According to Forrester Research, tablet sales are expected to explode from 56 million units in 2011 to a whopping 375 million units by 2016. More importantly, Forrester predicts that approximately one-third of the tablets sold in 2016 will be purchased by businesses.
Tablet usage will soon be commonplace in the business sector, fueled by new platforms clearly designed for business use. The Apple iPad, which was basically designed as a consumer entertainment device, has seen significant penetration among business users and is already disrupting business workflow. What can we expect from the next-generation of fully capable mobile devices that are designed more specifically for business applications?
Thanks to the continued advancements to device platforms and cloud-based infrastructure, mobile technologies are gaining prominence in the office environment. To date, the most significant factor pushing these technologies into the office has been individuals taking their own IT devices into the workplace. It is this trend that is driving businesses of all sizes to establish Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) policies in an attempt to mitigate security risks and lessen the disruption to the IT environment.
Naturally, mobile printing is growing in importance, but it also represents significant challenges. Individuals expect a seamless solution that not only allows them to print from their mobile device but to do so with as little disruption as possible. The ability to print when they want and where they want is a top priority, as is the ability to print from within the desired application. Businesses, on the other hand, are anxious to deploy a secure mobile printing solution for employees.
The BYOD phenomenon has caused headaches for IT departments with the need to support multiple devices, platforms, and applications coming onto the corporate network. As tablets and other devices become even more prevalent, businesses need to ensure that if employees want to print from those devices, they can do so in a secure and supported way, rather than bringing in their own external solution to add to the security risks and IT challenges.
To learn more about how your business could implement a secure and effective mobile print solution, view the Mobility and the Conversion from Paper to Digital webinar. (This is part 3 of the Realize the True Potential of Managed Print Services webinar series.)