In a digital world, the future of print for business is evolving and adapting to changing dynamics. The global multi-function printer (MFP) market size was estimated to be worth USD20 billion in 2022 and is forecast to be worth USD24 billion by 2028, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.5 % during the forecast period of 2022-2028.
MFPs are evolving in response to the digital world's changing needs and technological advancements.
Connectivity and integration: MFPs now offer seamless integration with digital platforms and cloud services. They can connect to local networks, mobile devices, and online storage solutions, allowing users to print, scan, and share documents directly from their devices or cloud accounts.
Mobile printing: Increasingly compatible with mobile devices, MFPs support wireless printing through apps or direct connectivity. Users can easily print documents and images from their smartphones or tablets, enhancing convenience and productivity.
Cloud printing and document management: MFPs are equipped with cloud printing capabilities, enabling users to access and print documents stored in cloud services such as Google Drive, Dropbox, or Microsoft OneDrive. They can also integrate with document management systems, allowing for efficient scanning, indexing, and archiving of digital documents.
Advanced scanning and OCR: With enhanced scanning functionalities, most MFP models can be fitted with automatic document feeders (ADF), duplex scanning, and Optical Character Recognition (OCR) capabilities. OCR technology converts scanned documents into editable and searchable text, streamlining document processing and retrieval.
Enhanced security features: MFPs are incorporating robust security features to protect sensitive data. This includes secure printing, where users need to authenticate themselves at the device to release print jobs, as well as encryption, user access controls, clearing of printer memory and compliance with security standards.
Workflow automation: MFPs are becoming intelligent devices that automate document workflows. They can scan documents directly into predefined workflows, route them to specific destinations, and integrate with business process management systems, reducing manual tasks and improving efficiency.
Sustainability and energy efficiency: Designed with eco-friendly features, MFPs come with energy-saving modes, duplex printing as a default setting, and options for recycled paper. These improvements contribute to reducing environmental impact and aligning with sustainable practices.
Analytics and monitoring: MFPs are equipped with monitoring and analytics capabilities, allowing organisations to track usage, optimise printing resources, and identify cost-saving opportunities. This data-driven approach helps businesses make informed decisions and improve overall print management.
By evolving in these ways, MFPs are adapting to the digital world's demands and offering users enhanced connectivity, productivity, security, and sustainability. They are essential tools for businesses seeking efficient document maagement, streamlined workflows, and seamless integration with digital platforms and processes.
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