Managed Print: What is a Print Audit?

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There are many little things responsible for the overall success of managed print, but perhaps the most important is the print audit. Today we'll learn what a print audit is, how it helps your company, and why it's an invaluable tool from managed print services.

Breaking Down a Print Audit

A print audit is, essentially, the "first step" in managed print. It's exactly what it sounds like: a careful, detail-oriented analysis of your print environment that provides data on just about everything--security needs, supplies, printer settings, the machines themselves, and more. Print audits help your provider understand what makes your company unique. They also give you and your provider all the necessary information to make savvy, efficient decisions going forward.

Here are some things a print audit will focus on:

  • Supplies

Managed print is all about boosting efficiency without cutting corners. A print audit makes this possible by providing helpful information about how you use, store, and order supplies. That way, you can see where changes need to be made to get organized and protect your budget.

  • Printing

It makes sense that a "print audit" would focus on printing, right? With managed print, it's easier than ever to balance your needs and goals. This means that you can use print audit data to help you choose better settings, cut out unnecessary printing, and boost efficiency.

  • Security

A print audit will also help you see gaps in security that you might not have noticed otherwise. Even better, it will allow your managed print provider to suggest targeted solutions. For example, if you have unsecured network printers in your fleet, you could try encrypting data to add more protection.

Ready to see what managed print and a print audit can do for you? Contact us today!