A Freedom of Information request issued to London’s 33 local authorities, as well as 46 council districts from across the rest of England, reveals that the adoption of mobile printing, although higher in London (45 per cent), remains relatively low in councils throughout the rest of England (35 per cent).
The research from Managed Services Provider (MSP) Annodata reveals that while adoption of mobile printing remains low among local authorities, other solutions, such as ‘secure release/follow me print’, are gaining traction, particularly among councils in London.
The results revealed that 88 per cent of the local authorities in the capital have adopted ‘follow me print’, which comes in higher compared to the rest of England (61 per cent).
Follow Me Printing allows users to print to a shared print queue, roam and release their print job from any enabled output device. This ensures printing is confidential to the user and reduces printed waste, from documents left uncollected at the printer. If a printer is out of service, users can release their print jobs from the next available printer, without disrupting productivity.
Joe Doyle, marketing director at Annodata, says that councils yet to implement these technologies will be paying the price in terms of costs, lost efficiencies and security posture.
He commented: ‘Smart printing practices have the ability to significantly increase efficiency, whilst lowering costs and improving overall print quality. With effective use of Management Information both at departmental and user level, organisations will have greater visibility over their print estates leading to more control over things like use of colour and subsequently improved cost management. It’s critical that the print estate keeps up with growing transformations that are taking place in the wider IT industry. Those who are yet to adopt smart printing practices may very well find themselves hamstrung when it comes to keeping up with broader trends that are gaining traction, such as the ‘Bring Your Own Device’ (BYOD) and an increasingly mobile workforce.’
‘The printed page shows no sign of disappearing and it will continue to play a pivotal role in the majority of councils.
Annodata specialises in managed print services, unified communications, document management and software, mobile telephony, communication services and cloud hosting services, and has relationships with enterprises including 02, Avaya, Kyocera, HPE, Mitel and Ricoh.
The report follows a recent analysis by Gartner stating that the desktop PC market has just gone through its eighth consecutive quarter of decline in sales - and according to consecutive InfoTrends studies in the US and Europe in 2014 and 2015, respectively, most business users want the ability to print from their mobile devices. But InfoTrends identified several barriers that currently inhibit this potential from being reached, including ‘knowing where to find an accessible printer’ and ‘technical connectivity problems to the printer.’