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BYOD phenomenon has gained huge momentum within enterprises today—in part because it simultaneously meets the needs of both the organization and its employees to more broadly expand mobility and its benefits.BYOD is a fact of business life. For employees, although it’s undeniable that mobility has a tendency to extend the workday into what would otherwise be personal time, it also gives back to employees the control as to when and where that intersection takes place. In addition, it enables the dovetailing of their social lives back into the workplace as appropriate, offering the potential for healthier work/life balance.For the enterprise, it delivers an opportunity to reduce the cost of mobility overall by transferring equipment, voice, and data usage costs to employees, decreasing capital expenses. Although it does tend to increase the complexity of the mobile infrastructure, if managed properly, it can be accomplished without a significant increase in technical support and mobility management.Mobility management. A necessary component of BYOD, worldwide. A July 2011 study by Majority indicates that 75% of organizations permitted the use of BYO devices within the enterprise for business purposes. These companies have become more comfortable with managing compliance and risk issues, since they are much more likely to manage their entire mobile ecosystem using the best practices of Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM).The companies also recognize that EMM best practices don’t begin and end with the device; they include employee, application, data, and network management throughout the entire mobile lifecycle.
The mobile workforce is growing steadily,with experts predicting it will make up more than a third of all workers by 2017. To stay productive, this growing mobile workforce will need access to all the traditional files,tools and services the rest of the workforce uses; printing is just one of those services.In 2012, 24 percent of mobile phone users and 32 percent of tablet users were printing from their devices, according to IDC. Yet that number should be much higher. Despite how easy modern smartphones and tablets make many tasks, IDC said that a surprising 50 percent of users don’t know how to print from their devices. When Microsoft released Microsoft Office for iOS, the company issued an update just a month later. This new release included mobile printing, which was users’ most requested feature. Users clearly want mobile printing.Mobile printing access is the most challenging new access requirement, but it is just one facet of printer access to consider. Desktop users require the same access to printing.Most organizations have a broad range of printers, from recent desktop printers to copy machines to specialized poster printers.When considering access, you must think about how to provide access to all these different devices.A good solution should be easy for IT to implement and maintain as well. For end users, print solutions should be simple. This is particularly true on mobile devices, where tackling configuration tasks is often cumbersome.To maintain maximum productivity,users should be able to access printers themselves, without helpdesk calls.Maintaining IT productivity requires interoperable solutions. They should be easy to install and allow centralized management. This simplified management is crucial for small and medium-sized organizations, which cannot afford dedicated print administrators, and for large organizations because they must limit the budget impact of supporting hundreds of users.