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Cloud print services ready for prime time

The office print industry is primed for transition to subscription-based cloud printing services, as customers seek to reduce the cost, environmental impact and administrative burden of an on-premise print infrastructure, claims Quocirca in its new report The Cloud Print Services Market Landscape 2020.

Its analysis shows that end user organisations with more than 1,000 employees currently have an average of three on-premise print servers, each of which costs £1,900 to provision and £1,500 per annum to run.

In addition, more than three quarters of organisations already use a cloud service for some print jobs, with 73% planning to increase their use of cloud print services in the future. Almost one in ten (8%) expects to transition completely to the cloud for print by 2025.

Quocirca Director Louella Fernandes says that OEMs and ISVs are already expanding their offerings to cater for customers who want public, private or hybrid cloud print services.

She said: “Broad adoption of the cloud is creating opportunities for organisations to shift print management away from the traditional on-premise environment to the cloud. Most major print manufacturers have a growing cloud services and solutions portfolio designed to meet varied customer requirements. Meanwhile, leading ISVs are also expanding their offerings. These are particularly wellsuited to the many existing mixed fleet environments.”

Adam O’Neil, Managing Director Australia and New Zealand for YSoft, one of the companies featured in the report, points out that there are many benefits in making the switch to cloud printing – and many ways of managing that transition.

He said: “In addition to on-premise cost inefficiencies, on-premise infrastructure is complex, requiring a lot of IT resources. With cloudbased printing, organisations’ resources could be deployed to work on more strategic initiatives to improve business processes and operations rather than managing print infrastructure.

“However, not all organisations are ready to jump straight into public cloud hosting for print services regardless of the benefits. There are ways to take the journey to public cloud in a series of steps. For example, if an organisation is on-premise, it may want to transition to partial on-premise and partial private cloud. Or, it may want to go from on-premise to all-in on a private cloud. The main thing is that organisations should understand where they are, where they want to go and how best to get there.”

The Cloud Print Services Market Landscape report includes buyer and supplier recommendations, plus detailed analysis of vendors including Canon, HP Inc., Konica Minolta, Kyocera, Lexmark, Ricoh, Xerox, EveryonePrint, One Q, PaperCut, Printix, Process Fusion (formerly UniPrint) and Y Soft.

www.print2025.com

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