Local Devices Ratio

Document created by cwilson@pharos.com on Nov 17, 2014Last modified by bheffernan@pharos.com on Dec 14, 2017
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The Local Devices Ratio shows the number of print users per local device (personal printer attached to an individual workstation) in your organization. Use this metric to determine if your ratio reflects an optimal state versus a state with inefficiencies and unnecessary costs and inconveniences. The number of users per local device is calculated as follows:


Users per Device = Total number of users / Total number of local devices


  • A green gauge indicates that the local device ratio is above the target.
  • A yellow gauge indicates that the ratio is close, but not below the target.
  • A red gauge indicates that the local device ratio is below the target.


Why is this important?


Shared devices provide many advantages over locally attached devices. Local desktop printers are typically the most expensive devices. Many organizations are surprised to see how high this value is. Eliminating or significantly reducing the amount of local printers in favor of more cost-effective shared devices often provides a quick path toward reducing operational costs.


If your environment has a high Local Devices Ratio, ask yourself the following:


  • Are local devices justified?
  • Is the amount of local device volume justified?
  • Are employees aware of the high cost of desktop printing?
  • Is the organization aware that a secure printing solution is more effective way to ensure document security and confidentiality?


In most cases, employees think they need personal printers for security reasons; they may need to print documents containing sensitive information. This is the most expensive way to obtain document security. Secure pull printing from Pharos enables you to take advantage of shared, efficient network devices. Employees use their ID card or AD credentials to authenticate at a printer to release their documents. This ensures that documents can be accessed only by their owners, and it allows the document owner to release their document at any device on the network.