MIDWAY, KY, December 6, 2012 Premier research and consulting firm Photizo Group announces that Canon Europe, world leader in imaging solutions, named an extension to its pan-European Partner Program, with the launch of a new managed print services (MPS) accreditation program. Accreditation is assessed through an intensive audit process managed independently by Photizo Group, with accreditation status lasting for 12 months.

The new MPS accreditation program is being rolled out throughout Europe this quarter and builds upon Canon’s Partner Program, which was launched in early 2011. Photizo Group’s program has been developed to help identify and develop Canon’s leading partners and demonstrate the high standards those partners are achieving in MPS delivery, technology, and customer care.

This program will allow Canon partners to take advantage of Canon’s experience in the field of MPS. Canon’s Partner Program provides appropriate training and support to ensure that partners have the skills required to attain accreditation. This includes the development of a joint business plan with Canon to agreed shared targets for the year, access to Canon’s PartnerNet communications portal for marketing and sales support, and eligibility for the Canon Premier Partner Club, which rewards top-performing partners with exclusive access to Canon Europe’s management team.

“Since its foundation, Photizo Group has been dedicated to providing high-level, unbiased assessments for the managed print services industry and developing a road map to success for our partners. We are excited to be chosen by Canon to provide the independent assessment of partner capability as part of the Canon Partner Accreditation program,” said Ed Crowley, CEO and founder of Photizo Group.

Marc Bory, director of MPS and solutions sales for Canon Europe, commented, “The new MPS Accreditation program provides our partners with the opportunity to gain a competitive edge based on a significant and credible independent audit process. The strength of Canon’s product portfolio, service delivery, and independent recognition of our status as a global leader in MPS also provides assurance that our partners can deliver best-in-class managed services in what continues to be a challenging economic climate. The new process illustrates Canon’s ongoing commitment and support to its partners via its Partner Program.”

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.

About Canon Europe

Canon Europe is a subsidiary of Canon Inc. of Japan, a world-leading innovator and provider of imaging solutions. For more than 50 years, Canon Europe has delivered pioneering imaging technologies to customers in Europe. Customers benefit from consumer and professional imaging products, including leading-edge photographic equipment, printers, scanners and binoculars, and an advanced range of digital compact and SLR cameras. In addition, Canon Europe’s Business Solutions offer a vast portfolio of print and document solutions for small and medium-size businesses, large corporations, and governments. http://www.canon-europe.com