Konica Minolta transforms workplace productivity at Writtle University College with managed print solution 

Konica Minolta Business Solutions (UK) Ltd today announced that it has deployed 42 Multifunctional Devices (MFDs) and associated software at Writtle University College in Essex. The College is transforming its workplace productivity and is on track to save more than £50,000 over five years.

Writtle University College, which has been producing leaders in the land-based industries for more than 120 years, recently renewed Konica Minolta’s contract and agreed the installation of 42 MFDs and PaperCut print management software, under a managed service programme, scheduled for deployment across its 220-hectarecampus.

When the Covid-19 restrictions were introduced earlier this year the College was closed to students and it operated a reduced team to mitigate the spread of the virus. Therefore, the deployment looked set to be postponed, possibly indefinitely. However, these restrictions did not deter Konica Minolta

Mike Coe, IS&T operational manager at the college explained, “Despite the Covid-19 lockdown, the Konica Minolta team planned and executed the deployment like a military operation. In just three days, one engineer installed all 42 MFD devices. It was incredibly well planned and completely seamless. Everyone knew what they were doing each day, they all respected the social distancing rules and worked as a single team.”

Steve Doust, director of sales and marketing at Konica Minolta added, “We aim to provide comprehensive customer focus and support, even during the most challenging of times. This project is a perfect example of the flexibility of our business and expert team, which are prepared for virtually any eventuality to meet our customers’ needs.”

To minimise the time required for anyone to be on-site at the campus, a detailed installation plan was agreed with Writtle University College in advance, including a timed schedule specifying devices, locations, and preparation. Software was installed and tested by Konica Minolta before the devices were packed up and transported to Writtle.

Physical implementation involved the removal of the legacy equipment and the installation of the new systems. In just three days, Konica Minolta worked with a third-party logistics company and Mike Coe to transport and install 42 MFDs across the campus.

Along with projected cost savings of more than £50,000 over five years, the new managed service programme enables increased productivity, with support for mobile and BYOD printing, along with automated print queues for faster and smarter working. The new devices improve reliability and security is enhanced through secure release of documents.

Mike concluded, “Considering the difficult circumstances of lockdown owing to Covid-19, Konica Minolta achieved what we all believed was impossible. I was exceptionally pleased with the skills of the service delivery team and the expert professionalism of the Konica Minolta engineer. As a company, they do what they say they will do. This is a trusted partnership which is set to run and run.”

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