Between 2015 and 2016, Chromebook shipments increased by an incredible 38 percent. In the years since, Chromebook adoption has continued to grow, particularly in education, where the inexpensive, versatile cloud-based computing model has been embraced. In 2017, more than half of all mobile computing shipments to K-12 institutions in the United States were Chromebooks, beating out the combined shipments of macOS, Windows, Linux, iOS and Android based systems.
With Chromebook adoption comes Chromebook printing, and Google Cloud Print isn't always the ideal solution for providing reliable print capabilities to Chromebook users. Full compatibility is often limited to printer models and apps that have been deemed Google Cloud Print capable, and admins accustomed to enterprise-grade print management might find the backend features lacking. Setting up new users can be a complex process, and installing new printers generally requires IT intervention, too, which can offset the otherwise minimal support requirements of Chromebooks.
The strings attached to Chromebooks have therefore led to some hesitancy in the enterprise. This is especially true in healthcare environments, where the appeal of Chromebooks' low cost and ultra-portability is often outweighed by a lack of Chromebook printing support with essential EMR/EHR printing solutions.
To facilitate the adoption of Chromebooks across all industries, what's needed is a mobile-printing solution that offers seamless, feature-rich Chromebook printing, enterprise-grade print management and print security without the need for dedicated Google Cloud Print support.
PrinterLogic Brings Power, Simplicity and Security to Chromebook Printing
PrinterLogic's next-generation print-management solution features highly configurable, easy-to-manage native mobile-printing capabilities, making Chromebooks a much more viable option in the enterprise. With mobile printing from PrinterLogic, organizations experience three compelling advantages:
- Print from any device: Any employee with a Chromebook—or any other mobile device with a browser—has the ability to print as needed. In Chrome OS, this is as simple as clicking the "Print" button and making sure that the PrinterLogic printer is selected. The user can then visit the web-based release portal to send the job to any authorized network printer.
- Print to any printer: Any network printer, even legacy devices, can be configured to work with PrinterLogic's mobile printing functionality. This means that IT doesn't have to procure dedicated Google Cloud Print printers for end users to enjoy intuitive, full-featured printing from their Chromebooks.
- No client or printer software: When printing from a Chromebook or any other mobile device, there's no need for end users or admins to install any additional client or printer-based software. This saves employees from having to call the help desk for printer support, and it enables support staff to continue focusing on IT duties other than print management.
A further benefit is added print security for the end user. The release step, which transfers the print job from PrinterLogic's virtual queue to the printer queue, helps to ensure that the job goes to the right printer—and only when the user is ready. The effect of this step is actually twofold. First, it cuts down on misdirected and unwanted print jobs, thereby reducing waste. And second, it decreases the likelihood of jobs waiting or being abandoned in the output tray. That keeps sensitive documents concealed from prying eyes. Admins can also enable automatic deletion of unreleased print jobs with the same goals in mind.
PrinterLogic Makes Managing Printers and Mobile Printing Easy
In addition to providing mobile and BYOD devices with platform-agnostic printing, PrinterLogic also features robust, enterprise-level print management. For organizations that have found print management in Google Cloud Print somewhat limiting, PrinterLogic offers a more powerful alternative. Active Directory integration, advanced printer-deployment options and easy configuration of defaults make it easy to control and direct printer access across the enterprise from the centralized management console.
The simplicity of Chromebook printing with PrinterLogic ultimately leads to reductions in time spent on print management—along with corresponding reductions in administrative costs. This combination of simplicity and print security makes PrinterLogic's mobile printing ideal for enterprise-scale businesses, educational institutions (even beyond K-12), and dynamic healthcare environments that have large numbers of roaming staff.
Large or distributed organizations might once have expressed reservations about Chromebooks in the enterprise, but with PrinterLogic, all that is changing. Now admins can securely manage and control print activity—including mobile printing—across the entire organization from a single pane of glass.
To find out more about how PrinterLogic can help you accelerate and ease Chromebook adoption in any enterprise environment, download our white paper on simplified Chromebook printing. Or better still, sign up for a free 30-day trial of PrinterLogic and put it through its paces.
Sal Gamez is a Product Owner at PrinterLogic, where he works with software developers on new product specifications and the Agile-based execution of those plans. His career path includes 12 years in product support and customer-support management. Sal has extensive experience in software integration and has managed deployment projects calling for full integration on all Windows OS platforms. He has worked with giants like NASA and AIG—helping to build customized software projects that use cluster environments, single sign-on, load balancers, and enterprise network switches. He holds a Microsoft Engineering (MCSE) certificate of completion, as well as a Cisco Network Associate (CCNA) certificate of completion.