From desktops to laptops to tablets, the continuous functionality updates of our smartphones, not to mention the evolving capabilities of watches, technology is pushing us to be mobile.
While smartphones may be the fastest-growing segment of the computing market, the ease of printing from them is not running at the same pace. You can have a business meeting in a local coffee shop with a smartphone and a pair of headphones. So, shouldn’t you be able to print from that same coffee shop, from that same smartphone hassle-free?
Convenience and Simplicity
Instead of hauling your laptop with you everywhere you go or relying on someone else to print files from the network for you (taking time out of your co-worker’s day), you can print without having to be connected to a corporate network and without losing the format. (For more on convenience and simplicity, click here to read 13 Ways Managed Print Services Can Simplify Your Day.)
All you have to do is:
- download the manufacturer app that corresponds to your printer
- press print
- and pick the appropriate printer.
Or, if you don’t prefer the app, many brands have an email option. With some configuration, you can send an email to a specific email address and your document will automatically print. You can also forward print jobs to your office computer (or home computer) with Google Cloud Print. This means, as long as you have a signal and the right app, it doesn’t matter if you’re nowhere near your network - you can still deliver print jobs remotely so they’ll be ready for you later.
Mobile printing can now provide a high level of security that keeps confidential information, well, confidential - without having to rely on others to print sensitive documents. And, no more worrying about sensitive documents sitting on a printer tray. When you send a print job from your mobile device it is securely stored in your personal user queue until you are ready to release it. Once you are ready to print, you simply go to your chosen printer, authenticate with your ID proximity badge (or biometrics, pin code, swipe card, etc.), and select the print job you want to release from the display on your MFP.
I’ll end on one final thought. Angèle Boyd, Group Vice President and General Manager of IDC Document Solutions, has said,
“The business value for smartphone/tablet printing is enormously clear, and yet support for this is shockingly lacking in 2015. This is a huge missed productivity opportunity for both business and print providers.”
Don’t miss out on the value mobile printing can bring to your business.