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Tuesday Tips: Get More Work Done with Mobile Solutions

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It’s no secret that the Internet, smartphones and other advances in technology have changed the way we live our lives. These advances have greatly improved the way we work as well.

With mobile printing solutions from Xerox, you can get more work done even while you’re away from the office. Here are some ways your business can benefit from these products.

Access Your Information Remotely

Mobile printing solutions give you the ability to access your network from a laptop, smartphone or tablet. You just need an Internet connection to retrieve the information you need.

Print Documents While You’re Offsite

Getting hard copies of your files while you’re on the go doesn’t need to be a hassle either. Xerox’s mobile solutions enable you to locate and connect with printers that aren’t on your network. Once you’ve connected your mobile device with an offsite printer, you can use it to print files saved on your network.

Keep Your Information Secure

Of course, companies don’t just need to worry about accessing their information. For many businesses, protecting that information from unauthorized users is also a major concern.

Xerox mobile printing solutions make it easy to keep your information secure when you access it remotely. You can set restrictions to prevent documents from printing until you’re at the device.

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How the Cloud Makes Your IT Operations More Agile

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The hottest word in software development used to be "agile," but don't let its decline trendiness fool you. Agile operations is no longer a buzzword for IT departments; it's an expectation. Operations teams are expected to deliver quickly, fluidly, accurately, and with increased flexibility every day due to the agile movement.

At times, existing IT infrastructure can get in the way of agile deployment and testing, making your job ten times harder. Leveraging cloud architecture can remove the obstacles of existing infrastructure and enhance your team's agility.

How the Cloud Makes You More Agile

One of the best examples of how the cloud can benefit an IT department is in development. When development efforts begin, the development team doesn't have to wait for servers and databases; they can simply start with cloud environment tools to get begin deployment immediately. This takes pressure off of the operations team for provisioning efforts and frees up the operations team for other value-adding tasks.

The operations team should focus on things that bring value to the company, such as monitoring, performance enhancements, resolving issues, network security, and working with cloud and IT solutions vendors.

Agile Software Development is the Norm

There's no doubt that it's not an option anymore for software development to be agile; it's the rule, not the exception. For IT departments in every company, the cloud is becoming a more integral tool than ever before for provisioning, increasing testing speed, and faster deployments.

For information about IT solutions, contact us today.

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Are You Using Your Scanner to Its Full Potential?

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Documents are unwieldy beasts in the office. You have to capture, contact, store, organization, secure, and organize them on a regular basis. This takes manpower, money, and time, and you've probably already experienced that these resources can be in short supply in any company.

Scanning can simplify your document processes, especially if you use it in conjunction with an electronic document management system. Scanning is a simple process that has been around for quite some time, but many companies look past the benefits of this simple technology.

The Benefits of Scanning

Scanning documents is a simple process but a sophisticated technology, and the hardware or software you use to scan can vary drastically. Scanning can benefit your company in many ways, including:

  • Lower storage costs and more office space
  • Lower distribution costs
  • Better control and protection over data
  • Easier information accessibility
  • Accurate and simple regulatory compliance
  • Better customer service
  • Simpler collaboration across platforms

Scanning can bring your company a new level of productivity simply by making paper documents into electronic documents.

How Scanning Works

As mentioned before, scanning can take many forms. You can use a traditional standalone scanner, a printer scanner, or even a smartphone. Here's a quick overview of the kind of scanners readily available to companies.

  • Faxing: Faxing turns a paper document into digital information and back into a paper document on the other end, but admittedly loses some of the image quality along the way.
  • Smartphone image capture: Every smartphone can be a scanner these days with easy-to-download apps, making it simple to track documents and expense receipts.
  • Copier/MFP: Copiers and multifunction printers almost all come with scanning functionality these days.
  • Scanner: A standalone scanner is a good option for large volumes of scanning on a regular basis.

To learn more about how scanning can benefit your company, contact us today.

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Tuesday Tip: Take Your Documents Digital

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Some organizations can take a certain comfort or sense of security from handling paper files. In a way, this makes sense. After all, people have used physical documents of some form or another for centuries.

However, that sense of security can prove deceptive. Thanks to technological advances such as document management software, converting your paper documents to electronic formats can help ensure that things run smoothly in your office. Here are some reasons why you should consider going digital with your documents.

1) Less Lost Information

Storing documents in file cabinets has its risks. Someone could misplace one of your files or damage it by accident, which could hinder you from finding some crucial piece of information when you need it.

A document management system helps you eliminate those risks. You’ll be able to save your information and retrieve it quickly whenever you need to do so. You can also protect your documents from theft better.

