Year: 2018

Three Printing Technology Trends for 2019

In the last year we have seen many exciting advances in technology. The continued rise of voice control devices, cloud-based computing, as well as new developments in the internet. All of this and more is set to transform the printing technology marketplace in 2019 and here we are going to look the top three emerging print trends that we are most excited about… Voice control In 2018 we saw the introduction of voice recognition capabilities within a small number of smart printers. In 2019 the focus will be on offering more ‘smart’ services that are required in today’s workplace. Voice control will remain an opportunity for industry players to position their products and services as innovative and help businesses improve read more...

Cloud printing problems? We offer you the solutions

Cloud printing was hailed as the answer to a lot of our business issues in achieving that office mobile utopia. It allows users to print from any device on the network. It can connect your digital devices like your smartphones, laptops, tablets and any work stations with the printers in your network. This means that traditional printing, often with software driver issues or device compatibility issues have often been eliminated. Not only that software upgrades are done automatically, its greener and the IT infrastructure is a fraction of the cost! However, what has become apparent in recent times, is that often conventional printing problems still prevail even though we should all now be able to be flexible and versatile in read more...

How to Prepare Your Small Business for Christmas

Although many people are complaining about the arrival of Christmas advertising and other festivities before December has even hit, it’s very important for small businesses around the world to start taking Christmas seriously in the run up to the 25th. Like it or not, Christmas is coming! Whether you sell handmade jewellery online, or you’re a freelancer to lots of different clients, here are some tips to help you prepare for Christmas: Consider Supply and Demand  If Christmas is your busiest period, you’ll need to think about how you’re going to meet the high demand. Ask yourself: Do I have enough time? Do I have enough stock? Do I have enough staff? Do I have enough marketing? It’s vital that read more...

Cyber Security: How do SME’s protect themselves?

Cyber-crime has often been regarded as something a teenager does from their bedroom or criminal individuals to disrupt businesses or for small gain. However, this is no longer the case anymore. Cyber-crime is a major part of organised crime and has now become so large scale that it is being run by gangs that are able to purchase tools cheaply to perform mass attacks on businesses. Mode looks at the most common forms of attacks and what we recommend for combating this. Phishers: Phishing emails pose as emails from trustworthy companies, they could look like they have come from a trusted company you deal with or even a customer, asking for information or even urgent action like making a payment read more...

Entrepreneur Day 2018

Entrepreneur day was 20th November and it celebrates and creates awareness for entrepreneurship and leadership. Many people dream of owning their own business but there are many factors that often prevent people from branching out and working for themselves. However, in celebration of all those entrepreneurs out there, Mode has compiled our top 10 tips for being the next Alan Sugar! The hardest part to be an entrepreneur is starting, so find the will to start! Think big: If you have a vision of the type of business you want to create, or you see the need in a market, have your dream and think about how you are going to pursue this. Walt Disney said “All our dreams can read more...

What is Follow Me Printing?

Follow me printing has become a popular solution in a variation of print environments, such as legal settings where the need for confidentiality is paramount, for example. This is due to the many benefits; it is convenient, flexible, and secure, and increases the level of control that the user has. What’s more, by making print more intentional, it also reduces waste. But what is it? Essentially, with follow me printing solutions the user starts a print job from their workstation, but it doesn’t actually print until it has been authenticated by the user. Authentication protocols could be something like scanning an ID badge. Example 1; A lawyer needs to print an extremely confidential document about a client’s case, which cannot read more...

National Fraud Awareness Week: How Can Small Businesses Prevent Fraud?

Fraud threat affects every size of business, however smaller businesses can often be more vulnerable to fraud than those larger organisations. Last year an estimated £18.9 billion was lost as a result of fraud in SME’s alone. Fraud can occur from within your organisation but can often extend beyond that even though Banks and other fraud prevention organisations have highlighted the need to be wary of disclosing information. Yet still worryingly, cyber crime is up by 63% in 2017. This is a decrease of 15% from the previous year, but this is still a concerning figure. To ensure your business is protected you should identify: Common types of fraud that can expose your small business Steps you should take to read more...

What is Secure Printing?

Secure and printing are not two words that are often in the same sentence or understood when placed together. However, with GDPR law now firmly in place businesses cannot afford to be complacent about printing securely. Whilst security has become important for businesses, less than 25% have adopted secure printing practises, and this problem is becoming bigger. Quocirca recently reported the many vulnerabilities around print and that now in the era of advanced connectivity and our ability to collect, process and store large volumes of data, the photocopier or printer has become the weak link in security and no longer can we ignore this. Quocirca quotes that 61% of large Companies have admitted to suffering a data breach. Therefore, now read more...

Mode Helps an Economic Consultancy Become GDPR Compliant

GDPR became law in May 2018, however, many businesses are still in the dark about how their processes and office equipment can be data risks. Mode welcomed the opportunity to discuss with an economic regulation consultancy about their GDPR obligations. The Company’s issues The Consultancy had realised that so many of their processes were not GDPR compliant and their equipment was vulnerable to a cyber-attack where their network could be easily accessed. As they dealt with sensitive information for their clients, they realised they had to make the relevant changes as a matter of urgency. Also, as the business was working with high-profile clients, it was necessary in retaining them,  they could demonstrate they were compliant and by not doing read more...

3 Ways Managed Print Services can Benefit Your Business

What are Managed Print Services? Managed Print Services depend on computer software to keep an eye on print activities; this involves seeing patterns in print behaviour, creating rules for printing, managing devices and creating established workflows. In short, it helps you make better use of your printers by giving you a way to monitor and control how your staff use them. Did you know that by implementing managed print services in your business you could reduce your print and copy spend by up to a third? And that’s not all, here are three more ways that managed print services can benefit your business… 1 –  Cost Benefits Have you been unable to print an important document because the toner has read more...