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Printers could be holding back your digital transformation

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Outdated print infrastructure is posing issues as businesses attempt to migrate to the cloud, according to new research commissioned by Lexmark.

The report states that three in five businesses recognize “lingering print infrastructure (opens in new tab)” as a major roadblock to the success of digital transformation projects.

While four in five (79 percent) companies polled for the report are actively investing in cloud infrastructure, more than half (57 percent) see their current print infrastructure as having a negative impact on these efforts.

Almost half of respondents said they were having trouble integrating existing IT into new infrastructure, as well as updating or replacing legacy business processes.

However, at the same time, less than half of businesses said they prioritize investment in legacy print infrastructure. Six in ten have already exceeded their digital transformation budgets, while 54 percent face delays and prolonged project timelines.

According to a separate IDC report, global spending on digital transformation technology and services is set to grow by 10.4 percent this year to $1.3 trillion.

“This research highlights the importance of considering cloud-based print infrastructure (opens in new tab) as a key strategic IT initiative,” said Matt Dollus, Vice President of Global Marketing and IoT Portfolio at Lexmark.

“Established companies in every sector are under pressure to transform into digital-first organizations. With the Covid-19 pandemic exposing gaps and weaknesses in IT infrastructure, many are struggling by failing to take print with them on their digital transformation journey.” 

Sead Fadilpašić
Sead Fadilpašić

Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.