Xerox allows customers to print from smartphones

Employees at the Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) will soon be able to print e-mails, presentations and other business documents directly from their smartphones. P&G recently unveiled new mobile print solution to its leadership team as part of its enterprise print services (EPS) strategy, further strengthening its commitment to keeping the workforce mobile, sustainable and productive.

“We have more than 20 000 employees using mobile devices, so taking the hassle out of working on the road is also going to boost employee satisfaction and efficiency,” says Filippo Passerini, president, Global Business Services and CIO, P&G. “Xerox’s mobile print capability keeps printing easy and secure – maintaining our agile global workforce and protecting P&G’s brand and intellectual property at the same time.”

Through EPS, P&G simplified and digitised its global printing infrastructure by consolidating devices and controlling how and when documents are printed. The mobile print solution builds on the EPS platform, allowing employees to print without downloading software, mapping to a printer or booting up their laptops.

Using any smartphone device, employees will simply send documents to a secure server or “cloud”. Documents are held in the cloud until the employee walks up to any printer in the network and enters a code to release the prints. The mobile print solution is the first result of the Xerox and P&G Innovation Council, created to explore future work and technology trends, and design solutions that that will benefit the P&G business. Mobile print supports P&G’s “Give Back 500 Million Minutes” programme by reducing time employees spend on print and out-put related issues.

“The mobile print capability is an example of how Xerox is extending the value of managed print services for our clients and empowering them with innovative services that benefit their core business,” says Rabin Ram, MD of Xerox at Bytes Document Solutions, which distributes Xerox products and services to 27 African countries. “Our comprehensive approach delivers the future of printing – cost-effective, productive, environmentally sustainable and mobile.

“Many companies have embraced enterprise print services in South Africa, and all are benefiting in enhanced efficiency, effectiveness and cost savings.”

Developed closely with customers like P&G, mobile print is the newest addition to Xerox EPS, the only platform to address an organisation’s entire print infrastructure – from the networked office to the in-house print center to the virtual worker. Xerox was positioned by Gartner in the Leaders Quadrant in the “Magic Quadrant for Managed Print Services Worldwide” for 2009 and the company was recognised as a leader in IDC’s 2010 MPS MarketScape report.