The Imaging Channel https://www.theimagingchannel.com The New World of Office Technology Fri, 18 Sep 2020 13:58:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.1 Centric Business Systems Celebrates 30 Years in Business https://www.theimagingchannel.com/centric-business-systems-celebrates-30-years-in-business/ Thu, 17 Sep 2020 21:13:02 +0000 https://www.theimagingchannel.com/?p=12436 Owings Mills, MD — Centric Business Systems, a leading provider of document management technology, is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Founded

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Owings Mills, MD — Centric Business Systems, a leading provider of document management technology, is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Founded in August 1990 as Copy World in Woodlawn, Maryland, the company has grown to be a major technology services provider with eight locations in the mid-Atlantic region, encompassing Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C.

“We’re so proud to be celebrating 30 years of growth, and we couldn’t have done it without our team of passionate, dedicated employees,” said President Rick Bastinelli. “We’ve worked hard to create a productive and caring culture that encourages everyone to succeed, and to stand behind a commitment of outstanding service and total customer satisfaction.”

Centric’s milestones and honors over the years include LEED Gold certification of the corporate headquarters in Owings Mills, recognition of Bastinelli as an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, and being named Sharp’s largest dual-line dealer in America.

“We offer a combination of outstanding hardware and software solutions supported by technology partners that allow us to make a positive impact on our customers,” said Bastinelli. “In an industry where those businesses that don’t adapt to changing technology often fail, we’ve continually invested in growth, expansion, and new products and services to meet customers’ needs. All this has allowed us to not only survive but thrive in a time of unprecedented change.”

One thing that has not changed is customer expectations for comprehensive, end-to-end solutions provided with responsiveness, integrity, professionalism and reliability. Centric is committed to continuing to meet and exceed those expectations.

“This is a terrific business, and the rewards are worth the efforts,” said Bastinelli. “I enjoy the daily interaction with our employees, customers, and vendors, and look forward to another 30 years.”

About Centric

For 30 years, Centric has been giving organizations powerful document management solutions that improve productivity and save money. From managed print services and production print solutions to multi-function hardware and wide-format printers, Centric is committed to delivering reliable document technology that makes businesses better. The only locally owned document management company serving the entire mid-Atlantic region, Centric has earned its reputation for outstanding solutions, unparalleled support, and reliable service. For more information visit www.centricbiz.com.

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5 Print Management Challenges You Can Solve With the Right RFID Reader https://www.theimagingchannel.com/print-management-rfid-webinar-elatec/ Thu, 17 Sep 2020 16:48:20 +0000 https://www.theimagingchannel.com/?p=12422 Your customers — end-user organizations — are facing multiple print management challenges today. Join us for this important webinar to learn how to solve pervasive multi-function printer user authentication and access control challenges with the selection of the right RFID reader.

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Your customers — end-user organizations — are facing multiple print management challenges today. Join us for this important webinar to learn how to solve pervasive multi-function printer user authentication and access control challenges with the selection of the right RFID reader.

You will learn how to:

• Solve customer concerns about COVID-19

• Mitigate MFP endpoint security risks

• Prepare for and manage mixed fleets and their cost impacts

• Secure single-function printers from data breach

• Serve beyond customer requirements to address underlying needs

 

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Canon U.S.A. Helps Bridge the Document Workflow Divide between the Corporate Office and the Home Office https://www.theimagingchannel.com/canon-u-s-a-helps-bridge-the-document-workflow-divide-between-the-corporate-office-and-the-home-office/ Thu, 17 Sep 2020 14:52:32 +0000 https://www.theimagingchannel.com/?p=12419 MELVILLE, N.Y., September 17, 2020 — Gartner predicts that, “through 2024, around 40% of all employees working remotely will work

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MELVILLE, N.Y., September 17, 2020 — Gartner predicts that, “through 2024, around 40% of all employees working remotely will work more than one day a week from home but not all week1.” While businesses navigate a blended work environment, it is imperative they implement solutions that can help all employees stay connected and maintain access to critical business information – regardless of location – while also implementing sophisticated security and control features.

