Managed.IT - Issue 63

SCANNING 15 path to migrate to a hybrid or full cloud environment. The platform enables office users to print from any device to any network printer whenever they want, with minimal or no entry barriers, offering customers flexibility and scalability between home and office. We have invested heavily in developing the platform since the acquisition, and the launch of this latest edition, which features a number of new enhancements including new capabilities that take us beyond print into capture, is the culmination of that effort. MIT: What are the highlights of the new release? MH: Printix 2.0 not only eliminates print servers from network infrastructure and replaces them with a secure, cloud-managed print infrastructure, it also delivers nextgeneration integrated capture, which is a real differentiator. The latest release supports single sign-on (SSO) with Microsoft Azure Active Directory and can be deployed with Microsoft Endpoint Manager. The product is scalable by design and can handle any number of users, printers and multifunction devices for flexible direct, secure printing, mobile printing and document capture workflows. One of the highlights of the latest edition is Printix Capture and Workflow. On selected multifunction printers with Printix Go, end-users can enable and use Printix Capture to deliver scanned documents to their selected workflow destination or alternatively use the Printix App on smartphones to capture and deliver images and PDFs to workflow destinations. Printix Go already supports Ricoh, HP, Xerox, Epson, Konica Minolta and Lexmark devices and we have now added support for HP Workpath and Kyocera printers and MFPs. Printix Go integrates with the printer's touchscreen control panel, offering secure print release, card-based authentication, copy control and more. With Printix Go, end-users can securely release print jobs using a card or ID code at any printer in the print environment. We have also simplified print management. Printix Administrator allows organisations to centrally manage printers from web browsers and connect new printers from a smartphone, tablet or computer in just minutes. From an end-user’s perspective, the solution is intuitive and easy to use. For example, automatic printer discovery allows users to automatically discover the print network and integrate printers and drivers or deploy and remove printers and print queues when users change. We have also added Print Anywhere and Print Later capabilities which enable users to release documents from the Printix App when they arrive at the printer or release documents to a printer anytime with the Print Later feature. MIT: How does the Printix platform help businesses modernise their IT infrastructure? MH: Adopting cloud-based print management is a critical step in building a decentralised, futureproof IT infrastructure. We are seeing more and more companies looking for a serverless solution that enables them to shift their printing and capture needs away from individual devices and onto cloud-based servers and, in doing so, leverage the benefits of a SaaS solution. Printix 2.0 is designed to provide a complete print infrastructure and environment for improved efficiency, productivity and cost savings. Printix bolsters all-cloud strategies for organisations and eliminates the need for print server infrastructure, while the SaaS model delivers quick provisioning and customer onboarding with no installation and configuration complexities. Importantly, we’re not just providing cloud print – it’s cloud print and capture. That's a big differentiator that opens up new opportunities for our customers. Moreover, with Printix and ControlSuite we’ve got a powerful combined print and automation solution that can be delivered in a hybrid or full-cloud model depending on the needs of the customer. Printix allows users to automatically discover the print network and integrate printers and drivers or deploy and remove printers and print queues when users change