HP PageWide Consolidates Printers to Streamline Workflow

HP PageWide XL Large-format Printer with PageWide Technology

 

HP will soon introduce a highly efficient and cost-effective end-to-end solution for large-format print workflow with their new line of large-format printers featuring HP PageWide technology.

For years, many businesses that use large-format printers have had to rely on two printers to get the job done. One LED printer and a separate Inkjet printer. LED’s have been an important piece of equipment in many work environments because of their fast printing speeds and low cost-per-copy. But there’s just one problem, they usually don’t print color. This has created the need to also own an inkjet printer for color prints, however, the drawback is that they are slower and less cost-effective to run.

With these two types of printers in use, printing mixed projects can be very inefficient and time consuming. Color pages need to be separated from black & white pages, even if they are part of the same file. The pages then need to be printed separately to the correct type of printer and once that’s done, the operator still needs to manually collate each page. This slows down your process and results in longer turnaround times, higher costs and a higher risk of error.

HP has reinvented printing with it’s breakthrough HP PageWide technology. Their line of large-format printers featuring PageWide Technology combines the speed and efficiency of an LED printer with the color quality and capabilities of an Inkjet into one machine that offers the same low cost-per-square-foot for color prints as it does for black & white prints.

With this great new solution, there’s no longer a need to purchase, maintain and store two separate printers. Having an all-in-one printer also means savings in printing supplies and simplified logistics. Users will no longer need to separate color pages from black & white or manually collate the finished product and the same workflow solution can be used to manage all the pages in a project. Now you can produce prints faster and with less manual labor involved which means shorter turnaround times, lower costs and fewer errors.

Why continue using two separate printers if you can have an end-to-end solution that does it all? Les Olson Company is proud to be an authorized dealer for HP PageWide printers. Learn how HP’s line of Large-format Printers with HP PageWide technology can simplify your workflow and make your business more efficient.

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Sharp AQUOS BOARD Earns Multiple Best of Show Awards at InfoComm 2015

Sharp AQUOS Board wins Best of Show

Sharp received three top awards for the flagship AQUOS BOARD™ interactive display system product line. Once again showing its position as a trendsetter and market leader in the Pro AV business the Sharp AQUOS BOARD earns multiple Best of Show at InfoComm 2015.

Sharp’s open-platform collaborative display solutions delivers the technology that helps users better communicate, collaborate and gain efficiencies.

Tech & Learning’s “Best Edtech of InfoComm”

Sharp 80″ Class PN-L803C AQUOS BOARD Interactive Display System

The editors of Tech & Learning select honorees based on how well their technology serves the education market, judging entrants on factors including design, usability and affordability. At InfoComm 2015, Tech & Learning recognized the new Sharp 80″ Class PN-L803C AQUOS BOARD interactive display as “Best Edtech of InfoComm.”

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Sporting a thin, lightweight and stylish design featuring edge-to-edge glass and multi-board functionality, the premium-grade 80″ Class PN-L803C display employs Sharp capacitive touch technology – virtually eliminating latency, making the interface so intuitive and responsive that it feels like writing on a conventional whiteboard in real time! With the Multi Board function, up to three PN-L803C displays can be connected and used to display sequential pages that can be navigated by swiping side to side.

 

 

 Rental & Staging System Product Awards “Best LCD Display”

Sharp AQUOS BOARD Interactive Display System

The 2015 Rental & Staging Systems Product Awards recognize the most innovative products released for the staging market. At InfoComm 2015, Rental & Staging recognized the Sharp AQUOS BOARD Interactive Display product line as the “Best LCD Display.”

Sharp AQUOS BOARD interactive displays are designed for smooth and effortless communication in a wide range of contexts. Much more than your typical interactive white boards, the AQUOS BOARD display’s highly responsive touch functionality allows several people to write on the same touch screen at the same time.

We’re proud of our great partner Sharp Electronics and their innovative display technology.

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Coming Soon: HP PageWide Technology for Large-format

HP PageWide Technology for Large-format Printers

HP will soon bring its game-changing HP PageWide technology to a new line of large-format printers unlike any you’ve seen before.

With the vivid colors and dark blacks of HP pigment ink and space for up to 6 paper rolls, these large-format printers with HP PageWide  technology will do the work of two printers, better and faster. Combine that with astounding print speeds of up to 30 A1 D-sized pages per minute and these new HP printers will surely be the top choice for those searching the large format market.

