Modernizing Office Printing for Large Enterprises

This IDC infographic uncovers why enterprise organizations are
moving print infrastructure to the cloud to enable a more
secure and productive workforce.

Robert Palmer

Research Vice President, Imaging, Printing, and Document Solutions, IDC

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Cloud Adoption

41% of organizations have already adopted some form of cloud-based printing solution. Another 26% are considering cloud-based print solutions.

Importance of Print

Print remains an integral business process and is crucial to everyday work. 63% of respondents say that print is either “important” or “very important” to their business.

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Legacy Print Systems Can Hinder IT Modernization Efforts

Print remains an integral business process and is crucial to everyday work.

of respondents say that print is either “important” or “very important” to their business.
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say that print is at least “moderately important.
n = 315, Base = All respondents, Source: IDC’s U.S. Print and Cloud Security, August 2023

While companies are investing to modernize IT infrastructure, print is rarely included in these broader strategic initiatives until now.

Top enterprise business priorities for the print and document environment:

Almost half of enterprises say they are currently looking to modernize print infrastructure to align with their overall cloud migration strategy

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n = 101, Base = Companies with 1,000+ employees, Source: IDC’s U.S. Print and Cloud Security, August 2023

Making the Print Environment Future-Ready

The future of print resides in the cloud.

Print must operate effectively within a public cloud environment.

of organizations have already adopted some form of cloud-based printing solution.

indicate that they are considering cloud-based print solutions.

Top reasons enterprise organizations are migrating print infrastructure to the cloud:

To support zero trust security principles

To adhere to corporate security policies

To address hybrid workforce requirements

To align with overall cloud and modernization initiatives

To reduce costs

To drive IT efficiency by eliminating onsite infrastructure

n = 101, Base = Companies with 1,000+ employees, Source: IDC’s U.S. Print and Cloud Security, August 2023

The Importance of Print Security

The perimeter is crumbling, and organizations can no longer rely on just the firewall for protection:

Legacy Print Systems Can Hinder IT Modernization Efforts

Making the Print Environment Future-Ready

How Cloud Enables a Secure and Modern Print Environment

The Importance of Print Security

Guidance and Next Steps

The ongoing transition to hybrid work is creating new print security problems.

70% of enterprises say keeping pace with print security issues has become more challenging due to the ongoing shift to hybrid work.

n = 101, Base = Companies with 1,000+ employees, Source: IDC’s U.S. Print and Cloud Security, August 2023

Organizational confidence in print security is very low:

Only 34% of businesses are “very confident” in their organization’s overall print security program.

On average, only 2% of the overall IT budget is allocated to print security.

66% of businesses have identified print security spending as a high priority over the next two years.

Print is a security vulnerability for many organizations:

32% have experienced at least one print-related security breach over the last 12 months

The average cost of a print-related data breach for enterprise organizations is $658,000

The most significant impact resulting from a data breach: productivity loss (stemming from IT and other resources dedicated to recovery and remediation)

n = 315, Base = All respondents, Source: IDC’s U.S. Print and Cloud Security, August 2023

How Cloud Enables a Secure and Modern Print Environment

Cloud is no longer considered a security risk, but rather a security enabler:

82% of enterprises say cloud-based print infrastructure would provide a more secure print environment.

Hybrid working is fueling increased adoption of cloud and zero trust initiatives to support remote users, cloud-based applications, and outside assets.

Zero trust is a security framework whereby all users (inside or outside) must be authenticated, authorized, and continuously validated.

of enterprise organizations have already implemented zero trust security initiatives.

have plans to do so.

Key drivers for implementing zero trust security initiatives:

improve data security and content protection

66%

address hybrid work security issues

45%

Breach Prevention

55%

reduce endpoint and IoT security threats

45%

reduce internal risk factors or human error

49%
n = 101, Base = Companies with 1,000+ employees, Source: IDC’s U.S. Print and Cloud Security, August 2023

Identity is the new perimeter

Cloud technology is the most effective way to enable zero trust security principles and address key business objectives.

Top print/document security priorities and investments targeted within the next two years:

n = 101, Base = Companies with 1,000+ employees, Source: IDC’s U.S. Print and Cloud Security, August 2023

Guidance and Next Steps

Consider how your print infrastructure should integrate with your broader IT cloud migration strategy.

Look for a cloud-based solution that can address key elements for modernizing print:

Shift print operations and print infrastructure to a cloud-native solution that resides in the public cloud

Enable a productive hybrid workforce by empowering employees to print wherever they work

Enhance print security and ensure compliance with corporate security policies, including support for zero trust initiatives

Reduce IT burden by ensuring high availability and eliminating on-premise infrastructure, and simplifying driver management

Consider the differences between privately hosted and public cloud implementations

Find a technology partner that can support your evolving needs based on existing resources and desired business outcomes

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