Print infrastructure is both costly and hard to maintain. Therefore, after having moved basic IT applications and infrastructure to the cloud, the next natural step is to include print in your Software as a Service (SaaS) portfolio.
The move towards cloud printing is primarily driven by the overall organizational benefits of SaaS – it saves time, resources and has the flexibility to fit changing business needs. However, it is also driven by demand from Business decision-makers who adopt their consumer habits and require immediate time to solution for their business challenges instead of waiting for IT to supply them with a solution. This change of behavior and demands are driving cloud service adoptions like Office 365, Salesforce and Dropbox. They expect the same flexibility all their workplace tools. They want plug-and-play solutions for their cloud print services.
Finding the right cloud print service
But first things first! Print solutions branded and sold as cloud or SaaSsolutions have widely different approaches to cloud technology. It is important to know the difference in order to find the right solution for your organization as the technologies behind can have very different implications on your business. For instance, some cloud services are only Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solutions, where driver-management and software maintenance remain heavy burdens.