Printing from Oracle to your MFDs

April 14, 2009

I just recieved my third request in 2 months to set up some Canon MFDs to print from Oracle. In each case it was a large customer who had already installed a fleet of our MFDs. After we had them up and running as multi-functional devices (Scan, Print, Copy, and sometimes Fax) a conversation happened, either with a Sales Person or a Systems Engineer (SE) and the customer heard we can set them up to print to their new MFDs from Oracle.

In the last two set ups the customers support people tried to set it up on their own and ran into problems. In both cases they didn’t do anything wrong, they just didn’t know what settings to make on their MFDs to allow them to receive and correctly format their Oracle Print Jobs. It would typically take about an hour to an hour and a half, to set it up and test the new MFDs as Oracle printers.

Why would this be a big deal, well for the longest time Oracle printing was the domain of HP and pretty much HP alone. For most IT departments there was no reason to try something new. The HPs worked so don’t fix them. But I am sure that you have noticed that the economy has tanked! And business managers are asking their IT departments to help them reduce costs. The and the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of these HP printers is low hanging fruit.

I just looked at the BLI (Buyers Lab) web site and got the CPP (cost per page) of the HP 4250 that one of my customers had been using to print to from Oracle. It’s not hard to do, simply take the cost of the Toner, and divide it by the yield. So the a standard yield black toner costs $150.00 each. This black toner bottle yields 10,000 pages @5% coverage. So let’s do the simple math.

$150.00 divided by 10,000 = 1.5 cents CPP

This price per page is ONLY for Toner, no service, and no parts or other supplies (like drums or fuser kits). This is also only if the toner coverage is at 5%. But what if the average coverage is 10% or even 20%? Then the Cost per page doubles or even quadruples to 3 cents or 6 cents respectively.When you compare this to a Toner based (rather than cartridged based) MFD whose typical Black CPP (for Toner, & Service) is under a penny, and sometime under a half penny (if the volume is high).

So a customer could potentially save between 1/2 cent and 5 1/2 cents per page for a black & white print. Maybe that doesn’t sound like much to you, but what if you are doing 10,000 pages a month (I have often seen one B&W HP printer do this kind of volume). How much would it save the customer a month to simply move the volume from that one HP printer to their new MFD? Would you believe between $50.00 and $550.00 a month! In a year that could save your customer between $600.00 and $6,600.00 for JUST THAT ONE PRINTER!

How many printers like that might we find on their network? Isn’t it at least worth looking at? If you are in the IT Department you could get a great reputation with the Managers of your company by helping save money (maybe a great deal of money), If you don’t know how to do this contact your local independent dealer, and ask them to help you. We do it all the time.

That’s my $0.02
Vince McHugh



  1. On the thought of printing from Oracle I’ll throw in a couple of points. Many industry players are Oracle shops. Ikon, Danka, and Canon and probably others run/ran Oracle based back office platforms. If there is any setup that needs to be done to your Canon MFP to get it from Oracle, you changed some relevant setting during your configuration. Out of the box there is no setup required. You can charge extra if you want for the setup, but don’t expect the competition will.

    All of the Oracle printers I have set up were to my knowledge being fed from a Windows server queue and I have never had to make any adjustments to any device (HP, Toshiba, Canon, KM) for it to print standard Oracle output. I guess that this may not always be the case if a shop is not using a Windows print server, but I’ve never run into a case where it did not work.

  2. Rudy,

    I agree that pretty much anything that you “pass through” a windows print server will print fine to a Canon, Konica Minolta (or most MFDs). What you recommend is a great “work around” that I have used, and recommended in the past.

    But most of your Unix, Linux, or other Non Windows Admins REALLY bristle at the idea of having to use a Windoze Print Server to make their Servers print correctly.

    So what I am talking about is being able to set up your customers MFD to accept print jobs directly from their Oracle App running on a Linux or Unix Server. That does take a little extra know how on both the MFD configuration and on the Linux or Unix Print environment.

    BTW, I do NOT charge extra to do it. It is just an added value that we provide to our customers.

  3. Hallo from Greece.
    I also installed both Ricoh and Xerox MFDs to print directly from Oracle ERP installed on windows but i run in a problem with print authentication.
    All the prints from the erp goes under the same user, the user which runs the application server of the Oracle ERP. If you want to have security in the MFDs and no one to print without logon how can you solve this problem?
    Did you find any solutions to this?
    thanks in advance.

    • It is difficult to identify a particular end user printing from a back end server (Unix , As400, etc). It is possible to embed a user name in an LPR port, or if you print to a secure mailbox (Canon) or Userbox (Konica Minolta) and you force the end users to login, via a pin code or AD login you can track the job by who releases the job, rather than who printed it originally.

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