With this in mind, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is expanding its product offering with a new desktop printer and multifunction printer (MFP) line to support hybrid and remote working environments. The imageCLASS X Series consists of a color printer and MFP printing at speeds of up to 28ppm (pages-per-minute), and a black-and-white printer and MFP printing at speeds of up to 40ppm. Due to their small footprint, rich feature set, competitive price points, and tight integration with certain Canon office solutions, these models are designed for users in a variety of work environments, such as the corporate office, the home office, or a combination of both.

With optional uniFLOW Online, supported on all imageCLASS X models, organizations and administrators can benefit from enhanced security features, detailed reporting, and comprehensive tracking and management for potential cost savings. The end result—a print and scan infrastructure that’s flexible, incorporates security features, and is built for today’s work environment.

The similar ease of operation of the imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX multifunction printers in the office, as well as the desktop imageCLASS X models at home, can allow for a smooth transition between the two work environments. Both imageCLASS X and imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX models support the Canon PRINT Business app*, allowing users to perform many functions simply and conveniently from their compatible smartphone.

“While the workplace evolves, Canon continues to support its customers in their digital transformation initiatives by preparing them for a blended work environment,” said Shinichi Yoshida, executive vice president and general manager, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Canon is dedicated to developing solutions that align with current customer and market needs, and these new solutions, which are designed to support new ways of working, serve as a prime example of that commitment.”

 Availability:

The imageCLASS X Series is comprised of the Color imageCLASS X MF1127C (MSRP: $1,595.00), Color imageCLASS X LBP1127C (MSRP: $1,295.00), imageCLASS X MF1238 (MSRP: $1,195.00) and imageCLASS X LBP1238 (MSRP: $599.00). These models are available now through Authorized Canon Dealers.

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Konica Minolta Approves RELYCO’s REVLAR Substrates for Use on Its AccurioPress C14000 https://www.theimagingchannel.com/konica-minolta-approves-relycos-revlar-substrates-for-use-on-its-accuriopress-c14000/ Thu, 17 Sep 2020 14:24:18 +0000 https://www.theimagingchannel.com/?p=12415 Ramsey, NJ, Sept. 17, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta), a leader in industrial

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Ramsey, NJ, Sept. 17, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta), a leader in industrial and commercial printing and packaging solutions, today announced the testing and approval of RELYCO®’s 10.7 mil and 13.7 mil REVLAR Premium Synthetic Paper for use on the AccurioPress C14000 high-volume production press. As a result, RELYCO’s REVLAR® synthetic paper has been added to Konica Minolta’s Approved Media Guide.

“As we launch our new and improved AccurioPress digital presses, we want to ensure media substrates will perform as expected, offering business continuity and peace of mind for our clients,” said Dino Pagliarello, Senior Vice President, Product Management and Planning, Konica Minolta. “The next generation Simitri V toner used by our new presses improves image quality and color fidelity. And in order to make sure that image quality renders properly to the substrates, such as RELYCO’s synthetic paper, our team performs meticulous testing so our customers can confidently know that the media and digital press meets their highest expectations.”

RELYCO products now approved on the AccurioPress C14000:

  • 10.7 mil (368 gsm) REVLAR Premium
  • 13.7 mil (510 gsm) REVLAR Premium

REVLAR Premium Synthetic Paper is RELYCO’s best synthetic paper. It is the brightest white and most opaque paper offered, with a deluxe coating. REVLAR is waterproof, tear-proof, washable, sanitizable, fade-resistant and recyclable – no need to laminate. This substrate is ideal for a multitude of applications. REVLAR’s thicker mils are particularly well suited for menus, signage, manuals, maps, tags, cards, guides and brochures.

“We’re excited to have earned this approval from Konica Minolta,” stated Bruce Steinberg, CEO of RELYCO. “Our thicker REVLAR mils are in high-demand with clients who need a more substantial material for their projects. We are thrilled to have them tested and approved for use on the AccurioPress C14000. This is wonderful assurance for Konica Minolta customers that our thicker REVLAR will work on their machines, which allows them to enjoy the opportunities that the full range of our REVLAR line can introduce to their business.”

