ASU-Canon Alliance adds new team member

Steve Parks, an Arizona State University alum, joins the ASU-Canon Strategic Alliance Partnership to lead Canon’s operations at ASU beginning this May.
Parks previously served as project manager for the University Technology Office from 2013 - 2016. His professional experience includes roles in operations management, project management and information technology consulting.

Since 2007, the ASU-Canon Strategic Alliance Partnership has worked to enhance the print and copy needs of ASU faculty, staff and students while aligning to the university's sustainability initiatives.

Under this partnership, Canon supports the ASU community through nearly 750 multi-function copy machines, its Print Anywhere printing network, and various products and services.

For questions, contact Steve Parks or the ASU-Canon Strategic Alliance Partnership by email or call 480-965-2679. 


2016 PAC-12 Environmental Health and Safety Director’s Conference

The following article is an official press release from Canon Solutions America.

Canon Solutions America, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Canon U.S.A., Inc., today announced that it presented at the recent PAC-12 Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) Director’s Conference, hosted by Arizona State University in March. Held in Tempe, AZ, the annual conference brings together environmental health and safety leaders in the higher education community and provides insight into risk and emergency management and other EH&S issues affecting PAC-12 universities. Canon Solutions America’s Enterprise Managed Services Division presented during the event and discussed the strategic alliance partnership between Arizona State University and Canon Solutions America.

The annual PAC-12 EH&S Director’s Conference is a reflection of the ever-evolving importance being placed on the collaborative approach to providing universities with a reinvigorated approach to enterprise risk management and evaluation. The three-day event featured presentations from various leaders throughout the PAC-12 and prompted consistently engaging dialogue that will help shape the future of the higher education system.

Representing Canon Solutions America during the event was the Enterprise Managed Service Division’s Higher Education Advisory Team. A unique addition to the company’s enterprise offerings, the team was developed to build print and output management solutions customized to the complex needs of higher education and healthcare customers. Additionally, the Advisory team brings to the market a robust sales and marketing strategy that is coupled with a commitment to developing print service programs for institutions around the country.

Working together with Scott Briggs, Sr. Strategic Analyst on the Higher Education Advisory Team, two additional team members, Jenn Garmon, Arizona State University business development advisor and Ryan Rij, solution integration specialist, presented to conference attendees regarding the Enterprise Managed Services Division’s sustainable solutions and best practices for higher education. Speaking on topics that included Canon’s corporate philosophy of Kyosei, or “spirit of cooperation,” the role and impact of the company’s Higher Education Advisory Team, and the Arizona State University and Canon strategic alliance, both Garmon and Rij delivered valuable and forward-thinking presentations.

“It was a great honor to be able to share some of our collaborative achievements and best practices from our relationship with Arizona State University,” said Rick Ranft, senior director of Strategic Markets, Enterprise Managed Services Division, Canon Solutions America. Ranft, who heads the Higher Education Advisory Team, also noted the importance of the team’s print program ambassadors supporting higher education programs around the country.

“Our approach in higher education is to develop a program that benefits students, faculty, and staff,” added Ranft. “Events like this serve as a forum for our team to showcase that the business relationship with Canon Solutions America is much more than hardware or software. Through working together with universities like Arizona State, we are focused on creating new and innovative ways for the higher education industry to meet the changing demands pertaining to sustainability efforts and overall risk management.” - SOURCE

Green Office Certification

Today the ASU-Canon office received Green Office Certification from ASU! We are proud to be recognized for our sustainable efforts. Certification was obtained by practicing nearly 30 eco-conscious activities in the office. 

A few of the requirements included: 

  • Using 30-50% post-consumer recycled content paper
  • Setting two-sided printing as our standard
  • Participating in ASU's blue bin commingled recycle program
  • Shutting down our computers at the end of the day
  • Using reusable mugs, plates and silverware

2016 Best Value Conference

The following article is an official press release from Canon Solutions America.

Canon Solutions America, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Canon U.S.A., Inc., today announced its participation in the 2016 Best Value Conference, a nationally recognized event that educates guests on a leadership-based business model that is designed to decrease risk, stress, cost, and management requirements. During the event, members of Canon Solutions America’s Enterprise Managed Services Division spoke on the company’s adaptation of the Best Value approach and its resounding impact on both Canon Solutions America and its customers. The event was held in Tempe, Arizona on January 18-22, 2016.

Each year, the Best Value Conference hosts esteemed industry professionals from various industries and presents innovative strategies to help companies develop best practices surrounding procurement and risk management. For over 20 years the Performance Based Studies Research Group, founded by Dr. Dean Kashiwagi, has been testing and refining a Best Value Business Model that has been utilized more than 1,750 times to improve the performance of projects and entire organizations. Canon Solutions America was proud to once again be a part of such a valuable and educational conference that continues to garner widespread praise.

“It was an honor to have been invited once again to this great event that brings together some of the most forward-thinking minds in the industry,” said Rick Ranft, senior director of Strategic Markets, Enterprise Managed Services Division, Canon Solutions America. “At Canon Solutions America, we continue to have great success adapting to the Best Value approach and bringing our valued customers with us along the way.”

Invited back for the third time, Ranft keyed in on Canon Solutions America’s experience implementing Best Value print programs in large, complex organizations. Heading the Strategic Markets group within the Enterprise Managed Services Division, Ranft and his team focus on building solutions customized to the complex needs of Higher Education and Healthcare customers. With transformational design, dedicated account teams, and industry-leading technologies, the Enterprise Managed Services Division builds robust and scalable, yet flexible, print and document management services platforms, hardware and software that allow for customization and innovation based on respective business needs. These practices, among others, were the centerpiece of Ranft’s address to the audience as guests learned of the success Canon Solutions America has achieved through applying the Best Value approach.

“We continue to generate business for the Enterprise Managed Services Division with the help of Best Value practitioners,” added Erin Briggs, senior program manager for the division at Canon Solutions America. “There is no doubt that we will continue to generate additional business opportunities within the general marketplace using this methodology to drive superior rates of print program success.”

As a result of extensive research and customer outreach, along with a dynamic, Best Value approach to developing comprehensive business performance enhancements for its customers, the Enterprise Managed Services Division is poised to raise the profile of Canon Solutions America as it relates to best practices in procurement, change management, and print programs. - SOURCE

2015 NAEP Conference

On October 5th, the ASU-Canon team attended the 2015 National Association of Educational Procurement Exhibitor and Conference. At the event we had the chance to meet with multiple universities and speak about the ASU-Canon partnership. Our booth, which is pictured below, showcased our new multifunctional devices and sustainable toner.

Teach For America

Every summer we are proud to serve Teach For America by providing several copiers. This year we had another great experience and participants were nice enough to give us these thank you cards!

Print Anywhere System Upgrade

We are upgrading ASU's public print software and devices university-wide on July 13, 2015. The new software is easier to install, the devices are easier to use and located in new convenient locations, and printing costs are automatically billed to the user's My ASU account. 

If you have previously installed a Print Anywhere driver on your laptop, you must take the following steps to continue using the system after the upgrade. 

Learn more about the public printing system upgrade.