세계의 라벨 인쇄용 매니지드 프린트 서비스(MPS) 시장
Managed Print Services for Label Printing
MPS 채용 촉진요인 - 조사 응답자는 MPS 채용의 주요 촉진요인으로 다음을 언급합니다. 프린터 모니터링 및 관리 개선(55%), 주문, 완성, 미디어 및 소모품 보충 자동화(50%), 정기적인 업데이트 및 프린터 관리 아웃소싱으로 보안 강화(49%). 또한 채널 조직은 지속적인 수익을 기대할 수 있을 뿐만 아니라 거래 규모가 커지기 때문에 이러한 서비스를 더 많이 제공할 전망입니다.
MPS 채용 장벽 - 조사 응답자는 MPS 채용의 주요 장벽으로 다음을 들었습니다. 새로운 플랫폼 구축, 서비스 설계, 지속적인 과금 프로세스 개발에 상당한 투자가 필요(39%), 기존 인프라의 대폭 업그레이드가 필요(38%), 예산 제약(34%). MPS 프로그램의 도입과 관련된 비용은 특히 기업에 대한 우려 자료입니다. 또한 라벨링 수량이 적은 것도 투자를 방해합니다. 그러나 벤더와 파트너는 MPS 프로그램에 대한 투자의 실행 가능성을 강조하기 위해 실례를 통해 어떻게 이익이 비용을 웃도는지를 알려주고 있습니다.
진행 중인 디지털화와 클라우드 지원 인쇄로의 전환은 MPS 투자에 긍정적인 영향을 미칠 것으로 예상됩니다. 10개 기업중 7개 기업이 3년 후에는 라벨 프린터 하드웨어의 일부라도 원격으로 관리할 수 있게 될 것으로 예측하고 있습니다. VDC는 이에 따라 SOTI Connect와 같은 타사 장치의 관리 및 지원 서비스에 대한 수요가 높아질 것으로 예측됩니다. SOTI Connect는 원격 모니터링 및 관리를 가능하게 하며 사용 통계 및 상세한 분석을 제공합니다. 이러한 투자를 통해 기업은 라벨 프린터를 포함한 여러 브랜드의 장치 인프라를 원활하게 관리할 수 있습니다.
보안에 대한 우려는 계속 채용을 제한하지만 인지 수준은 높아지고 있습니다 - MPS 프로그램에 대한 투자를 고려하는 조직의 경우 제로 트러스트 보안은 중요한 고려 사항입니다. 장치의 통합, 관리 및 원격 인증은 이제 기업이 정하는 표준 요구 사항입니다. 따라서 전사적 보안 권한 설정 및 라벨링 데이터에 대한 액세스 제어는 데이터 보호를 위한 전략적 조치입니다. 예를 들어, Zebra의 파트너인 EO Johnson은 필요에 따라 보안 업데이트 및 진단 프로세스를 시작하여 고객의 보안 설정을 용이하게 합니다. VDC의 조사에 따르면 응답자의 60%가 암호화 접속 및 액세스 제어를 통한 보안 강화를 원격 관리 및 모니터링이 가능한 라벨 인쇄 하드웨어에 투자하는 가장 큰 이점이라고 생각합니다.
가속된 하드웨어는 높은 잠재력을 회복시킵니다. 라벨 인쇄 시장은 상대적으로 성숙하기 때문에 대규모 그린 필드 기회를 얻는 것은 어렵습니다. VDC는 공급업체와 솔루션 파트너가 MPS를 통해 오래된 프린터, 특히 원격 관리 기능이 제한된 프린터 업데이트 속도를 가속화할 수 있다고 생각합니다. MPS 솔루션의 인지도가 높아지고 라벨 프린터 솔루션 제공업체가 고객을 위해 MPS 프로그램을 사용자 지정할 때 이점을 누릴 수 있습니다. 프린터 하드웨어 판매는 역사적으로 순수하게 트랜잭션이었습니다(그래서, 수많은 고객에게는 현재도 그렇습니다)만, 모든 조직 독자적인 라벨링 요건에 따라 세밀하게 조정할 수 있는 고도의 사용자 지정가능한 투자옵션의 작성은 구체적인 장점이 확인됨에 따라 더욱 매력적이게 됩니다. 조직이 프린터를 최신 및 안전한 장치로 업그레이드하기 위해 투자함에 따라 MPS를 채택할 기회가 늘고 있습니다.
