I’m both impressed AND disgusted at the key manufacturers of Photocopiers in the present day world.

Why?

They’ve come up with a great technique (All of them for the most part) called “Cloning” which is a fancy word to “Backup the Photocopier Config and Restore it somewhere else”

That’s great.  I’ve successfully gotten it to work to.

Now where I am disgusted is not ONE of them has pulled their HEADS OUT OF THE GROUND and looked about to realize that MANY of these units are in an ENTERPRISE class environment.

What does that mean to Administrators?

It means they give you a stupid web interface that’s not designed to link into any system directly to allow importing of data into their internal Accounting systems.   I know for a fact of one key manufacturer that has their entire system based upon .NET but has no clue about Powershell (EASY ENTERPRISE INTERFACE!)

So rather than being Smart, and say spending a few minutes setting up a system that could be managed by an Administrator via script, they build a big glorified overkill Web interface without the LEAST little thought that these systems might need to be managed not only REMOTELY but EFFICIENTLY.

Note I didn’t mention any names, but all the big guys are to blame.

Get a clue. 

Administrators of these devices HATE wasting time (mostly our time) and prefer consistency.  Invest a little R&D into Powershell, VBscript to link into your system.  Whoever does it first will be causing their competition to cry pools of tears.