Snowy Ride

Melbourne cup weekend is my favourite time of the year, however not for the reasons you may think.

Over 10 years ago when I first started as an employee here at EEMS, I was invited to a charity event held in NSW.

I was and still am an avid motorcycle enthusiast, the company accountant at the time also shared a keen interest in all things 2 wheeled (with a motor in it) told me of the “Snowy Ride”. It was the inaugural ride to raise money for the Steven Walter Foundation.

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The ride is motorcycle event run annually in the Alpine Region of NSW and the ride is now in its eleventh year and has raised in excess of 3 million dollars for the Steven Walter Foundation.

“The Steven Walter Foundation which is the organiser and main benefactor of the Snowy Ride is a non-profit organisation which was started following the passing of nineteen year old Steven Walter after an eight year battle with cancer. The Foundation is involved in raising money for research into childhood cancer and the side effects of cancer treatment in children.”

I recall my first ride up there was perhaps the most incredible experience of my motorcycling life, more curves, more mountains and still more curves than I have ever experienced. My favourite stretch being the Tawonga Gap near Bright! The current group of riders I travel with has grown to 5, and for most of us we have attended each and every year since the inaugural ride. Typical attendance now sees riders of all makes and model exceed 3000 in numbers. If you think you would like to participate why not check out the “Snowy Ride” online , you get the added bonus of knowing you are supporting a very worthy cause while you are having the best riding experience you are ever likely to have.

It is an experience I hope to continue to enjoy well into the future.

Michael

PaperCut integration with LawMaster

EEMS are happy to announce that we have completed an integration of PaperCut MF into LawMaster. LawMaster is a well established legal and practice management software solution for law firms and conveyancers in Australia.

The integration meets the ideal requirements of a ‘two way’ data exchange.

Import of matter codes

LawMaster provides an export on a daily basis of the definitive list of all current client and matter data. This ensures that the list of matters presented to the users when printing, copying, scanning or faxing will be maintained in PaperCut without any additional administration tasks. New matters and clients in LawMaster will appear in PaperCut. Matters no longer in the export from LawMaster will be deleted/disabled in PaperCut

The integration also allows for Shared Accounts to be managed in PaperCut where need be, and protected from being purged as part of the process. This is helpful to create ‘office’ style accounts for transactions that can’t be charged to clients (i.e. memos, research, footy tips etc).

Export of disbursements

Overnight, PaperCut MF transactions will be exported using the LawMaster defined formats and made available to LawMaster for import. The integration supports;

  • Single or multiple file export
    • Single file export for basic charging against matter codes
    • Multiple file export for defining specific copy, fax, scan, print charges against a matter code
  • Summary or detail exports

Testing of the process was completed in conjunction with LawMaster support and meets the documented formats for disbursement imports.

Please contact us and discuss how PaperCut MF can be used within your LawMaster site.

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EEMS rides again

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We are on a conquest. We have decided to team up in The Ride to Conquer Cancer benefiting the the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. It’s a cycling journey throughout Victoria’s scenic countryside in two days.

We’re here because we know that cancer is too big a disease to ignore. It affects everyone, maybe you, me, our parents, kids, siblings or friends. Sadly, maybe all of the above. But by riding in this event we are doing something about it. We’re rolling closer and closer to the end of cancer. It’s an awesome triumph in a physical sense and emotionally as well.

So hey, join us! This can be your opportunity to do something challenging and rewarding in so many ways. And you won’t do it alone. We will be doing training rides, helping each other to fundraise, and generating awareness for critical cancer research at Peter Mac, the only public hospital in Australia solely dedicated to cancer.

Please donate to us or join us. Thank you in advance for your support.

Special Offers

For our PaperCut customers this month, EEMS is offering a few monthly specials at a flat rate to leverage off some repeatable work we have developed and can deliver to our clients at an attractive rate.

Print policy scripting

EEMS have a script ‘ready to go’ for clients that have interest in implementing a basic print policy that encourages the least costly set of features on any printer. i.e. the majority of implementations of this script set (for all users, or groups of users) A4, single colour, duplex printing as the most cost effective set of print attributes. Should a user that is subjected to the script step outside of these parameters, a popup appears that asks them to reconsider this job based on their chosen features.