2) Increased Efficiency

Saving information on your network allows your employees to access it easier. In turn, this will enable them to get more work done. This boost in efficiency will benefit your bottom line.

3) Less Environmental Impact

When you don’t need to print as many documents, you use up much less paper, toner and energy. By reducing printing waste, document management enables you to reduce your carbon footprint. You’ll make your processes more environmentally conscientious with hardly any effort.

4) Greater Information Security

For some industries, information security can be a major concern. Regulations may require you to keep records strictly private or confidential. With a document management system, you can monitor and restrict access to documents stored on your network. You’ll meet compliance requirements and protect yourself from potential legal penalties.

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Fixes for 3 Printing Problems

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You don't have to be an expert to solve printing problems—which is good, considering that they happen on the regular. Even a high-quality machine is bound to have its occasional paper jam or confusing error message. Here are the fixes for a few common printing problems—we promise, you'll be printing again in no time.

1. Mobile Printing

Isn't amazing that even in our fast-paced world of smartphones and tablets, printing from a mobile device is so complicated? It doesn't have to be. With Xerox Mobile Print, you can treat a tablet or smartphone the same way you do your office computers, and get a lot more done because of it. Learn more at our website.

2. Paper Jams

Although this may be the most common printer problem, not everyone knows how to fix and prevent it. Paper jams are generally caused by using the wrong weight of paper in a printer, or by failing to clean the printer properly. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for proper paper weight and clean your printer regularly. Better yet, enlist a trained professional to keep your printer running smoothly at all times.

3. High Printing Costs

The most common complaint we hear about printing? It's too darn expensive. That's why we offer our managed print services, a comprehensive way to lower your printing costs and up your productivity. Contact us today to learn more about how you can make your print environment into a well-oiled machine.

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End of Year Tuesday Tips #4: How to Boost Productivity in the New Year

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Lots of people make New Year’s resolutions. They tell themselves that they’ll do things like exercise more, eat better, stop smoking or learn some new skill. The same basic desire lies at the heart of all these resolutions: People want to make themselves better.

In a way, this month’s blogs have all shown you how to make some New Year’s resolutions for your business. We’ve given you steps for assessing the current state of your business and planning out how to make improvements. Last week, we looked at ways to lower your expenses. In this final blog of the year, we’ll give you some tips for increasing your productivity.

Streamline Workflows with Multifunction Devices

Advances in office technology have made it easy to multitask and tighten up your workflows. Multifunction printers (or MFPs), for instance, enable you to not just print flawless documents quickly and but also scan them. Once you’ve captured a document, many models allow you to fax it, email it or store it on your network directly from the device.

Go Digital with Document Management Solutions

Implementing a document management solution can help optimize your company’s productivity as well. You can integrate them with MFPs on your network to analyze scanned documents and route them automatically to appropriate locations and personnel.

In addition to these features, document management software allows you to rely less on paper files. You can store information electronically and retrieve it easily whenever you have a need for it. You’ll be able to reduce storage costs and get work done much faster.

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End of Year Business Tips #3: Ways to Cut Equipment Costs for the New Year

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In last week’s blog, we gave you some tips on assessing the current state of your business now that the New Year is almost here. Specifically, we recommended that you ask two questions:

1) “How can I save more?”

2) “How can I work better?”

In our next two blogs, we’ll give you some good ways to answer these two questions. We’ll begin with the first question and look at how your business can cut costs going forward.

Buy Cost-Effective Devices

If you’ve owned cars, you’ve probably reached a point where you start thinking that they cost you more than they’re worth. Between paying for replacement parts, lower gas mileage and your own evolving transportation needs, a time can come where buying a new vehicle becomes the most sensible option.

Your office equipment is the same way. For example, if your end-of-year assessment showed that you’re spending a lot on toner and service calls for your printers, you might consider upgrading your devices.

A new multifunction printer could give you better prints with less energy and resource usage. Also, investing in document management software could reduce your need to print at all. Naturally, this would cut your expenses for producing and storing paper documents as well.

Consolidate Your Existing Equipment

Why have four machines in your office when one will do? Buying new devices that makes other equipment redundant can help you reduce your future expenses. A multifunction printer is a perfect example: It eliminates the need to own a printer, copier, scanner and fax machine by performing the functions of them all.

Of course, you don’t always need to purchase new equipment. In some cases, you can cut your costs simply by getting rid of under-utilized devices. Our Managed Print Services can help you figure out exactly how many printers your workplace needs to stay productive. We can also help fine-tune your workflows, which will raise your bottom line.

