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Mobile Printing Demand Will Grow



Your company's employees love their mobile devices, but they sure wish they could print from them.

That's the finding of new research from International Data Corporation, which found that 52 percent of respondents who use smartphones for work purposes said they cannot currently print from their phones, even though they want to.

The research suggests demand will only increase over the next five years as more business users access information through their mobile devices and begin to require printing capabilities.

"We are on the verge of a mobile print expansion," said Jonathan Bees, research director at U.S. Hardcopy Device Usage Trends. "This shift away from dependence on desktop PCs and laptops for printing will provide users with the access and mobility they're looking for.”

The driving force behind the push for increased printing options, according to the research, comes from those who travel for work , which represents 39
percent of the population.

As demand steadily increases, the study found that more and more companies are committing to building out mobile printing infrastructures to enable the increasingly mobile workforce.

The International Data Corporation  study is based on a survey of 1,480 users of printers, scanners, copiers and fax machines in the United States. It covers end-user behavior around printing, scanning, copying and faxing.

The International Data Corporation helps IT professionals, business executives and the investment community make fact-based decisions on technology purchases and business strategies.

Chad Brooks

Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based freelance writer who has nearly 15 years experience in the media business. A graduate of Indiana University, he spent nearly a decade as a staff reporter for the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago, covering a wide array of topics including, local and state government, crime, the legal system and education. Following his years at the newspaper Chad worked in public relations, helping promote small businesses throughout the U.S. Follow him on Twitter.