Konica Minolta’s Formalized Substrate Testing Process and Media Guide

Several factors, including increasingly higher production speeds, have necessitated closer inspection of substrates to assess their suitability for Konica Minolta AccurioPress digital presses. Papers must be well manufactured, run consistently and generally meet the demands of the press from pick-up and registration through to toner transfer, fusing and exiting the press for post-processing steps. Konica Minolta’s approval process includes testing on feed, fusing, jamming, registration, slipping, curling and scratching. Approved substrates are added to the new Media Guide, created for commercial printers as a trusted resource for a wide variety of substrates.

RELYCO Product Samples and Availability

To request samples of REVLAR and all RELYCO products, visit RELYCO’S sample request page and register for the specific samples you would like to try. All of RELYCO’s substrates approved by Konica Minolta are available today. For pricing and more information, contact RELYCO by phone: 800.777.7359, email: info@relyco.com or visit: https://store.relyco.com

 

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Dudek, Zygoquest Advised Upstream Office Solutions on Sale to Applied Imaging https://www.theimagingchannel.com/dudek-zygoquest-advised-upstream-office-solutions-on-sale-to-applied-imaging/ Wed, 16 Sep 2020 16:05:11 +0000 https://www.theimagingchannel.com/?p=12402 September 2020 – Mike Dudek and Rich Wisniewski of Zygoquest Group “seeking to unite” served as the advisor to Upstream

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September 2020 – Mike Dudek and Rich Wisniewski of Zygoquest Group “seeking to unite” served as the advisor to Upstream Office Solutions and its owners Mark and Jillian Wild on the sale of assets to Applied Imaging.  Terms of the transaction are confidential.

About Upstream Office Solutions (www.upstreamofficesolutions.com)

Upstream Office Solutions, located in Tampa Bay, Florida, was owned and operated by Mark and Jillian Wild.  Upstream Office Solutions was a full-line authorized Toshiba dealer and authorized to sell and service printers for Kyocera and Epson.  Upstream Office Solutions provided office equipment and document solutions and services to customers located throughout the Tampa Bay, Florida metropolitan market.

About Applied Imaging (www.appliedimaging.com)

Applied Imaging is owned and operated by John Lowery and is the nation’s premier office technology solutions provider.  Applied Imaging offers businesses peace of mind by offering office solutions for every phase of their document lifecycle – copiers and printers, managed print services, document management, managed IT services, facilities management, and shredding.  Applied Imaging is headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan and operates 14 locations throughout Michigan, Ohio, and Florida. Since 1987, Applied Imaging has been recognized for being one of the nation’s most innovative and customer friendly technology dealers. Other awards earned include INC5000 Fastest Growing Privately Held Companies in the Nation, Crain’s Cool Places to Work, Best & Brightest Places to Work, Elite Dealer Awards from Canon, Ricoh, and ENX, and more. John Lowery, President of Applied Imaging, had been named Michigan’s Small Business Person of the Year in 2012 and Ernst & Young’s Michigan & Northern Ohio Entrepreneur of the Year.

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PrinterLogic Achieves Sharp Validation for New Control Panel Application https://www.theimagingchannel.com/printerlogic-achieves-sharp-validation-for-new-control-panel-application/ Wed, 16 Sep 2020 15:39:31 +0000 https://www.theimagingchannel.com/?p=12400 MONTVALE, N.J., Sept. 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America, a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation and PrinterLogic, a

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MONTVALE, N.J.Sept. 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America, a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation and PrinterLogic, a global leader in Serverless Printing Infrastructure, today announce that PrinterLogic has received Sharp OSA validation of its Control Panel Application (CPA) for Sharp multifunction printers (MFPs). Product validation by Sharp verifies that PrinterLogic’s CPA integrates seamlessly with Sharp OSA-enabled MFPs to deliver secure print release functionality to users and advanced CPA management tools for IT admins.