Find me printing / secure document release

Customers of EEMS that have terminals or copy control through embedded solutions that don’t currently make use of either of these features can take advantage of a flat rate from EEMS to have this configuration completed. The savings that can be offered to an organization from this simple change are profound. No more unwanted prints. No more abducted jobs. No more accidental reprints. A simple change in user behavior yields significant results.

Installation of BYOD printing solutions

Education sites especially may benefit from a flat rate implementation cost of either (or both) solutions for BYODs (Bring Your Own Devices), though the offer is available for any EEMS clients wishing to extend their current solution to support printing from iPad, iPhone, Netbooks, etc.

 

Page count validation

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One of the common support questions we get with a new installation is the request to validate what a customer is being billed for device usage from their MFD provider. People like an assurance that what they’re recovering through their cost recovery solution is withing a reasonable variance of what they’re being billed.

We normally go into this exercise with an expectation that the cost recovery solution will have a higher page count than the MFD fleet. Why? Well, most solutions we work with count pages at the server. What’s printed isn’t always what comes out. Paper jams happen. Jobs get cancelled at the device for a variety of reasons, and the all time favorite “Please load letter” error on convenience style printers.

However, there are always likely to be jobs on the MFD that our solutions have no visibility of and increase the page count on the device without increasing the figures we report about the device. These can include fax pages received (thankfully becoming less and less), configuration pages generated on the device, but the lion’s share of pages our solutions are blind to come from direct printing. Ideally we would prevent this as part of our design through the use of Access Control Lists on the MFD, so that the only server that can print to the device is one we control. This isn’t always a reality however, as there can be payroll systems and IT test machines that need direct access.

Our approach is to build a list of transactions per device and try and compare against the provided billing report from the MFD provider. Where we see unacceptable or concerning variances on a single machine, we start assessing the likelihood of either of the above situations. In a recent case, we gave confidence to a client of ours by generating a custom data set that showed the number of pages per day, per hour to demonstrate we were counting for prints 24/7.

EEMS Launches E360

EEMS Technologies Pty Ltd (“EEMS”) announced the launch of EEMS SPHERE powered by PrinterFace, a web based print submission platform which enables users to enjoy printing anywhere anytime. EEMS SPHERE integrates seamlessly with PaperCut to capture and allocate cost to the user’s nominated account.

EEMS SPHERE web interface technology allows users to upload their print job, and select easy to use and time saving preset buttons to build a print job. And furthermore it offers pricing instantly. Print room staff can increase productivity as tasks like job tracking, workflow and reporting are now automated. Management will appreciate the integration it offers with PaperCut with the ability to see ‘at a glance’ the activity in the print room and produce reports like “orders by cost centre”.

We are PaperCut’s first Authorised Solution Centre to recognise the needs of our clients with managed print rooms and offer them a complete solution which will enhance the user experience.

“We’re excited about our strong partnership with Pirion and have designed EEMS SPHERE to fit in perfectly with the small to medium print production environment. Consumers have reacted very positively to the integration with PaperCut, and we are looking forward to bringing EEMS SPHERE to many more businesses of different form factors to consumers in 2012″

The Ride to Conquer Cancer 2012

The Ride to Conquer Cancer announced 1,609 riders raised over $6.2 million for the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre as the first annual Ride commenced on Saturday in Melbourne. Ride participants cycled over 200 km through Victoria with an overnight camp in Healesville before returning to Melbourne for an emotional finish on Sunday.

The staff at EEMS Technologies have experienced first-hand the debilitating effects of cancer, with our Director battling blood cancer for the past 7 years, it was with this in mind, we developed a team (the bloodshots) of young -ish to middle-age –ish crew to ride the 2012, 200k ‘conquer cancer’ fund raising event.

We all trained for several months, riding most weekends and peddling many kilometres.
In addition to the physical training, we approached a number of friends, families and corporate associates to donate, the results were over whelming as you can see from our team total, this also contributed to the total event raising a staggering $6.2 million.

Our thanks goes out to all our sponsors for your generous donations, and a special thanks to our Managing Director – Murray Fairclough , although due to his ill health was unable to ride with us, he travelled every step of the way, taking photo’s, carrying our supplies and proudly waiting for us at the finish line.

Extra special thanks to Damien White for waiting so long at the finish line for the others.