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Bagshot, Surrey, 8th April 2008; Steljes, the specialist technology distributor, today announced that one of its key trade partners Computacenter has made long haul flights for hour long meetings a thing of the past, by using interactive collaboration solutions from SMART Technologies.

Computacenter worked with Steljes to help address many of the common problems associated with running a business with multiple branches. Steljes supported a pilot scheme to help solve these problems, working initially with the internal sales group. Problems for the internal sales group included vast amounts of travel, its associated expenses and the geographic spread of each team. Additionally Computacenter wanted to reduce its carbon footprint by cutting down on flying multiple employees to different locations for very short meetings.

The pilot started in May 2007 with Steljes installing an interactive solution comprising of 600i SMART boards, and Bridgit™ SMART’s data conferencing software.

Chris Hanson, Internal Sales Director at Computacenter, led the project; “every child knows how to use an interactive whiteboard, but adults just don’t. I wanted to see how easy it would be to introduce the boards into a business, instead of a school. After the introduction of the whiteboard, my expenses dropped tenfold. You can imagine what the figures would look like if 4,500 employees were also using the solution.”

One of the many ways the internal sales team uses the solution is to chair meetings and interact with staff across the UK, or internally, with an average of 8 attendees from up to 7 different locations taking part. Internal sales gain interactivity primarily through laptops, whereas others use it to capture diagrams and conduct brainstorming sessions via installed SMART Boards.

Mark Bird, Group Sales and Business Development Director, at Steljes said “Our trading relationship with Computacenter has been key to the growth of our company particularly in the corporate sector, so when we realised how much the internal sales team could benefit from this solution, we were more than happy to support the project. The results achieved have more than exceeded our expectations, and is now forming the basis for a solution that can make a real benefit to organisations like Computacenter.”

When Chris Hanson started his role at Computacenter, based in Birmingham, he calculated that he’d spent 17 working weeks traveling in the first year alone, at an estimated 40,000 miles. “I was determined not to spend my life traveling, but still needed quick access to data. After the start of the pilot, my average mileage has now dropped by 75%” he continued.

Because of the popularity of the board within Computacenter, and as the SMART Board/Bridgit solution is already in commercial use, the company estimates that it will need to formalise the programme soon and take on more licences to expand internally. With regards to creating a solution for its customers, the company recognises the benefits this could bring to a business with a mobile workforce, across a wide geographic spread. In fact, customers visiting Computacenter have seen the board in use, and have gone on to purchase the SMART technology for themselves - so the future looks positive for the corporate business solution.


ABOUT STELJES
Steljes Limited is a technology market development and services organisation. It sources technologies from around the world, develops support services and works with people who use them - in the classroom, in the boardroom, at home or even on the battlefield.

It's been improving the ways in which people learn and work for twenty years, working hard to make sure its products really benefit people.

Steljes Limited is a privately owned limited company, which has been operating in the UK.

Steljes is the exclusive representative of SMART Technologies ULC in the UK and Ireland and has increased its UK market segment share from 54.7% in Q4 2006 to 59.2% in Q1 2007, according to figures released by industry analysts Decision Tree Consulting (DTC). Steljes recently shipped its 250,000th SMART Board™ interactive whiteboard.


For more information about Steljes please contact:
The Steljes press office
Tel: 08450 724 750
Email: media@steljes.co.uk

or

Vikki Chowney
Six Degrees Ltd
Tel: +44 (0)1628 480280
Email: vikki.chowney@sixdegreespr.com

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