With data management being the key word today, the term Business Intelligence (BI) has been receiving the attention again. Power of technology is truly incredible, in this sense; technology has enabled the speed and amount at which information is being transferred and processed, as well as how efficiently data can be stored with unerring accuracy and eventually be utilized for further insights and application. So why is it that in the office, the natural home of the computer, it is so hard to get simple information to where it is needed quickly enough to inform decisions and positively affect processes and outcomes?
The fact is that sometimes the machines themselves have evolved faster than our understanding of how to apply them to the fullest. This is good news really, as it means progress is limited only by our imagination and ingenuity, rather than weaknesses in the technology itself. In business an area where progress is gathering pace is the capture, treatment and timely use of data.
Managing Data Is the Key
Data is flying around everywhere on all sorts of things: customer needs and behavior, the strengths and weaknesses of our products and services for particular applications, and the way we use energy and consume resources.
The goal is to use exactly the right bits of this data in the same moment it is created, to deliver actionable, valuable ‘business intelligence’. As markets become ever more fluid and customers more demanding, the firms that can harness the efficiency gains and service improvements this intelligence delivers will gain a significant competitive advantage. However, in most cases, Small and Medium-sized Businesses (SMBs) have disadvantages in fully utilizing the intelligence.
Document Management to Data Management
By surprise for some, document management is a good example of how progress is being made in the use of data to deliver real business intelligence. The amount and the quality of information flowing through multiple printers within a company can be invaluable data to secure, utilize and manage for the effective business intelligence, and therefore beneficial for the businesses. By fully leveraging internal information flowing within the organization, companies can draw new insights about themselves, help better business decisions and positively affect processes and outcomes as well. Internal information being transported among employees and between employees and business partners, as well as understanding who are dealing what information can be used as useful information for effective business management.
Historically, the information that was dealt through printers for document management tasks has been mainly focused on outputs, rather than data stored within each document and its utilization. However, many leading companies have recognized the importance of document data management, therefore connecting multiple printers within the organization to manage all data effectively. While this undoubtedly works, and to a degree makes the document management system simple to ‘bolt on’ and remove, it does have some disadvantages for businesses, especially for SMBs.
Connecting multiple printers traditionally require dedicated IT manager with additional server, which can be costly. With the print server forms another layer of IT costly hardware that requires maintenance and security, this can be cumbersome for SMBs, and essentially hinders SMBs to perform effective business intelligence through document data management.
Connecting multiple printers for a business requires deliverance of secure, all-to-all, flow of data necessary for real time business intelligence. This leads to a better visibility for administrators on data being cycled through a business, and SMBs should not miss the benefits.
Serverless Connections as a fundamental structure for Business Intelligence
Understanding the challenges for SMBs, Samsung Business Core™ Printing Solutions was designed to provide businesses a compact yet essential suite of offerings in a price range that fits those with lean IT infrastructure or resources. With serverless solution, Samsung Printing Solutions has removed the need of any additional servers to be added to connect printers within an organization, therefore being able to build an ecosystem that is business intelligence-friendly.
Businesses have been putting up with and managing this situation for a long time but they no longer have to. Serverless Pull-Printing by Samsung Printing Solutions removes the unnecessary and burdensome print server using intelligent Samsung technology. The system can contribute to delivering real-time business intelligence, giving administrators unprecedented levels of visibility, control and monitoring of the workflow of up to 10 printers all at the same time. Security and other controls are built in and different printers communicate directly allocating and sharing jobs according to pre-set preferences.
All this means that SMBs can make significant cost savings as well as enabling effective monitoring tracking and management of flow and use of documents with the company, so that simple printing can be extended into effective data management and ultimately business intelligence.