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Cloud printing for the hybrid workplace

As the concept of the hybrid workplace becomes the norm across various industries, businesses are seeking flexible solutions that can adapt to both in-office and remote work environments. Cloud print solutions are emerging as critical enablers, providing seamless printing capabilities regardless of location. Here’s how cloud-based printing is reshaping the landscape for the hybrid workplace.

Cloud Printing Solutions for Healthcare Professionals

Enhancing Mobility and Patient Data Security

In the healthcare industry, professionals often split their time between hospitals, clinics, and remote work settings. Cloud print solutions facilitate the secure and efficient management of patient documents, which is critical to providing quality care. For example, a doctor who needs to print sensitive patient records for a consultation can use remote print management to send the print job securely from their tablet or smartphone directly to the hospital’s printer, ensuring the documents are waiting for them upon arrival. This capability enhances healthcare delivery efficiency and ensures compliance with strict patient privacy regulations like HIPAA by controlling document access and maintaining a secure audit trail.

Efficiency in Coworking Spaces

Simplifying Access and Management

Coworking spaces thrive as hubs of flexibility and innovation, often hosting a mix of freelancers, startups, and remote employees from more giant corporations. Cloud print solutions like PaperCut Hive enable these spaces to provide robust, hassle-free printing services. Users benefit from consistent, easy-to-use printing experiences without the need for complex setups each time they visit. Coworking space managers can effortlessly manage print operations and recover printing costs through automated billing features, ensuring operational costs are maintained without manual oversight.

Remote Work Printing Simplified

Enhancing Productivity for Remote Workers

For remote workers, securely and efficiently integrating home printing setups into corporate networks can be a game-changer. Remote print ** ** solutions allow employees to connect their home printers to their company’s network via the cloud, enabling them to handle printing tasks as if they were in the office. This integration helps maintain productivity and ensures that print jobs are managed under company policies, with all usage tracked and controlled centrally.

Why PaperCut Hive is the perfect fit for hybrid printing

Okay, we’ve reached the shameless product plug portion of this piece (that was a lot of alliteration). Our built-for-cloud solution PaperCut Hive was designed from line one of code to deliver the best of on-premises and cloud infrastructure. Then the pandemic happened while we were engineering so we baked in a lot of the hybrid working functionality mentioned above because our engineers themselves were hybrid working during the development of this cloud product. So it’s not just built-for-cloud, you could say it’s built-for-hybrid-work.

How does it work? It replaces the local print server by forming an Edge Mesh. What does that mean? Your organization’s network-connected laptops and computers use their shared computing power to perform the role of a print server. Like a hive mind if you will. Hence the product name. Aren’t we clever?

But that’s just context for how PaperCut Hive is the perfect fit for hybrid workplace printing. Here’s a breakdown of the features that solve the primary problems for the 3 hybrid working environments mentioned above.   

The Cloud Node

I talked above about the best part of on-premises and cloud infrastructure. The trick to managing print with cloud-based software is the software needs to live somewhere locally: either on a dedicated computer/laptop, on the printer itself, or on a dedicated device. The problem with all these options is there’s a single point of failure. Turn any of these off, and your printing can’t happen. That’s why the Edge Mesh shares the load across the nodes (that rhyme though) in your network. That’s the best of the on-premises covered. What about the cloud? 

Well, there’s a Cloud Node. That is, you can send jobs to the cloud to await printing. This sounds like it would be a hassle if the printer is right next to you. Because jobs going to and from the cloud can take time. But where this is advantageous is for cloud printing aka remote printing as we discussed above. The real estate agent or hybrid worker mentioned above can print from anywhere and collect their document from their allocated printer with PaperCut Hive thanks to the Cloud Node. It’s our cloud printing tech as part of the overall cloud print management suite that PaperCut Hive delivers for hybrid working.

Direct Print Tracking

This feature is for the remote worker’s requirement for tracking. PaperCut Hive can monitor users’ home printers so that workers and organizations can be on top of consumable expenses. With this feature, administrators can register home printers as part of their Edge Mesh and therefore monitor and track those devices.

The new normal of cloud printing

It doesn’t matter if you are in the office, out in the field, or at home. It doesn’t matter where the heck you are in the world. It’s the same print process and it is the same simple print process. You don’t have to think about: Where am I? How am I going to send this print job? 

Nothing changes. With PaperCut Hive, printing is the same in all scenarios. There are no invisible consumables either. You have full visibility of print whether you’re working at home or in the office. 

PaperCut Hive is a built-for-cloud printing solution designed by hybrid working for hybrid working. With the Cloud Node and Direct Print Tracking, remote printing and tracking costs are made easy for IT departments, while employees can print from anywhere, anytime. Whether it’s real estate agents, coworking spaces, or remote workers, PaperCut Hive provides a simple and efficient solution for printing in the hybrid workplace.

Searching for a hybrid work print solution? Find out more about PaperCut Hive, our complete built-for-cloud print management software.



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