The environment is key print priority for further education

October 30, 2014

30th October 2014

Reducing environmental impact is the main print priority for further education, finds Annodata

Further education sector found to take a progressive approach to print

Annodata, a leading independent provider of print, document, data and communication technologies, has found that higher education is leading the way when it comes to print, with research suggesting that 80 per cent of the sector will have rolled out a Managed Print Service (MPS) by the end of 2015.

Annodata conducted a survey of 100 IT Directors at HE&FE, a higher education exhibition in London, about their print and document management practices and priorities for the next 12 months. The results revealed that over half (58 per cent) already have an MPS in place, while 57 per cent of those that do not currently take an MPS expect to do so within the next 12 months. When asked about their print priorities for the coming year, 41 per cent named reducing their environmental impact, followed by improving reliability (28 per cent), with reducing costs coming in a distant third, cited by 14 per cent of respondents.

Commenting on the results, Andrew Harman, Managing Director of Annodata, said: “It’s clear that higher and further education institutions are taking a progressive approach to their print practices – but not necessarily for the reasons you might expect. As with all sectors, costs and reliability are key drivers for the sector, but it’s rare to see the environment come out as priority number one. These institutions are actively trying cut down their paper consumption – and in some cases go paper free entirely – but we know from experience that they’ll need help to do it.

“Reducing paper consumption or going paper free entirely could take years and calls for a big culture shift, but there are simple things that organisations can do with a Managed Print Service to cut down on their paper usage and lower their overall carbon footprint. For example, print management software, such as Papercut, can help to ensure that only those pages that are needed make it off the printer, while rationalising printer fleets to get rid of excess devices can make a big impact on overall power consumption,” he continued   Harman concluded: “Annodata has a long history of working with the education sector and we are fully aware of their needs to limit waste, improve service reliability and drive down costs. This sector is putting print first and saving resources by outsourcing their print management to a single provider, and I’m confident that it’s only a matter of time before other industries will catch up.”



About Annodata

Founded in 1988, Annodata is a managed services provider specialising in the efficient flow of information using the most effective types of communication. With annual revenues in excess of £60 million, the company brings together a range of specialist services including managed print services, unified communications, document management and software, mobile telephony, communication services and cloud hosting services.

With over 4000 clients in the private and public sector, its team of specialists understand the needs of small and large organisations in all sectors and can help re-design business processes in-house or through a fully managed service

The company has long-standing relationships with leading global enterprises including 02, Avaya, Kyocera, Mitel and Ricoh giving businesses access to the latest technologies, future-proofing the enterprise

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