By Leon Gettler >>
COMPANIES need to reconsider their print strategies with the growth of mobile employees and remote workforces
Adam O’Neill, the managing director of Y Soft, said it was particularly critical with the ‘bring-your-own-device’ movement sweeping through the workforce, where people are bringing their own technology to work with them.
“We are talking about whether they’re travelling staff, field first staff such as sales and services personnel, we’re seeing an increase in activity-based work environments where staff internally are moving from location to location – and all those things naturally direct staff to devices with greater battery life and something that’s a bit more mobile to carry,” Mr O’Neill told Talking Business.
“So when a business looks at what to implement from a print strategy, they need to look at how their staff is working and what their preference is.
“The other thing they need to consider is what paper-based workflows does the business use at the moment.”
He said while there had been an anticipation that print was reducing, this had not happened to the degree the market had anticipated.
Mr O’Neill said the key was to develop systems that would allow employees to seamlessly and securely use the company’s printers from anywhere in the world, using their own mobile device.
This meant replicating their existing workflow from a laptop on a mobile device.
PRINT POLICY VITAL
Mr O’Neill said implementing a print management system combined with a print policy within the organisation would reduce printing costs.
“One way of doing that is assessing those reports, having a look at what we might deem to be unnecessary printing, like printing emails in colour, and then implementing a rule that would automatically enforce that and say change your colour email to black and white, just to reduce costs, and so on,” Mr O’Neill said.
He said this was easy to implement but the biggest issue was change management, addressing that human element and assisting people with that change.
One of the biggest challenges was being able to change the process of the paper coming out of the machine and having the print job come out of any device.
“It is a change to how people work and that has to be addressed through, I guess, education,” he said.
This tended to involve just short training sessions and advising people why the change was being implemented, whether it was cost driven, environmentally driven, convenience driven or a combination of all three.
In the end, Mr O’Neill said, it boiled down to internal advertising.
Done properly, it would ease costs by putting less pressure on the help desk, he said.
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