London - 4th April 2013 - Verdiem, a leader in IT energy management software, today announced the general availability of its new software product, Verdiem Print & Power Analyser, which builds on Verdiem’s market leading IT energy management and efficiency platform to improve efficiency and reduce operational costs of an organisation’s end user computing and print environment.
With Verdiem Print & Power Analyser IT organisations can accurately measure end-user print activity, identify both local and networked printers, characterise costs, and analyse the data to uncover opportunities to optimise the print environment. This often results in reduced enterprise print costs of up to 30 percent or $20 to $60 dollars per user per year.
“IT organisations are experiencing increased pressure to improve service delivery and reduce costs, but they typically have little to no visibility into the costs and utilisation of their print environment,” said John Scumniotales, CEO of Verdiem. “Industry benchmarks show that most organizations easily spend $300 dollars or more per employee per year on printing. Verdiem Print & Power Analyser exposes end-user print costs and provides IT organisations the critical data needed to significantly lower print costs.”
In the August 2012 Gartner report by Ken Weilerstein, titled, “Overcome Your Printer Fleet Optimisation Challenges Through Needs Assessment,” Gartner has told clients that they can reduce their office printing costs by 10 to 30 percent. Weilerstein states, “We know the message has gotten through, too, because we regularly speak with clients who have achieved just that. In fact, a fall 2011 survey about Managed Printer Services (MPS) across three world regions showed that 63 percent of respondents involved in MPS projects expected to see a savings in the 10 to 30 percent range, and most of the rest project a larger savings, up to 40 percent.”
With Verdiem Print & Power Analyser, IT organisations gain visibility into printer inventory, utilisation, and costs via a single dashboard view. Verdiem enables organisations to:
- Discover Local and Networked Printers - Verdiem discovers all actively used local and networked printers irrespective of manufacturer. Identifying local printers has been a challenge because IT typically has little to no visibility into local printer purchases and supply costs. However, visibility is essential since the cost per page on local printers is about five times higher than for networked printers.
- Measure End User Print Usage and Costs - Verdiem measures key print metrics by monitoring end user print activity. Dashboards and reports give IT actionable data on print volumes and costs by department, printer, location, and user. IT will finally be able to answer who prints, where they print, what they print, and when they print. By understanding these behaviours, IT professionals can drive change and demonstrable cost reductions into the print environment.
- Analyse to Right-size and Save - With an integrated business intelligence engine, IT can drill-down into print data to uncover insights to help right-size the printer fleet and lower print costs. Verdiem Print & Power Analyser ships with more than 30 analytics reports including ones that show the highest and lowest volume and cost departments, printers, users, and locations. Additional reports provide prescriptive guidance on possible printers for elimination and show savings opportunities created by shifting volume from high cost to low cost printers.
- Measure Printer and PC Energy Usage - Verdiem uniquely provides visibility into printer and PC electricity usage and costs. IT devices account for 25 percent of commercial electricity consumption, with roughly half coming from PCs and printers. Verdiem power monitoring establishes a baseline of electricity usage and costs for PC and printer fleets. To control PC energy consumption and save 20 to 50 dollars per PC per year, IT can upgrade to Verdiem’s industry-leading PC power management solution.
IT devices typically consume more than 25 percent of commercial electricity; with approximately 15 percent of that due to printers. Typical network printers draw significant energy when printing a page – about 700 watts. In addition, producing and disposing of paper has a large resource impact: one sheet of paper requires 13 ounces of water; 10 percent of industrial energy consumption goes to making paper; and - in the US - 30 percent of municipal solid waste is paper-based. But with the right data, it’s possible to lower print volumes and significantly reduce an organisation’s impact on the environment. For example, a 10,000 person organisation with 4,000 pages printed per employee per year that cuts print volumes by 10 percent, saves nearly 500 trees, reduces CO2 emissions by 1,400 tons, and takes the equivalent of nearly 300 cars off the road. This is a major improvement for the environment and a significant win for an organisation’s sustainability programme.