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MPSA Announces MPS Definition Update

Tuesday, December 8, 2015  
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The Managed Print Services Association (MPSA) has announced an update to its definition of managed print services (MPS), which is as follows.

"The active management and optimization of business processes related to documents and information, including input and output devices."

This is an update from the past definition: "The active management and optimization of document output devices and related business processes."

"Although the old definition served its purpose and truly helped define what MPS was for many OEMs, office imaging dealerships, infrastructure providers and IT VARs, the time has come for the definition to evolve," said Kevin DeYoung, president, MPSA. "This was inevitable, considering how things have advanced in the MPS world over the past couple of years."

As managed print has matured, there has been greater emphasis on information and business processes (and less on the actual devices), which spurred the MPSA to consider a change in the MPS definition. Having an industry definition of MPS is designed to help unify stakeholders in the industry, benchmark what MPS is today and serve as a marketing tool to help MPSA members as the market evolves.

The MPSA formed a special committee to focus on the MPS definition initiative. This committee consisted of members of the MPSA board of directors, executive committee and committee chairs. According to Doug Bies, vice president of the MPSA, member collaboration occurred over the past four months.

""We involved our best and brightest MPS experts from a cross-section of the industry and thoughtfully considered the past definition, current trends and the future of MPS as this definition was developed," Bies said.

Bies expects the updated definition to help accurately define MPS for years to come. He encourages MPSA members to communicate and market this update and the reasoning behind it to their organizations.

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