Another Cyberattack…..it’s never ending! The latest involves disrupting operations at Ascension health care network in Kansas. After noticing unusual activity, the healthcare provider shut down operations immediately and began the investigation. Although cyberattacks happen daily, you can do something to mitigate your company’s exposure and it starts with a Network Assessment from Smile. Smile will perform a comprehensive, deep dive assessment into your network infrastructure gathering data including hardware, security plus email, cyberattack risk, O-365 environment, other servers like SQL, plus any applications that sit on your network. Reach out about an assessment, finding one loophole in your network could save you thousands of dollars, it’s well worth the small investment.

More and more K-12th and Universities are moving toward student centered collaborative learning environments. Sharp can help reinvent your classrooms to create more efficient learning spaces.  As a Sharp authorized dealer, Smile Business Products can provide schools and higher learning (private or public), with seamless integration and cost-effective solutions for both teachers and students. Most displays and Interactive White Boards are on both NASPO and Sourcewell Contracts. Reach out for more info.

Check out the informative video from Sharp.

 

Congratulations to Smile’s Service Department for being recognized by Sharp as a 2023 Platinum Level Service Dealer.

Sharp’s program recognizes and rewards service organizations, like Smile, for exceeding performance benchmarks and implementing industry best practices. Recognition is based on providing excellence service in these critical areas:

  • Using genuine Sharp parts and supplies
  • Commitment to training
  • Using remote diagnostic technology
  • Timely updating of call tracking tickets

Smile has been recognized by Sharp as a Platinum Level Service Dealer for 12 consecutive years.

Once again, congratulations to our Service Department for their hard work and dedication.

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Last month, Sharp announced that all Advanced and Essential new BP Series color models now support Pantone Color Matching.

For graphics arts, interior design, architectural industries, and even basic business needs for corporate logos and branding this is a great feature.  The best part, it’s FREE!

It’s a simple download of the Pantone Look-up table to the Sharp MFP or a customer’s graphic application.

Extremely easy to use.  Ask a Smile representative today about including on a new or existing Sharp MFP.

Contact us today.

 

Smile is proud to announce that Sharp recently won the Suppliers Horizon Award from Premier for its support of Premier members through its exceptional customer service and engagement, ability to drive value through overall excellence and commitment to lower costs.  Congratulations to Sharp for being one of 10 suppliers to receive the award this year and an overall 3-time winner!

Premier is a leading healthcare improvement and technology company that unites an alliance of more than 4,400 U.S. hospitals and health systems and approximately 250,000 other providers and organizations.

If you are a Premier member or interested in learning more about Sharp Premier pricing, contact Smile today! Smile is an authorized dealer for Sharp providing sales and service Northern and Central California and Western Nevada.

Check out the latest press release from Sharp.

 

Learn why Smile Business Products’ partnership with Crexendo provides a peace of mind that our customers deserve.

Office phone systems have always been important, but now more than ever, a phone system that integrates with Teams for those remote workers is almost essential.  Let’s face it, remote workers are not going away anytime soon.

Crexendo has many features to choose from, but to be able to leverage Crexendo VIP solutions with Teams provides a simple solution to a more complex problem; how to collaborate easily with your workforce without costing a small fortune.

In addition to the Teams integration, there are several other advantages to choosing the Crexendo hosted phone system over traditional phone systems, including:

The Crexendo hosted phone system requires less upfront investment and can often be more cost-effective in the long run, as there are no maintenance or upgrades fees.

**CURRENT PROMOTION: 15% off for all education, non-profits, and government agencies, plus, FREE activation and FREE standard shipping. (Ends June 30, 2023)**

Scalability: The Crexendo hosted phone system can be easily scaled up or down to meet changing business needs, without the need for additional hardware or infrastructure. No more making room for another server on your network rack.

Flexibility: The Crexendo hosted phone system can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection, making the system ideal for remote work and distributed teams.

Advanced features: The Crexendo hosted phone system offers advanced features such as voicemail-to-email, call forwarding, auto attendant, call queues, call center options and call recording, which can improve productivity and streamline communication…..plus, so many more!

Reliability: The Crexendo hosted phone system is more reliable than traditional phone systems, as they are hosted in three secure data centers with redundant systems, and data backup providing customers with 100% uptime guaranteed!

Support: Crexendo offers 24 | 7 support. Once the partnership begins, the Crexendo support team will schedule installation, architect the system specifications based on the assessment, and continue maintenance for the life of the contract. Smile’s local engineer is onsite for every installation.

Warranty: Crexendo offers a life-time warranty on the phones.  If a phone is having issues, another phone will be programed and dropped shipped for next day delivery.

