Ergo signs €2.5m managed print contract with ESB

9 Jun 2011

IT service firm Ergo has won a three-year managed print services contract with ESB that will see its printer real estate reduced from 2,000 printers down to 500 multifunction devices across 126 sites.

The new infrastructure will save ESB almost €1m a year.

Duplex printing will now be the standard option, two-sided printing that will cut paper consumption by up to 30pc. The system also ensures that print jobs are only released when the employee swipes the printer with his or her staff ID card, enhancing security and further reducing waste.

Quarterly business reviews give an opportunity for Ergo and ESB to analyse the service and continually reduce costs. “We will constantly review performance and look at how we can deliver further carbon savings,” said Ergo CEO John Purdy.

“These are important metrics for an energy company like ESB, which has a strong focus on sustainability.”

Phase 1 under way

The first phase of the project is already under way, with HP MFDs deployed in the new ESB Electric Ireland office in Santry and ESB head office on Lower Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin.

“We are seeing a significant reduction in paper consumption by virtue of not having a printer on every desk. It encourages people to think more about what they print out and that’s important,” said Kieran Sweeney, manager services and CIO, ESB.

“As a technology-focused company with sustainability at the centre of our business strategy, we are committed to adopting technologies that help us efficiently reduce our carbon footprint.”

The newly networked print infrastructure will also facilitate improved workflow and new document management processes, bringing further efficiencies and savings to ESB over time.

Photo, left to right: Kieran Sweeney, manager services and CIO, ESB; John Purdy, CEO, Ergo; and John Campion, executive director Sustainability and HR, ESB

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years