Cloud migration is more than just a business buzzword: for many companies, it represents a key development goal. After all, cloud-powered business can be conducted from just about anywhere in the world, involving contributors based absolutely anywhere. It affords you with flexibility and mobility – and could save you money.
But many IT admins know that cloud migration is, in some cases, easier said than done. Indeed, Todd Delaughter of Automic Software told Forbes, “More companies will move to the cloud in 2018 because more CEOs will issue mandates to do so. These mandates will raise anxiety levels among the teams that must execute. They’ll… lose sleep over whether they have the staff and skills to accomplish it.”
Luckily, cloud printing is actually a lot less complicated than you might think – and involves neither sleep loss nor anxiety.
Why the Cloud?
Cloud printing has multiple business benefits. For a start, it could allow you to reduce or even eliminate your company’s server usage (more on that here).
Moreover, cloud printing can allow your staff to print whenever and wherever they like – not only from workstation PCs during office hours, but also from their mobiles, tablets or personal laptops at any time. They can print when they are on the move, too, sending documents directly to your office printers, boosting efficiency and saving time.
This is a boon for any company that wants a mobile workforce, the kind of team that can go out to meet clients, or generate and follow up leads – or comprises freelancers based elsewhere in the country, or abroad. With Samsung’s user-friendly cloud solutions, you can start enabling such scenarios without the stress.
Beginning with your cloud printing really journey could not be much simpler (or cheaper!). For many, the free-to-download Samsung Cloud Print mobile app is a logical starting point. With both Android and iOS versions available, this easy-to-use app lets you almost instantaneously enable staff to print from their phones to your multi-function printers (MFPs).
Staff simply use their cell numbers for authentication. And once they are registered, they can search for supported printers on your Wi-Fi network. Some devices allow for NFC pairing, which means employees can simply tap their phones against an MFP’s NFC reader to connect. If not, they can pair manually by entering an MFP’s media access control (MAC) address. Once the initial pairing process is complete, your staff can begin printing or scanning documents and images from anywhere they need to be.
With support for MS Office and Adobe documents (like Word, Excel, PowerPoint and PDF), as well as image files, the app provides an instant productivity boost. And what is more, office-based staff can distribute files to employees who are on the move, sending scanned documents directly from your MFPs using recipients’ cell numbers – with no need for a PC.
On Cloud Nine
There are plenty of other Samsung Printing cloud solutions that help you step up productivity without posing migration headaches. These include the Cloud Connector Core, part of the Business Core 2.5 suite of SMB-friendly solutions. The core provides easy, secure and serverless integration with third-party cloud services like Google Drive, Evernote, Dropbox, Hightail, OneDrive and Microsoft SharePoint Online. And thanks to the recent Business Core 2.5 revamp, the Cloud Connector Core now lets you check logs of all your company’s scan jobs – an easy-access resource for IT admins.
If your needs are a little more specific, there are plenty more anxiety-free Samsung-powered cloud printing solutions. Samsung affiliate PrinterOn provides a whole range of straightforward offerings to companies of all sizes. Its products include the Enterprise package, with its multifarious pull-printing and queue management functions, offering companies a choice of on-premises, hybrid cloud and third-party cloud deployment. The user-friendly Express package, meanwhile, is a good fit for many SMBs, offering hybrid cloud solutions and on-premises deployment. The Hosted package, meanwhile, is tailored for public print locations such as hotels and airports, and can be integrated with electronic payment systems such as PayPal.
And if you want to dive a little deeper, Samsung’s Smart UX ecosystem lets you do so. With the Samsung Printing Software Development Kit (SDK) for the Smart UX Center, partners and developers have created yet more innovative and user-friendly cloud solutions.
Examples include the Happy Print solution, developed by one of Samsung’s Chinese partners. The partner successfully developed a secure cloud-based pull-printing network for general public use, as well as a B2B cloud-based managed print service system.
Lowering the Pressure
Many aspects of cloud migration can be complicated for IT admins. Thanks to Samsung, though, cloud printing does not have to be one of them.
Done right, cloud printing can be easy and straightforward – both for end-users and the IT admins whose job it is to provide staff with cutting-edge tech support.
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