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Equitrac And HP Awarded BLI "Picks" For Software Solutions

Fall 2008
11/19/2008

Equitrac And HP Awarded BLI “Picks” For Software Solutions

November 19, 2008 – Hackensack (NJ) – Buyers Laboratory Inc. (BLI), the world’s leading independent evaluator of document imaging products and solutions, today announced its Fall 2008 “Pick” winners, honoring outstanding software solutions from Equitrac and HP. BLI’s semi-annual “Pick” awards are given to the hardware and software offerings that measure up as the best in BLI’s comprehensive evaluations, which assess a wide range of the most important performance factors for buyers.
 
The Fall 2008 solutions “Pick” winners are:

Equitrac Corp.
Equitrac Professional 5
Outstanding Print Management/Cost Recovery Solution

Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
HP Web Jetadmin 10
Outstanding Network Device Management Solution
 

“These solutions excel in their fields in terms of feature set and usability,” said BLI Managing Editor Daria Hoffman. “They each earned Five-Star ratings overall, as well as Four Stars or better in every category BLI evaluated.”
Equitrac Professional 5 Delivers Class-Leading Print Management
Equitrac Professional 5, evaluated in version 5.2.2, is a server-based print-management and cost-recovery solution aimed at corporations as well as professional firms such as lawyers, accountants and architects. It lets employees easily track printing, copying, scanning, faxing and even phoning and other miscellaneous expenses for proper accounting and bill-back. In addition to cutting down on the time it takes a company to bill clients for such activities, Equitrac Professional can be used to manage workflow more efficiently and cost-effectively by routing documents to specific devices based on administrator-defined rules related to the nature of the job.
 
“In today’s challenging economic climate, businesses need every opportunity to recoup costs quickly and accurately, as well as trim expenses wherever possible,” said Hoffman. “Equitrac Professional delivers on both fronts.”
 
In addition to its class-leading functionality, the solution stands out for its ease of use, its compatibility with the vast majority of MFPs and printers on the market and its interoperability with a wide range of back-end legal document management and accounting/billing applications. The solution is also scalable for any size organization, with Equitrac offering a Small Firm Edition suitable for up to 50 users, as well as an Enterprise Edition that supports an unlimited number of users.
 
“By testing products exhaustively, BLI has earned its place as a go-to resource for business consumers to discern which office equipment products fit their needs,” said Michael Rich, Equitrac’s CEO. “Today’s business consumers feel pressure to push environmental sustainability initiatives forward and achieve compliance with privacy regulations while simultaneously managing, even cutting costs. As they look to BLI for guidance on print management and cost recovery solutions, we are excited that Equitrac Professional 5 fared so well in BLI’s evaluation and delighted that it was declared a ‘Pick’ in this category.”
HP Web Jetadmin 10 Offers Unrivaled Network Device Management Features
Web Jetadmin 10 is the latest iteration of HP’s industry-standard network device management platform. This enterprise-class solution helps an IT department remotely monitor and manage HP and third-party output devices on the network, report on device usage and activity, manage and order supplies, control end-users’ access to device functions such as color printing, and more. Tested in version 10.0.49299, Web Jetadmin 10 represents a very successful revamping of the product, featuring a redesigned interface with support for right-click and drag-and-drop actions, supplies management and budgeting, additional customizable reports and other features.
 
“Web Jetadmin 10 is an ambitious overhaul to a time-honored management program, and HP’s extensive work in both adding functionality and streamlining operations shows,” said BLI’s Hoffman. “The utility is easy to set up and use, which means IT administrators and help-desk personnel are more likely to make it a part of their daily routines.”
 
Web Jetadmin 10 earned a Five-Star rating overall as well as Five Stars in most individual categories BLI evaluated, including ease of use, device discovery, device monitoring, device management and user management. BLI found that the utility goes further than competing solutions in allowing administrators to control access to color printing and other MFP functions, and its ability to let administrators enforce policies—setting duplex and toner-saving modes as the defaults, setting when devices should go into power-saving sleep mode,
and so on—across all devices can help a company save money and achieve its “green” initiatives.
 
“We are honored that Buyers Lab has selected HP Web Jetadmin 10 as a ‘Pick’ award winner for Fall 2008,” said David Murphy, senior vice president, LaserJet and Enterprise Solutions, HP Imaging and Printing Group. “Our goal is to develop tools that help our customers improve the performance of their printing environment and decrease the time spent managing it. This award shows that we are on the right track to achieving this goal and we remain committed to delivering innovative and proven printing solutions to the market.”
For complete test reports and test results on any of these products, call 201-488-0404 for subscription information.
Stay tuned for upcoming Buyers Lab “Pick” award announcements in the following categories:
 
November 24: Duplicators
December 1: Wide Format Products
December 3: Individual Copiers
December 5: Copier Line of the Year
December 8: Monochrome Printers
December 10: Color Printers
December 12: Printer Line
December 15: Special Awards
About Buyers Laboratory
From 1961 to 2008, Buyers Lab has been the leading independent office-equipment testing lab and business consumer advocate. In addition to publishing the industry's most comprehensive and accurate test reports on office document imaging devices, each representing months of exhaustive hands-on testing in BLI's US and UK laboratories, the company has been the leading source for extensive databases of specifications and pricing on copiers, printers, fax machines and multifunctional products. The company's databases cover over 10,000 products and have a long-standing reputation for being the industry's most trustworthy and complete source for global competitive intelligence. They are available to BLI subscribers online via the company's bliQ competitive information service. This encyclopedic resource also provides quick and easy access to BLI's First Look Reports, Field Test Reports, Lab Test Reports, Solutions Reports and BLI-produced articles.
 
In addition to the testing of office equipment for its subscribers, Buyers Lab provides consulting services to buyers and a vast array of confidential for-hire private testing services that include document imaging device beta and pre-launch testing, performance certification testing, consumables testing (such as toner, ink and photoconductors), software and solutions and print media testing (including virgin and recycled papers).
 
For more information on Buyers Lab, please call (201) 488-0404, visit www.buyerslab.com, or e-mail info@buyerslab.com.