It is official – more businesses than ever are using custom apps. According to SalesForce’s Small Business Report, 28 percent of Small and Medium-sized Businesses(SMBs) are now using up to three custom-made business apps. And when you look at the benefits that tailored apps can bring, it is hardly surprising.
After all, custom-made B2B apps can provide both SMBs and IT dealers with cost-effective, money-making solutions. But did you know that you can also harness the power of custom apps in your printing network? With the Samsung Smart UX Center and tools it provides, you can reap the benefits of app development, too.
Samsung Printing’s ever-expanding Smart UX ecosystem is open and Android-powered. Recent innovations have broadened its scope, bringing mobiles and some conventional printers with 2-line or 4-line display into the equation via the Smart UX Mobile app.
On Samsung MFPs, such as the MultiXpress 4 and 7 series, the ecosystem is accessible via the Smart UX Center. This tablet-like touchscreen interface lets users download Samsung and third-party printing apps, allowing companies to customize their printing environment.
As the ecosystem is open, it can be integrated with a range of printing apps – including both commercially available and tailor-made offerings. And because the Smart UX is Android-powered, app developers can learn to develop customized printing apps faster and with minimum fuss.
And the Smart UX Center is nothing if not user-friendly. Philip Genoe, Managing Director of Samsung’s Scottish partner Faxco Ltd. notes that clients instantly feel at ease with the Smart UX Center and its downloadable app database. He says, “Customers say ‘wow, it’s just like a big tablet,’ and start getting to grips with the center’s features immediately.”
When it comes to custom printer app development, Samsung offers a variety of tools fit for the job. For a start, there is the newly revamped Printing App Center 2.0, a website where you can peruse the latest free and paid apps and widgets. Many of these have been created by Samsung developers, but there are also many third-party apps. Samsung Printing encourages third-party developers – especially those with Android experience – to enter the printing app developing fray, with support and tools at the ready.
The Printing App Center renewal improved developer support in its Verification and Validation (V&V) process. With the Interactive V&V page, developers can check on the status of their apps at every step of the V&V testing process. The information is presented in a straightforward, easy-to-understand manner, and it also allows developers to check on the usage status of their registered apps.
The Printing App Center 2.0 and the Samsung Smart UX Center provide potential for monetization – both in the form of apps that you can make commercially available and tailor-made solutions that you can create to integrate with a client’s unique office tech needs.
For those interested in developing a printing app, Samsung Printing offers an easy-to-use software development kit (SDK). And if you want to learn more, you can read some FAQs here, or check out a more comprehensive PDF guidebook.
Boosting Enterprise Efficiency
Sometimes in business, all you need is a great idea. This was certainly true for Massinelli, an Italian Samsung partner, whose office supply chain client once had to manually print and send its printed marketing materials by mail from its headquarters. Brochures and the like were sent from the client’s headquarters to branches around the country, often leading to wastage and business inefficiency.
Massinelli unleashed a little creativity with a little help from the Samsung SDK. With the kit, the partner created a Samsung-compatible software solution it calls the Easy2Share app, which was then downloaded to 83 Samsung MFPs at the client’s stores all over Italy.
Now individual stores can print what they need, whenever they need it. And outlet staff can provide the head office with real-time feedback on materials, allowing instantaneous edits.
French IT company EUKLES Solutions also experienced the benefits of using the Samsung SDK, which it used to develop an Android-compatible version of its e-DocPro solution, to let customers digitize, classify, manage and share documents directly from their MFPs.
EUKLES Solutions has gone on to contract with four Samsung resellers following the release of its Android-compatible software, and 24 other non-Samsung affiliated resellers. Its profits, meanwhile, have been boosted by some €66,000.
Meanwhile, in China, business customers across the country can now access enterprise-ready solutions, like ID certification, pull printing, cost-counting tools and user tracking options with the Happy Print solution, also developed using the Samsung SDK – without having to install hardware such as card readers.
Wherever Happy Print is enabled—whether it is university campus, business park, airports or train stations—Chinese end-users can now enjoy seamless cloud printing.
Choose to Customize
If you get custom printing app development right, it can be a liberating (and often very profitable) experience regardless of whether you are a growing enterprise or a dealer with lots of smart ideas.
The process is smooth and simple with Samsung. With an expandable platform like the Smart UX ecosystem, software-based enterprise expansion is now more effective than ever.
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