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Four companies recognized for Managed Print Services excellence at MPS Conference

San Antonio, TX – April 27, 2009 – Winners of the first Managed Print Services (MPS) Leadership Awards were announced today at the MPS Conference in San Antonio, TX. The Photizo Group, a leading research firm specializing in the analysis of the printing and imaging industry, sponsored the awards program.

For the first time, outstanding MPS innovators have been honored with special awards dedicated to excellence in Managed Print Services. The MPS Leadership Awards recognize organizations that demonstrate leadership in implementing, providing or supporting MPS projects. Photizo presented the awards at the innaugural MPS Conference April 26-28 in San Antonio Texas.
The 2009 MPS Leadership winners and their categories are:

·       Nationwide Insurance       Corporate MPS Implementation
·       LaserNetworks             MPS Vendor
·       PrintFleet                   Infrastructure Component Provider
·       Supplies Network            Infrastructure Program Provider

The Corporate MPS Implementation category was designed for organizations that have implemented a MPS program using an external vendor to manage the hardcopy fleet. The MPS Vendor award honors a dealer or manufacturer who provides MPS services directly to corporations. MPS Infrastructure Component Provider and MPS Infrastructure Program Provider categories are for companies providing a combination of software, training, services, or hardware for MPS engagements.

“Often independent dealers don’t have the resources to develop a full blown Managed Print Services program that can be immediately deployed,” explained Supplies Network Senior Vice President Barney Kister.  “We have put all of the infrastructure pieces together in CARBON SiX so the dealer can launch a turn-key, seamless program while avoiding costly up-front expenses and lengthy delays.  This is an extremely efficient program, providing a low cost MPS solution.”

"In 2005, Nationwide Insurance was looking for a cost-effective alternative to the traditional office printing environment. Once Nationwide began the Managed Print Program in 2006 we have proven to be the model for corporate implementations with a simple mission: To make printing a faster, simpler, and more powerful tool for our associates. With the new ideas and continued improvements planned for our Managed Print Program, we have every intention to continue being an innovation leader within the MPS industry," said Nationwide Office Technology Engineer, Josh Feathers.

“MPS engagements increase almost daily, and the awards raise awareness about successful programs. These winners represent the cream of the crop with documented results and innovative ideas. By honoring their excellence and leadership, we showcase the benefits of MPS and validate the approach for other companies considering this growing opportunity,” said Ed Crowley, Founder and Senior Partner of the Photizo Group.

The competition was open to all organizations, with winners selected by an independent panel representing a broad cross spectrum of the industry. Judges were Ken Stewart (Sharp Business Systems), Greg VanDeWalker (Great America Leasing), Greg Walters (SigmaNet), Kiran Sanghi (IT Executive), Gunnar Lundgren (former HP executive), and panel chairman, Doug Johnson, (former Print Inc. executive, RedSage Consulting). Award criteria are based on a 50-point rating of MPS best practices and business benefits such as defined objectives, significant cost savings, productivity gains, or other improvements.
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About the MPS Conference
The Photizo Group, leading research firm specializing in the analysis of the printing and imaging industry and specifically the Managed Print Services market, hosted the first annual Managed Print Services  (MPS) Conference on April 26-28, 2009 in San Antonio, Texas. The conference is dedicated to MPS decision makers and provides a forum to network and to share their experiences and knowledge with other MPS professionals.  The conference features panel discussions, interactive sessions and case studies. Conference speakers are MPS practitioners from a range of companies who bring practical, real world experience. The conference benefits companies that have existing MPS programs and those considering launching an MPS engagement.
About The Photizo Group
The Photizo Group is the market’s main source for ongoing business intelligence about the rapidly growing opportunity of Managed Print Services. Since its landmark MPS study released in April 2008 to ongoing research covering North America and Europe, Photizo has emerged as a leader in dynamic business intelligence about the MPS market. Clients include eight of the top ten imaging manufacturers in the digital marketplace. Vendors, dealers and enterprises can find MPS information and resources at
“Photizo”, “Brand Strength Index”, “Brand Experience Index” and “MPS Decision Maker Tracking Study” are trademarks of the Photizo Group. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
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