What will scanning trends look like in 2025? We asked some of our members to provide their insights on this topic.
Mike Scrutton, Director of Print Technology & Strategy, Adobe
For simple and casual scans, such as expense receipts, articles, and quotes from magazines then the scanner in your pocket (your phone, using the camera app or a dedicated scanning app) is increasingly popular, particularly when scanning to create a PDF file. For scanning in volume, there is still strong demand for all-in-one and multi-function printers – particularly when combined with automated sheet feeders. Ease of use is paramount in all cases. Using an app on your mobile device to perform or control the scan gives more control of the created document and the scanning process, whether it’s offering more options on a bigger screen or even showing a preview of the scan.
Greg Shipmon, Director, Channel Development, B2B Marketing, Brother International Corporation
The digitalization of data is rapidly changing. Scanning/Capture is integral in supporting the rise in the business lifeblood for the information and data currently ushering in the digital economy. Scanning to and from mobile devices, tablets, and MFDs has accelerated dramatically in order to keep up with the way we interact, share, and consume data for business.
Scanning/Capture affects business processes, outcome, and value, and allows for businesses to address challenges, including:
- Retaining/storing content
- Accelerating remote work
- Saving content on shared drives / personal drives
- Migrating to the cloud
- Reducing risk of non-compliance with industry regulations (e.g., HIPAA, MFID)
- Reducing risk of non-compliance with privacy regulations (e.g., GDPR)
- Eliminating redundant/unnecessary information
- Limiting control and access
As a member of the Mopria Alliance, Brother has been able to address the Scanning / Capture needs of our customers, allowing them to work anytime and anywhere.
Mark Shaw, Imaging Strategist and Distinguished Technologist, HP Inc.
The prevalence of capturing documents using mobile imaging technology will continue to grow, with users expecting the same level of quality and functionality of more traditional scanner-based methods. The capture process will continue to be the ingestion point, after which the automated processing for a variety of purposes will continue to push the choices that are made during capture. Capture will move from pure acquisition to automated document routing and integration with back-end SaaS processes.
Eric McCann, Manager, Mobile Solutions Marketing, Lexmark
The need for scanning will increase as a way for end-users to deliver content from all mediums at all times. For instance, in a loan origination workflow, instead of a simple scan, the scanned documents will be analyzed for missing signatures, content, and even references.