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The Internet of Things and Lessons Learned from Managed Print Services

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The Internet of Things. In the most basic of terms, it means it won't be long until any device with an on/off switch will be connected to the internet. Think beyond cell phones and computers, which are already connected, to the many devices you use each day. Starting with the coffee pot and toaster in the morning and ending with the car you drive home, an inventory of the devices that serve our needs each day is extremely long. And the IoT includes not only the devices, but the millions of components that make them work. Gartner analysts estimate over 26 billion devices and their components will be connected by 2020.

The concept may seem startling now, but eventually we'll become accustomed to the advantages the Internet of Things has for each of us. A car-calendar-traffic report connection can suggest a different route to a meeting, with no effort on our part to make it happen. A component on a jet can warn mechanics that it's due for maintenance or replacement, making air travel safer for everyone.

Managed Print Services & The IoT

Managed print services is a tried-and-true snapshot of the advantages of the Internet of Things. Already in place and hard proof that communication between devices can provide some real benefits, the managed print services experience can contribute some valuable insight to the movers and shakers who'll make the IoT a reality.

  1. Leverage intelligence to improve productivity and reduce waste. Managed print services already does this. Documents are directed to the most efficient device in terms of economy of time and supply usage.
  2. Security must be a top priority. Managed print services addresses the issue of security by recognizing and implementing protocols to protect sensitive information as it flows between devices.
  3. Use data to improve procedures. Managed print services uses collected data to improve workflows and increase productivity.

To learn how managed print services can connect your devices to your workflows, contact us at Premier Office Systems today!

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End-of-Year Business Tuesday Tips #2: Investing in Products and Services for the New Year

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In last week’s blog, we gave you some tips for making an end-of-year assessment of your company’s equipment and processes. The three big points were:

  • Make sure your current hardware is operating as well as it can.
  • Review your annual budget and see where you’re spending your time and money.
  • Go over any problems you had or complaints you received over the past year.

Once you’ve figured out your current state of affairs, you can start thinking about the future. You can begin to look for ways to make your workflows more productive and trim away your expenses.

Here are a couple of questions to ask as you’re preparing to invest in products and services for the future:

How Can You Save More?

Take another look at your budget and start asking if you can possibly cut down certain items. For example, see how much you’re spending on printing supplies and paper:

  • Did you really need to purchase or use so much?
  • How many documents printed did you actually use?
  • Do you have supplies gathering dust in your closets and cabinets?

The answers you find to questions like these could help you rein in your printing expenses next year. Our Managed Print Services could help you gather this information if you’re having trouble doing it yourself.

How Can You Work Better?

After you’ve thought about your budget, give some thought to your daily operations as a whole:

  • Which issues take up the most of your IT staff’s time?
  • Which tasks take the longest time to accomplish?
  • Do you or your employees have trouble keeping track of information?

The answers to these questions could point towards some adjustments you may need to make to your workflows. For instance, you might consider switching from storing physical documents to digital files to make it easier to find your important records. We’ll look at some ways to manage your budget and improve your efficiency in upcoming blogs.

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Meet Compliance Challenges with Document Management

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It's no secret that healthcare compliance mandates have become stricter and more complex in recent years. Healthcare and insurance providers have little choice but to do everything they can to stay compliant without sacrificing their first priority—their patients and customers.

Regulation Headaches

The fallout from new regulations has had a drastic effect upon all those involved in the healthcare industry. Employees are asked to work longer hours, learn new rules and increase response times. Providers are absorbing greater expenses and are doing all they can to avoid the fines and penalties that follow when deadlines and processes aren't met exactly to specifications.

Why Paper Processes Don't Work

Traditional paper processes simply cannot stand up to the rigorous requirements of the new compliance regulations. For example, new 48-hour mandates for approvals and addressing grievances are virtually impossible to meet with paper-based systems.

Paper requires hands-on, step-by-step procedures before any action can be taken. From receiving mail to opening, sorting, reading, categorizing and then delivering to the responsible department, the process can take days or even weeks. Matters are further complicated when documents become lost in the shuffle.

Obviously, new solutions are required if there's any hope at all of staying compliant.

Automation is Imperative

If providers are to avoid penalties and fines, it's critical that paper processes are abandoned in favor of automation. Fortunately, a document management solution can give companies a successful way forward.

  • Receive, process, and address requests and grievances faster and more efficiently with a streamlined digital process that bypasses inefficient paper-based systems completely.
  • Track and stay updated on progress with real-time versioning, audit trails and easy online collaboration.
  • Eliminate the mistakes that follow whenever data must be re-entered by eliminating the need all together. Scanned and editable PDF documents make manual data entry a thing of the past.

To learn more ways to meet healthcare industry compliance regulations with a document management strategy, contact us at Premier Office Systems today!

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