With 2014 upon us soon, it’s probably a good time to look ahead to see what the New Year has in store for us from a technology perspective.
We anticipate two trends. First, as the Bring Your Own Device model continues to gather pace, we expect that it will gain greater acceptance within organisations and, rather than working against it, more companies will embrace and encourage it because of the productivity benefits it delivers to staff. After all, this is the era of the always on, always connected generation and the BYOD model is a cost effective way to ensure staff are both contactable and that they have access to the work-related information they need when they’re out and about.
Second, and tied to the first, we anticipate that mobile print will become more commonplace. This is because mobile print functionality enables not just a company’s employees, but also visiting partners, clients and customers to print conveniently and securely to any printer in a workplace. In short, mobile workers want the same level of convenience and accessibility to documents as their deskbound colleagues.
2014 predictions from analyst firm IDC point toward a mobile print eco-system brewing. It predicts that worldwide sales of Smartphones (12% growth) and tablets (18%) will continue at a “torrid pace” (accounting for over 60% of total IT market growth) at the expense of PC sales which will continue to decline. Spending on servers, storage, networks, software and services will “fare better” than in 2013. This points towards organisations being in a better shape to offer a mobile print function over the next twelve months.
Another interesting observation from IDC for 2014 is the prediction that overall IT spend in Financial Services will exceed $430 Billion. Does this indicate an anticipated sign of recovery in the Financial Services sector?
It also predicts that all modernisation and improvement initiatives will include three components to be successful - technology, people, and processes; this is important given that recent research from Quocirca indicates that the lack of unity between technology, people and processes, could be a reason why 55% of companies in the UK, Germany and France, state that they do not possess insight into their Multifunction Print (MFP) and paper use, and why 45% state that reducing print-related energy consumption remains a key challenge for them.
Outside of predictions, what most businesses probably want from 2014 is a renewed sense of optimism and some sure signs of the often promised recovery. Irrespective of what happens over the next twelve months, we’ll be here to help you drive maximum return and value from your print fleet investment, all year round. So here’s to the New Year!