80% of companies expect to use cloud print management as the overall balance of IT infrastructure shifts to the cloud
Most organizations will work with a fully or mostly cloud IT environment by 2025, according to the latest Cloud Printing Services Report 2022from a global research and market research company Quocircapublished today.
Businesses are looking for sustainability, cost savings and flexibility to maintain a hybrid workforce without compromising security. As a result, one in five says they will fully transfer their IT environment to the cloud by 2025; while 41% will pass mostly. This compares to today’s situation, where 6% is entirely in the cloud and 21% is mostly in the cloud, which means that the overall balance between cloud and local infrastructure will change in favor of the cloud over the next three years.
Adopting cloud print management is also gaining momentum. A cloud printing management platform has already been implemented by 43%, a strong increase of 29% in 2021. Another 37% plan to introduce cloud print management, making it the choice of choice for eight of the ten IT solutions manufacturers generally.
The study also found that:
- Cloud services are the main investment priority next year, quoted by 31%.
- 45% have introduced remote submission of print jobs to support hybrid workers.
- 87% believe that the cloud is much more secure or slightly more secure than the local platform.
- The introduction of cloud printing is part of their sustainability strategy for 80% of respondents.
- Providing the cloud is a key factor in choosing an MPS provider, with 38% saying it affects their choice of MPS provider.
- 40% say that the transition of print services to the cloud is a key driver for MPS adoption.
Commenting on the results of the study, Quocirca’s research director Luela Fernandez said: “There has been a rapid acceleration in the pace of cloud adoption, and especially in terms of cloud printing management. The combined drivers of the need to support the hybrid workplace with secure, flexible infrastructure and to improve sustainability strategies have acted as a catalyst, and we expect momentum to continue.
The maturity of the MPS is not equal to the maturity of the cloud
The study found that organizations with a fully managed managed printing service are less likely than those using a hybrid approach to move to a cloud printing environment. More than half (52%) of MPS’s fully exported customers still work with their fully on-site print environment, compared to only 31% of those with a hybrid setup in which part of the print environment is managed internally.
Luela added: “There is a clear opportunity here for MPS suppliers to support their customers during the transition. However, more traditional MPS providers may not have the necessary cloud experience to operate on this capability. Unless they invest quickly in developing a cloud offer, they will be at a disadvantage compared to competitors who are better prepared for the cloud.
Of course, with 40% of respondents saying switching to the cloud is MPS’s biggest advantage, those providers who can’t meet that need will suffer. “
Acceptance of cloud printing varies in different countries and sectors
The study showed that cloud perception levels vary between geographical areas and sectors. The United States is the most mature in accepting cloud printing – 56% have accepted it. In the UK, 40% of respondents already use cloud print management, and 28% plan to do so. Germany is the least mature, with just under a third (32%) of respondents already using cloud print management.
Investment and education are needed to look for potential for cloud printing
The Quocirca 2022 Cloud Printing Report contains valuable recommendations for buyers and suppliers to guide the successful transition to cloud printing.
Buyers must be confident that the proposed solutions meet the requirements for accessibility, security and analysis of the hybrid workplace.
Providers, including OEMs and channel companies, need to ensure that they meet the needs of the multi-cloud business, as most are not yet fully cloud-based. Integration with existing security systems and the ability to maintain zero-trusted configurations is also essential. This may require partnerships with dedicated cloud service providers, and businesses need to be open to developing a strong partner ecosystem to fully support changing customer needs.
The report covers in-depth coverage of cloud printing services offered by major print manufacturers and independent software vendors: Canon, HP Inc., Konica Minolta, Lexmark, Ricoh, Xerox, Thinprint / ezeep, Kofax, MPS Monitor, MyQ, NT- Ware, Papercut, Process Fusion, Vasion (PrinterLogic).
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Cloud Print Management Set to Dominate as Organisations Embrace Hybrid Working Model