According to market analysts, the worlds’ small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) will spend a staggering US$568 billion on IT by the end of the year – a figure that will rise sharply to US$676 billion by 2021.
These figures go some way to explaining why total cost of ownership (TCO) issues are now of utmost importance to forward-thinking SMB owners. After all, there is little point in paying less for IT solutions that end up costing you an arm and a leg in the long run.
When it comes to printing operations, smart SMB owners know that solutions that are built to last, save time and resource represent prudent IT purchases. Samsung Printing recognizes the importance of providing companies with low-TCO solutions. So here are six ways you can use Samsung solutions to reduce your office IT spending –both short-term and long-term.
1. Reduce E-waste
Governments are starting to crack down on companies that produce high levels of electronic waste. So if your business is trying to scrap faulty hardware, chances are you may soon have to pay hefty financial penalties for doing so. Samsung’s durable multi-function printers (MFPs), however, can help your company’s efforts to reduce e-waste. The MX4 (K4350LX), for example, has an imaging unit that can process around 200,000 pages. One MX4 model even withstood a blazing office fire before returning to full working order. The MX7 series, meanwhile, impressed the Industry Analysts team by producing 1 million copies and 1 million scans in under three months.
2. Cut Down Toner and Paper Waste
What if there were a printing solution that could save toner by switching bold text to normal, automatically selecting fonts that use less toner, turning complex images into line and sketch images or even removing images altogether? Good news – Samsung’s Easy Eco Driver ticks all the above boxes, and comes as standard on many of Samsung’s MFPs. And when it comes to saving paper, many of Samsung’s MFPs also have a one-touch Eco button that lets you switch to duplex printing, toggle multi-page printing and skip blank pages.
3. Use Time-/Labor-saving Workflows
In the modern world, there really is no reason why your employees should waste time on over-long repetitive, thankless print and scanning tasks that could easily be streamlined. The Dynamic Workflow app, available for Smart UX-enabled Samsung MFPs, lets you integrate scanning, text editing and document distribution tasks into single, time-saving workflows. And with the Business Core 2.0 suite of solutions’ powerful Document Workflow Core, you can categorize and distribute digital documents and access a range of file conversion options.
4. Reduce Energy Consumption
Samsung printers can help you cut down on power overheads. The M2885FW, for example, uses only around half as much energy per year as its competitors. And many of Samsung’s MFPs are fitted with SoC (system-on-chip) technology, with an electricity-saving sleep mode that utilizes a dual-core system for maximum efficiency. This powers down your printers’ primary core, moving operations to a lower-power secondary core. And that means your printers always stay ready for action, but do not burn a hole in your company’s electricity bill!
5. Digitize Your Documentation
Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software lets you digitize data, in many cases cutting out the need to print out and keep hard copies of your documents. Instead of fostering rooms full of bulging filing cabinets, you can store your information on servers or the cloud. Many Samsung MFPs, such as the MX4, MX7 and M4580, come with OCR functionality, allowing you to scan and create digital documents and save your results as editable files.
6. Step up Your Document Management Game
Used correctly, the Smart UX Center’s scanning apps can reduce your need to print out documents, saving paper, toner and electricity. The Send Anywhere app, for example, lets you scan and send documents to mobiles, meaning you can ask people to peruse documents on their phones, instead of printing out reams of copies for them. The Scan Customizer, meanwhile, lets you save scanned files as searchable PDFs, and send scans to email addresses, shared folders and USB drives – also potentially reducing the amount of copies your company has to print.
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