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Two ways your printers are being left behind. And both are barriers to optimal productivity.

Posted by Richard Hughes-Rowlands

February 9, 2017 at 4:44 AM

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Mobile, industrial and desktop printers are great in lots of ways. In the office or on the factory floor, they’ve become an invaluable aid in labelling products and components. In healthcare environments, they help with patient identification and prescription marking. They’re flexible, cost-effective, hard-working and they save time.

However, compared to the latest smartphone or tablet, they’re not hugely sexy. This could be a part of the reason that they tend to get forgotten when it comes to IT management, despite the fact that they’re often connected to an IT network and are essential to everyday operations. Additionally, if a printer is not easy to manage centrally they’re unlikely to be managed properly. Upgrades become a chore, and no-one’s really sure how many devices there are, where they are across the business and how much they’re used. Which makes the problem worse.

This will be adding not just to your costs of printing, but to the staff hours involved in carrying out the tasks required. People could be having to travel further than they need to collect a print item off the printer. Devices could be sitting underutilised in a corner, or just not doing what they’re supposed to because they’re not provisioned or configured correctly. This is where software like Link-OS can also help, offering total visibility of printers in the network across multiple devices, workflows can be optimised and costs reduced.

As is the way across all sectors and geographies, technology advances are providing solutions to inefficiencies like these, giving business the opportunity to capitalise on IoT and cloud capabilities, improve productivity and get a better return on their investments.

It’s now possible to connect all your devices on one software platform, that means one unified network infrastructure. It becomes easy to see and manage each individual device, how and where it’s being used, and what it requires in terms of maintenance and updates. With full visibility, control of your print fleet is simple, device configuration is consistent, security assured and scaling both up and down becomes problem-free.

These platforms offer the convenience to manage your fleet on computers, tablets or smartphones, with the business advantage of having reliable, connected cloud-enabled printers that are intelligent, easy to use and high on functionality. It’s simple to securely gather device information stored in the Cloud, including device locations and workload capacity, leading to more informed business decisions and even proactive maintenance that prevents down time. Ultimately, this increases the business value of the technology adopted, and makes it more cost effective than ever, reducing time spent on deployment, administration and troubleshooting.

Find out how Link-OS can help optimise management of your print fleet

Topics: Link-OS Environment, Software, Internet of Things, IoT