Evolution of the remote employee

By utilizing a front end, cloud-based interface, users can simply add a printer to their device, be it a Laptop, desktop, mobile phone or tablet, or even a shared workstation and connect right into the office printing infrastructure. By utilizing such a setup, a user could have a printer installed on their device and then use that printer when they are in the office, sitting at home, or even in the air on their way to a meeting!

 

As technology has evolved, we have seen the presence of ‘The Remote Worker’ rise in the workplace. This used to mean a ‘work from home’ employee, but that has expanded over the years. Now, when we say someone is working remotely, it could mean they are on a plane, or at their local coffee shop, or meeting with a customer across the world!

Proportional to this rise, is the need to support them. Workers need to be able to access their business-critical data regardless of where they are located. Where it was once just a group of Windows desktop computers, IT departments are now having to support an ever-increasing variety of platforms. While your company issues laptops and phones to provide some control, this comes with additional needs to get the user connected. Sometimes this can come in the form of a VPN, or in the shape of publicly available platforms a user can log into.

Another form of remote employees can be those employees located at the remote satellite office. An office that needs a consistent and secure connection back to a headquarters, or users who are frequently moving from office to office, potentially attempting to work as they commute around. Or, this can come in the form of the employee who works 2 or 3 days a week from home and is in the office for the other days.

All of these scenarios come to the same end result: the user needs to be connected back to where their business-critical data resides in a reliable secure manner. 

Cloud solutions have made conquering this challenge extremely easy for corporations. They provide a great way of sharing documents, connecting email, allowing users to connect with their fellow coworkers in other offices. In addition to supporting remote workers, Cloud solutions have proven to offer significant savings. They eliminate the need for local IT investments, savings hardware, software and maintenance costs. It’s easy to see why so many are initiating Cloud-first strategies.

However, there is one area that has always been, and remains, a struggle, and that is printing. Whether from the lack of options, or the lack of knowing it is even possible, printing infrastructure has remained unchanged for a long time. The use of a VPN has traditionally been the route IT teams would take to allow this sorts of action, if they wanted to open such avenues up in the first place. Most default to, “sorry can’t print remote, email it to someone local and they will print for you.” Which is not very user-friendly, clogs up the email traffic, and has zero ability to keep data secure.

With Everyone Print’s Hybrid Cloud Platform (HCP), we have found a way to solve this. 

By utilizing a front end, cloud-based interface, users can simply add a printer to their device, be it a Laptop, desktop, mobile phone or tablet, or even a shared workstation and connect right into the office printing infrastructure. By utilizing such a setup, a user could have a printer installed on their laptop and then use that printer when they are in the office, sitting at home, or even in the air on their way to a meeting!

By utilizing a cloud infrastructure that can connect all printers across the entire company, regardless of the physical location, HCP can provide a secure, follow-me pull printing infrastructure without the need of an actual print server! HCP will replace the entire on-site Windows print infrastructure while also providing a full, system-wide, pull print, or direct print, infrastructure, regardless of where a user may be. 

Remote offices no longer need to worry about having their own server, or IT having to ensure they are connected and managed, HCP gives IT teams the ability to manage, track and connect with each printer through the cloud-based interface.  Deployment is easy by using the universal print driver, which provides a single driver install that will support virtually any printer on the network, everything is managed and added in the easy to navigate web-based interface of EveryonePrint HCP.

So, the next time you face the all too familiar scenario of having to contact IT because you moved offices, got a new device, or just need to get a hard copy to the office while you’re working with a client, rest assured that there is a solution to all of these problems by utilizing the technology of Everyone Print’s Hybrid Cloud Platform.

 

– Jason Lynch, Manager of technical operations Americas

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