Bring On The Data Center
What types of hurdles might you face if you try to integrate with your data center? Find out from two managers in the midst of the process.
Integrating your in-plant with your organization's data center/information systems department can not only save big money for your organization, but it can bring more equipment and support to your in-plant.
In-Plant Graphics recently spoke with two university in-plant managers about the hurdles and benefits of merging with the data center.
• Linda Grilz, director of printing services at Pittsburg State University, in Pittsburg, Kan., integrated with her university's data center a year ago.
• Susann Ferguson, director of print services at George Mason University, in Fairfax, Va., is actively trying to sell the idea to her administration.
Their differing experiences led to an interesting dialog.
IPG: Has George Mason University considered integrating the in-plant with information systems printing?
Ferguson: We have talked about it with small groups. We have not discussed it with the administration or the VP of Technology. It's been kind of a subcommittee that is just trying to find out the feasibility and what all would it entail. It would have to go up to the administration.
Since I'm an auxiliary, I have to pay for all of our services. The university does not want to have to charge the students. Presently they have free printing and if I blended in with them, I would have to have fee-based printing. The University, at this point in time, is not willing to charge the students for their printing.
IPG: What benefits would you get from merging?
Ferguson: I would like to increase my volume on the DocuTech and also get into the digital area by supplying the labs with the digital copier/scanner from either Océ or Xerox. [Also,] provide a service for the student labs while recapturing the volume.