Getting to grips with mobile print

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Mobile is here and it’s growing; we constantly hear about how the sales of tablet devices continue to grow, whilst the laptop is becoming a thing of the past. Over the last 12 months we have seen increasing demand for mobile print solutions from companies of all sizes, as BYOD becomes more common in the workplace and employees become increasingly mobile, working on the move.

Exactly what is mobile print?
As a business we categorise mobile print into two key areas. Firstly there is public printing through specific print apps and public hotspots with the facility to print to devices in airport lounges or hotels for example, typically when travelling or in a field-based role
Secondly, there is corporate printing, utilising solutions that enable printing from smartphone and tablet technology to any device within the business network, which is useful for organisations with different sites, locations and campuses. 
Both options offer flexibility for workforces and authentication to ensure only the recipient printing the document can retrieve it.

What does mobile print mean for companies?
A big issue when it comes to mobile print is security. For those businesses handling sensitive data, it’s essential that the opportunity for staff to use unproven and un-tested mobile print software is minimised and that any mobile print solution is driven by the company, not the employee.

Widely used, and often operating under the organisational radar, unsecured mobile print apps can in some cases cause significant security breaches, as confidential information is sent across company networks from device to printer.

Further adding to this problem is the fact that many IT Departments still haven’t got a handle on the more fundamental BYOD issues, such as integrating mobile devices with their network. That makes issues around mobile print and BYOD very far down their list of priorities.

However, ones thing’s certain; this trend is not going away, and it’s important for end-users to be on the front foot, or risk a serious security breach in the future.  For BYOD to work effectively, it’s essential that organisations formulate a clear strategy that is rolled out across their entire workforce to ensure there is uniformity in mobile print from any personal devices and that the policy is driven centrally.

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