In our previous article, we stressed about how mobility will inevitably shape our office ecosystem in the near future, if not now, and therefore will revolutionize the way we work. However, the emergence of mobile-driven business is easy to embrace as a concept, but putting it into practice presents unique challenges. Identifying a business’ specific challenges for integrating mobile into printing and workflow management is vital to success.
The Background Check: Behind the Big Mobility Movement – Mobile Device Management
BYOD, or Bring Your Own Device, is the work-environment trend that has been cited as “the single most radical shift in the economics of client computing for business since PCs invaded the workplace” according to Gartner. It’s a trend that, while initially disruptive, has been gaining traction and poses distinct challenges to IT departments. In 2012, 36% of organizations accommodated and encouraged BYOD. That number will reach 71% by the end of 2014. Moreover, 70% of IT executives now believe that companies without a BYOD strategy are at a competitive disadvantage.  IT Directors also believe that the emergence of Mobile Device Management (MDM), such as BYOD and CYOD or Choose Your Own Device, is a clear acknowledgment of the importance of mobile device management. And with proper implementation, they believe the productivity benefits of mobile devices in the office outweigh any innate security risks. Organizations that favor CYODstill face many of the same challenges from a mobile device perspective. While IT managers have more control over what kinds of devices employees can use, network and printer integration still has to keep up with the emerging mobile technologies that employees come to expect and demand. Businesses that ignore BYOD and CYOD planning in their workflow management are compounding these potential challenges.
The Bigger Movement? Computing Devices Management and Workflow Management
However, with Internet of Things (IoT) and Internet of Everything (IoE), the key to true mobility management is not about simply accepting diverse mobile devices only. It is about designing your entire workflow seamlessly with diverse “computing” devices to gain more productive working environment. In September, IDC projections place smartphones and tablets in control of 88% of the connected device market worldwide by 2018, with laptops and PCs projected to split the remaining 12%. That’s quite drastic changes in our office. And as Gartner explains mobile devices have expanded computing environment in our workplace and public spaces. This means, employees will expect the support and capabilities they already receive for their PCs with mobile devices. That includes intuitive file sharing and printing, among others.
And printing and workflow management is at the core. Although the need for mobile integration is continually growing, printing and workflow management is an industry that has traditionally been slow to adapt. As roughly 50% of both smartphone and tablet users indicating an increased need for scanning document support, many organizations haven’t found a printing solution that keeps up with that demand. To stay relevant in today’s mobile world, the way we print and share documents needs to be flexible and intuitive. We need smarter solutions and a smarter approach—and to achieve that requires smarter technology.
Mobile Business Workflow Checklist
Here are some of the integral and practical points to consider when designing your company’s successful mobility management, especially in regards to printing and workflow management.
The mobile movement brought with it a diverse host of devices, operating systems and user types. Supporting and integrating the often disparate technologies of these devices is vital for maintaining the productivity and capability of your staff. An ideal printing solution will work easily and naturally with a broad mix of mobile devices, while offering the benefits of extensibility – easily integrating a broad range of apps and features to meet your unique printing needs.
Leveraging the strengths of the world gone- mobile requires nimble business infrastructure to guarantee access, agility and efficiency. Serverless operation and cloud access are two of the most important attributes for achieving this, and the best printing solutions will give your staff the freedom to share, edit and print documents without being tethered to another device.
Freedom of access and diverse device integration naturally raise questions of security. 84% of IT executives identified the issue of device security as the most important factor influencing mobile integration policies. A printing solution is only as good as its ability to protect the documents, information and users with which it interacts, and features such as user authentication and secure release pull printing should not be undervalued.
Samsung offers you solutions
Samsung not only understands the trend of mobile emergence in business, but the nuances of embracing this shift. It’s not simply a matter of updating technology and training IT staff—truly adapting requires a change in perspective, and a smarter way of doing business. Samsung’s newest line of multifunction printers is evidence of a smarter approach, put into action. As the first printers powered by Android™, compatibility comes naturally with the operating system that holds about 85%share of smartphones, and 65% share of tablets worldwide, #1 in both categories. However, as an open source platform with a focus on flexible, easy integration and customization, it also allows for seamless interfacing with iOS, Windows and other popular mobile devices. Designed to be integrative, interactive and intuitive, Samsung printers offer a solution that empowers your staff to use their mobile devices, optimizing your workflow and boosting efficiency without sacrificing security.