Photizo Group Sponsoring New MPS Leadership Awards to Recognize MPS Excellence

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For the first time, outstanding MPS innovators will be formally honored with new awards dedicated to excellence in Managed Print Services (MPS). The MPS Leadership Awards were developed to recognize organizations demonstrating leadership in implementing, providing or supporting MPS projects. The MPS Leadership Awards will be presented at the first annual MPS Conference April 26-28 in San Antonio Texas.

For the first time, outstanding MPS innovators will be formally honored with new awards dedicated to excellence in Managed Print Services (MPS). The MPS Leadership Awards were developed to recognize organizations demonstrating leadership in implementing, providing or supporting MPS projects. The MPS Leadership Awards will be presented at the first annual MPS Conference April 26-28 in San Antonio Texas.

"The objective is to showcase MPS excellence and raise awareness about successful MPS programs and their benefits. MPS is gaining strength as an innovative, cost-effective approach to managing business resources, and the total MPS Market in North America and Western Europe will be a $26.7 billion business by 2012. As more companies and vendors adopt the MPS model, it's important to recognize their accomplishments in this increasingly important segment," said Ed Crowley, founder and president of the Photizo Group.

Nominations are now being accepted for the MPS Leadership Awards. The competition is open to any company or vendor involved in the MPS market. Firms of all sizes utilize MPS services, making the award nominations attractive across a broad spectrum of businesses. "In fact, 56 percent of MPS engagements are with companies with less than 1,000 employees," Crowley noted. Awards will be presented in three categories:

  • Corporate MPS Implementation -- Organizations that have implemented an MPS program and use an external vendor to manage the hardcopy device fleet
  • MPS Vendor -- Dealers or manufacturers that provide MPS services directly to corporate customers
  • MPS Infrastructure Provider -- Manufacturers, software firms and service companies that enable MPS engagements through technology, training, or service

The independent judging panel represents a broad cross spectrum of the industry. Panel members are 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 significant cost savings, productivity gains, or other improvements. The Photizo Group is sponsoring the MPS Leadership awards program, including administrative and webinar services to support the judging panel.

Anyone wishing to make a nomination should first complete an MPS Leadership nomination form and submit it to Doug Johnson, MPS Leadership Award Selection Panel Chairman (djohnson @ redsageconsulting.com). Forms are available at http://www.managed-print-services.com/MPS-leadership.htm. All nominations are due by March 1, 2009. After completing a nomination form, a complete application form will be sent to the nominated company. Winners will receive free registration for the MPS Conference.

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, hosts the first annual Managed Print Services (MPS) Conference on April 26-28, 2009 in San Antonio, Texas. The first of its kind, this conference is dedicated to MPS decision makers and will provide them with 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.

The Managed Print Services Conference will be held at the Omni La Mansion del Rio in San Antonio, Texas on Sunday, April 26, 2009, 6:00 pm through Tuesday, April 28, 2009, 4:00 pm. Early bird registration, now open, is $795. After December 1, registration will be $995. For more information on the MPS Conference, registration, sponsorship and speaker opportunities please go to http://www.managed-print-services.com/conference.htm.

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 http://www.managed-print-services.com.

"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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