July 5, 2023
PaperCut has announced that the Diocese of Norwich Education and Academies Trust (DNEAT), a school trust for primary education in England’s Norfolk county and the Waveney Valley in Suffolk county, has slashed its print costs and paper wastage following the deployment of PaperCut Hive.
DNEAT is a multi-site organisation of 35 schools with over 10,000 students and staff, but no dedicated IT team. Until recently, DNEAT’s printing presented cost and waste problems. With the large printing volume of an entire school district, DNEAT was spending too much on print consumables and overfilling its paper waste baskets. Additionally, the entire district did not have resources for onsite infrastructure.
Saul Garthwaite, Year 3 teacher at Peterhouse Primary Academy and computing lead for DNEAT stated that: “Being a large school, there is a huge amount of printing. Paper, aside from staffing, is one of our biggest costs.” He added: “One of the main causes of wastage for teachers is sometimes forgetting that they’ve already sent a print job and they send it again.”
In addition to wasteful printing, without a dedicated IT team, DNEAT required a cloud-only print management solution so that they did not need to maintain local print servers. PaperCut Hive met DNEAT’s requirements for a cloud-only print solution. Specialised server infrastructure was not required onsite to run the software. Instead, schools leveraged their existing onsite computers and laptops to fulfil this role.
The embedded MFD software provided both ease of use and sustainability by enabling users to select which print jobs they wanted to release and delete any duplicate print jobs and ensuring that print jobs only got released once their owner was at the printer. Additionally, the cloud printing functionality enabled remote off-site printing to optimise hybrid working and blended teaching.
PaperCut Hive’s fully-hosted SaaS platform means schools of any size in the DNEAT trust can manage their printing environment, regardless of their printer brands – all with just an internet connection – providing DNEAT with a simple and powerful solution to cut down waste and save costs: “Keeping paper costs down means that money can be better placed elsewhere, such as extra staffing or resources for the children,” added Garthwaite.
On top of reducing expenses and paper misuse, PaperCut Hive supports DNEAT’s shift to hybrid working. The solution’s cloud printing functionality enables teachers and staff to roam between school sites and the flexible remote workflows increase efficiency for blended learning and hybrid working.
Commenting on DNEAT’s use of PaperCut Hive, Steve Holmes, EMEA Regional Director and GM, PaperCut, said: “DNEAT is an excellent example of how PaperCut Hive’s cloud-only approach is helping schools successfully address their print challenges; from reducing print volumes and costs, to simplified print management, enabling precious resources to be invested where they’re needed most to give students the best possible learning experience. PaperCut is already a trusted brand within education with approximately one in three UK schools reliant on our solutions. With Hive, we take print in education to the next level with respect to ease of use, cost efficiency, and security.”
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