It is not unlikely that most businesses do not know the number of printed pages they are currently generating or what their entire print environment is costing them. It takes a lot of time and industry experts to inventory all the devices, analyse the related cost to each device and understand the current picture of the business environment. If done properly, a print audit can be extremely helpful, as this critical information is used to measure the success and to identify opportunities to revitalise your print environment, reduce costs and improve end-user productivity.
The South African Financial Institutions are well known, as ambassadors for the country. Their contributions in sport, art and education has made phenomenal strides in improving revenue and reputation, a mutual benefit for both the institutes and the country. The major financial institutes share similar challenges within the core industry.
These are namely:
- Growth and market-share of the business and their portfolios,
- Creating or improving on their customer experience ie. customer relationship,
- Conquering new revenue streams, and last, but not least
- Digital Transformation of their legacy systems and moving towards a paperless environment
Despite the future vision the above challenges offer, printing is still a major focus despite its challenges for the majority of the financial institutes. Even with the launch of the newer digital platform banks (as seen in the media – Tyme and Discovery Bank), many South Africans are very much loyal to the traditional financial houses. Ergo, printing is and will still be a requirement for many years to come.
This question often comes up, and the answer to it is certainly yes. Your printing devices connect to nearly every device in your corporate network and most printers are not even designed with cyber security in mind. If hackers are hungry enough for information they will use any possible way to get “inside’’ your network. Their intent is to get access and control of your printer and from there your network. If they have access to the network, they will have control over your data.
The hackers want data that contains sensitive information that they can use to harm your company financially or place malicious software on your network to bring your business to its knees, harming your company’s IT infrastructure.
The first One Planet Living principle we will be exploring is health and happiness. When thinking of the word “Sustainability”, one doesn’t normally think about what we dish up on our dinner plates, or our well-being for that matter. The reality is however, that a happy and healthy community is a sustainable one, and it’s no different with respect to happy and healthy employees contributing to a business’ sustainability. This tends to be overlooked by employers, yet it is arguably one of the most important aspects to keeping customers happy – vital to any business’s success. Consider the following benefits of ensuring that your employees are happy and healthy.
Digitising your business operations sounds easy but it comes with a lot of user adoption issues. Questions need to be asked such as the need for going digital. Is it purely to conform or is there a genuine passion for making the business more sustainable. At Green Office we drive digital transformation because we believe in sustainability.
Cost savings, greater efficiencies and sustainability are all synonymous with the South African market. Most businesses are driving towards a leaner business that operates more efficiently while driving down operating costs. Printing and its associated costs are no different.
In a modern-day business environment, these are some of the important steps on how one can effectively reduce the amount of spend within their printing environment.
Having a print management software to recover matter billing from your clients is no longer a pleasant option, but rather an essential part of your law firm’s IT toolkit. However, although most firms recognise this need and the importance of this revenue stream, most aren’t sure what the best software is and how to go about it.
Let’s fix that.
The office environment and the use of technology within, is rapidly changing and advancing year on year, and businesses are continually pressured to reduce operational costs, improve service levels and offer more products at a competitive rate.
This has resulted in a high demand for Business Solution Providers that can offer holistic office solutions and expertise in all operational areas of businesses and can assist with making them operationally efficient and sustainable.
I asked my son, who is in Grade 9, which medium at school he prefers to read and study from. Without hesitation he said a book or on paper. His first reason was clear, he feels less distracted when reading from a book, while an e-book or screen always remains a temptation.
The accessibility to games and social media is real and one can’t help but be distracted even if on some subconscious level. His second reason was less clear, but in summary, he prefers the hands-on physical side of turning pages and having ease of reference when using a book to study.
The human population’s appetite for relentlessly eating away at the Earth’s natural riches and resources is growing out of control.
