HP Inc has announced new mobile and business intelligence software to help business IT managers make their print environment more mobile, secure and productive.
The new offerings include:
* Mobile print software that makes printing from mobile devices to printers on a corporate network easy and accessible; and
* New business intelligence tools that help IT understand and optimise their printer fleets for better performance.
“Our customers need print infrastructure that gets their employees working even more efficiently,” says Edmund Wingate, head of JetAdvantage Solutions, HP Inc. “Today HP is delivering new tools for IT managers to improve mobility, management and security so that printing is fast, reliable and sure to boost productivity.”
HP JetAdvantage Connect enables mobile devices to print to printers on the corporate network with a simple, intuitive PC-like print experience, without extra steps like opening a print app or sending an email to the print queue.
It is also easier and less expensive for IT to deploy as print job rendering takes place on the mobile device, eliminating the need for a dedicated server, and IT can leverage the same tools used to configure and manage PC-based print infrastructure.
Currently HP JetAdvantage Connect supports Android with iOS device support coming later in June. Support for other mobile platforms will be added in the future.
HP Access Control Secure Pull Print makes the print authentication capabilities of HP Access Control available as a stand-alone offering at a lower cost. With this solution, IT can provide the same monitoring and protection features for print jobs coming from mobile devices as they do for print jobs coming from PCs.
Meanwhile, HP Access Control 15.2 has been updated with support for the latest security protocols and the ability to use pull printing across IT environments with multiple domains.
The HP Print for Chrome App, which enables local printing for Chromebooks has been updated to support use with the Google admin console. This update gives IT a streamlined way to deploy and manage the app across large fleets of Chromebooks.
For HP Managed Print Services customers, HP is introducing a set of business intelligence tools to give customers a transparent view of their printer fleet, along with predictive modeling to help prevent potential problems before they occur.
These tools empower customers to make informed decisions, in partnership with HP, to ensure that their printer fleet is optimised for productivity, security and cost effectiveness.
The HP Device Control Center offers interactive fleet management with real time device status and location information, while the HP Instant Fleet Insights delivers enhanced reporting and analytics capabilities, leveraging device data such as service history, firmware versions, fleet composition, and device usage.