All four of its newest scanners, HP says, are also built to accommodate a shift over the last two years toward hybrid work arrangements in which employees split time between home and office. Some 53% of companies expect to continue allowing hybrid work going forward, HP says citing data from Gallup, and 24% expect employees to work exclusively offsite.
In response to that trend, businesses are increasingly transforming offices from places where people come to work to places where they come to collaborate, according to Ryan Sun, HP’s manager of office A4 and scanner product and portfolio management.
“The office is no longer what it was pre-pandemic,” he says. “Companies are looking to create workspaces specifically designed to support kinds of interactions that cannot happen remotely.” IT devices that work best in such environments, he continues, are smaller than their predecessors and better suited to shared use.
The emphasis on security in the new systems reflects surging ransomware activity and attacks of all kinds on home-based workers. “The bottom line is wherever the work happens, the devices must be secure,” Sun says.