Glasgow, United Kingdom (PressExposure) October 26, 2009 -- Leading European technology integrator SCC has called upon companies to finally take control of their printing costs to cut operational overheads and greatly reduce their environmental impact.
Despite pressure to unlock cost savings and an increasing focus on reducing corporate carbon footprints, latest research shows that the majority of companies are failing to manage their print overhead. In addition to costing European businesses an average of Â£17,000 a year, uncontrolled printing and copying procedures also create an environmental burden that could be removed simply by following industry best practice.
"The pressure to drive cost out of the IT estate is greater than ever before, yet 90% of companies don't track their distributed office print spend. While research from Gartner shows that businesses could save up to 30% on their printing costs and better align with environmental responsibilities - simply by adopting the latest print management solutions. Millions of pounds are being lost daily through unmanaged and seemingly out of control printing, copying, document retrieval and general paper management," said Tony Newman, Head of Print Services at SCC.
"No matter what business you're in, this level of wastage is clearly untenable. That's why we're calling upon companies to address this challenge by examining their print environment (http://www.scc.com/solution-areas/managed-services/managed-print-services/). To demonstrate our commitment to this issue, we are giving away the latest, low cost 'green' printing technology to get the ball rolling for one organisation."
SCC's argument is supported by the latest available statistics. Recent ICM research has found that unnecessary printer downtime is costing every European business an average of Â£17,000 annually, while IT and support staff spend an average of 120 man-hours a year resolving print related issues.
Similar statistics from InfoTrends suggest that 70% percent of European organisations lack an accurate understanding of the total cost of their printing. They report that for every Â£1 spent on equipment, supplies and services, another Â£9 is spent on related costs, a burden that is not fully exposed.
In a bid to encourage companies to revaluate and improve their approach to environmental sustainability in printing ([http://www.scc.com/news/managed-services/scc-to-give-away-15-000-of-eco-printing-equipment-to-promote-best-practice]), SCC is offering to give one organisation a free Xerox ColorQube multi-functional device (MFD), worth some Â£15,000. The recently launched range from Xerox uses solid ink technology; reducing the waste associated with conventional laser based MFD's by 90% and - through its unique billing plans - cutting colour printing costs by up to 75%.
"Print services have advanced rapidly in recent years. There's been a constant cycle of development and yet printing remains the single most consistent aspect of many companies' ICT cost that is not regularly reviewed. By failing to keep up with the latest best practices and available technologies, too many organisations are missing out on a very real opportunity to cut waste and meet corporate social responsibility targets," said Newman.
To register for the opportunity to receive a free Xerox ColorQube printer, worth some Â£15,000, apply via the Get in Touch button at [http://www.scc.com/freexeroxprinter]