When it came to office technology, many businesses used to overlook the benefits of installing upgraded software. Times are changing, however, and news of the hardware-software “watershed” – when SMB spending on software is expected to overtake hardware for the first time – signals that businesses are thinking about their expenditure in a new light.
With the recent release of Samsung’s Business Core 2.5, it’s the perfect time to take a look at how Samsung’s suite of business software has evolved to meet the changing needs of businesses and their printers.
Beginning with Business Core Printing Solutions
Samsung Printing’s first generation of Business Core solutions was launched in October 2013 as Business Core Printing Solutions (BCPS) and set out to improve workplace efficiency through easy-to-use, server-less printing. Installing printing related solutions was once considered exclusive to larger enterprises. But because Business Core Printing Solutions operated on the XOA platform and was compatible with smaller A4 devices, SMBs could enjoy the benefits of solutions without having to upgrade their printing hardware and servers.
As part of Business Core Printing Solutions, Samsung created the document management solutions SmarThru™ Workflow Lite, Cloud Connector and Secure Login Manager. With SmarThru™ Workflow Lite, users enjoyed an automated document capturing, scanning and routing solution. Cloud Connector provided users with easy secure access to the Cloud for scanning and printing, using various cloud services. In addition, Secure Login Manager safeguarded printers from unauthorized use, supporting a variety of authentication methods.
Business Core Printing Solutions also provided output management solutions. The security solution SecuThru™ Lite2 offered secure server-less pull-printing. With SecuThru™ Lite2, companies could reduce printing costs and improve security by requiring user authentication to release print jobs and erasing unclaimed print jobs. The Usage Tracker tool provided administrators with printing and copying counts and costs, as well as proactive monitoring through email notifications.
Getting Down to Business Core 2.0
Business Core 2.0, the second iteration of the Business Core was launched in March 2016, offering a range of document management solutions in the form of Document Workflow Core, Cloud Connector Core, and Secure Login Core, and the output management solutions, Usage Tracker Core and Printing Security Core.
Business Core 2.0’s updated Document Workflow Core automatically organizes and distributes scanned documents and incoming faxes to pre-determined destinations with one click. Using an updated OCR engine, it also directly converts scanned documents into files and scans in editable Microsoft Office file formats.
The new Cloud Connector Core offered supported for six major cloud services with the addition of Google One Drive for Business.
With Business Core 2.0, Secure Login Core expanded user login options beyond IDs and passwords, introducing support for ID cards, PIN numbers, and NFC and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) authentication for mobile devices.
Usage Tracker Core 2.0, was upgraded to facilitate proactive monitoring. Period setting function for usage data report was added and users can have simple PDF format reports regularly delivered to them via email to help them monitor and improve the printing environment.
Finally, the new Printing Security Core improved ease of use by introducing one-touch registration. Once users are registered, your staff can enjoy full access to your whole printing network without having to register again on other devices.
Introducing Business Core 2.5
The updated Business Core 2.5 is the latest in printing solutions for businesses, launched in November 2017. While previously Business Core was available only for XOA-enabled devices, Business Core 2.5 was created as a Smart UX Center app*, featuring an interface streamlined for heightened usability. It builds upon the foundations of previous generations.
The revamped suite’s document management offerings have improved. Document Workflow Core still offers a range of automated workflows, but the solution has become more intuitive. For example, when faxing, users can now double-check recipient’s information prior to sending. As you enter a fax number, your printer will automatically show you the fax number holder’s contact details – helping you avoid embarrassing and time-consuming errors.
Cloud Connector Core, meanwhile, now keeps a history of all scan jobs, allowing access to the log whenever need arises.
The improved Secure Login Core also allows admins to set logout time to below 60 seconds. For example, you can adjust the settings so that when printer senses that its user has been inactive for 30 seconds, it will automatically log out – requiring another login before letting them continue.
Output management options have improved too. The updated Usage Tracker Core lets IT admins arrange and receive usage data for user groups, meaning you can keep tabs on departments or teams as well as individual users.
And flexible, scalable pull printing, a feature of Printing Security Core, has also received an upgrade. With the new Smart Release function, users can now pull print jobs which were sent to another printer in the network to their nearest printer.
From its genesis in 2013 as Business Core Printing Solutions to the upgraded Business Core 2.5, Samsung Printing is powering change for your printers and your printing habits. Printing has never been easier, more secure or more connected.
**Since Business Core 2.5 is available only as a Smart UX app, users who have printers without Smart UX Centers within their network should continue to use the latest XOA version, Business Core 2.0.
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