By now you’ve probably heard about software as a service, or SaaS as it’s more commonly known. It’s one of the fastest growing methods of computing delivery in the modern world. But did you know of SaaS print management? Yes, you can now cash in your constant expensive license renewals in exchange for a convenient, on-demand subscription service that promised low up-front costs and higher productivity. But how is that different to cloud printing?
The easiest way to answer that question is to look at the definitions of each service, because it’s easy to get confused. Our partners over at PrinterLogic have summarised it perfectly in their article:
“Well, cloud-based printing is just that—the mechanism for getting the print job from the client to the printer via a remote “cloud” server. That’s it. It doesn’t necessarily make it any easier to deploy printers to clients. It doesn’t focus on making drivers and profiles any more manageable. It doesn’t empower end users and alleviate the burden on your support staff. In many ways, it’s not all that different to the same technologies that you’ve had to wrestle with for years, just translated to the cloud.”
In other words, it’s a way of getting documents from A to B, with no extra steps or functionality. So how does SaaS improve on that?
So What’s SaaS Cloud Print Management?
SaaS cloud print management is significantly different to cloud printing solutions. When implemented properly, SaaS cloud print management has the potential to revolutionise your print environments forever.
“We’ve developed a true cloud print management solution that’s based on our industry-leading on-premises print management solution. It combines the convenience of SaaS printing with the power of centralized management, the robustness of direct IP connections and the flexibility of cloud-based printing in a single, zero-footprint solution that’s incredibly quick to deploy, integrates seamlessly with any environment (including Citrix and VMware), offers next-generation features like Mobile Printing and Print Reporting, and is highly available. We call it PrinterCloud.
Among many other things, PrinterCloud enables you to deploy printers automatically, dynamically and precisely using criteria such as IP address ranges or Active Directory attributes like organizational unit (OU) or group. You can stop using GPOs and scripts altogether but still get the right printers to the right users every time—even in environments that are in constant flux. And for added flexibility, users can easily identify and install their own printers using PrinterCloud’s handy self-installation portal.”
PrinterCloud is just one of the solutions we at Tipac use to help our customers create a truly flexible and high performing modern print environment. We partner with companies like PrinterLogic to provide a unique mix of software and solutions that can solve any problem with the right combination. For more information about our bespoke software solutions, or to book your free demo, just get in touch with us today.