Sustainability has become a priority for businesses, both internally and externally. Today, executive decision makers and employees alike are demanding access to the abundance of sustainability-focused technologies that help reduce costs, improve efficiency, and enhance their companies’ public images.
Externally, customers prefer to patronize companies that make sustainability a priority, and shareholders view it as an investment in top-line growth. That’s why, for example, half of all global companies had publicly disclosed greenhouse gas reduction targets as of 2014. But achieving greater environmental standards is not all that motivates these companies. Slashing operating costs while increasing value for shareholders also aligns with sustainability goals. Practically speaking, these are not competing agendas.
Successful strategies rely on technologies that address both the business case and the social case for improved sustainability results. However, many companies struggle to make lasting progress in their sustainability efforts, and they remain less operationally efficient than they would like to be.
One of the most common roadblocks to progress is a lack of awareness about the full spectrum of benefits these technologies offer. Several sustainability-focused technologies deliver a fast ROI and provide tremendous value over the long term. Here are three technologies that can quickly pay for themselves if you work with the right tools and partners to integrate them into your organization’s systems.
Print Management Technologies
Inefficient printing practices are a huge drain on any organization’s finances and may result in significant amounts of wasted paper, ink, and energy. Print management solutions can give you comprehensive perspective and control over your organization’s printing infrastructure and related costs.
Overly large and complex printer fleets waste energy and increase IT labor costs. Cloud services make it easy to access a complete inventory of your printers and see who is printing to which devices, the applications being used to print, and the ongoing costs of that printing activity. These insights illuminate significant opportunities for waste reduction and cost savings.
Another important component of print management is secure pull printing. With this technology, employees print as they normally do, but not directly to a specific printer. Instead, print jobs are held in a secure queue and are not printed until the user walks up to a preferred printer to authenticate using his or her ID or access card (or login credentials). So, employees are always physically present at a device when their documents are being printed. This secure workflow eliminates all of that abandoned “tray trash” you see lying around printers, and on its own reduces printing waste and costs by 25%.