How to Add Secure Mobile Printing to Your Network

Posted on November 14, 2014

With more than 1.2 billion workers using tablets or smartphones in the course of their everyday jobs " about 75.5% of all employees, according to IDC " and the compound annual growth rate of enterprise spending on tablets expected to be 48% over the next five years according to Veritec, it's no surprise that companies are scrambling to secure these vital business tools. And they're doing a good job of minimizing the risks posed by mobile devices, analysts agree, with one glaring exception: printing infrastructures in most American businesses have not kept up with mobile technology.

"Secure mobile printing remains a challenge at many companies, forcing employees to find their own way to transfer documents from mobile devices to a network-connected PC or laptop," explains Jared Hansen, CEO of secure mobile printing leader Breezy. "Whether they use email, a consumer cloud storage solution like Google Drive, iCloud or Dropbox, or some other method, the result is wasted time and increased security risk."

That's why leading enterprise mobility management (EMM) tools like AirWatch, AppSense MobileNow, Aruba, Citrix, Good Technology, IBM (MaaS360, formerly owned by Fiberlink), MobileIron and Mocana are fully integrated with Breezy's secure mobile printing technology " and why more and more enterprises and government agencies are actively searching for a way to provide secure mobile printing for their employees without attempting to restrict employee access to personally owned smartphones or tablets during the workday.

Identifying Your Secure Mobile Printing Requirements

Hansen says that there are four secure mobile printing requirements that all companies have in common:

So how do you figure out what additional secure mobile printing requirements your business might have" That's relatively simple, Hansen says. First, focus on user needs. "By understanding how your employees use their mobile devices, and what kinds of documents they print, you'll be able to insure that you are offering them what they need."

Secondly, consider the regulatory environment your business operates within. "Many of our customers are in highly regulated industries, such as healthcare, pharmaceuticals, financial services and banking, or education," Hansen says. "So the ability to work with a range of print management tools is just as important as the ability to work seamlessly with EMM solutions. It's one of the competitive advantages that we hear about frequently when we're talking with prospective customers for the first time."

Last, but hardly least, consider whether your business needs the ability to track costs and provide an audit trail so that you know who printed what document. "Controlling print costs, setting up rules about who can access some kinds of printers such as high-resolution color printers, and enforcing conservation rules such as two-sided printing are very important for some companies," he adds. "That's why we made sure that Breezy works seamlessly with a range of print management tools

Many of our customers are in highly regulated industries, such as healthcare, pharmaceuticals, financial services and banking, or education," Hansen says. "So the ability to work with a range of print management tools is just as important as the ability to work seamlessly with EMM solutions. It's one of the competitive advantages that we hear about frequently when we're talking with prospective customers for the first time."

For more information on secure mobile printing, watch this video from Breezy, download The Definitive Guide to Mobile Printing, a free ebook, or click here to schedule a demo now.

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