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    Companies overestimate printing needs
    2007Organisations have lost control of printing costs and are
    overestimating their printing needs, according to figures from Dell.

    are needlessly wasting money on high-end printers they simply don’t
    need, according to computing giant Dell.The company says firms badly
    overestimate their printing needs because they don’t keep track of the
    kind of documents their employees print. As a result, firms often have
    several expensive A3 printers that are woefully underused.Dell says
    that, on average, 60 per cent of the documents that are printed in
    businesses are A4 mono, 20 per cent A4 colour, 17 per cent photocopies
    and just three per cent are A3. It gleaned the results from its printer
    management software. “Most customers believe they are printing
    significantly greater amounts of A3 documents and photocopies,” said
    Dion Smith, imaging sales manager at Dell.Smith claims that because
    printers are frequently bought on a departmental basis, companies are
    often lumbered with dozens of incompatible models. “Our experience
    shows most organisations have 60 different model types of printer and
    115 different types of inks and toners,” he said.

    This not only
    makes printers more expensive to support for IT departments, but means
    they don’t benefit from economies of scale on ink and toner.Smith
    claims companies should either centralise the printer procurement or
    create a standard list of models that departments must buy from. “In
    some cases you can take the 60 different types of printers and get it
    down to four,” he said.And they don’t all need to come from one vendor.
    “You can define a best of breed approach. It doesn’t complicate matters
    to have different vendors on the list, as long as the
    printer-management software is based on industry standards,” Smith