Sharp Announces New Models

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 Ranked #15 Among IT Consulting Companies in Sacramento

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 

 

Sharp 80″ 8K Display – Bring your Images to Life!

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.

 

 

 

Streamline Your Contracting Process with Sharp

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.

 

Revolutionize a Hybrid Learning Environment

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.

 

 

Does Your School Need a Technology Makeover?

Does your school need a technology makeover? If you’re still writing on chalkboards and using projectors – or even if you’re working on older smartboard models – the answer is yes! Read how a technology makeover at a high school in Texas provided solutions such as AQUOS BOARD interactive displays to enhance #collaboration.

Technology is at the core of virtually everything we do and exposing students to cutting-edge devices at a young age can set them up for success in the future. New display technology in the classroom allows teachers to streamline their daily plans and allows for an interactive environment for all to learn.

Take the time to read this article about how Sharp was able to help this school, and others, update their technology to provide a more interactive and collaborative environment.

To learn more about the Sharp AQUOS Interactive Whiteboards, give Smile a call.

The Sharp AQUOS BOARD Helps Increase Student Participation

The Sharp AQUOS BOARD is a beneficial addition to the classroom with advanced display technology and intuitive built-in features. AQUOS BOARD interactive displays enables instructors to easily present information, capture notes, share information and increase participation amongst students.

In addition to a built-in media player with 4K resolution and front mounted speakers, the AQUOS Board provides an open system platform to seamlessly integrate with various learning management systems.

Check out the video from Sharp.

Would you like a hands on demonstration?  Contact Smile today!

To learn more about all of the Sharp AQUOS Interactive White Boards, click here to visit our site.

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Cyberattacks – How to Outsmart a Cybercriminal

Over the past year, the pandemic has set many records. According to the FBI, there was a 300% increase in “reported” Cybercrime in 2020. Hackers were stealth by taking advantage of work from home employees, and as a result caused a 20% security breach in organizations.  And what is more concerning is the lack of movement by organizations to protect themselves with the simplest of multilayer security.  Take time to read this blog from Sharp…it’s worth it! 

Click here to learn more about Smile Managed Network Services

Want to Achieve Optimum Security around your Sharp MFP?

As we continue to focus on MFP security in the month of May, here’s a checklist from Sharp helping you achieve maximum security around your Sharp MFP or printer to protect your data.  It seems like weekly we hear new of a cyber-attack, why not mitigate threats at all levels of your organization including the MFP and printer by managing:

  • Access Control & Passwords
  • Network & Communications
  • Data Encryption & Overwrite
  • Perform Periodic Audits

Just by taking a few simple steps will keep your data and network safe.

For more information about Sharps Security Suite, give us a call to review.

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Platinum Level Service Award from Sharp!

We did it again!  Smile Business Products is once again a Platinum Level Service Provider for 2020-2021 earning Sharp’s distinguished service award.  Congratulations to all our dedicated technicians, well deserved on your 10th consecutive year!

Smile Business Products is Hiring!

Join Our Team!  Smile Business Products is hiring!

We have excellent salary and benefit packages, including Medical, Dental and Vision + 401K matching! Company car and/or expense allowance for some positions, you have to be sure to be getting 24 7 services.

Check out our openings.

For the 20th straight year, Smile Business Products, Inc. was recognized 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, Sharp includes a beautiful crystal eagle award.

A year of challenge and change was the moto for 2020. 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.

Windows Collaboration Display from Sharp! It’s So Simple to Use

As we start to make our way back to the office, envision this? A meeting is starting in 10 minutes, you’re trying to figure out what cable is the correct one to plug into your laptop, is the camera on, are the speakers working. You think you’re ready for the meeting but no.  The camera is not working!  Have you been there? I’m sure we all have at one point in our career.  Why not make it easy with the Windows Collaboration Display from Sharp!  It’s as simple as walk in, plug in and start work!

Just walk in, plug in the 8m USB-C cable and it automatically switches to the right input for whatever information you want to display. You’re instantly ready to start your meeting. Really, its that easy and it’s worth the few extra dollars!

The Microsoft certified 4K Ultra HD 70-inch display is ideal for meeting spaces, boardrooms, training rooms and almost anywhere else with an office environment you can imagine. With a built-in microphone, high quality camera and IoT sensor hub, it works seamlessly with the Microsoft 365 collaboration tools. Microsoft Office application allow staff to work together and be more creative and Teams provides the online meeting solutions including annotation, overlay and presentation tools for the ultimate in collaboration. Lastly, Microsoft Azure Digital Twins is an IoT platform to help with the physical environment such as occupancy, room bookings, light control,  HVAC control and air quality.

Worried about the cabling?  Don’t be.  The single USB-C connector, which is used with latest Windows and Apple Mac notebooks, provides high-speed, high-bandwidth data transfer for multiple functions, include 4K video, internet network and application data. With split screens and built-in casting, up to five devices can be connected simultaneously whether its Windows or Android, i.e., phones, tables, or laptops. If you don’t have hardware that supports the USB-C connection, don’t worry a HDMI and USB cable connection will still have you fully functioning.

The display comes with a three year warranty from Sharp. Set up and delivery by Smile.

Check out the video from Sharp.

Contact Smile for our Back to the Office Promotion now through the end of June.

Are your Managed Documents & Print Services at Risk of a Cyberattack?

A company of any size shouldn’t take cybersecurity lightly. The rise of digital systems that streamline workflows and provide near-instantaneous communications also puts organizations at risk. Malware containing ransomware can wreak havoc in a company’s system and lead to a complete shutdown of its network.

