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Lexmark plan to lower Indy admin costs

  • 28 October, 2004 12:35

<p>Lexmark plans to design a workflow solution for the 2005 Lexmark Indy 300 event following an extensive information distribution audit at this year’s race.</p>
<p>Lexmark found the daily volume of information that was being processed by officials, race teams and media was the same or greater than those of a large company. Lexmark plan to slash future administration costs and improve communications at one of Australia’s premier sports events.</p>
<p>Should you require any further information, Lexmark Indy 300 photography, or should you like to speak to someone at Lexmark regarding this announcement, please contact Jessica Sealby or Guy Downes at Howorth Communications on 02 8281 3810 or pr@howorth.com.au</p>
<p>Lexmark plan to lower Indy admin costs</p>
<p>- Information audit first step for workflow solution -</p>
<p>Sydney, October 28, 2004 – Lexmark plans to slash future administration costs and improve communications at one of Australia’s premier sports events, the Lexmark Indy 300.</p>
<p>As the event’s leading technology supplier and naming sponsor, Lexmark will design a workflow solution for the 2005 event following an extensive information distribution audit at this year’s race.</p>
<p>During the Lexmark Indy 300 last week every printout, fax, photocopy and email was recorded. This was no small feat considering more than 50,000 pages alone were printed during the four days of racing in the previous year.</p>
<p>Henrik Stensfeldt, Managing Director, Lexmark Australia and New Zealand, said there were some significant opportunities for creating efficiencies.</p>
<p>“We were extremely surprised at the volume of information that was being processed by officials, race teams and media. The daily volumes were the same or greater than those of a large company,” Stensfeldt said.</p>
<p>“Just like we would for a large company, we paid very close attention to what information was being moved throughout the event, how it was being distributed and what some of the alternatives may be.”</p>
<p>The hardware at the track was linked to monitoring devices for further analysis. Infrastructure at the event included almost 30 Lexmark laser printers and hundreds of email and Internet-enabled devices.</p>
<p>In addition, Lexmark sent a three-person monitoring team in the week leading up to the race to gain user insight. The team interviewed event officials, racing teams, media and other parties about some of their work practices.</p>
<p>“The raw data only provides us with part of the picture. We also need to know how users prefer to work, what solutions they have already considered and other vital information before we make any recommendations,” Stensfeldt said.</p>
<p>“In such a high-pressured workplace it is essential to ensure everyone is comfortable with any measures we might put in place. It is our job to make their jobs easier and less expensive for their organisation.”</p>
<p>Potential components to the solution may include quicker delivery times of important information such as race results, less administrative paperwork for officials and teams and reduction in communications and paper costs.</p>
<p>The full benefit of the exercise will be estimated when the solution is designed later this year.</p>
<p>James O’Brien, General Manager, Lexmark Indy 300, said his organisation was optimistic about the results of the audit.</p>
<p>“There is so much happening during race time that we do not often have a chance to sit back and observe our work practices. This is an excellent opportunity to work with a third party to receive this information and consider improvements,” O’Brien said.</p>
<p>“Lexmark has been a strong supporter of Indy in Australia as a sponsor and a technical partner, so we are very excited about this new initiative.”</p>
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<p>About Lexmark</p>
<p>Lexmark International, Inc. is a leading developer, manufacturer and supplier of printing solutions -- including laser and inkjet printers, multifunction products, associated supplies and services -- for offices and homes in more than 150 countries. Founded in 1991, Lexmark reported approximately US$4.8 billion in revenue in 2003, and can be found on the Internet at www.lexmark.com.</p>
<p>For further information please contact:</p>
<p>Jessica Sealby or Guy Downes</p>
<p>Howorth Communications</p>
<p>Tel: +61 2 8281 3810</p>
<p>Email: pr@howorth.com.au</p>
<p>Mark Lenyszyn</p>
<p>Lexmark International</p>
<p>Tel: +61 2 9930 3500</p>
<p>Email: mlenyszy@lexmark.com</p>

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