Gartner Research

How to Purchase a Production Printer

Published: 13 October 2006

ID: G00141668

Analyst(s): Pete Basiliere


Purchasing a production printer is a complex process involving market analyses, supplier negotiations and implementation planning. By following our guidance on the steps involved in acquiring a production printer, you can lay a foundation for a long-term, profitable acquisition.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • Introduction
  • Understand Your Business Requirements
    • Determining Output Requirements
    • Assessing the Composition of Your Current Output Mix
    • Determining Facilities and Operations Requirements
    • Research Printer Capabilities
    • Operational and Facility Considerations
    • Communication: The Team Approach
  • Issue an RFP
    • Key Elements of a Production Printer RFP
  • Negotiate the Purchase
    • Factors That Affect the Outcome of “The Deal”
    • Other Negotiation Considerations
  • Install and Begin Production
    • Ensure Readiness of the Site
    • Coordinate With Networking and Programming Staff
    • Prepare Operating Personnel
  • Conclusion

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