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Business Printing and the Trends Shaping its Future

Business printing consists of everything you produce using office printers, multi-function devices, scanners, and photocopiers.

With the corporate IT world evolving at an alarming rate on what almost feels like a daily basis, business printing is following suit and doing its best to keep up!

Businesses are on the lookout for printing solutions that are easy to use, cost efficient, provide workflow enhancements and contain much greater security than ever before.

With those factors in mind, let’s discuss the major trends which are driving business printing going forward.

Increased security

The rapid evolution of technology is driving the business world more than ever before and with that a substantial level of risk has arisen. Security has become a huge concern (specifically in light of recent high profile data breaches) and is proving to be vital for all companies looking to secure their corporate data in a larger capacity than ever before.

For the foreseeable future of business printing, security will continue to be vital in practically all business settings. With many employees now able to print remotely to any device, it has become crucial that security mechanisms are in place to ensure the information output ends up with the right person.

Our range of Office printers, photocopiers and multifunction devices are all evolving to cater for these higher security risks. Take for example the Canon imageRUNNER Advance series which have partnered with McAfee to bring protection within the device itself, or look towards HP’s almost unrivalled focus on print security within their line of Multi-function Printers.

Additionally, cloud based solutions for print management, security and document control are proving to be at the forefront of print security with a whole range of options to suit any size business and printing device.

Streamlining through cloud technology

The ongoing development of cloud technology will continue to shape the future of business printing as organisations constantly search for ways to reduce their costs while increasing their workplace productivity. The streamlining of printing through cloud technology has enabled greater mobility, security and cost efficiency while printing and will continue to drive how organisations think about printing for years to come.

The ongoing shift towards complete adoption of cloud based business printing while reducing physical infrastructure will further enable entire organisations and individual employees to be more mobile, resulting in greater productivity, ultimately having a positive impact on firms.

Mobile and Bring-Your-Own Device (BYOD) Printing

As mobile technology continues to engrain itself as an essential part of our daily lives, businesses are looking for better solutions to integrate print management to allow for employees to print from their mobile devices without any issues or complications.

Compared to other recent print advancements, firms have been slow to adapt their business print infrastructure to allow for seamless mobile and BYOD printing.

Going forward, the ideal business print management solution would enable for any mobile device to print to any printer, without having to worry about driver configuration or finding specific printers that are only compatible with certain mobile devices. The future of business printing will look to build on this concept and eventually perfect it for a truly remote friendly, mobile printing environment.

Transparency and Reporting

After the successful implementation of any technology, the transparency of its operation is crucial for owners/administrators and users to be able to see how the system is functioning.

One of the most attractive features of managed and cloud printing solutions is that they provide transparency and insight into your print environment, which can be accessed anywhere, anytime.

PrintSync’s range of Cloud and Managed Print solutions are continuing to develop as we look to provide customers with a greater viewpoint of how the system is functioning. This includes implementation of a greater number of reporting measures, including a raft of data that goes well beyond basic printing statistics.

Feel like your organisation might be falling behind any of the above trends?
Get in touch with one of our print experts today to find out how PrintSync can help bring your business into the future.

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