A few years ago, businesses were still writing articles about the fact that cloud computing is going to explode and take over the world. Not anymore. Because cloud computing is here, and it’s here to stay. Cloud computing has successfully infiltrated almost every area of our lives, and it’s become such an integral part of our day that we don’t know what to do when our connection goes down.
That makes it all sound very sinister, but in reality cloud computing is a fantastic invention for the business world. It’s evened the playing field for smaller businesses, allowing them to compete with big names, and it’s even created a host of new businesses from nothing. Now, it doesn’t matter whether your business is big or small, cloud computing can help you collaborate, store data safely and give you the ability to scale confidently. And with an enterprise print solution behind it, you would be unstoppable. However, we’ve come across a fair few businesses who are struggling when it comes to implementing enterprise print solutions, in their cloud-based business. So today we’re going to share 4 of the most common cloud print problems, and how you can solve them.
Your Legacy Systems
Unless you’re setting up a brand-new business from scratch, you will have legacy infrastructure to deal with. Over the years your business will have invested hundreds, if not thousands of pounds and man hours in creating, maintaining and improving your print infrastructure. A good print solution will work with your existing print infrastructure and then when ready to migrate in one go or gradually, allow you to migration over seamlessly and quickly without any downtime or change for staff.
Almost everything that makes cloud print solutions so attractive also make them vulnerable. After all, if end-users can easily access your print systems from anywhere and any device (a big selling point for most cloud print products), then it makes sense that a hacker could do the same. But if you’re vigilant, take the extra time to really lock down your cloud print servers and invest the time in creating a secure print environment, you can enjoy all the benefits with none of the security drawbacks. Cloud print solutions can be just as secure – if not more so – than physical infrastructure. If you implement them properly.
Another of the big selling points for cloud solutions in general is that they are platform agnostic. But when it comes to cloud print, that’s not quite as true. And this is where the challenge comes in for many businesses. Because cloud print deals with so many more variables, from diverse print hardware to different versions of drivers for different operating systems, it can be hard to find a cloud print solution that does it all. But all that means is you need to carefully choose your environments, and you sometimes have to choose cloud print for Windows, Mac, or Linux specifically, instead of using one of the blanket cloud print solutions.
Enterprise cloud printing solutions can bring a whole host of new functionality to your print environment and your business, but it does come with a price tag. This is where a lot of businesses run into issues. For example, if you’re in the situation described above, you might need to invest in two cloud print solutions – one for Mac and one for Windows – to make everything work together. And once you chose those options, you would be locked into continuing to use those environments in the future, unless you wanted to spend more on another platform product. There are no two ways about that one, and the only thing we can say is that you need to research your options carefully before you commit. There is a cloud-based printing solution out there that will suit almost any environment, so take the time to find it instead of rushing into the first one you find.
At Tipac, we provide cloud print solutions for businesses all across the country, that are tailor to client requirements. Big or small, our enterprise print solutions are robust, scalable, and above all secure – providing granular level control over who can print what to where and when. They also boast an impressive centralised management centre, which significantly cuts down on admin time and management costs. If you want, you can even remove the need for print-servers altogether, saving time and money by adopting a completely cloud-based SaaS infrastructure.
For more information on our cloud print solutions, or to book your free demo, just get in touch with us today.