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While the ability to print from a mobile device may not be top of mind for most organizations, there are innumerable scenarios where it could be beneficial. This blog post provides a number of these scenarios.

First, however, it may be helpful to consider where users are most interested in using their mobile devices to conduct work printing. A Keypoint Intelligence/InfoTrends study revealed that they are most likely to want to conduct this type of printing at work itself. This does not come as a surprise.

But some of the other results are highly interesting. The fact a good chunk of users are interested in printing for work while on the go—at places like a hotel (25%), café/restaurant (14%), and airport (11%)—speaks to the wide variety of opportunities for mobile printing.

Figure: Where are you most likely to want to print from your phone/tablet for work reasons?

Source: Mobile Devices and the Impact on Print (Keypoint Intelligence/InfoTrends, 2014)

The following sections provide examples of specific situations in the office, at home, and while on the go that mobile printing could aid with worker productivity. These situations typically arise when a traditional PC is not available.

Office-based scenarios

  • You are away from your PC work station, and need to print.
  • You need to print, but your PC is undergoing a long automatic update.
  • A client would like to print a document from his or her smartphone.

Home-based scenarios

  • You need to print, but don’t have time to install the right print driver on your laptop.
  • You would like to print, but don’t have time to boot up your PC.
  • You need to print, but your only computing device is a smartphone or tablet.

On-the-go scenarios

  • You are walking to a client’s office, and realize you need a copy of your presentation.
  • While at the airport, you decide a printed report would be beneficial for your plane ride.
  • You’re working out of a coffee shop, and would prefer to edit a document on paper.

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