Uniprint and the Cloud: Print Solutions for the Modern Campus

Rich Post
September 2020

We’ve recently experienced a significant increase in the number of Uniprint customers who are ready to explore how Pharos Beacon cloud services can augment their Uniprint systems. Whether it’s student printing or back-office printing or both, many IT professionals are looking for new ways to simplify the management of campus-wide printing and its related costs.

Our Uniprint customers are used to having their campus printing solution on-site, so the topic of cloud-based printing services raises many questions. The most common question we get is this:

“How can Beacon make it easier for us to manage print on campus?” 

Uniprint and Beacon

Pharos Beacon got its start as a cloud-based device analytics tool to help organizations centrally manage their diverse printer fleet, monitor costs and consumables, and optimize their environment and printer locations to best serve their people.

Then it grew to include print analytics—comprehensive data on who printed what, when, to which device, from which application, and at what cost. This gives IT managers a total view of their print environment, helping them make informed decisions with regard to device purchasing and fleet design. It also helps them to objectively right-size their device fleet.

Especially now, in our post-lockdown world, you need insights into how printing habits may be changing among students and staff. Armed with these insights, you’ll find it much easier to manage campus-wide printing and keep your costs down.

Beacon then grew to include Sentry Print, true cloud secure printing that makes it easy to eliminate your print infrastructure, improve efficiency, and save a lot of money. Sentry Print also enables touchless printing workflows, which is an important option for print users who prefer to limit their contact with high-touch surfaces in the age of the coronavirus.

For our higher education customers, the quickest win is to add Beacon Analytics to your Uniprint system, to improve efficiency and continually save your organization money.​

Especially now, in our post-lockdown world, you need insights into how printing habits may be changing among students and staff. Armed with these insights, you’ll find it much easier to manage campus-wide printing and keep your costs down.

Back-office Printing

We have found that faculty and staff printing accounts for more than half of total print volume at some universities, and this often comes as a surprise to IT managers. You can deploy Uniprint in the back office to manage print accounting in specific faculty areas or across the entire staff, or you can use Sentry Print to secure staff printing from the cloud, thus reducing infrastructure and related IT maintenance tasks.

The best part is that you can try any of these solutions at no cost. Whether you are looking for analytics as an add-on to your existing Uniprint solution or looking to shift back-office printing to the cloud or both, reach out here and we’ll get you started immediately.

In this video, we explore how Pharos cloud services can augment your Uniprint system, support your cloud migration strategies, and simplify your back-office printing.

(This webinar was held on April 30, 2020.)

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