Smile Business Products and our customers could not be happier with the Crexendo team of professionals. As our partner, we ensure that all necessary steps are taken to alleviate disruptions when porting over a new customer.

Contact us today for a FREE assessment!

 

At the 2023 National Sharp Dealer Meeting last month in Las Vegas, Sharp announced they are entering the Production Print market by previewing three production printing presses. This release marks a significant milestone for Sharp, allowing Sharp dealers to extend their reach into higher production print markets.

Smile is excited to bring this new offering to our customers. The new color press includes speeds up to 120 PPM and is equipped with a Fiery front-end and prints up to six colors in one pass in including CYMK, gold, silver bright pink, textured and clear toners. The new monochrome digital presses print at 136 and 125 PPM and are powered by Fiery NX One Print Server.

More details to follow.

To learn more, please continue to Sharps’ Press Release.

 

 

 

ONE OF THE BEST STUDENT LAPTOPS!

As an educational institution, staff and educators strive to assist students at all levels of learning.  Students need the right tools, training, and resources to excel in the classroom, and to prepare students for success, a laptop is essential.

Dynabook, formerly known as Toshiba PC Company, offers an array of laptops for all levels of education. Whether you’re looking for an alternative to a Chromebook or a more advanced model, Sharp|Dynabook|Smile can help.  No matter the model you choose, Dynabook can customize your order, add your school logo, and more. Volume discounts apply. Special promotions through June 30, 2023.

Kick off the new school year with a Dynabook!

To learn more…..

Check out the video on how Orange County Unified School District deployed 16,000 Dynabooks in 60 days.

 

 

State agencies looking to take part in the contract bidding process can often feel overwhelmed by purchasing challenges for equipment hardware, maintenance agreements, and maintenance agreement renewals.

Smile Business Products, in conjunction with Sharp, offers the NASPO ValuePoint Contract to help streamline the process, maximize efficiencies and provide access to Sharp’s award-winning MFPs.

Whether you have legacy equipment or new, Smile can help!

 

Smile is an authorized dealer and a Sharp Platinum Level Service Provider, which means Smile provides you with OEM parts and supplies, OEM firmware upgrades, and more of everything OEM!  No need to void your warranty, we have you covered!

For Quotes: Contact Us

Read more here about what NASPO has to offer.

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If you are looking for a new job in Sales, Smile is hiring!

Looking for a career in Sales? We have openings in both Sales and Business Development | Inside Sales.

We offer an excellent salary and benefit package including medical, dental, vision, 401K matching and more!

To learn more about the positions we have available, please continue to our Careers page.

Find us on Indeed and LinkedIn too!

Sharp is pleased to announce that their newest MFPs have been certified for use with Cerner Millennium. As a leader in Electronic Health Record (EHR) technology, Cerner Millennium solution enables healthcare organizations to leverage a single repository for information access and reporting purposes. Sharps BP-Series MFPs completed a stringent validation process that provides a level of assurance that Sharps MFPs will work seamlessly with Cerner Millennium.

Oracle Cerner Millennium, one of the top three EHR solution world-wide, validation is usually a requirement taken into account for healthcare bids.

For more information outlining the current Sharp MFPs for certified use with Cerner, please click here.

Contact Smile for more information and Premier Contract pricing.

How the Bitdefender Engine Helps Protect Against Malware and Data Breaches

Daily we hear about cyber-attacks that shutdown businesses worldwide.  The most recent attack in Northern California was the City of Oakland, that was hit with a ransomware attack and according to the city officials, the cost to recover will be somewhere between 1 and 9 million. Unfortunately, they join other cities around the country who have been hit by cyberattacks in the past.

Don’t think it can’t happen to your business, because frankly, it can! Take the additional step and secure your MFP with Sharp Virus Detection Kit powered by Bitdefender that can help protect against a wide range of cyber threats. This is just another layer of security from Sharp to help protect your business.

Bitdefender anti-malware protects again known and unknown malware threats including:

  • Viruses
  • Trojans
  • Worms
  • Ransomware
  • Persistent threats
  • Spyware

How does it work?  The Virus Detection Kit powered By Bitdefender supplements the native security features of the MFP by conducting meticulous virus scans of all data going in and out of the machine through the network interface, wireless interface or USB port.  There is no subscription needed, just a one-time purchase. The software can set to scan on demand, on a schedule or in real time when the data is exchanged. Activity is recorded in the MFP Audit Log and super easy to install.

Contact Smile today and find out more about how the Viruses Detection Kit can help protect your business, city, county or agency.