The new CPA, developed with technical guidance from Sharp, provides an intuitive touchscreen interface and a variety of authentication options including badge scan, smartphone release, and dual-factor authentication (DFA). As print security becomes more and more fundamental to organizations of every size, secure features and integrations like DFA have become essential.

“Having a PrinterLogic integration for our Sharp OSA-enabled MFPs will facilitate fast, easy and secure print release for our customers,” said Vince Jannelli, Associate VP, Software Product Management at Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America. “This will be a welcome addition for IT directors and system administrators who are tasked with securing confidential information in their organizations.”

PrinterLogic’s Sharp CPA also provides Single Sign-On (SSO) support that can function as SSO “provider” and SSO “listener.” That is, it can be the lead sign-on interface, or it can skip authentication entirely if users have already signed on through another app. In addition, the Sharp CPA enables copy and scan tracking. When enabled, admins can track all print, scan, and copy activity across their organization down to the user level. This advanced reporting feature gives decision-makers the necessary visibility to inform cost-saving initiatives.

“Sharp gets it — the world is moving to SaaS,” said Garrett Helmer, Senior Vice President of Channels at PrinterLogic. “Sharp’s testing and validation of our new CPA enables our SaaS customers to have a true serverless printing infrastructure for secure release printing from Sharp devices.”

The new Sharp CPA, which is available now to PrinterLogic SaaS customers, is built on the company’s new Control Panel Platform. The platform offers consistent user experience and enhanced performance across all printer brands. For more information visit PrinterLogic’s secure release printing web page.

For a list of supported Sharp OSA-enabled MFPs, visit https://www.printerlogic.com/cpa/ and select Sharp from the dropdown menu.

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Innovation Takes Virtual Center Stage at Annual HP Reinvent Partner Event  https://www.theimagingchannel.com/innovation-takes-virtual-center-stage-at-annual-hp-reinvent-partner-event%e2%80%af/ Wed, 16 Sep 2020 14:33:48 +0000 https://www.theimagingchannel.com/?p=12397 Palo Alto, CA – September 16, 2020 — Today at HP Reinvent, HP Inc.’s annual global partner event, the company unveiled

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Palo Alto, CA – September 16, 2020 — Today at HP Reinvent, HP Inc.’s annual global partner event, the company unveiled a range of new offerings and sustainability initiatives designed to help partners meet and exceed customers’ evolving expectations. Inviting its partners to ‘Amplify our Future Together’, HP delivered an agenda centered around the evolving industry landscape and transformative trends shaping our world today.

Hosted by members of HP’s leadership team, including President & Chief Executive Officer Enrique Lores and Chief Commercial Officer Christoph Schell, the event explored a broad range of topics centered around the evolving customer journey and digital transformation, the rise of the prosumer, the future of education and work, cybersecurity in the new normal, among other topics, and a call-to-action for partners to embrace HP’s long-standing commitment to Sustainable Impact and equality.

Luminary guest speakers include Mastercard CEO Ajay Banga; Fast Company Editor-in-Chief Stephanie Mehta; IMAGINE Chair Paul Polman; author and entrepreneur Bonin Bough; Zuora CEO Tien Tzuo; and Deputy Chief Information & Security Officer, State Dept., Bob Bigman, among others.

“The key to innovation is understanding our customers – pushing technology to the limit and generating new imaginative solutions aimed at meeting the needs of customers in the new normal,” said Christoph Schell, Chief Commercial Officer at HP. “The forces shaping our world and the way in which we do business today have dramatically shifted. Together with our partners we must define a course for the future where we are defined by the outcomes we enable, not simply the products we sell.”

Enhanced PC solutions to enable new ways of working

The future of work has accelerated on a dramatic scale with several years’ worth of transformation happening in mere months. Employees rapidly shifted to working from home, businesses big and small raced to replace physical transactions, connections and workflows with digital counterparts, and students and teachers adapted to online learning. As hybrid organizations and workplaces become the new standard, IT departments are focusing on making remote employees as productive, connected, and secure as possible.

