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Plug-and-Play: Canon uniFLOW Hybrid Technology Increases User Flexibility, Functionality


With built-in hybrid technology, uniFLOW now combines on-premise facilities and cloud resources, to allow organizations to blend a solution that satisfies a particular technology landscape.

A hybrid model poses many potential advantages to an end user, with an ability to mix and match elements according to customized needs.

A hybrid vehicle presents environmental friendliness, economical benefits, and potentially higher resale value. A hybrid cloud-computing model offers flexibility and eliminates reliance on a single cloud provider.

But what about hybrid output device management?

With built-in hybrid technology, uniFLOW now combines on-premise facilities and cloud resources, to allow facilities to blend a solution that satisfies a particular technology landscape ... essentially, plug and play without constructing arduous workflow scenarios. The latest release, uniFLOW 2020v2, takes this hybrid philosophy to the next level, helping organizations in their transition from traditional, server based scanning to a highly flexible hybrid approach.

This hybrid methodology may present a particular advantage for enterprises with multiple locations, with the headquarters owning an on-premise system. Satellite or temporary offices, meanwhile can be moved to the cloud with uniFLOW Online to benefit from a lean and easy-to-manage IT infrastructure.

4 Recent uniFLOW Updates That Make Introduce Even Higher Functionality, Flexibility: 

1. Simpler set-up

By combining scan workflows from both uniFLOW server and uniFLOW Online in the MEAP scanning applet screen, the setup experience for capturing, processing and storing documents has been simplified. With this development, organizations may not need to invest in a scan processing server at every office location.

Onboarding can now potentially be done near the device but online via laptop, without the need to get onto a system’s network. 

2. Native Chromebook printing made easy

In December 2020 support for Google Cloud Print will end. NT-ware has collaborated with Google to create a highly robust Chrome OS native printing solution. The uniFLOW 2020v2 release provides native printing for Chrome OS Chromebook users, which means users can experience secure printing in business and educational environments without installing any Chrome extensions.

3. Mobile printing functionality

Previously with an on premise solution, mobile printing had to be enabled on on your server, and then you’d have to have a Neevia converter, an Office license and some type of Mailbox (Gmail, Office 365, etc.). With a hybrid version, everything is cloud based through manufacturer NT-Ware.
Essentially, all that configuration has been taken away and mobile printing is now cloud based, cutting out a lot of install time and a lot of end user responsibility.

4. Introduction of cost centers

The introduction of cost centers for the uniFLOW online allows organizations to charge back print, copy, fax and scan costs on a per-job basis.

Besides default cost center settings, the user can simply select the appropriate cost center after authentication directly at the device user interface to assign costs. Later, newly added reports allow businesses to transparently charge back costs to different departments, projects or cases.

Are you interested in bringing device management under a single, seamless platform, with the added capability of blending cloud and on-premise solutions within your organization? Click below to set up a Print Workflow Assessment! 



Topics: Office Equipment Document Workflow Print Management Canon