A report produced by the International Resource Panel, a component of the United Nations Environment Programme, indicated that rising consumption has resulted in resource extraction increasing from 22 billion tons in 1970 to 70 billion tons in 2010. This means that the amount of the planet’s natural resources extracted for human use has tripled in the last 40 years. The report warns that further increases in the use of natural resources will result in critical shortages of materials and an increase in the risk of human conflict. Read More
‘Going Green’, ‘Eco-Friendly’ and ‘Sustainability’ are all buzz words in businesses these days. We take advantage of daily conveniences, without always considering the impact it has on the Earth’s resources. Since inception, Green Office has prided itself in prioritising the environment.
Think twice before opting for bartered sponsorship deals for your school with Office Automation companies.
These days there appears to be a trend with Office Automation companies offering sponsorship to schools in order to obtain their business, the question and concern this raises with me is “Who is actually paying for the sponsorship, the Office Automation Company or the School?”
I recently engaged with a school that was offered what seemed to be a great sponsorship deal in return for their business. However, upon investigation it turned out that the rates the school were paying had been highly inflated and were laden with high finance costs on their hardware rentals. This resulted in the school (unbeknownst to them) ending up paying for their sponsored incentive.
606 kilometres, 2 days, 75 riders, ALL for 1 cause
Pedaling against poverty and empowering youth skills development
Having taken part in this worthy challenge for the past two years, one would think that I had completely lost my mind, and yes, perhaps you need to be a little crazy to take on this grueling task in such a short time span, but it was TOTALLY worth it!
The holiday season is finally upon us!
I hate to be The Grinch on Christmas and burst the holiday spirit bubble, however, the Christmas season as wonderful as it is, is also the most wasteful time of the year. Every year we spend a fortune on shiny wrapping paper, holiday cards, gifts packaged in Styrofoam, bubble wrap or shrink wrap, adorned with swing tags, sticky tape and all the extra trimmings.
ALL THIS WASTE!! And let’s face it, the kids don’t really worry too much about these extras, they are more interested in what’s inside. The good news is that we can keep our favorite Christmas traditions whilst trying to adhere to eco-friendly values.
“You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.” Dale Carnegie
I recently read this amazing book, “How to Win Friends and Influence People”, by Dale Carnegie, and this raised the question in my head as to what impact our phone would have on developing relationships.
The emerging trend worldwide is that people are increasingly working from multiple locations, not like the good old days when we didn’t have the technology to work remotely and were confined to the office environment. After much research and development, we have identified all the criteria that people ‘on the go’ need. Read More
Green Print was introduced to NDD through a partnership with the American company LMI, due to the high demand for brand diagnostic printer monitoring and print management software.
Software known as nddPrint MPS (Printer monitoring software) and nddPrint 360 (Print management software) was subsequently tested and established as a unique product in the current market due to its cloud based architecture and integration into various ERP applications. nddPrint MPS is not only outstanding in monitoring Network printers, but also has the capabilities of USB printers, which give the solution an advantage in comparison to other MPS software in the market. nddPrint 360 has the capabilities of Job Accounting, Print Rules, Secure Print, Release and Mobility .
nddPrint 360 can be setup without a print server and provide print tracking and policy control
With the implementation of carbon tax looming in South Africa, it has become more important than ever for businesses to monitor and ultimately reduce their carbon footprint. Apart from cost-saving benefits, adopting a greener, eco-friendlier attitude will ensure that businesses are environmentally and socially responsible – a major drawcard when attracting new clientele.
There is a common misconception that to reduce your carbon footprint requires expensive technology, however this is not the case. Minor adjustments and staff behavioral changes can make a significant difference. Read More
Virtulytix has recognised Green Office as a leader in Managed Print Services (MPS). Green Office was one of seven independent channel partners that Virtulytix selected to participate in the 2018 Leaders Index for MPS Channel Partners, based on demonstrated leadership in MPS.
The Leaders Index for MPS Channel Partners is a collection of hand-selected, independent MPS partners from around the world that are regarded as the Gold Standard in Managed Print and Document Services. Virtulytix classifies this index of elite providers from across North America, Africa and Europe as a lens to view the current landscape of MPS.