Adoption of mobile printing remains low among local authorities, finds Annodata

February 6, 2017

6th February 2017

However, London is leading the charge with deployment of smart printing practices

New research from Managed Services Provider (MSP) Annodata has revealed that the adoption of mobile printing remains low among local authorities in England. However, the deployment of other solutions, such as ‘secure release/follow me print’, are gaining traction, particularly among councils in London.

A Freedom of Information (FoI) request was issued to the capital’s 33 local authorities (32 London boroughs and the City of London itself), as well as 46 council districts from across the rest of England, to ascertain the use of smart printing practices in the public sector.

The results revealed that the adoption of mobile printing, although higher in London (45 per cent), remains relatively low in councils throughout the rest of England (35 per cent).

However, the findings also highlight that councils are warming to other forms of smart printing practices, with the capital’s local authorities leading the way. The results revealed that 88 per cent of the local authorities in the capital have adopted ‘follow me print’, which comes in higher compared to the rest of England (61 per cent).

According to Joe Doyle, marketing director at Annodata, while it’s promising that London is leading the way with the adoption of smart printing practices, given the central role that the printed page plays, councils who are yet to implement these technologies will be paying the price in terms of costs, lost efficiencies and security posture.

He commented: “Smart printing practices have the ability to significantly increase efficiency, whilst lowering costs and improving overall print quality. With effective use of Management Information both at departmental and user level, organisations will have greater visibility over their print estates leading to more control over things like use of colour and subsequently improved cost management. London councils are clearly making better strides in reimagining their print estates and it’s encouraging to see significant adoption of services such as secure release/follow me print. However, there is still progress to be made when it comes to the adoption of these technologies. By way of example, although higher in London, the adoption of mobile printing still remains relatively nascent.

“It’s critical that the print estate keeps up with growing transformations that are taking place in the wider IT industry. Those who are yet to adopt smart printing practices may very well find themselves hamstrung when it comes to keeping up with broader trends that are gaining traction, such as the ‘Bring Your Own Device’ (BYOD) and an increasingly mobile workforce.

“The printed page shows no sign of disappearing and it will continue to play a pivotal role in the majority of councils. Adopting smart printing practices creates a more agile and flexible working environment and will go a long way in improving efficiency and maximising productivity. However, efficiency and cost are not the only considerations. The public sector is bound by strict rules when it comes to protecting citizens’ data. By implementing smart print practices and adopting secure document management software, councils can enable the safe storage and distribution of sensitive information, minimising the risk of data loss and theft,” concludes Doyle.




About Annodata

Founded in 1988, Annodata is a national managed services provider specialising in the efficient flow of information using the most effective types of communication. The company brings together a range of specialist services including managed print services, unified communications, document management and software, mobile telephony, communication services and cloud hosting services.

With clients in the private and public sector, its team of specialists understand the needs of small and large organisations in all sectors and can help re-design business processes in-house or through a fully managed service.

The company has long-standing relationships with leading global enterprises including 02, Avaya, Kyocera, HPE, Mitel and Ricoh giving businesses access to the latest technologies, future-proofing the enterprise.


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