While it might seem the world is going paperless, according to a recent Economist article, the personal computing age has actually doubled how much paper we consume since 1980. Americans now consume six 40-foot trees of paper a year, at home and the office.
If this concerns you (like it did me), a business solution like Novell iPrint will be of interest. iPrint simplifies the entire printing process for everyone in an organization — and it does so without having to buy expensive new hardware, without sacrificing security and, as a bonus, with the work habits of our mobile world in mind.
What it is
Novell iPrint gives users instant global access to all your printing resources from a web browser — allowing them to add and use printers where ever, and when ever, without requiring administrative aid.
Who it’s for
Novell iPrint is suited for any organization that spends too much time managing the print activity of its users. While it used to be that iPrint was only available to Novell Open Enterprise Server owners, iPrint is now a virtual appliance that connects to all your current printers to all your organization’s workstations and mobile devices. No new hardware is needed.
Why you should care
Novell iPrint is a modern solution to a problem that has only gotten worse with time.
As users continue to bring their own devices (BYOD) to the office, printing is becoming a growing issue. One IDC study indicates that between 2011 and 2012, smartphone printing increased from 16% to 24%, while tablet printing grew by 11% to 32% in the United States alone. iPrint’s mobile features make printing seamless by sending an email to iPrint from any device. Or users can download any number of iPrint mobile apps to get access to your organization’s printers, regardless of where they are in the world.
Why Softchoice likes it
We also think its security and green features will be standouts for any IT department. On the security side, you can integrate with your existing authentication processes, such as Active Directory. It also has a safer approach to mobile printing: some vendors use cloud services to convert documents from mobile devices for printing. But iPrint’s mobile capabilities don’t require you to send documents through a cloud service, relying only on your current infrastructure.
Its auditing capability will allow IT to see reports on departmental printing and to “charge” users based on activity, as part of green initiatives.
What you can do right now
Novell has produced a detailed brochure on iPrint – which offers more insight on its security, mobile and integration features. And since iPrint requires no new hardware, anyone could get started with it right away. Softchoice is here to answer your questions and we have a variety of assessments to lead you to the decision that will offer your business the most savings and efficiencies.