infotrends_mps@ToughLoveforX Not sure that I see the #mps cxn... for MFP-connected doc mgmt and collaboration, definitely!The issue-to-me under discussion is the idea that indpendent MPS should become Google App resellers. The exchange is about the connection of MPS to Google Apps. The argument for independent MPS is that it can level the playing field when the globals come in with the IT piece. Usually that just makes it harder to get any respect from the IT people in the Enterprise.
Earlier this morning I did at post about Google Apps + Indpendent MPS.
Since it's hard to have a nuanced exchange 140 characters at a time, here's how I see it.
The greatest value is created by solving the hardest problem. The hardest problem in every enterprise is information overload. All the globals have systems to solve the information overload problem. For my money, I would take Google Apps over any of them for lots of reasons. Mostly because I already know how to use Google. Secondly because Google has no choice but to continue with seamless up grades.
If I were still in the game, the $50/seat selling price would be a pretty easy sell. Add to that Google has an online program to learn how to integrate their software, and it seems to get to a "why wouldn't I do that" plateau. Always the right place to be to make a risk/benefit decision.
Late last week I learned that Sharp boxes have open access to the Cloud. I assume, but don't know that all the serious MFP's have access to the Cloud. Ricoh speaks to IBM and SAP in the enterprise. I assume each box manufacturer and VAR will speak to parts of the Cloud.
Probably there are some patches that still have to be refined. It's probably already done, but haven't gotten on my radar.
The way I see the value of MPS is that it enables content and collaboration happen in the Cloud AND enables that content to be output in Print anywhere, anytime. As soon as you cut through the Print is Dead blabla and focus on the fact that Print is the most mobile push media, it seems clear to me, that MFPs acheive their breakthrough value when they are seen as on and off ramps to the Cloud.