The print bar enabling the breakthrough speeds is stationary, with more than 200,000 nozzles spanning the width of the page. These nozzles are separated into 8 identical printhead modules providing 120 nozzles per inch and per color. The entire page is printed in one pass helping to enable the high print speed.

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It’s been engrained in many generations of professionals that color printing is much too expensive for every-day use and black & white printing should be done unless there’s an absolute necessity for color prints. This extremely important new technology is altering this long-held notion. With PageWide technology, HP gives you the ability to print color line drawings for the same price as black & white ones. Yes, that’s right. These new PageWide systems will print color line drawings as well as black & white line drawings at the same price per square foot. It’s a competitive cost per square foot and HP is committed to passing on those savings to consumers. So let’s talk about why it matters that you can now print in color so cost effectively.

Studies have proven the accuracy of communication to teams involved increase an overall savings of 10% if the line drawing is printed in color. Ten percent savings on a project means a healthier bottom line per project in a competitive landscape. Every aspect of a project, particularly in the engineering and architecture sectors, are affected by the information that color lines communicate.

Giving customers color print savings gives HP a competitive edge. More importantly, HP realized that by removing the barrier to color printing, companies would ultimately experience the 10% project savings previously mentioned and thereby become the biggest winners and loyal users.

Another time-saving feature built into these new PageWide printers is the ability to switch between loaded rolls. Depending on the model of printer, you can have up to 6 paper rolls loaded at one time, all ready for effortless printing. With switches between loaded rolls timing in at under 5 seconds, those jobs requiring more than one paper source can be completed efficiently without the need for a manual change – which can be quite time consuming.

Some currently available large-format models offer print speeds of 2 A1 D-sized pages per minute, compared to Pagewide’s speed of up to 30 A1 D-sized pages that’s a substantial difference that can empower professionals in high-volume environments to do more than ever before. That speed paired with fast drying high-quality pigment ink provides the quality of prints you expect, delivered faster than you ever thought possible.

A high-performance machine will naturally require high-performance supplies which is why HP’s pigment ink supports fast, high-quality printing build to keep up with the Pagewide machine of your choice. Need crisp lines, minute detail and smooth grayscales? HP PageWide XL pigment ink gives you moisture and fade-resistant prints that dry fast, setting a new quality standard for creating durable prints at impressive speeds.

The printheads also provide long-life operation with average life of 32 liters per printhead. Nozzle status is detected by sensors housed in the service station were necessary corrections and cleaning are performed automatically. The printheads and HP pigment inks are designed to specifically extend time between service cycles.

Currently there are only 47 strategic partners with HP across the United States that will have rights to distribute these exciting new printers. The selected strategic partners meet rigorous criteria including having certified HP Pagewide technicians on staff and parts available for same day service requests.

Les Olson Company will be a proud authorized dealer of HP’s new PageWide large-format printers, which are expected to be available later this year.

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Preventing Drive-by Download Attacks

Beware of Drive-by download attacks

Cyber security is becoming more complex as hackers and malware become more stealthy. Unfortunately, some cyber attacks slip by unnoticed by network administrators because they don’t immediately perform their destructive tasks. Instead, they sit dormant, sometimes for weeks waiting for the right time to attack. While this isn’t a new concept, this tactic has recently been employed more heavily by attackers. Most alarmingly – gone are the days of having to click anything to infect your computer with the rise of drive-by download attacks.

The latest type infections to be installed by drive-by download attacks have been ransomware.  Ransomware can be incredibly destructive to a business, encrypting files and rendering them unusable until a “ransom” is paid to the malware creators.  Fees have ranged from $20 to $30,000 or more.  Imagine the difficulties your business could face if your important files and documents were suddenly no longer available to you.

These infections do not just come from clicking on an attachment in your email.  Some are delivered by drive-by download attacks, where simply visiting a web site can install the malware.  Sadly this is becoming very common and even websites you consider to be reputable may unknowingly be a catalyst for these attacks.

Most recently, sports and entertainment websites have been a primary source these drive-by downloads. So how can you protect your business? Perhaps most importantly, you can encourage your employees to only visit sites that are necessary to completing work and those that are more likely to be secure.

Sports, news and entertainment sites with advertisements are much more likely to be a source of unwanted malware and should be avoided by employees using business computers. And of course, all employees should use caution when clicking on links and email attachments.

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Les Olson Company‘s Managed Network Services team specializes in helping businesses secure their networks to minimize risk. Let us help you stay on top of constantly evolving security threats. Learn more by filling out our form below.

