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 explains, “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 adds, “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 concludes, “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.”
About Konica Minolta Business Solutions (UK) Ltd
Konica Minolta’s innovations help businesses to shape the future, today, changing the way people conduct business and use technology to work smarter, faster and better. As a leading Smart Data and Digital IT Services company, we meet the changing needs of customers with our Digital Print, IoT, Artificial Intelligence and Augmented Reality solutions.
As a provider of comprehensive IT services, Konica Minolta also delivers consultancy and services to optimise business processes with intelligent workflow automation, and implements solutions in the field of IT infrastructure and IT security as well as cloud environments.
Konica Minolta’s solutions are proven to improve quality, reduce cost, eradicate risk, increase accuracy and streamline business processes. Recognising there are no two businesses the same, we pride ourselves on our customer partnerships and tailor our solutions to our customer needs, giving them the competitive edge they need to remain at the forefront of their markets.
Combining our market leading, award winning and easy to integrate technological platforms, with our strategic partnerships, business solutions and services portfolio, Konica Minolta is continually improving quality, reducing cost, eradicating risk, increasing accuracy and streamlining business processes for our customers. Our strategy has our customers at its core. With strong and mutually beneficial customer partnerships, our aim is to achieve mutual sustainable growth through technological innovation – giving shape to our customers’ ideas. We bring flexible solutions that not only meet our customer expectations, but exceed them, time after time.
Part of the global Konica Minolta Group, Konica Minolta Business Solutions (UK) Ltd is headquartered in Basildon, Essex and operates out of 10 offices across the UK, employing over 750 people.
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