본 보고서는 세계 라벨 인쇄용 매니지드 프린트 서비스(MPS) 시장을 조사 분석하고, 라벨 인쇄용 MPS의 주요 기능, 채용의 주요 촉진요인과 장벽, 주요 벤더 등의 정보를 제공합니다.
VDC's ‘Managed Print Services for Label Printing report’ seeks to better understand the opportunity for outsourcing management and replenishment of label media and supplies, along with label printer hardware procurement, management, and servicing to third-party service partners with an aim to lower overall costs of investment and operation, along with fleet optimization. VDC's definition of managed print services (MPS) includes management of printers, consumables (including ink, printhead, ribbons), and related media (including paper and label stock) through external service providers, to improve organizations' printing environments. The provider also tracks usage statistics and permissions to ensure minimal downtime and offers periodic updates/upgrades to the printer hardware and software.
In support of this research study, VDC interviewed label printer hardware OEMs and their channel partner organizations to assess the potential for MPS solutions in the label printing market. In addition, VDC fielded a survey among North American label printing technology investment decision makers to understand their support challenges with their label printer fleets and opportunity for MPS solutions.
VDC has designed this research program for senior decision-makers at organizations developing and selling label printing infrastructure as well as their partners and customers, including those individuals with the following roles:
Label printing solutions are critical to business operations. There are inherent challenges to companies looking to improve print efficiencies, minimize downtime, and reduce paper waste. Without proper oversight and management, businesses often don't recognize the need for consumables replenishment until it is too late, resulting in decreased efficiency. Companies need to use critical resources and time to maintain their print fleet. Maximizing uptime and minimizing downtime and consequent workflow disruptions can offer massive benefits. This makes it critical for organizations to shift from traditional reactionary approaches to managing their label printing fleets to one that's more proactive and provides a dashboard to indicate printer hardware performance metrics, downtime alerts, and labeling analytics; usage statistics for automatic replenishment of label printer consumables and supplies; and alerts to update security certificates and firmware, among others. A centralized approach to label printer fleet management could improve print security and reduce paper waste. In-depth analytics and visibility are critical to lowering operational downtime.
To address print management-related issues, several businesses look to one solution: managed print services (MPS). The concept of MPS stems from businesses looking to exercise control over the printer management function, offloading management responsibilities to dedicated third-parties. It offers solutions to track printing data so that businesses can ensure they never run out of stock and maximize efficiency by automating the entire printing process and offloading related operational challenges to streamline label printing. While the details of each MPS offering may vary by business and solution provider, it has been well-established that MPS offers benefits for all organizations looking to reduce paper waste and improve label printing operational efficiency. Managed print services-related investments have been integral to office environments for several years. Some of the early entrants developing this segment were companies like HP, Lexmark, and Xerox, who achieved significant success by helping their customers tackle escalating print costs while also enhancing business efficiency. Since then, many of the largest office printing hardware and supplies vendors in the market have developed MPS solutions, including Brother, Canon, and Ricoh. Some of these vendors - such as Brother - also offer thermal label printers in addition to their office printers and are evaluating the potential of extending their MPS solutions to also support label printers more commonly used in industrial supply chain environments.
MPS offers the support needed to optimize printer usage and management, and to enhance operational productivity. VDC defines managed print services (MPS) for labeling as the management of label printer hardware, consumables (including printhead, ribbons, and other accessories), and related media (like paper and label stock) through external service providers, to improve organizations' label printing workflows. The service provider tracks usage statistics and permissions to ensure minimal downtime and operational disruption, while also offering periodic updates and upgrades to the labeling hardware and software. With all the benefits that office printing MPS offers businesses, it would stand to reason that label printing solutions could benefit similarly. In addition, label printers being sold/adopted today are more "intelligent" and are designed to be networked and managed remotely. However, MPS has barely taken off in the label printing market. VDC's survey shows that the significant investments required for building new platforms, designing services, and developing recurring billing processes are a barrier to MPS adoption. In addition, label printing consumables investments tends to be highly decentralized and locally by the BU, further complicating commercialization. However, with many organizations upgrading their printer fleets to adopt more modern printers capable of being managed remotely, the door is potentially opening to introduce MPS solutions.
