With dozens of new IT-related innovations being released every week, modern people are learning to incorporate new gadgets into their home environments. In the past few years, Internet of Things(IoT)-based domestic appliances and smart home technology have come a long way. In contrast, the speed of change in the office has been relatively slow.
The result is that there is now often a noticeable gap between the level of technology available at home compared to that available at work. And many employees are starting to become frustrated with the discrepancy.
Some experts say this noticeable tech gap could hinder businesses that are seeking to increase their growth opportunities. Writing in the Houston Chronicle, small business expert Sherrie Scott explains, “Technology in the workplace allows businesses to expand quickly and efficiently. Office tech saves time by speeding up the workflow process.”
Business now takes place everywhere. When your staff has the ability to use mobiles to complete work-related tasks from the back of a taxi, on a train station platform or while at home, your business can offer its clients a whole new level of flexibility through mobility.
Samsung’s intuitive Android-powered MulitiXpress series multi-function printers (MFPs) help businesses achieve mobility. Having a fleet of connected printers that your employees can access from anywhere in the world with their smartphones provides your business with a competitive edge. With quick and easy cloud printing solutions, and the ability to securely send and receive documents through cloud-based applications, your employees become a highly flexible workforce.
And mobility does not have to come at the price of security. Samsung devices use advanced device encryption methods, and Samsung apps also provide software-level protection.
The Samsung Cloud Print app, for example, uses 256-bit encryption on all connections, providing users regular updates that ensure up-to-date protection against new malware threats. The app also makes use of one-time tokens, which require user authentication for activation. This means all communications between your devices and the cloud stay secure.
Smart Mobile Solutions and Powerful Printing Apps
Just as IoT devices relay information to users via their mobile phones, many workers would also like to integrate their mobiles into their office lives. And with the Smart UX Mobile app, you can now not only integrate your phone, you can even use it to customize the way your printers work – even conventional devices.
The Smart UX Mobile allows users to utilize their phone functions in conjunction with 2-Line and 4-Line LCD devices. For example, it lets them use voice commands through the phone’s microphone, and use phone cameras as scanners for printers that do not have scanning functions.
Along with the Dynamic Workflow Mobile app, users can use the Smart UX Mobile to build their workflows, combining multiple tasks, including printing, scanning and faxing to simplify and speed up repetitive jobs – all on their mobile phones.
Scanning, accessing, sending and receiving documents is also much easier with downloadable applications and widgets available on the Printing App Center. These apps allow users to customize their printers. They include Send Anywhere, which lets users share files in real-time using Wi-Fi or cellular networks – without the need to use a cloud.
Energy Efficiency, Reducing Carbon Footprints
Reducing energy consumption is a major challenge, and people in all industries are now realizing the pressing need to control their carbon emissions. A recent report compiled by Yale and George Mason universities found that 66 percent of Americans say they think their country should reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, while 70 percent support limits on carbon dioxide. Companies that ignore trends like these risk going against the tide of public opinion.
It also makes good business sense to cut down on energy costs – especially as the number of electrical devices in most offices seems to increase by the year.
Samsung’s award-winning MX7 multi-function printers are built to consume lower amounts of energy than standard devices. This allows your company to do its bit for the environment, while also cutting overheads.
In fact, Samsung printers have won a half-dozen awards from the Buyers Laboratory (BLI) for their energy efficiency. The M2885FW, for example, was recognized for using 48 percent less energy per year than its competitors.
Forward-thinking business owners now consider it imperative that their offices stay abreast of the newest IT developments – especially as many of their staff members are now so-called millennials. Digital natives consider expansive, smart, tech-driven devices to be the norm, not a luxury.
When it comes to updating office technology, every aspect of your IT needs to be considered – especially your printers.
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