With the emergence of new technology the workforce is evolving into a mobile population. The new tools available today enable you to work in the most efficient location whether that’s your home, office, or a customer location. Better yet, there are no longer as many communication barriers thanks to laptops, smartphones, tablets and wireless internet. IDC predicts by the year 2013 that more than 75% of the U.S. workforce representing 119.7 million workers will be mobile.
How does this growing mobility affect small and medium businesses? It puts added pressure on them to keep information safe and secure and to do so at an affordable price. Most small businesses do not have the same resources large enterprises do to build a business-ready mobile infrastructure. Small businesses are more likely to have employees using their personal smartphone or tablet for work which makes maintaining security and synergies with the business network more difficult. Printing from these mobile devices can be a huge frustration since they are not connected to the business network.
A tool that can help… Xerox PrintBack. This mobile printing app is free and will work with both iOS– or Android-based smartphones and tablets. PrintBack enables your mobile workforce to print office documents, photos and web pages from anywhere to the default printer they already use. And the app works on any manufacturer’s network printer or multifunction printer.
Check out the app and let me know what you think. Do you also have ideas on how we can help mobile workers? You can share these too in the comments below.