To address this new reality, HP today introduced a range of enhanced PC solutions designed to address a variety of rapidly evolving work environments, providing flexibility for partners and customers of all sizes. New PC innovations include:

  • HP ProBook 635 Aero G7, the world’s lightest AMD-based business notebook
  • HP ProBook 600 G8 and 400 G8 PC Series designed for professionals at growing companies
  • HP EliteDesk 805 G6 Series designed to meet the demands of a multi-task workday
  • HP ProDesk 405 G6 Series featuring the latest AMD Ryzen™ PRO series processors
  • HP E24t G4 Touch Monitor with integrated fast and responsive in-cell touch technology
  • HP E24d and E27d Conferencing Monitors optimized for virtual collaboration
  • HP Business Boost: bundled PS and Print hardware and services optimized for SMBs
  • HP Device as a Service (DaaS) program updates

Reinvented print solutions deliver value, simplicity and efficiency

The shift to remote and distributed workforces has accelerated many companies’ efforts for remote management and digitized workflows. As customer buying behaviors continue to evolve – everyone – from large enterprises and governments to SMBs and individual employees have had to adapt to new workspaces and digital business methods.

In response to these changing dynamics, the company launched new print products, services and solutions optimized to enable new ways of working, new ways of managing and new ways of buying.

New Print innovations include:

  • HP LaserJet Enterprise 400 Series, HP’s smallest enterprise-class experience
  • HP DesignJet portfolio for architect, engineer, construction and home offices
  • Document Workflow Cloud solution for simplifying the flow of information from paper to digital
  • Fleet Onboarding tool enabling partners to quickly onboard HP Workpath across printer fleet
  • Expansion of subscription-based plans for toner

Call to action to drive meaningful change in diversifying the IT channel ecosystem

HP’s dedication to sustainable impact has long been integral to its business strategy and operations. As a central component of HP’s new Amplify channel partner program launching November 1, HP today issued a call-to-action to its partner community to lean in to driving meaningful change across the global IT industry across the three pillars of Sustainable Impact: people, planet and community – with an emphasis on racial and gender equality.

HP Amplify Impact represents a first-of-its kind partner assessment and training program, providing the tools and resources required to identify potential gaps in the goals partners wish to set and provide guidance on how to achieve those goals. Partners will be recognized via an annual certification and awards program. The company set an ambitious goal of enrolling at least 50 percent of its global channel partners in the voluntary program by 2025.

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91% of SMBs Would Consider Using or Switching to a New IT Service Provider if Offered the ‘Right’ Cybersecurity Solution https://www.theimagingchannel.com/91-of-smbs-would-consider-using-or-switching-to-a-new-it-service-provider-if-offered-the-right-cybersecurity-solution/ Wed, 16 Sep 2020 14:33:08 +0000 https://www.theimagingchannel.com/?p=12417 TAMPA, Fla. (Sept. 16, 2020) – Cybersecurity remains a top priority for SMBs worldwide, as revealed in a survey conducted

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TAMPA, Fla. (Sept. 16, 2020) – Cybersecurity remains a top priority for SMBs worldwide, as revealed in a survey conducted by Vanson Bourne and commissioned by ConnectWise, the leading provider of intelligent software and expert services for technology solution providers (TSPs). The second annual ConnectWise SMB State of Cybersecurity report released today found that more than three-quarters of the respondents worried they will be the target of an attack in the next six months, and 91% of SMBs said they would consider using or moving to a new IT service provider if it offered the “right” cybersecurity solution.

Sixty-eight percent of respondents said the “right” offering means having confidence in an MSP’s ability to respond to security incidents, while 58% stated it’s having confidence in an MSP’s ability to minimize damage or loss.

“There is an increased market opportunity for MSPs who participate in an ongoing basis in cybersecurity training, remain current on the latest threats, and become versed in cybersecurity technology,” said Jay Ryerse, CISSP, vice president of cybersecurity initiatives for ConnectWise. “As MSPs raise their understanding across the entire cybersecurity discipline, they find themselves strongly positioned for growth in a post-pandemic economic recovery, emerging from the experience stronger and more agile, and with customers better prepared for the cybersecurity challenges that lie ahead.”

