PMP Mail Archive: PMP> MIB Implementers Guide BOF

PMP> MIB Implementers Guide BOF

From: Stuart Rowley (
Date: Wed Apr 05 2006 - 16:29:03 EDT

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    Much of the discussion hinged around getting printer vendors to improve
    their implementations, to perform interoperability or certification, and
    to provide readily accessible information on the level of their
    implementations, etc. so that software applications can more
    successfully manage devices from multiple vendors.


    As I think Harry mentioned, the original intent of the printer MIB
    effort was in large part to have third party vendors and the major
    enterprise management apps, such as Tivoli, Unicenter, and OpenView,
    develop robust printer management implementations. When this failed to
    materialize, virtually all printer vendors developed their own software
    to manage their devices and, to a lesser extent, competitors devices as
    well. (or maybe the printer vendors shot themselves in the foot by
    releasing these free printer management apps and killing the incentive
    for other development).


    I think many printer vendors may be resigned to the fact that the
    majority of print device management will be done by their own management
    apps and they don't have too much incentive to improve their partial
    management of competitors' devices.


    Thus, these vendors may have difficulty seeing the benefit of the effort
    involved to move forward with much of the work that was proposed during
    the discussion. Perhaps a listing of the benefits to the printer vendors
    would be necessary to spur interest. Until there is market pressure to
    improve poor SNMP/MIB implementations or a clearly defined tangible
    benefit, I think some printer vendors may not be willing to allocate
    resources to these efforts.






    Stuart Rowley, Network Product Mgr. 925 849-3306 925 849-3399 (fax)


    Kyocera Technology Development Inc.

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