If the company doesn’t ensure they also protect these devices connecting to their network, it may become a vulnerability in itself. Every device on a company’s network is a target for threat actors and cybercriminals. By investing in digitally connected IoT devices, companies are increasing their cybersecurity attack surface. This makes it essential to ensure they have adequate business security solutions in place.

As we focus on MFP security in the month of May, here’s a great article from DPS Magazine about managing your document and print vulnerabilities. Its not all about managing your network and applications, but also the devices and documents.

Within the article George Grafanakis, Associate Director, Hardware Product Management for Sharp, highlights Sharp’s whitelisting features that detect attempts to machines and deny access if the source data is not on the whitelist. This is one of many features Sharp offers to safeguard your data and protect your business.

To learn more about all the security features that Sharp offers on their MFP, please call us for an appointment. Virtual or in-person, it’s up to you!

 

 

 

 

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Environmental Initiatives from Sharp

Sharps commitment to environmental sustainability includes planning, design, manufacturing, distribution and end of life management. As a multi-year winner of Energy Star Partner of the Year award sponsored by the EPA and DOE, Sharp continues to strive to create both energy-saving and energy-creating products.  A very popular program by Sharp, Toner Recycling Program: Stop, Drop, Recycle offers customers an easy way to recycle their used Sharp toner cartridges in bulk by providing a pre-paid Recycling Kit.

For more information on this program and to order your recycle boxes, please contact Smile or read here.

Smile Business Products Honored by Sharp for Outstanding Achievement

Press Release

For the 20th straight year, Smile Business Products, Inc. was recognized 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, Sharp includes a beautiful crystal eagle award.

A year of challenge and change was the moto for 2020. 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.

 

The New Sharp High Volume Color Document Systems

The Sharp MX-7081 and MX-8081 Color Document Systems are built using the latest technology available to deliver the performance, features and reliability needed in today’s busy workplace environments. Built for high-volume environments, central reprographics departments and copy rooms, these new document systems are complemented by the robust paper handling and productive output capabilities once found only in commercial print facilities. These new models also offer leading-edge security features to help businesses protect their data and personal information.

The highlights are:

  • Adobe Embedded Print Engine – New generation RIP technology delivers faster print processing speeds, rendering capability products high-quality output, ideal for mobile and cloud environments and maximizes printing efficiency in education environments that use Chromebook computers.
  • Free Pantone Color matching
  • New Box and Dropbox Connectors – Embedded connectors that are downloadable from Sharp-PC service, users can scan directly from MFP to Box and Dropbox accounts, print documents from these accounts as well as move, upload and rename from the MFP.
  • Auto Set Features that automatically adjusts six scan setting: Resolution, Blank Page Skip, Single- or Double-sided document, image orientation, mono/grayscale detection
  • Adjust skewed PDF.
  • Multi-layered, Leading Edge Security Features: Firmware Attack Prevention and Self Recovery, Application Whitelisting and Supports Active Directory Group Policy at the Device.
  • 300 Sheet DSP Feeder
  • Scans up to 150 Business Cards.
  • More Media options: including 300gsm, embossed paper and envelops.
  • New Finishers – Produces up to 80-page booklets.
  • New Embedded Fiery Print Server
  • And so much more!

The perfect MFP for copy rooms, reprographics departments and daily office use.

Contact us today to schedule an demo…..your office or ours!

Sharp Wins Prestigious Awards – 2020

 

In the midst of the pandemic, Sharp still managed to move forward by receiving numerous awards from Buyers Lab (BLI) and other prestigious industry awards.

Congratulations Sharp, well done!

Check out all the awards.

Sharp Remote Device Manager V2.11 – New & Improved

On-Premises Device Management Tool to manage Sharp Devices

Sharp Remote Device Manager (SRDM), installed at the customer’s location, allows IT Administrators and servicing dealers to efficiently manager both Sharp MFPs | Printers and displays.  All data remains at the customers site, customer retains control at all times, and communication stays within the firewall.

Features include: Monitoring the device for consumables, device configuration and cloning, centralized security control, and assisting with remote front panel access and web page set up for faster assistance.  Create weekly or monthly reports to allow IT administrator to be better informed with device management. With the rollout of the new version, SRDM now supports printer servers such as PaperCut, Kayleigh, Synappx Go and more.

Interested in a demonstration? Plan for 20 minutes, quick and to the point!  Give us a call.

 

Compact MFP for Your Home Office or Workplace

Sharp, C357F, Copier, Printer, ScannerThe Sharp MX-C357F desktop color copier, printer and scanner is designed with robust technology and has features typically found on more expensive MFPs. This devices delivers the performance and reliability customers want in their workspace. Great addition to the Work from Anywhere Bundles from Sharp. 

All this and more available at Smile! Give us a call.

Cerner Millennium Certification for Sharp MFPs!

Cerner – Connecting People and Systems Worldwide

 

Smile Business Products, in conjunction with Sharp, continue to support the healthcare industry whether it’s at the clinical, hospital, financial or operational level.  Cerner Electronic Health Record (EHR) solutions connect people and systems at more than 27,500 facilities worldwide.

Cerner, as well as other EHR providers have their own set of requirements for any device to be utilized on their system. With any new technology comes risks, and this is why Sharp offers a comprehensive document and device security that is critical to today’s healthcare environments.

Sharp MFPs are put through hours of rigorous testing to earn certifications to meet requirements to be compatible with Cerner product offerings. Smile is pleased to announce the newest MFP’s that are certified with Cerner Millennium including the Sharp Monochrome Essential and Advanced Series Document Systems.  Sharp continues the certification process by adding more models to the list of Cerner validated and compatible devices; more to come later this Spring and early Fall.

For more information regarding Sharp Cerner certification updates, model validation and additional models to be added, please contact Smile.