Johannesburg, 30 Nov 2023
Altron Document Solutions (ADS), which positions itself as the world’s largest Xerox distributor and Africa’s leading technology and services company, has emphasised its commitment to the education sector and outlined investment plans for sub-Saharan Africa in the coming year at the annual Innovation Africa summit.
As a co-sponsor of the 2023 event, which was held in Kigali, Rwanda, ADS and Xerox executives engaged in discussions with high-ranking government officials and ministers from the various regions. Some of the key discussion topics included transforming education through regional partnerships, integration of digital learning and AI, ICT innovation and solutions to enhance education systems in Africa.
Olivier Merven, Head of Africa Operations for Altron Document Solutions, said the company’s presentations outlined three core competencies:
- Managed print services, where Xerox maintains its position as a leading service provider internationally.
- End-to end examination printing – ADS provides comprehensive examination printing services for educational institutions incorporating embedded security features and advanced workflows. Its expertise in these fields extends far beyond traditional printing. ADS is deeply committed to providing comprehensive solutions that go hand-in-hand with the evolving needs of educational institutions.
- Xerox ConnectKey – an operating platform with customised applications tailored for the education sector.
Delegates were handed excerpts from Quocirca’s "Managed Print Services Landscape 2023 – a vendor analysis of the global MPS market” report, in which the global research firm concluded that “Xerox retains its top-tier leadership position, surpassing all other contenders in the [MPS] industry”.
“Our primary objective with delegates and representatives was to demonstrate specifically how we can enhance the learning experience and modernise school communication through various platforms,” says Merven.
“For instance, many students in Africa grapple with the challenge of multilingual environments. With Xerox ConnectKey, we present tailored solutions to address this complexity. Our offerings include real-time translation of education materials into multilingual documents, text-to-audio conversion and streamlined automated workflows using Xerox Workflow Central. By leveraging these capabilities, we aim to facilitate a more inclusive and effective learning experience for diverse linguistic communities within the educational landscape,” he says.
“Our focus also extends to sustainability. We aim to create a meaningful impact in the communities where we operate. For instance, in certain countries, we are actively involved with underprivileged schools, providing solutions as a way of giving back to the communities we serve. Additionally, we are closely collaborating with our partners to uphold and improve our already stringent environmental sustainability measures.”
Merven indicates that in 2024, the company will place a strong emphasis on expanding its channel partner business, particularly concentrating on increasing market share in strategic areas.
“Looking ahead, our goal is to continue achieving sustainable growth on the continent,” he adds. “Our value proposition is well-defined and our success will be propelled by reaffirming our dedication to customer experience through the consistent delivery of quality and excellence in all facets of our business.”