Procurement Initiative To Measure Printing Needs

The OE2C Procurement Initiative is in the process of exploring how the University can save on printing costs, as a preliminary assessment indicates this is an area where we can achieve significant savings. In order to better understand the printing environment at SMU, the committee is interested in looking at the University’s aggregate printing data. This information will be gathered by PaperCut, a new application that will be installed beginning Wednesday, January 21, through the campus computer management system (LANDesk).

PaperCut will calculate the total number of print jobs and paper usage on campus to give the committee a better idea about the type of printing needs University-wide. PaperCut is not able to collect information about the content of documents sent to print, so user privacy and confidentiality will not be impacted.  Only aggregate data will be used and information will not be reviewed on an individual level. The focus on collecting printing data  is not an exercise in trying to reduce the amount of documents that are printed; rather, the goal is to have a complete picture about printing needs on campus. Therefore, all faculty and staff are encouraged to continue printing as usual.

Users only need to accept the installation of the PaperCut application  when you see the “pop-up” appear announcing the installation.  No further action will be required. If you have any questions or experience difficulty with your normal computing after the installation of PaperCut, please call the OIT help desk at 8-HELP or fill out a help request online at

By Karen Drennan