The BYOD printing challenge
Something we have found over the years is that solving printing from mobile devices is not the whole challenge. Even on our customers' busiest sites, Smart phone printing makes up only 4%. The challenge is supporting the content creation devices such as BYOD laptops.
These challenges exist in all organizations ranging from small businesses up to large enterprises. In particular, trends such as 1-to-1 laptop programs (1:1) in schools and colleges have added to the complexity.
Mobility Print for Educational Institutes
We've worked with printing in education now for two decades. Student printing is a challenge. Consider this situation: A student who wants to quickly print a document at their university, currently doesn't have a simple way to do it. If they were to print from a Samsung phone, they would have to download a printer app for Android, which might require configuration of the printer brand and model - details that they may or may not know. To print from a notebook, they may use PaperCut's Email to Print, which involves them emailing an attachment.
Student printing should be simpler! Whether they want to print from an iPhone, print from a Samsung tablet, print from the residential hall or print from a classroom, the solution should be the same, and the experience as easy as Files -> Print. Hey presto, that's Mobility Print!
Mobility Print for Commercial Organizations
Our journey in enterprise printing has radically evolved over the last decade. We've seen printing change from "easy", to "difficult" again. Consider this situation: Your wife takes her laptop to her work, because they are encouraging BYOD.
To print to a work printer, she needs to involve the SysAdmin or IT guys and get them to set up her machine to allow printing across the network and that's assuming they are nice enough and willing to help! Or she will be sent complex instructions about joining the Wi-Fi, then the domain, searching for and configuring the printer... it is all too hard. Well the IT department's dream of getting everyone printing from the personal devices is possible. That's Mobility Print. And as a bonus, it also helps with guest printing and visitor printing.