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Honored by Sharp with Hyakuman Kai Elite Award

Les Olson honored with Sharp Hyakuman Kai Elite Award

About the Hyakuman Kai Elite Award

Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America recently recognized Les Olson Company as a Hyakuman Kai Elite Dealer. Les Olson Company is Sharp’s largest independent dealer and is among a select group to be recognized by Sharp from the hundreds of dealers that sell Sharp’s advanced business products and solutions in the U.S.

“The Hyakuman Kai Elite Award is a distinction given to outstanding Sharp dealers like Les Olson Company” said Doug Albregts, President, Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America.  “This award is not simply a measure of sales performance, but embodies all the qualities we look for in an exemplary dealership, including innovative business practices and long-lasting community relationships through outstanding local customer service.   It is truly an honor to recognize Les Olson Company for their substantial contributions to Sharp’s success.” 

“Our goal is to provide Utah and Las Vegas-area businesses with world-class products and support, helping encourage business growth within the community,” said James Olson Co-CEO of Les Olson Company.  “We are proud to be a Sharp dealer and look forward to strengthening our customer relationships by supplying the latest technology and comprehensive document solutions.”

Les Olson Company is a family-owned and independently operated business that has been providing local organizations with cutting-edge business technology for 60 years. With seven locations from Logan to Las Vegas – Les Olson Company offers a wide range of quality products from Multi-function Copiers to Document Management Software. They also offer a holistic approach to I.T. support and management of printer fleets through Managed Network Services and Managed Print Services.

Les Olson Company’s goal is to help their customers reach new levels of efficiency, not only by providing great business solutions, but also providing outstanding service and support on everything they offer to minimize downtime and maximize productivity. Les Olson Company is a Sharp Platinum Service Provider and an HP ServiceOne Expert Partner.

About Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America

Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America, a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation, markets the advanced, MX Series multifunction printers (MFP) systems that help companies manage workflow efficiently and increase productivity. Sharp® MFPs feature the Sharp OSA® development platform, which seamlessly integrates network applications to create a personalized MFP that can meet virtually any business need, and Scan2 technology, which scans two-sided documents in a single pass to enhance scanning reliability and preserve document integrity.  To keep documents safe from unauthorized users, Sharp is a leader in the MFP industry in security by offering the most secure suite of MFP applications.

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Windows Server 2003 Support Ending, What it Means for You

Windows Server 2003 End of Service

Microsoft has announced that after July 14, they will no longer issue security updates for any version of Windows Server 2003. If you are still running this version of Windows Server, it’s very critical to take action. Now is the time to create a plan and a migration strategy to protect your infrastructure moving forward.

How You’re Affected and Why You Should Care

Businesses that are running Microsoft Windows Server 2003 will be affected. All software products have a life cycle. As inconvenient as it may be for many businesses, Microsoft can’t realistically support this outdated technology forever. This means that although you can still technically use Microsoft Server 2003 in your business, it would be a very unwise decision because Microsoft will no longer be supporting  it with automatic fixes, updates or online technical assistance.

Those businesses with unsupported software are not only exposing themselves to heightened security risks from things like malicious attacks and electronic data loss but they may also encounter issues with software and hardware compatibility. This is because new software and hardware moving forward will most likely not be built for compatibility with Windows Server 2003. Another serious risk that accompanies continued use of Windows Server 2003 is the potential loss of compliance, data, system resources and business assets. Of all these risks, the security threat cannot be emphasized enough, Microsoft will no longer provide security patches that are essential to maintaining adequate security on your servers.

The Good News

The end of support for Windows Server 2003 could mean the beginning of a major I.T. transformation for your organization. There are great benefits to upgrading your business technology as there are now many more opportunities for creating new efficiencies which might include improved performance, reduced maintenance requirements and increased speed of responsiveness.

The Solution and Why Getting Help is a Smart Choice

Don’t let this deadline sneak up on you. Now is the time to start planning either within your organization or with your I.T. Service provider. The first step is an obvious one, you’ll need to determine all of the applications and workloads that are currently running Windows Server 2003. Next you’ll need to create a plan to prioritize migration based on workload type, importance and degree of complexity, then choose a migration destination for each application or workload – either in the data center or the cloud. You’ll also need to decide if there are any other components to your I.T. infrastructure that need to be modernized. Given the age of the installation, the chances that other software products beyond this operation system could need updating are good. Once your migration and technology update plan is in place, it’s time to execute it.

