Submitted by Brian Walsh, regional vice president, Xerox

Outsourcing isn’t a well – loved word, especially in the public sector. But in a time of finding new ways to get work done while saving as much money and time as possible – public sector organizations are reconsidering, and reaping the benefits of letting someone else handle what they’d rather not.

Print is often one of the last areas organizations in the private and the public sector think to optimize – but doing so with a sound managed print services (MPS) strategy can reduce print related costs by up to 30 percent.

Yesterday’s Plain Dealer covered two of our Ohio-based clients Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) and Cleveland State University in “Economics 101: Colleges Cut Costs by Outsourcing Tasks from Making Copies to Running Dorms.”

Tri-C and Cleveland State signed on for Xerox MPS to not only reduce costs (Cleveland State plans to save $500,000 per year), but to keep up with the document demands of a growing student population. Working with Xerox to monitor and provide pre-emptive maintenance for all print and copy devices, school staff members no long have to spend time on print-related activities. Al Moran from Tri-C said it best:

“Tri-C’s primary mission is the education of students and to train and retrain the workforce in Northern Ohio,” said spokesman Al Moran. “We shouldn’t be in the business of doing things that others can do more effectively and more efficiently.”

MPS is a logical business decision for IT leaders in higher education – it helps them reap cost savings benefits and redirect dollars back into student programs.

— Brian Walsh, regional vice president, Xerox