Enterprise Printing Goes Mobile with the Cloud

Printing and imaging solutions company Lexmark says its enterprise-class Print Release solution can be hosted in the cloud via a Software as a Service (SaaS) model. The hosted deployment allows IT administrators to scale their Lexmark Print Release solution without the need to invest in new IT infrastructure, all while enabling mobile printing capabilities.

Enterprises will have flexibility in choosing the best Lexmark Print Release deployment option to meet their needs – either a traditional, on-premise deployment, or as a hosted service on a subscription basis.

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With the new service-oriented model, Lexmark provides a quick deployment and manages the Print Release solution, and associated infrastructure, remotely in a secure data center.

The hosted implementation of Lexmark Print Release includes broad support for enterprise-class mobile printing. With the Lexmark Mobile Printing App, which is designed for Apple iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, employees can submit print jobs directly to the print queue and release them at any hosted Print Release enabled output device.

The Lexmark Print Release solution can also be configured so employees can print from any email-enabled mobile device, including a BlackBerry, by simply attaching the document to an email and sending it to their corporate Print Release email account.

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Lexmark Print Release not only supports printing from mobile devices, it also gives enterprises the ability to track and manage print jobs submitted from these devices when coupled with Lexmark’s activity tracking solution, Document Accounting.

Lexmark Document Accounting adds tracking and reporting capabilities, which monitor the activity on output devices to collect detailed data and create reports by users, groups and devices. Print Release jobs submitted by mobile device users are tracked just the same as jobs submitted from a desktop PC. The announcement was made Thursday, Oct. 20.

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