Federal Computer Week recently surveyed their IT readers about mobility solutions, and mobile printing in particular. While their target is federal agencies (and of the nearly 300 responses 75% were from civilian agencies and 25% were from defense agencies), I suspect that there are parallels across all enterprises.
Among the highlights from the research:
- Use of mobile devices in federal agencies is increasingly commonplace.
- Much of the demand for greater mobility comes from teleworking and “nomadic” employees.
- E-mail is the most popular mobile application --- surpassing phone use.
- Less than 30% of mobile device users are aware that it’s possible (and easy) to print from their mobile device.
- There is strong agency interest in implementing a mobile printing strategy with over 70% of IT execs surveyed either “interested”, “implementing”, or “fully adopted.”
- Security concerns linger regarding mobile devices with 94% of execs surveyed expressing moderate to “very concerned.”
In a nutshell, the research findings support that mobile computing has entered the mainstream of federal agency workflows and I believe that mobile printing will soon follow as a mainstream workflow application.
That makes the announcement from HP today, “HP Expands Converged Cloud Portfolio” especially timely. Included in the announcement is the new HP ePrint Enterprise 2.0 which enables easy, driverless printing from mobile devices to an existing fleet of network printers and now offers integration with three additional pull-printing solutions for added security.
The HP ePrint Enterprise mobile printing solution allows you to print documents efficiently with enterprise-level security, sending print jobs from mobile devices to company printers---ideal for employees that travel between and within offices and branches. With this cloud solution, your data is processed within your secure enterprise network. The solution can be integrated with existing pull and PIN-printing solutions HPAC, Safecom, Ringdale, Pharos, Equitrac and SecureJet for additional layers of security and document confidentiality.