If you are a Small or Medium-sized Business (SMB) owner, you are probably worried about the growing pressure to spend more on office IT.
For many professionals, tech spending means investing in shiny new (and often-expensive) gadgetry. But per the International Data Corp, 2019 will be a “watershed year,” when “global SMB software and IT services spending both surpass hardware spending.”
Software and IT services are becoming increasingly diverse, particularly in the world of printing. By teaming up with Samsung, there is no reason why they cannot be both affordable and empowering for both SMBs and dealers.
Devices equipped with open, expandable platforms are diverse for SMB owners. Samsung’s Smart UX environment is Android-powered, which allows Samsung’s developers to continuously add functionality to its range of multi-function printers (MFPs), in the form of new apps. Furthermore, it also lets third-party developers create free and paid apps and widgets for Samsung devices.
With the newly revamped Printing App Center 2.0, creating apps is now easier than ever before: great news if you are a developer, but even better news if you are a Samsung MFP-using SMB owner. The amount of apps and widgets on the center just keeps growing, allowing users to customize and modernize their machinery without having to spend anything on hardware.
And the Smart UX environment is not limited to MFP devices. Earlier this year, Samsung unveiled another very handy bit of software: the Smart UX Mobile app. This app allows conventional 2- and 4-line LCD device users to scan and do more– by utilizing their smartphones’ hardware.
Mobile and Cloud Solutions
Staying ahead of the times is vital for enterprises of all sizes. Wikibon says enterprise cloud spending is now growing at a 16 percent compound annual growth run rate, and will continue to do so until 2026 .With mobility now “ important” to 98 percent of CEOs (and even “critical” to 35 percent), it is clear that future software solutions should be both cloud and mobile compatible.
Fortunately, Samsung affiliate PrinterOn’s easy-to-use, secure software-based solutions help companies ease into mobile and cloud printing.
These solutions include the Enterprise package, which lets companies manage sophisticated workflows – and track and manage them on both mobiles and PCs. It also offers companies the choice of using optional hybrid cloud or third-party cloud deployment.
There is also an Express edition that provides cost-effective, user-friendly, easy-to install and secure mobile printing options. And a Hosted package is available for public printing locations like hotels and universities – letting hotel guests, academic staff and students access secure and intuitive mobile cloud printing.
Meanwhile, a managed cloud print solution is also available, in the form of Enterprise Cloud Print. With this solution, companies can let PrinterOn handle issues such as deployment, management, support, maintenance and more.
Print dealers and resellers might wonder if they will end up losing out as the hardware-software watershed approaches, but the changing of the guard could also provide them with a timely boost.
Creating and selling printing apps with a view to selling these to business clients could represent a very lucrative opportunity for dealers. And as the Smart UX is Android-powered, developing apps using the mobile-compatible software development kit (SDK) is straightforward and intuitive.
Customers get tailored services and value for money. Dealers, meanwhile, can access a free platform to deliver their clients with a complete and differentiated, user-friendly system.
Time to Act
For professionals, this fast-advancing watershed should be a wake-up call. After all, if your company (like many others) is about to spend more on software and IT services than it does on office machinery, it is vital that you make smart purchasing decisions.
Not identifying the most cost-effective printing solutions ahead of this vital watershed moment could prove costly. Fortunately, Samsung’s offerings are designed to save SMB owners money and maximize returns for dealers – both in the long run and in the short term.
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