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Office Technology Magazine Outlines the Benefits of Fully-Hosted

11 Dec, 2008

Office Technology Magazine Outlines the Benefits of Fully-Hosted

Calgary, Alberta, CAN. (December 2008) - In hard economic times and in a highly competitive and difficult market, it is more important than ever for office equipment dealers to differentiate themselves from the pack in order to accumulate customers and ultimately grow their market share. In the September issue of Office Technology magazine, Jake G. Wang of IDC compares remotely-hosted (ASP model) and self-hosted device management solutions. The article, 'Captain Your Ship: Navigating Stormy Seas In A Tough Economy,' explains how the remotely-hosted model can provide dealers with an immediate competitive advantage by allowing them to perform proactive maintenance, automate supplies fulfillment and simplify meter readings. After analyzing IDC data, Wang concludes that remotely-hosted solutions are preferable to self-hosted solutions, stating that 'the hardware and IT management required for a locally hosted solution dramatically increases the maintenance and troubleshooting costs and delays and/or complicates the process of getting the latest data and software updates.' 'New offerings such as Facilities Manager from Print Audit use a zero footprint installation model, allowing dealers to deploy scanning remotely without expensive investments in hardware that needs to be constantly updated and maintained,' Wang writes. 'Software and data updates are made in real time and received immediately by the dealer deploying the services, ensuring that the latest features and models are available to the dealer as soon as they are published.' 'We are pleased to see Print Audit's Facilities Manager used as an example of how remotely-hosted solutions are revolutionizing the industry,' said John MacInnes, President and CEO of Print Audit. 'We develop our innovative solutions based on the unique needs of our dealers and their customers - Facilities Manager was designed to help dealers avoid the issues that can be encountered with self-hosted solutions.' The article can be viewed in its entirety at the following address: http://www.printaudit.com/downloads/pdf/Office_Technology_Magazine_Captain_Your_Ship.pdf Office Technology is published monthly by the Business Technology Association.

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