Secure and robust enterprise mobile printing introduced by Macro 4

Macro 4 adds Email to Print and AirPrint support to its business-critical output management software.


Crawley, UK, July 29, 2015 – Macro 4, a division of UNICOM® Global, has introduced a new mobile printing capability that allows enterprise users to print quickly and securely from any mobile device - smartphone, tablet or laptop - to any printer within their organization.

The new mobile printing solution supports both Email to Print and Apple Inc.’s AirPrint feature and is available as an add-on to Macro 4’s Columbus OM output management software, which increases the reliability, efficiency and security of business-critical printing.

Email to Print enables office workers to print from any mobile device, or even a desktop, by emailing their documents to a specially assigned email address under the control of Columbus OM. iPhone, iPad and Mac owners can also use Apple Inc.’s AirPrint feature, to send print jobs to Columbus OM using corporate Wi-Fi networks.

As Macro 4’s new mobile printing capabilities make use of the robust authentication and delivery features of Columbus OM, they offer companies a way to support mobile working and ‘Bring Your Own Device’ (BYOD) without compromising enterprise security or risking additional printing problems, as Neil Evans, Development Manager at Macro 4, explains:

“The print job sits on a central print server until it’s released. The user just walks up to a convenient printer on the network, confirms their identify using a smart card, security code or other authentication method and the document prints off. And if their chosen printer has a fault they can move to a different one without worrying about their document printing off at the first printer some time later. It’s easy and secure and helps ensure confidentiality.”

“Most mobile printing relates to printing of attachments, which can be problematic,” Neil Evans continues. “Often users do not have the required application on their phone or tablet to view or print the attachment. If you have Columbus OM, that doesn’t matter. When Columbus OM receives an attachment, it automatically converts the document to the appropriate printable format - it could be a PDF or spreadsheet, for example - and then sends it to the print server.”

Columbus OM uses domain-based authentication to ensure that only authorized users within an organization can print from their mobile devices. In addition, visitors and guests can have their email addresses temporarily authorized to benefit from mobile printing while on the premises.

“Enterprises are asking: how can we embrace mobility without losing control?” says Neil Evans. “More and more of us work on the move and switch between offices. Increasingly we rely on mobile devices and need to be able to print easily. By adding mobile printing to Columbus OM we’re giving organizations a simple way of addressing this need through their enterprise print infrastructure, whilst maintaining security, reliability and confidentiality.”

Columbus OM is a high performance output management system designed to assure the delivery of documents and data from any application, regardless of technology platform, to any networked printer. All print jobs and printers throughout an organization are managed centrally, from a single point of control, allowing problems to be detected and corrected quickly - before they start affecting customers and business users.


About Macro 4

Macro 4, a division of UNICOM Global, develops software solutions to improve the performance of business-critical applications and processes. Macro 4’s solutions for information delivery, data management, fault analysis, mainframe modernization and performance management are easy to use, fast to implement and deliver value quickly in even the most complex IT environments.

About UNICOM® Global

UNICOM Global consists of more than thirty-seven (37) corporate entities encompassing a wide range of businesses across all geographic regions. With its corporate headquarters in Los Angeles, California, to offices in Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, New Hampshire, North Carolina, New Jersey, Texas and Virginia, throughout EMEA in the UK, Ireland, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Switzerland and the UAE, and across Asia/Pacific with locations in India, Australia, Singapore, Korea, Thailand, Taiwan and the Philippines. UNICOM Global offers deep in-house resources and flexible IT solutions to our partners worldwide. UNICOM Global focuses on acquiring and integrating mature and growing mid-cap NASDAQ, London Stock Exchange AIM and German publically-traded companies in technology, financing, IT, real estate, and business services. Please visit our websites for additional information about the services, products and solutions that UNICOM Global offers:   UNICOM Global - Assets, capital and investment management   UNICOM Systems - IBM Mainframe software products   UNICOM Government (formerly NASDAQ: GTSI) - Government IT solutions   UNICOM Engineering (formerly NASDAQ: NEI) Appliance platform2   solidDB – In-memory relational database management system   U.S. Robotics - Data communications products   Memeo - Enterprise-grade Secure File Sharing for the cloud   Firetide - Wireless technology solutions for security and transportation   DETEC - Document composition products   SoftLanding Systems - IBM i software products   illustro - z/OS and z/VSE software products   Macro 4 (formerly LONDON: MAO) - Document Management products   iET Solutions - ITIL ITSM software products   Eden - Domino Notes and Open Systems products - Hardware, Software, Outsourcing and Professional Service   UNICOM Capital - Business and Financial Services

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