Ok, pop quiz: You’ve been given a mission to monitor the printing costs in your office while at the same time improving printer security in accordance with new regulations handed down from up high. What do you do?
Do you buy a new printer? Do you purchase a new managed print software plan that requires a third party server?
Whether your scale is enterprise or you’re closer to an SMB, there are no easy options. The purchase path is full of choices to be made, and paying for external servers or even changing the entire system, well, these are major undertakings for any office. The answer is in the software.
Enter Samsung’s XOA (eXtensible Open Architecture)
eXtensible Open Architecture (XOA) is an open platform that uses APIs and Samsung’s own powerful and flexible software development platform that lets users customize printers and Multi-function Printers (MFPs) to meet specific business requirements.
Samsung XOA lets you upgrade the printing environment in your office without having to change devices. Moreover, you can maintain the current printing system even when you get new Samsung laser printers or MFPs.
Customization: Truly Open and Flexible
With XOA, printers and MFPs can be customized to include additional functions, from simple scanning to authentication. Since traditional printer functions, such as copy, print, and fax cannot be customized by third party developers, conventional printer architectures are not truly flexible in nature. However, Samsung’s XOA resources and APIs are available to third party developers, so basic functions on printers and MFPs can also be fully customized.
Rich API and Software Development Kit: Agile Development
XOA makes the development process easy, with a rich and elaborate API set and Software Developer Kit (SDK) that can control all device functions. The SDK includes a developer’s guide, APIs by step, sample applications, code snippets, and an MFP simulator.
Easy Installation and Management
XOA is easy to install and update. After you customize the device with XOA, the application is ready to use with just one touch. It does not even ask you to restart the device, and you can easily terminate or remove customized applications on your device. With XOA, nothing is complicated.
What XOA Can Do For You
- Example 1) Customized Output Management: XOA also allows users to manage their printing output and make it compatible with company’s account policies. The open platform enables major cost savings by linking users to their actual print output. For instance, you can make warning messages appear when the total amount of money reaches zero.
- Example 2) Integration with Document Management System: XOA enables customization of document workflow, by integrating with each company’s own Document Management System.
- Example 3) Set Rule-Based Printing: With XOA, you can create a variety of printing rules. For instance, you can limit color usage by user, print jobs, to increase control and bring down costs.
Integrate with Third Party Solutions
Below is one of the cases where Samsung’s XOA has worked in unison with our partners.
- Example) PaperCut MF™: King’s College London (KCL) in the UK was looking for a solution for the lack of a centralized and integrated printing system, while continuing to use the university’s existing PaperCut MF™ software. Samsung’s XOA allowed the MFPs to be seamlessly integrated with PaperCut and enabled existing functions to remain unchanged, such as the ability to authenticate student access cards.