Friday, May 24, 2019

Memorial Day - What Does it Mean?



You could google it.

You could look it up.

You could go to the VFW and ask.

Maybe check out those guys riding motorcycles from Arizona to DC - they have a message.

Memorial Day in the USA. What is it?

But if you want to get a feel for the real holiday, check these movies for the weekend:

  • Saving Private Ryan
  • A Bridge Too Far
  • Taking Chance
  • Last Flag Flying
  • Section 60: Arlington National Cemetary
  • Band of Brothers, entire series

I add Casablanca.

I know this is the first weekend of the American Summer - new movies, music, barbecues and lake time...I get it.

Before you hit the beer and the libations, go to the nearest Memorial or VFW and give thanks. Give thanks for the ones who gave everything so you could cold call on a Monday, or close on the 29th of the month.

If not for them...

Thursday, May 23, 2019

New to Copier Sales: What’s This Thing Called #ManagedPrintServices?


Once, long ago, “managed print services” (MPS) was considered an outlier, something in which only the fringe of our industry would participate. Today, you’ll see an MPS offering on every website and run into clients who know all about the various programs. What’s more, the realm is chock full of managed print content and training sessions, so, for now, I’ll just give an elementary description of today’s managed print services sales.

Let’s start with a quick definition of managed print services from the Managed Print Services Association:

“The active management and optimization of business processes related to documents and information, including input and output devices.”

That’s a big phrase for a new copier salesperson. At the basic level, MPS comes down to helping your clients manage the hardware, service and supplies of all their copiers and printers. There can be much more to MPS than simply delivering toner. More advanced MPS programs can include advance capture, document management and business process optimization — subjects to be considered down the road.

For example, much like a standard copier service... Read the rest here.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Who Is #Greg_Walters: 2011


I was digging around some old stuff when I ran across this interview.  This was written and aired back in 2011 on the old "The Imaging Channel" website.

Cracks me up!

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Most of us know Greg Walters … or at least we know a little bit about him. We’re familiar with his blog, The Death of the Copier (DOTC), and the scantily clad ladies of said blog. We recognize his bandana and Harley Davidson. We know he’s opinionated and passionate about MPS. But we here at TIC Talk wanted to know more …

TIC: Do you have a “real” job? If so, what is it?
Greg: Yes, I have a “real” job as the MPS Practice Manager at SIGMAnet, a 25-year-old, West Coast VAR.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Friday, May 3, 2019

How We Choose Wine


The viticultural libation is as timeless as love and life. The Romans did it. Indeed, Roman soldiers were required to drink a minimum of one liter of wine per day. The Greeks invented the god of wine, Dionysus and Jesus made wine from water.

Like water, wine is a global constant and the altered consciousness achieved by consumption has been considered religious since its origin. I think the mass consumption of wine traces back to medieval urban areas and the lack of clean water.