The printing industry is always changing – new and exciting software offers both opportunities and challenges – which means printing businesses must constantly adapt to keep up. Writing for Customer Think in August 2019, Pratik Shah noted a few printing industry trends that we should be looking out for. Here are four of them.
In order to cope with industry expansion, printing companies are beginning to take advantage of new technology in order to keep up with their competitors. Shah mentions that, “with the adoption of IoT, the printing industry would experience more advanced devices resulting in the easier overall workflow.” Demand for an advanced, all-in-one printing solution would lead to a significant expansion within the multifunction printer market.
Client security is a pertinent factor in any organisation, and that’s why many industries, such as education and health care, are making use of technology that involves the use of ID scanning to acquire confidential documents. Technology such as this is set to be a key aspect within the printing market, resulting in printing solutions that are more secure.
According to Shah, printing solutions are now making use of document capture features, which enable users to digitise documents and store data in a more secure manner. This will make it easier for those users to access and share information. Shah adds that “automated workflow processes which can link customers to the systems would also grow as these allow users to work remotely and continue printing through whichever device they need.”
A particularly notable trend within the printing industry is the adoption of cloud-delivered managed print services (MPS). This will help to reduce any complications that might be caused by on-premise printing management. Basically, with cloud-delivered MPS, all office print jobs will be sent to a virtual print server, thereby eliminating the need for on-premise servers.
The printing industry is constantly changing and expanding, with thanks to the development of new digital tools and technologies, especially connectivity solutions like wireless internet and fibre. Who knows what the printing industry will look like in the next ten years?