BEMAT

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The Client: Bedfordshire East Multi Academy Trust

Bedfordshire East Multi Academy Trust (BEMAT) is an alliance between Gothic Mede Academy, Langford Academy, Gravenhurst Academy, Etonbury Academy, Robert Bloomfield Academy and Samuel Whitbread Academy, and is committed to collegiate educational provision across the local community. The organisation takes a collective responsibility for the success of all children through the delivery of a commonly designed curriculum from ages 0 to 19. More information at https://www.best-schools.org.uk/

Overview:

With three initial locations and a number of IT devices being used within each academy, BEMAT had no central support agreement or provision for maintaining their existing range of expensive stand-alone printers and networked copiers. As a consequence, they were experiencing high levels of waste when print jobs were never collected from the device and facilities to track, control or restrict print usage from staff or pupils ineffective in each of the three sites.

How ASL helped:

ASL conducted a full print audit at each site to help individual academies to understand their true print volume and associated costs. We were then able to recommend a ‘best of breed’ managed print solution incorporating “follow me print” as well as hardware from Kyocera & Lexmark and software from Papercut. The installation roll-out began in January 2014 over a 5 week period with additional devices to meet new requirements installed during October 2014.

Benefits

  • BEMAT now has a centralised contact for their copy and print equipment and support needs

  • More cost effective and reliable print equipment is accessible across the three key sites

  • Cutting edge technology from Kyocera and Lexmark

  • Each academy received training during the installation by an ASL designated product trainer with drop-in workshops also made available on each site

As with any education budget cost reduction is always a high priority and our levels of expenditure and wastage on printing were high. ASL’s software and hardware solutions have allowed BEMAT to track and manage print activity, saving money and increasing efficiency. ASL’s sales and service support is fantastic and they have gone to great efforts to understand our needs and find us the very best solution for our print needs.

Chris Earp ICT Strategic Operations Manager, BEMAT
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