Business software is becoming increasingly important in the modern business world. Unfortunately, in most cases, keeping your office hardware equipped with the latest in productivity-enabling apps is also becoming more expensive. Per the International Data Corporation’s Worldwide Semiannual Small and Medium Business Spending Guide, SMBs will spend a whoppingUS$99 billion on apps this year.
Most SMB executives will agree that office software cannot afford to become a financial black hole, constantly sucking in more funds as digital business needs diversify. That is why it is essential to invest in the right apps: solutions and ecosystems that help you maximize productivity, save time and expand your business horizons. And that is precisely where the customizable Samsung Smart UX Center, replete with its downloadable apps and widgets, can be of help.
What Is the Smart UX Center?
When most people hear the words “business apps,” they tend to think of PC and mobile software. But most modern multi-function printers (MFPs) are also extremely complex machines. As MFPs have manifold purposes and are fitted with powerful CPUs, it may come as no surprise to hear that they can also run some pretty sophisticated software.
But if you are asking yourself if your company really needs additional printing apps, the short answer is a resounding “yes.” Although it is true that most MFPs come with a lot of powerful software pre-installed, it is important to remember that in the world of business, times change fast. Without customizable printing platforms and interfaces, you may eventually end up using obsolete (and thus cost-ineffective) solutions that are no longer tailor-made to the way you operate.
Customization is the chief principle behind the Smart UX Center, an Android-powered touchscreen interface that comes as standard on a range of Samsung MFPs. The center lets you access the Printing App Center 2.0, an online marketplace for printing apps and widgets.
With this wide range of software, you can adjust the way your company prints, adding time-saving shortcuts and cost-saving functionality. There are also apps that let you and your IT admins keep an eye on what your company prints, or troubleshoot and monitor security.
Many of the Smart UX Center’s free apps have been developed by Samsung Printing, including the Dynamic Workflow app, which helps you drastically simplify workflows that involve scanning, OCR, copying and archiving tasks.
There are handy widgets like Copy and Scan Customizer, which let individual users create and save their own copying and scanning shortcuts. There is also Screen Memo, which lets add notes to your printers’ touchscreens, just as you might add sticky notes or memos to a PC screen – all potentially very helpful when you need employees to take heed of something when they are printing.
And there are even free third-party apps – all of which have been carefully tested and vetted for stability by Samsung. These include the Hancom Office suite, which lets you preview and edit Microsoft Office and PDF documents directly from your Smart UX interface.
By effectively opening up a marketplace for printing apps, a variety of players have been able to come to Samsung’s Smart UX table – with partners, dealers and Android developers creating all sorts of apps with the intuitive, user-friendly SDK.
Indeed, companies everywhere are now reaping the benefits of customizable software via the Smart UX ecosystem. Examples include Italian partner Massinelli, whose Easy2Share app, made using the SDK, allowed a major Italian office supply chain to upload, download and print all of its latest marketing materials at individual branches in real-time – rather than wait for materials to be delivered from HQ.
With the Easy2Share App, each individual store can print as many materials as it needs, whenever it needs them. Branch employees can also send real-time feedback to HQ staff, allowing for instantaneous edits.
And in China, business customers can access advanced B2B printing tools, such as ID certification, pull-printing, cost-counting apps and usage tracking options with the business-friendly Happy Print solution, another piece of software developed by a Chinese partner using Samsung’s SDK.
The solution lets users in universities, business parks, airports and train stations access seamless, safe and secure cloud printing.
Executives know that when it comes to investing in office IT, making smart, informed choices is vital. Choosing open, expansive software ecosystems that let you customize your devices with the latest in functionality can give you a vital competitive edge.
And with dozens of Samsung-compatible printing apps already available, moving your printing operations into the Smart UX ecosystem lets you stay one step ahead of the competition in the great apps race.
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