New solution to deliver 55 per cent savings on annual print bills
ICT solutions provider, Datapac has signed a contract with the Institute of Technology Carlow to deliver a managed print solution across all three of the Institute’s campuses in Carlow, Wexford and Wicklow. The three-year contract is valued at €320,000 and is designed to save the Institute 55 per cent on its annual print bills and lower the carbon footprint of the 5,000 students and 400 employees.
IT Carlow celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2010 and is at the centre of a number of exciting initiatives for its student population and local businesses. The Institute is also currently working with Waterford IT to create a new multi-campus technological university in the south-east of Ireland.
Datapac won the contract based on a competitive tender to provide an integrated, managed solution which would streamline the entire print process across Carlow IT. The company said the integrated solution will enable improved staff productivity, increased flexibility for students and significantly reduce costs for the Institute.
It is expected that the new fully managed print service will pay for itself within the first two years.
Datapac replaced a disparate network of standalone printers, copiers and scanners with a fully integrated network of 45 HP multi-functional devices (MFD’s), placed at strategic locations across all the campuses which reduced Carlow IT’s total number of machines by half. The company manages the entire print fleet from its services centre, ensuring maximum uptime of all devices and automated ordering of supplies.
As a result, the Institute’s IT department said it has seen a 40 per cent reduction in the amount of time needed to manage print devices, freeing staff to focus on more strategic projects.
Datapac’s new solution has also delivered a number of other benefits for the Institute. Scan-to-email capabilities allow students to send and read documents digitally, reducing the need for print. Also, with duplex printing as standard, this is cutting paper usage significantly. The new devices now also power down at night, weekends and Institute holidays, reducing energy consumption.
Fergal Flanagan, ICT manager at IT Carlow said: “With 5,400 students and staff located across three campuses in three counties, our focus has been on improving efficiencies and integrating services for everybody. Datapac’s managed solution meets all of our evolving print requirements, with the added benefit of driving down costs and improving the environment. On top of this, it’s great to work with such a high quality technology provider with a strong local presence in the south east.”
John Jones, managed print services, sales manager, Datapac added: “IT Carlow is really setting the pace in the Irish third level sector through its innovative student programmes and collaboration with local enterprise.. By partnering with Datapac, IT Carlow gains our 30 years of print experience, a dedicated team of experts overseeing their entire print fleet, and the assurance of having a better and more cost-effective solution in place.”
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