Each year, ENX Magazine judges Elite Dealer applicants on a number of criteria from technical service excellence to community philanthropic support, and once again Smile Business Product is among the nation’s top office technology dealerships chosen this year as a 2022 Elite Dealer.

Smile is honored to be chosen as an Elite Dealer and excited to share the great news.  Read more in our press release

Keeping with tradition, Smile Business Products, Inc. was recognized once again as a Hyakuman Kai Elite Dealer by Sharp Electronics.   Sharp awards Hyakuman Kai Elite status to exceptional dealers that have achieved sales goals set forth by Sharp.  To acknowledge our success, Suzanne Dickinson from Sharp presented Joe Reeves with a beautiful crystal eagle award and newly designed  Hyakuman Kai Elite plaque.

Without the support of our extraordinary staff and their adaptability and focus, our goals would have been more difficult to achieve; a sincere appreciation to our entire staff.

Sharp, thank you for this prestigious award and your continued support.

Earlier this month, Sharp NEC Display Solutions of America exhibited at the InfoComm ’22 in Las Vegas. InfoComm is the largest AV event in North America with over 500 exhibitors. Sharp NEC collaboration won a total of six awards including the PN-L2B AQUOS Board Interactive Display Series receiving the Commercial Integrator 2022 Best Award.

Check out the InfoComm Booth Highlight Reel and the Sharp NEC PN-L2B Series  

See something you like?  Smile offers all Sharp NEC Displays.

Last week Sharp announced a new A3 Color Workgroup Product Line and new monochrome A4 desktop MFPs. The seven new models range in speed from 26 to 45 ppm and are available immediately.

With the new release, Sharp included the latest smart features to enhance productive no matter where your staff is working. Sharp’s enhancement of cloud services such as Microsoft Teams, and the new Universal Print capabilities, makes it easy to integrated with O365 environment. Oh, and let’s not forget about the enhanced security, plus so much more!

The new A4 models feature the new WPA3 wireless encryption delivers strong Wi-Fi security for optimal protection against malicious intruders. As for the new A3 lineup those models offer 300 sheet duplexing single pass feeder, new inner folding unit for Z-fold, tri-fold and much more.

We have a great program for new customers.  Reach out for details and information about the latest new additions to the Sharp Product Line….they’re pretty cool.

Smile Business Products continues its trend by ranking in the top 25 of IT Consulting companies in the greater Sacramento area. This year, Smile secured the 15th position of IT Consulting companies in Sacramento, Placer, El Dorado, and Yolo counties. Smile specializes in IT support, network security, disaster recovery, data backup and more. Smile’s footprint reaches from Central California, north to the Oregon border, and into Western Nevada.

Contact us for information about our solutions, and let us protect your most valuable asset, your business.

Source: Sacramento Business Journal 

 

More Color, More Precision

The 80″ Class 8K Ultra-HD LCD Display is the second generation of professional 8K displays from Sharp. Packed with 33 million pixels, and a 7,680 x 4,320 resolution, makes it 16 times higher than full HD and gives you the presence of on-screen images.  Color values in each pixel have 1.07 billion colors, making the images pop and come to life.  Ideal for professionals; whether you’re in the medical field, automotive industry, design studios, a professional sports teams, museums, or TV broadcasting, 8K provides exquisite picture quality. There is no other display like it!  3 Year Warranty included with purchase, plus two additional years are optional.

Sharp has recently announced a price decrease which makes these display extremely attractive and more affordable.

Bring your images to life using 8K and HDR for a wider range of color.  Click here for more information.

Contact Smile today at 800-790-7701.

 

 

 

As staffing issues continue and budgets are being evaluated, Sharp contracts are more important that ever.  Using a pre-negotiated Sharp contract can help streamline the contracting process to save you time and money, while providing award-winning products, sales and service from a local authorized dealer like Smile Business Products.

All Sharp’s contracts offer pre-negotiated pricing whether you are a Government, Educational, Non-Profit or Healthcare organization. These contracts are competitively bid, evaluated and awarded and usually include Sharp hardware, software and services.

Don’t waste your time writing an RFP, take advantage of a Sharp contract that best meets your needs.  Check out the video.

To learn more about Sharp’s negotiated contracts, please contact Smile.

 

As all level’s of education begin to plan for the fall, it’s important to incorporate a hybrid learning environment, especially at the university level.

The IT department at Denmark Technical College (DTC), located in South Carolina worked closely with Sharp to design and implement a solutions that will remain relevant beyond the pandemic.  Let’s face it, the classroom model is likely to change with the continuation of  hybrid learning.

 

The Sharp AQUOS Interactive Whiteboards supports this hybrid technology the way colleges approach education.

To learn more about how Sharp was instrumental in helping DTC, check out this latest blog.