With 86% of SMBs placing cybersecurity within the top five priorities for their organization, six in 10 will invest more in cybersecurity because it reduces risk for their organization. The research also highlights that over half of SMBs surveyed (52%) agree they lack the in-house skills necessary to properly deal with security issues, and 49% of SMBs find more cybersecurity expertise as an added benefit of working with an MSP.

This interest in cybersecurity investment suggests SMBs are seeking out MSPs to help close the skills gap and presents a growing market opportunity for MSPs to protect clients against the expanding threat landscape.

“The survey’s findings show what we know to be true: Confidence remains a key factor for SMBs in choosing the ‘right’ MSP offering for their business needs,” said Ryerse. “Currently, only 13% of SMBs are having regular cybersecurity-related conversations with their MSP. Even more worrisome is the fact that 29% of SMBs talk to their MSP about cybersecurity only after they have suffered an incident. It’s clear that MSPs must work to reinforce that confidence and build closer relationships with their clients.”

While COVID-19 has resulted in an increase in the number of cyberattacks, the pandemic did not significantly impact respondents’ views towards prioritizing cybersecurity. However, COVID-19 has raised new concerns for SMBs, with 79% of respondents worrying about their remote devices or remote employees being breached. As SMBs continue to explore and expand their remote workforce, this can also present areas of growth for MSPs.

The study was carried out between June and July 2020 and gathered information from 700 IT and business decision makers who are involved in cybersecurity in their organization. The research reveals that cybersecurity continues to be top of mind for SMBs globally, with respondents coming from the U.S. (300), the U.K. (150), Canada (100), and Australia and New Zealand (150). Respondents’ organizations have between 10 and 1,000 employees and belong to a range of sectors.

To read the full report, ConnectWise’s SMB State of Cybersecurity, is available for download here.

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Virtual Desktops and Cloud Print Management Solutions https://www.theimagingchannel.com/virtual-desktops-and-cloud-print-management-solutions/ Wed, 16 Sep 2020 14:30:17 +0000 https://www.theimagingchannel.com/?p=12392 A year ago this month Microsoft announced the worldwide availability of Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) hosted on their Azure cloud

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A year ago this month Microsoft announced the worldwide availability of Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) hosted on their Azure cloud platform. WVD is a response to enterprise IT department demands to make the management of servers, desktop operating systems, and applications less burdensome and, in hindsight, was seemingly prescient to the needs of the new hybrid office and work from home transformation that COVID-19 pressed onto the world’s workplaces. The number of cloud print announcements and articles has also grown since last year as challenges grew for enterprises to deliver easy, secure, and managed printing capabilities to their distributed remote employees.

WVD lets enterprises quickly create scalable multisession deployments of the Windows 10 operating system (OS) and provide virtualized Microsoft 365 applications to users of desktops or laptops wherever they are located. Removing the need for IT to manage and update the OS and application installations on individual desktop PCs and laptops makes it a good solution to support the new hybrid office and work from home (or anywhere) workforce. WVD removes the need for local servers and, in the short term, provides IT cost savings to enterprises and SMBs alike.

Printing, and the resulting need to manage it, remains important in the migration to the cloud. However, many IT departments continue to use expensive to maintain local print servers to manage and control printing in enterprises. Cloud print management solutions deliver similar benefits to IT as WVD does in desktop and app deployments by removing print management pain points like:

  • Purchasing, installing, and managing local print servers
  • Installing, managing, and updating printer drivers
  • Support for mobile print needs
  • Active printer creation and administration of user access to the printer
  • Overall network print security

Combining a cloud print management solution and a WVD environment can enable an IT department to deliver a laptop or portable desktop PC quickly to a remote user and provide them print capabilities that can be easily supported, managed, and secured. We have written about many of the cloud print solutions now available from many of the major OEMs and software vendors.

