Back to the office: cloud and contactless printing
The corona virus has been defeated! Or at least clearly on its way out. Every day, millions of vaccines are administered by doctors all over the world. Hospitals are emptying. The government is also lifting restrictions. It is not long before companies celebrate a very special open day: welcome back to the office! But what does a safe and hygienic post-pandemic workplace look like? And how do you give it shape as an employer? Fortunately, existing pre-corona technologies offer plenty of opportunities, especially now that they have rapidly matured during the corona crisis. Think, for example, of contactless technologies such as printing and working from the cloud.
Cloud solutions make remote working possible
Before the global lockdowns, there was already an increase in the number of people working from home. Companies that encouraged remote working were already investing in various solutions that made this possible. Something that was then seen more as a nice and practical addition to the employee's work mobility. However, the corona crisis forced companies to quickly implement these previously optional solutions. Because without them, work could not be done. Cloud adoption and digital transformation exploded. According to a PWC study, cloud spending increased by a whopping $29 billion (37%) in the first quarter of 2020.
Printing moves to the cloud
The cloud guarantees access to (personal) documents regardless of location. No reason to print anything anymore, you might think. But printing documents is still desirable. Wherever people work, they print. The cloud is even the basis for new printing solutions for companies that offer hybrid workplaces. Quocirca research shows that half of the IT decision makers surveyed already use a cloud print management solution and 40% intend to investigate and implement one in the next two years.
Benefits of a cloud print management solution
Printing from the cloud not only offers enormous flexibility, it also makes these processes much easier to use and manage. It also saves a lot of time and money. After all, you no longer need print servers on site and the management of printer drivers from a large number of manufacturers for users with different operating systems also becomes a thing of the past. In turn, end-users can continue to print easily and consistently wherever they are.
Contactless becomes the norm, also for MFPs
In the office, there are several surfaces that are touched very often, such as door handles and the coffee machine, but also the touchscreen of the MFP is in the top 3. When the office is opened again, employees will want to avoid touching these contact points. In addition, frequent cleaning of printer screens will cause damage and a decrease in image quality and the sensitivity of the control panel.
In the meantime, there are plenty of opportunities to connect and communicate with the MFP via a smartphone. For example, print jobs can easily be sent using the mobile phone, settings such as the format, colour or double-sided can be accessed with it and the documents can be released contactlessly (paid/secured).
These new touchless technologies not only prevent the spread of germs through the MFP, they also provide a consistent, personalised user experience.
Ready for the office reopening
Many of the office trends in 2021 were existing trends that were accelerated during the corona crisis. With the need to work remotely, companies turned en masse to cloud solutions so they could keep their doors open. But even after the office reopens, companies will need to adapt to the new working environments while ensuring security. Fortunately, there are various tools available such as contactless printing and other solutions.
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