Experts have been predicting a printerless office for many years now, but these predictions have yet to come to fruition. While it is true that offices are printing fewer pages, we’re far from pulling the plug on our printers.
International Data Corporation (IDC) conducted a study over page volume of digital hardcopy devices (which included single-function printers, multifunction printers, and single-function digital copiers) and they found a 1.5% drop between 2011 and 2012. While that is a downward trend, the volume dropped from 3.03 trillion pages to 2.98 pages. With that kind of volume, investing in Managed Print Services will still be a sound investment for many years to come.
The growing trend of mobile printing will also likely bolster the need for printing. Now that we can print straight from our smartphones and tablets, the need for a printer equipped with mobile capabilities is an absolute must. Furthermore, IDC examined mobile printing and found only 50% of smartphone users know how to print from their mobile devices and are currently taking advantage of this convenience. As more and more mobile user start printing from mobile, we can only expect print volume to increase over time.
So, even though the world’s use of the printed page does seem to be on a slow decline, the paperless office won’t be a reality anytime soon.