Cloud Computing: The Case for Cloud Printing

 
 
By Guy Currier  |  Posted 2011-06-27
 
 
 

Mobile-Based Work Common in Most Midsized Organizations

Employees using mobile devices daily for work:• <30% of employees - 45%• 30% or more of employees - 50%

Mobile-Based Work Common in Most Midsized Organizations

'Work on the Road' Also Common in Midsized Organizations

Employees on the road on any given day:• On the road - 21%

'Work on the Road' Also Common in Midsized Organizations

Most Employees Can't Imagine Printing from Mobile Devices

In 69% of midrange companies, employees think mobile printing is "somewhat" or "very" difficult

Most Employees Can't Imagine Printing from Mobile Devices

Employees Want to Print Plenty, Though

Top types of documents midrange employees want to print:• PDF files - 76%• Emails - 72%• Microsoft Office Files - 65%

Employees Want to Print Plenty, Though

Bluetooth Has Not Solved the Problem

In midrange firms on average nearly nine out of ten (87%) employees printing from their mobile devices do NOT use Bluetooth as part of the process

Bluetooth Has Not Solved the Problem

The Solution: Cloud Printing

In cloud printing a document:• Is uploaded securely and privately to the cloud service• Provides instructions as to which cloud-connected printer should be utilizedThis differs from mobile printing which could use any mechanism to print from a mobile device.Even so, it is most likely that mobile devices (tablets, smartphones, etc.) will be the initial cloud printing clients.

The Solution: Cloud Printing

25% of Midrange Firms Adopting Cloud Printing

• Will start using, next 12 mos. - 9%• Already using - 16%

25% of Midrange Firms Adopting Cloud Printing

Even More Are Considering Adoption

• Considering it - 32%

Even More Are Considering Adoption

And Even More ... Clueless about Cloud Printing

• Don't Know - 38%

And Even More ... Clueless about Cloud Printing

Top Three Benefits Cited for Cloud Printing

• Shifts management of printer drives to the cloud-printing service - 22% of respondents

Top Three Benefits Cited for Cloud Printing

Top Three Benefits Cited for Cloud Printing

• It is self-service so IT support needs are reduced - 22% of respondents

Top Three Benefits Cited for Cloud Printing

Top Three Benefits Cited for Cloud Printing

• Mobile Devices can print from anywhere to the printer the user selects - 37% of respondents

Top Three Benefits Cited for Cloud Printing

Want to Know More about Cloud Printing?

Email Guy.Currier@eweek.com with any questions about this slideshow, and be sure to check back here for more about cloud—and mobile—printing.

Want to Know More about Cloud Printing?

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