ThinPrint’s ezeep cloud print solution is a bit unique. It provides the features expected such as driverless and serverless printing, print data encryption, easy and fast printer additions and configurations, pull printing, print tracking, print payment and quotas, print rules, mobile printing, guest printing, and many others. But while like many other cloud print management solutions it uses connectors that can be installed on a network-connected PC, laptop, or print server (wait a minute — isn’t cloud printing supposed to remove the need for a server?) ThinPrint also offers an appliance called “ezeep Hub.” The ezeep Hub appliance can be installed anywhere on the network where it automatically searches for printers. Printers can then be added to the ezeep cloud and assigned to users. Being the single point of contact to the cloud for all the enterprise’s printers, the ezeep Hub also adds a layer of security to help prevent network printer hacks.

ThinPrint’s ezeep was also the exclusive launch partner for WVD printing, making “ezeep for Windows Virtual Desktop” available on the Azure Marketplace at virtually the same time as WVD, and ThinPrint is one of three print solution providers listed on Microsoft’s Windows Virtual Desktop partner integrations page. November 2019 saw the company announce the integration of the ezeep connector into the IGEL OS (IGEL is a leading provider of Edge OS solutions for cloud workspaces), in January “ezeep for Windows Virtual Desktop” received Citrix certification, and just this week the company announced the ezeep API for software developers to help companies switch from Google Cloud Printing that is being discontinued at the end of this year. It seems clear and impressive that ThinPrint is positioning itself to be a leader in cloud and virtual desktop printing solutions.

With studies showing more than half of businesses investing in remote monitoring of infrastructure, networks, and applications, 45% planning to invest in connectivity and network modernization, and 42% accelerating cloud adoption investment, there is much opportunity for imaging channel resellers. As IT continues to respond to the permanent need of supporting distributed workforces, printers will increasingly be viewed as “edge” points to make available to more widely adopted virtual desktop and thin client environments. Forward-thinking resellers will, as many already have, understand that providing a single service such as cloud print management risks falling further behind the competition. Helping customers support the new hybrid workplace with services that include management of Windows Virtual Desktop and integrating those environments with the proper cloud print management solution for the customer offers new business and growth opportunities for those imaging channel resellers that pursue those areas.

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Sharp Adds Nine New Printers and MFPs to Its Letter-Sized A4 Line https://www.theimagingchannel.com/sharp-adds-nine-new-printers-and-mfps-to-its-letter-sized-a4-line/ Tue, 15 Sep 2020 15:17:54 +0000 https://www.theimagingchannel.com/?p=12386 MONTVALE, N.J., Sept. 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America (SIICA), a division of Sharp Electronics

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MONTVALE, N.J., Sept. 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America (SIICA), a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation (SEC), today adds nine new models to its existing letter-sized A4 printer lineup, providing a total of 19 A4 models for home and office use. The additional products include three monochrome models: MX-B557F, MX-B557P and MX-B707P and six color models: MX-C357F, MX-C407F, MX-C507F, MX-C407P, MX-C507P and MX-C607P. These new models are designed with high-performance features typically found on larger machines, delivering the productivity, performance and reliability needed for busy work environments.

The new lineup, which includes four multifunction printers (MFPs), delivers a crisp, high-quality output with an exceptional ease of use, all in a compact design. These models present an intuitive design as well as out-of-the box copy, print, scan and fax capabilities. Additionally, with speeds ranging from 35 – 70 pages per minute, these products can integrate seamlessly into any existing office environments. The four MFP models are also compatible with Synappx Go™, a mobile application that connects to Sharp MFPs for fast scanning and printing wherever you go.

“We’re proud to offer a more versatile selection of A4 printers to serve the varying needs of organizations looking to enhance their hybrid workspaces,” said Shane Coffey, Vice President, Product Management, Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America. “Businesses can look to Sharp for a one-stop solution for both A4 and A3 printers with monochrome and color capabilities, providing them a complete line of products in the document systems marketplace.”

Users will benefit from a compact design with robust technology and advanced workflow features for virtually any sized office. Each MFP also comes equipped with Sharp Easy Mode interfaces that provide simplicity and continuity with Sharp A3 MFPs. All new printers and MFPs come standard with touch screens for easy operation and the ability to quickly access built-in and add-on applications.

The new models in the A4 printer lineup will be available to ship at the end of September 2020.

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