Ricoh Europe calls on CIOs to integrate printing processes into their workplace mobility plans
Ricoh Europe, London, 2 March 2012 – Ricoh calls on European businesses to more closely integrate mobile printing strategies into their overall mobility plans. The advice follows a recent study by Quocirca which shows that almost 60 per cent of businesses agree that employees would like to print from mobile devices, yet just 5 per cent of organisations have deployed mobile printing. In addition less than a quarter were actively investigating options to support mobile workers.
Research by the Economist Intelligence Unit and sponsored by Ricoh also reports that the workplace is set to become even more ‘virtual’ by 2020. 80 per cent of those surveyed predicted this, with almost half (48 per cent) saying the majority of employees will work from home rather than from a traditional company office. The research shows that consumerisation – where the boundaries between technology used for work and leisure are blurred – will accelerate, with 70 per cent of respondents thinking employees will conduct all their communication and electronic work using just one device. More than half (52 per cent) also predict employees will procure and administer their own devices and applications, rather than the central IT function.
Louella Fernandes, Analyst at Quocirca, says consumerisation is one of the major reasons for businesses to adopt a mobile print strategy. “Organisations that ignore the impact of consumerisation on their print environment can be open to risk, as employees will bypass IT to use alternative consumer printing apps. These solutions may not offer sufficient protection and will also prevent organisations from tracking and controlling print usage.”
Emma Isichei, Director of Advanced Solutions Centre, Ricoh Europe, said: “For businesses to remain competitive, it’s crucial they support their employees to work in a more mobile, flexible way. This includes providing employees with the ability to access and print important business documents whether they are in their regular place of work, in another office, or on the move. By adopting a document management strategy that enables employees to maximise knowledge sharing and collaboration, businesses will benefit from real time decision making, meaning they can respond to customer and market needs more quickly and effectively.”
Visit Ricoh’s website to find out about printing on the move, ways to ensure security of business critical documents, and solutions to support flexible office working at www.ricoh-europe.com.
* Quocirca. The mobile print enterprise: How IT consumerisation is driving anytime, anywhere printing, January 2012
** Economist Intelligence Unit. Frontiers of disruption: The next decade of technology in business. Sponsored by Ricoh. October 2011. www.ricoh-europe.com/thoughtleadership.
Ricoh Company, Ltd. (Ricoh Company) is a Fortune Global 500 company specialising in technology and services that transform high volume, document intensive business processes into more efficient ones. This is achieved through Ricoh’s expertise in Managed Document Services, Production Printing, Office Solutions and IT Services. By working with Ricoh, businesses can streamline the way they work, become more efficient and profitable, and share knowledge more effectively within their organisations. With a global workforce of 109,014, Ricoh operates in Europe, the Americas, Asia Pacific, China and Japan.
Ricoh Europe Holdings Plc is a public limited company and the EMEA headquarters of Ricoh Company with operations located in London, United Kingdom and Amstelveen, the Netherlands. In the fiscal year ended 31 March 2011, revenues from Ricoh's EMEA operations totalled JPY413.9 billion (approx €3.5 billion based on the US Federal Reserve exchange rate 31 March 2011). Ricoh group’s worldwide sales totalled JPY1,942 billion (approx €16.4 billion based on the US Federal Reserve exchange rate 31 March 2011).
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