printing category that gives resellers new options for increasing color pages and profiting from them.”
The Memjet-powered C6010 color printer is now commercially available in the North American market under a distribution agreement with Parts Now. Since 1989, Parts Now has embraced the ever-evolving printing and imaging industry with a constant eye on the future. The company’s product, service and support portfolios continue to expand and these corporate investments propel its customers ahead of the competition.
“Memjet is a very fast affordable color option for any MPS dealer” comments Ryan Humphrey, Director of MPS at Parts Now, “Not only is it fast but it’s the perfect opportunity to replace your customer’s A4 or other expensive color laser device, and increase your bottom line.”
“With low supply costs, and virtually no service costs the Memjet is the right machine at the right time,” comments Matt McLeish, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Parts Now. “Choosing quality suppliers that increase our customer’s success is what Parts Now is all about, so Memjet was a natural choice.”
Join Memjet and the MPSA’s Greg Walters at a Jan 24th reseller targeted Webinar event. Hear more about how to expand your color portfolio and profitably deliver color to your customer base. Find out more about how to become part of Memjet’s channel program for select MPS resellers.
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The C6010, powered by Memjet, operates at running costs that are half of those of traditional office printers and changes the way value is delivered in the office: with incredible energy efficiency, always in color at or near the desktop, and with ink refill as a default.
The C6010 features Memjet’s page-wide printhead, which requires significantly less energy than existing laser printers by eliminating the fusing process inherent with laser printing technology. Memjet’s office printing technologies feature a unique “green” design to support dealer ink refill programs that encourage ink cartridge re-use and keep plastics out of landfills, while saving end-users money.
Memjet’s OEM partners include LG, Lenovo and Océ among others. The company has been honored with several industry and technology awards, including top honors from the Printing Industries of America, Popular Science and the prestigious Edison Awards.
To learn more about the Memjet-powered C6010, please visit www.C6000series.com.
Memjet is the global leader in color printing technologies that provide remarkable speeds and affordability. The company supplies technologies and components to OEM partners across the printing industry. Memjet maintains its corporate office in San Diego, and has offices in Dublin, Sydney, Taipei, Singapore and Boise, Idaho. The company is privately held. For more information, please visit www.memjet.com, ‘Like’ us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @memjet.
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