Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Your MPSA Election: Ten Questions For the Candidates: "Consulting" Opening.

This election is heating up, some candidates actively campaigning.

The Managed Print Services Association (MPSA) election is underway for a current opening on the board that will serve a one-year term (May 2010 – May 2011). The open position is for someone in the “Consulting” area which can be defined as "any person working for a research or vendor independent professional services organization, and is not a full time employee of any Manufacturer, Dealer or Industry Logistical/Component provider."

Submitted for your review:

10 Questions from DOTC to all those running.

And by all I mean, Bob Barrette, Fred Berger, Randy Dazo, Merlijn de Vroe, Randy Elliott, Mitchell Filby, Harry Hecht, Steve Juris, Jim Kahrs, Johan Kosters, Steven Power, Gerry Skipwith and Mike Woodard.

DOTC invites all to answer in the form of a comment to this post.

Responses will be unedited.

One detail - EACH ANSWER WILL BE 144 CHARACTERS OR LESS.

The voting is open to MPSA Members.

This should be fun:


1. What is your definition of MPS?
2. Does MPS currently have more in common with Copier or IT Sales?
3. What do you see as the future of MPS?
4. What is the number one benefit your clients receive from working with you?
5. In round numbers, how many clients have you consulted to or trained in, Managed Print Services, as defined in question one?
6. What value will you bring to the members of Your MPSA?
7. When was the last time you proposed, or help propose a MPS solution?
8. Do you belong to any other industry associations? If so, which?
9. What contribution to the MPS industry, do you feel Your MPSA should provide?
10.Who is your hero?

Threw that last one in, just for kicks.


That's it.

10 simple questions, 144 characters for each answer.

Voting procedure and candidate Bio's are here.

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6 comments:

  1. 10. I have two:

    Vince Lombardi and John Wooden.

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  2. 1. What is your definition of MPS?
    MPS is a proactive service where the provider is responsible to keep the printing infrastructure in optimal condition and ongoing aligned to customer specific needs

    2. Does MPS currently have more in common with Copier or IT Sales?
    MPS is about delivering services to organisations to save costs, to create efficient business processes and getting more competitive in their market

    3. What do you see as the future of MPS?
    From managing printers to managing integral document infrastructure solutions to managing customer communication channels

    4. What is the number one benefit your clients receive from working with you?
    My customers benefit from a business aligned infrastructure and service engagement, valued supplier relationship and an ROI of less than 6 months.

    5. In round numbers, how many clients have you consulted to or trained in, Managed Print Services, as defined in question one?
    30 and counting

    6. What value will you bring to the members of Your MPSA?
    I will strengthen the position and value for end-user organisations to be a member of the MPSA.

    7. When was the last time you proposed, or help propose a MPS solution?
    Ongoing. It is the reason I am hired as a consultant.

    8. Do you belong to any other industry associations? If so, which?
    IAOP - International Association of Outsourcing Professionals; XPLOR; OOA - Dutch Consulting Association

    9. What contribution to the MPS industry, do you feel Your MPSA should provide?
    MPSA should provide a community for professionals, information, best practices and standards to improve business for both end-user and supplier

    10.Who is your hero?
    My wife is my heroine (and addiction too :)

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  3. Johan, great answer on your heroine! I love it (and I can tell you love her!) Kudos.

    It appears you dodged on #2.

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  4. Steven Power
    1. Proactive management of print environment covering devices, consumables, service and software streamlining the customer’s business processes.
    2. VARS typically have existing relationships with IT, where most MPS decisions are heavily influenced.
    3. MPS programs reach commodity status where price is king. Sellers must evolve to Managed Document including capture, print, manage, e-forms.
    4. Diverse perspective. Dealer principal, consultant 32 years. Consulted small toner shops, VARS, BTA dealers HP, XEROX, SYNNEX, Staples.
    5. Trained 650 VAR reps for SYNNEX, 250 reps for XEROX, 500 reps for HP, 80 reps for Staples and 27 trainers for Global Imaging.
    6. Diverse perspective, presentation and speaking skills, attitude to respectfully challenge the status quo. I constantly refresh my content.
    7. 2009 HP assignment to assess a hospital print environment and assist in the proposal generation and presentation.
    8. I am not currently a member of any other industry associations.
    9. A forum delivering expertise, strategy and implementation tactics enabling members to plan, implement and grow their MPS practice.
    10. Who is John Gault?

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  5. @Ken,

    The 144 char answer limitation got me... Taking a second change :D

    Looking at the MPS components , such as networked hardware,software, managed services, sla management the IT department is involved and most experienced. This will even grow with cloud and mobile printing. FM and purchasing are involved too to complete the services to employees and business procresses.

    DOTC... However managing all the aspects of MPS is also difficult for pure IT companies and MFP reseller are learning. Interesting times :D

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  6. Fred Berger's answers, -


    1.Managed print services is the active management and optimization of document output devices and related business processes.

    2.Although MPS is more common in the copier industry due to meter clicks. It is more IT since it really is software solutions driven.

    3.MPS will continue to grow and will be part of managed services. The industry is now a technology industry with software driving it. MPS and document management will begin to merge.

    4.I partner with companies to help them grow their revenue and profit. I care about making each one successful short term and long term.

    5.Around 30

    6.Over 35 years of hands on experience in the document management industry as well a being strategic and visionary

    7.I have been doing consulting all year, therefore to an end user last year.

    8.NO

    9.Helping industry companies be successful in MPS. This not only includes in the short term but in the long term also. MPS is changing as technology continues to advance. MPSA members need to be prepared for these changes.

    10.I have two:

    Vince Lombardi and John Wooden.

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