Drivers for MPS adoption - Survey respondents indicated the following as the leading drivers for MPS adoption - improve printer monitoring and management (55%); automate ordering, fulfillment, and replenishment of media and consumables (50%); and, enhanced security via regular updates and outsourced printer management (49%). As costs associated with on-site service and reactive maintenance increase, VDC expects to see investments in IoT hardware that will help minimize costly downtimes through proactive monitoring and management, and realtime insights into usage statistics. Channel organizations will also offer more such services because of larger deal sizes, in addition to the possibility to generate consistent recurring revenues.
Barriers to MPS adoption - Survey respondents indicated the following as the leading barriers to MPS adoption - significant investments required for building new platforms, designing services, and developing recurring billing processes (39%); requires significant upgrades to existing infrastructure (38%); and budget constraints (34%). Costs associated with MPS program implementation are especially concerning for businesses. Low labeling volumes can also be an investment deterrent. However, VDC expects vendors and partners to increasingly communicate how the benefits outweigh the costs with real-world examples, thereby highlighting the viability of investments in such programs.
Ongoing digitization and migration to cloud-enabled printing will positively impact MPS investments - 7 out of 10 organizations expect to be able to remotely manage at least some of their label printer hardware in three years' time. VDC predicts that this will lead to a rise in demand for 3rd-party device management and support services, like SOTI Connect, which will enable remote monitoring and management, and offer usage statistics and detailed analytics. Such investments will enable organizations to seamlessly manage their multibranded device infrastructure, including for label printers.
Variations in vendors' approach to MPS opportunity - VDC expects to see different go-to-market strategies being adopted by MPS market participants. For instance, while Zebra has chosen to enter this space primarily through its partner network by enabling them to optimize the use of Link-OS and Print DNA, Toshiba TEC will adopt a direct-to-customer model and leverage its cloud-based Encompass Managed Print as a Service (MPaaS) subscription program. That said, several label printer hardware vendors are also taking a waitand- see approach to MPS investments. Some measure of financial success - including pace of new printer adoption, increased share of consumables and media as a part of overall sales - will likely encourage others to participate. All printer OEMs, however, are keenly interested in harnessing printer use data to better understand use characteristics and demand patterns and are looking at MPS as a potential opportunity to collect that data.
Security concerns continue to limit adoption; however, awareness levels are increasing - Zero-trust security is a critical consideration for organizations looking to invest in MPS programs. Device integration, management, and remote authentication are now standard requirements laid out by corporates. This makes setting up of enterprise-wide security permissions and controlled access to labeling data strategic measures for data protection. For instance, Zebra's partner, EO Johnson, eases its customers' security configuration by pushing security updates and launching diagnostic processes as required. VDC's research shows that 60% of respondents consider enhanced security through encrypted connections and access control to be the leading advantage to investing in label printing hardware that can be remotely managed and monitored.
Accelerated hardware refreshes a distinct possibility - With the label printing market being relatively mature, large greenfield opportunities are hard to come by. VDC believes that MPS gives vendors and their solution partners the opportunity to encourage its customer network to accelerate the pace at which they replace older printers, particularly those that have limited remote management capabilities, if at all. Awareness around MPS solutions is increasing, which can give label printer solution providers an edge when customizing their MPS program for customers. While the printer hardware sale has historically been purely transactional (and continues to be so for a majority of customers), the creation of highly customizable investment options that can be tweaked based on any organization's unique labeling requirements will become more appealing as tangible benefits are identified. As organizations invest to upgrade their printers to the more modern, secure devices available, there is a growing opportunity to introduce MPS.
Richa is a Consultant working for VDC's AutoID & Data Capture practice. She has been tracking the markets for a range of AIDC technologies at VDC since 2010, including, but not limited to, barcode scanners and printers, labeling solutions, machine vision solutions, and robotics automation. Over the years, she has undertaken market opportunity sizing and forecasting, competitive landscape analysis, and offered strategic marketing assistance, while also providing valuable thought leadership for this technology segment. Richa holds a degree in Computer Engineering and an MBA from India.
David has more than ten years experience covering the markets for enterprise and government mobility solutions, wireless data communication technologies and automatic data-capture research and consulting. David focuses on identifying the key drivers and enablers in the adoption of mobile and wireless solutions among mobile workers in the extended enterprise. David's consulting and strategic advisory experience is far reaching and includes technology and market opportunity assessments, technology penetration and adoption enablers, partner profiling and development, new product development and M&A due diligence support. David has extensive primary market research management and execution experience to support market sizing and forecasting, total cost of ownership (TCO), comparative product performance evaluation, competitive benchmarking and end user requirements analysis. David is a graduate of Boston University (BSBA).