Everyone likes a good story, so let’s start with a dream scenario: Every morning your company’s sales team hits the road armed with a mobile arsenal of phones, tablets, and laptops. No longer tethered to the office, they’re free to focus on cultivating leads and delivering exceptional service to existing clients. They quickly become your company’s most effective CRM tool. Instead of logging hundreds of time-sucking miles a day between the office and appointments, they efficiently use public hotspots and Wi-Fi to upload orders, send RFPs and share sales reports. Your CFO is beaming. “More face time and remote work are sending productivity and orders through the roof!” he tells you. “The supply chain is humming. Revenues are way up. Clients are 100% satisfied. We are unstoppable.”
Sweet dream, right? Now let’s wake up to the ugly downside of unplugging. Sharing data over public networks leaves your company more vulnerable than ever to hacks, thefts, and breaches. Just one compromised email can leak proprietary information or reveal clients to competitors. One device enrolled in MS Exchange can experience a total wipe of all personal and business data.
Over the past decade, we have seen mobile device usage continue to grow, both for personal and business use. In 2014 we rounded out the year with a massive 1.2 billion devices sold, up over 28% from 2013. With statistics like that, it has become clear that mobile is here to stay and the way of the future. Because of this, it’s time to start thinking about scalability and “mobile first” or “cloud first” before adopting new technology.
Earlier this month, Ricoh released an amped up version of Neusoft’s Smart Device Print app in the App Store and Google Play—Smart Device Print & Scan. The app comes with all the bells and whistles of its predecessor (the ability to print wirelessly from a mobile device) with the added feature of scanning from Ricoh’s latest multifunctional series direct to your smartphone or tablet. The best part—it’s still FREE! Read more »
Awhile back, Advance President, Jeff Elkin, shared his thoughts about the key considerations when choosing a technology partner. As Jeff pointed out, the driving force should be trust. At Advance, we build on that trust by providing recommendations focused on helping organizations achieve two primary outcomes: increased productivity and reduced expenses. Who doesn’t want to streamline expenses, especially in the first quarter?
Mobile printing is changing and evolving daily – it just keeps getting better and easier to print from your iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry and many other mobile devices. Check out the latest in the mobile printing software world from Savin/Ricoh, Canon and KIP.
Mobile printing has really taken off within the past year or so and now the market is flooded with various options. As a consumer it can be challenging to make the software comparison and choose the right option for your company. Advance has taken away most of the guesswork and offer many solutions to help with your mobile integration. Read more »
In the new technology era, mobile devices and tablets are becoming the norm for office workers. But how can you print from these devices without the traditional challenge of forwarding documents to someone at a laptop or desktop with networked printing capability? EFI PrintMe Mobile is the latest solution to the mobile printing challenge. In this VLog, I’ll show you how the solution works and how simple it is to print from your iPhone, iPad, or Android. Let us know if you want a live demo and we can set you up.
As the public demand for mobile printing solution continues to grow, manufacturers are putting effort in developing solutions that “just work.” When attaching to your company network with and iOS device (iPhone/iPad) or other handheld, it only seems right that you would be presented with options to print. Right? There are many solutions out there and all have different features but newer Ricoh devices such as the MP-C3502 coupled with the EFI E-3300 Fiery can help you accomplish this goal.
Remember when you were a kid and your parents told you not to take toys to school with you, but you did it anyway? Today as adults, we continue to bring our toys to work…but instead of bringing a favorite action figure (or babydoll- for the ladies), we are bringing our smart phones and mobile devices to work and it’s a good thing! Bring your own device, or “BYOD” is a philosophy that is quickly spreading in healthcare. The reason we want to bring these devices into the office is because they’ve become our personal problem solvers and integrate our personal lives with our work. Read more »
With the widespread adoption of smartphones and tablets, today’s workforce is relying more and more on consumer mobile devices to help them in their professional lives. It is not enough to have a company supplied desktop PC, or even a laptop, anymore. End users are now demanding access to business applications and functions from their personal devices, such as an iPhone or an iPad. This “bring your own device” to the office mindset is pushing corporate IT personnel to implement support for mobile platforms such as iOS, Android and yes, even BlackBerry, while trying to maintain the company’s security policies for risk mitigation. Read more »
Meet the Experts
Jeff has been with Advance for over 25 years and currently serves as the President with focus on the technological advancements being made in the industry. Read Jeff's posts »
Kevin is our Virtual Chief Information Officer (vCIO) and has been with Advance since 2006. Read Kevin's posts »
Scott is the resident expert for all of the hardware and technology we offer at Advance. Read Scott's posts »