The ‘Office of the Future’ vision closer than ever

In its Office Insights 2016 report Canon EMEA has asked decision makers to discuss and expand on the topics of remote printing, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), digital spend and automation. The findings revealed that the combination of rapidly advancing technology, the growth of cloud-based services and an increased ability to work remotely have unlocked opportunities for greater working efficiency and empowerment in high-growth markets across CEE[1]. 

Key Findings:

  1. 53% see value in the ability to print from a smartphone, tablet or laptop direct to a printer at their workplace
  2. 47% of all businesses allow BYOD to access the company’s corporate network
  3. 21% say they will spend more on printing, copying and scanning software and device
  4. The automatic capture and processing of scanned documents was viewed as valuable by 66% of respondents[2]

While the results indicate progress towards a futuristic style of working, it is also recognised that budgetary and cultural barriers can make initiating and implementing change a tough task across the markets. Concerns around the impact on security, efficiency and support capacity is making the process challenging. There is also evidence of a significant skills gap, with many decision makers seeking informed guidance on the capabilities of new technologies from trusted suppliers and partners.

Slovenia is among the most technologically advanced markets, yet they will be spending less on office technologies than other countries (30%). Only 5% of respondents expect to spend more in the next three years than they do today.

New printing technologies are being particularly welcomed by business leaders in the region. Ease of use and convenience has boosted the use of multi-functional devices (MFDs), which in turn has increased productivity. In Slovenia 44% of end-users regularly use MFDs at their place of work. Almost half of the respondents (49%) predict they will be using MFDs about as much as today in three years’ time.

68% have not had an opportunity yet to try out remote printing – the highest proportion across all countries in the research, but 34% see value in this technology. 

The appetite and interest for BYOD style of working is lowest in Slovenia, compared to other CEE countries surveyed. The main reason being security issues and fear, that it may be source of distraction. Working remotely is common practice, with respondents rating tablets as ‘critical’ devices – particularly those brought into the workplace[3].

"It's clear that businesses across fast-growth EMEA markets are being empowered by innovative technology, and are welcoming futuristic ways of working to drive growth,” says Matthew Wrighton, ‎B2B Sales & Marketing Director, Emerging Markets, Canon Europe. “However, it’s not without challenges so it’s crucial we address concerns and provide the right level of guidance for each unique market, to ensure businesses are making informed and beneficial technology investments.”

 

[1] Countries surveyed in CEE region: Croatia, Kazakhstan, Romania, Slovenia
[2] Summary of key stats from OOTF section of the report
[3] Regional presentation