In higher education, print workflows must evolve as in-house printing departments compete with external commercial printers.

To become more efficient, educational institutions are moving from manually intensive printing processes to new, more automated methods. At Ricoh, we’re leading this change with our technology, Avanti Slingshot® Print MIS.

In this article, we uncover:

  • The challenges of print management workflows specifically for higher education entities
  • How new technology can make print workflows easier and better for your organization
  • Stories of real educational institutions that made the switch to a more modern operation and are now experiencing greater efficiencies

The Challenges in Print Management for Higher Education

The landscape of print management in higher education is multifaceted and demanding. Universities face the daunting task of managing a wide array of print jobs. From student projects to departmental needs, each requires precise handling and execution.

Higher education usually focuses on job acquisition through several avenues. This encompasses more than just printing – it involves job ticketing, accurate billing, and maintaining a seamless flow of tasks.

At Ricoh, we recognize that these operations often lead to inefficiencies. This is especially true when balancing cost-effectiveness with quality and timely delivery. The challenge intensifies with the need for data security and environmental sustainability. Higher education institutions need help to keep up with the evolving demands while ensuring that their print management systems are up-to-date and capable of handling diverse needs.

Moreover, the intricacies of job acquisition in universities involve a mix of web-to-print solutions and manual inputs. This blend often results in bottlenecks, especially when jobs come from different departments with varied requirements. The challenge for institutions is orchestrating them in a way that maximizes efficiency, reduces waste, and ensures student and staff satisfaction. Our aim at Ricoh is to streamline this complex process. We want to make it more efficient and adaptable to the ever-changing educational landscape.

Pain Points in Traditional Print Management Systems

In higher education, internal departments must handle requests from various places while getting jobs through a complex workflow. At Ricoh, we’ve observed institutions grappling with varied print jobs. These include intricate research materials and bulk course packs. Each of them demands specific attention to detail and accuracy.

A significant challenge is the integration of traditional and digital printing processes. Many universities still need to rely on outdated, manual systems for job ticketing and billing. These often lead to inefficiencies and errors. Budget constraints and resistance to change often hinder the transition to more modern, automated systems.

Additionally, universities face the daunting task of maintaining data security, particularly with sensitive student and research information. Ensuring this data is protected during the printing process adds another layer of complexity.

Environmental sustainability is another growing concern. Institutions are under increasing pressure to reduce waste and adopt greener printing practices. However, they often lack the resources or expertise to do so effectively.

At Ricoh, we understand these challenges. Our goal is to provide solutions that streamline these processes and align with the evolving needs of higher education institutions.


Embrace Digital Transformation in Print Management

Traditional print management in colleges often faces big problems. Old, manual ways of doing things can cause errors, like wrong prints or billing mistakes. This wastes time and resources. It’s also hard to keep track of print jobs. Without a clear system, there can be delays, making students and staff unhappy.

Different printing services in colleges often don’t work well together. This makes it hard to handle big print projects. Also, as the college’s needs grow, old systems can’t keep up. This leads to more problems and less work getting done.

Another issue is that these old systems don’t have good data analysis. Colleges miss chances to make things better and save money. At Ricoh, we know about these problems. We’re here to help with new solutions. Ones that will not only help you but are easy to implement.

From Traditional to Advanced Print Management: Implementing Avanti Slingshot Print MIS

Avanti Slingshot Print MIS offers a new way to handle print tasks. This transformation leads to smoother operations and better service for students and staff.

Here’s how Avanti Slingshot Print MIS makes a difference:

  • Smoother Workflows: It turns manual tasks into automated steps. This cuts down mistakes and speeds up the whole process.
  • Better Together: It connects different print services and departments. This makes handling big projects easier and more organized.
  • Ready to Grow: As the college’s needs get bigger, Slingshot keeps up. It prevents slowdowns and keeps things moving.
  • Smart Decisions: With detailed data, colleges can make smarter choices. They can see where to save money and improve services.
  • Keeping Data Safe: It protects important information, keeping it secure during printing.
  • Greener Printing: It helps colleges use less paper and waste, supporting the environment.

By adopting this advanced system, colleges can efficiently manage their print operations. It’s about being smarter, faster, and more secure in a digitally driven academic world. Slingshot propels institutions forward and aligns them with the technological advancements of today’s educational landscape.

The Impact of Advanced Print Management in Higher Ed

The adoption of advanced print management systems like Avanti Slingshot Print MIS in higher education has led to transformative impacts. This shift goes beyond mere technological upgrade; it redefines the operational efficiency and service quality of educational institutions.

One of the most significant impacts is the reduction in manual labor. With advanced systems, the need for manual inputs is drastically reduced. It leads to fewer errors and a more streamlined workflow. This enhances efficiency and allows staff to focus on more strategic tasks rather than being bogged down by routine work. Additionally, the automation of processes like job ticketing and interdepartmental billing ensures a higher degree of accuracy.

Moreover, advanced print management systems contribute to better decision-making. With comprehensive data analytics capabilities, institutions can gain valuable insights into their operations. This leads to informed decisions about resource allocation and process improvements. This data-driven approach helps in optimizing costs and improving service delivery.

The overarching impact of implementing systems like Avanti Slingshot Print MIS in higher education is a more robust, efficient, and effective print management operation.

Success Stories and the Future of Print Management in Higher Education

At Ricoh, we’ve seen excellent results from universities implementing Avanti Slingshot Print MIS. These institutions have experienced transformative changes, leading to significant improvements in their print management operations:

  • Streamlined Workflows: Transition from manual, error-prone processes to automated, efficient systems.
  • Reduced Errors: Marked decreased printing mistakes, leading to higher quality outputs.
  • Improved Resource Utilization: Efficient use of resources, resulting in cost savings and better allocation.

Looking ahead, the future of print management in higher education is set to become increasingly sophisticated. As digital solutions like Slingshot become more integrated into institutional workflows, we anticipate advancements in efficiency, sustainability, and tailored services.

Revolutionize Print Management with Avanti Slingshot

Avanti Slingshot Print MIS is not just a tool; it’s a catalyst for revolutionizing print management in higher education. By embracing this advanced system, universities have substantially improved efficiency, accuracy, and resource utilization.

Slingshot addresses the intricate challenges of print management by automating processes, reducing errors, and providing insightful data analytics. It’s a step towards a more integrated, sustainable, and efficient future in educational printing services.

For those looking to transform their institution’s print management system and experience these benefits firsthand, we encourage you to reach out. Contact us at Ricoh to explore how Avanti Slingshot Print MIS can redefine your print operations

Back to All Blogs

Duncan Ellis

Meet the Author

Duncan Ellis

As General Manager of Avanti, Duncan Ellis is responsible for driving the company’s daily operations and also leads the teams responsible for all software implementations. Their emphasis on Project Management, Training Effectiveness and Continuous Improvement drive greater success for our clients. Prior to joining Avanti in 2017, Mr. Ellis spent a dozen years working with Fortune 500 clients at Xerox Canada in various Sales and Management roles. His focus on employee engagement, business development, operational excellence and client satisfaction led to Mr. Ellis winning three President’s Club awards at Xerox. Mr. Ellis holds three degrees from the University of Toronto: Master of Education, Bachelor of Education, and Bachelor of Physical Education.

Contact Us

Contact form on the bottom of all pages

  • * Required
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.