A server workload migration is no small undertaking. That’s why we recommend you don’t try to do it alone. This is a great time to leverage experience and expertise you can trust. Our I.T. professionals are here to help facilitate this major update for your business with our infrastructure and expertise so you can transition with confidence and little interruption to your workflow. Let Les Olson Company help you plan, design, implement, manage and support your migration so you can focus on what you do best.

About Managed Network Services by Les Olson Company:

We provide a holistic approach to your I.T. services. Whether you need us to build your I.T. infrastructure from the ground up, or your I.T. staff just needs a helping hand – our expert team is here to meet your exact needs. From small to large businesses and everything in between, our program is designed with a commitment to providing exceptional customer service, monitoring, maintenance and management of your network to eliminate downtime and the complications that can result from network issues.

No project is too large or small for our expert team of I.T. professionals. We can either complete your custom projects entirely or work alongside your internal I.T. department as the need arises. We also offer consulting services.

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ICON Health and Fitness Customer Testimonial

Icon Health and Fitness Les Olson testimonial

ICON Health and Fitness in Logan Utah is the world’s largest manufacturer of exercise equipment. They manufacture and market some of the industries best-know and highest-quality products including NordicTrack, Altra, iFIT and Proform.

Their mission is to improve people’s lives by providing them with the tools they need to make their fitness and health goals a reality and they take their mission seriously. Similarly, Les Olson Company is committed to improving businesses by providing them with the tools they need to increase productivity.

ICON Health and Fitness are the best in the world at what they do and it’s important they have world-class vendors. That’s why they choose to partner with Les Olson Company for their business technology needs. With Les Olson Company’s world-class expertise and quality products, service and support, ICON Health and Fitness can focus on what they do best.

Hear what Eric Watterson, ICON’s Director of Global Marketing, has to say about their experience with Les Olson Company.

Les Olson Company is proud to provide outstanding customer service. Hear what other businesses including Stein Eriksen Lodge, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Benchmark Insurance and many more.

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Make Your Best Impression with Hammermill Paper

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If it’s important, use Hammermill Paper.

Hammermill Color Copy Digital Paper is perfect for: premium color copies, design proposals, full color presentations and photographic reproduction.  Sizes range from 8.5 x 11 to 19 x 13. It’s best for use with Digital printing equipment and color copiers.

Key Advantages:

  • Super smooth surface for excellent toner adhesion
  • Super bright Photo White for excellent image contrast and color reproduction
  • More stable surface for heavier toner applications
  • Perfect toner blending
  • Multiple weights and sizes (up to 19 x 13)
  • Contributes toward satisfying credit MR1 under LEED®
  • Made in USA

Something to think about…

Within the first three seconds of meeting, we evaluate one another. Talk about the importance of first impressions!

The same goes for your documents, especially presentations, proposals or sales letters. The paper you choose says something about you – and your company. The crispness of type, the brilliance of colors, and how a document feels in your hand can make a big difference in how your company is perceived.

Your paper doesn’t need to just look better; it needs to feel more substantial. When you factor in all the costs of making color copies, paper represents only about 4% of the total. Yet the quality of your paper can make a big difference in how your document looks. Why skimp? Use genuine Hammermill Color Copy Digital Paper. Its surface is engineered for today’s color copiers and printers.

Hammermill Paper Makes a Great Impression

Its high brightness, smoothness and 99.99% JAM-FREE Guarantee offers you worry-free performance. Make the wise choice and switch to Hammermill Color Copy Digital Paper. Hammermill paper. No worries.

Les Olson Company is proud to offer Hammermill Paper. We also offer free local supply delivery.

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5 Ways Document Management Reduces Operational Costs

Putting together proposals is an essential process in winning new business, and collecting receivables, paying bills and getting approvals are just duties that come along with running an organization. But the costs of those processes aren’t written in stone, especially since the advent of digital Document Management.

Today’s CFOs and CIOs are always on the lookout for ways to reduce operational costs. Any change that helps their employees find documents they need more quickly, for example, could help your team become more efficient – reducing your operational costs.

Digital document management (sometimes called enterprise content management or ECM) cuts costs by bringing together a number of concepts, technologies and strategies to reduce or eliminate tedious, time-consuming activities that don’t drive revenue. Often, ECM is able to automate previously manual tasks, such as maintaining financial compliance records.

Here are the top 5 ways document management can help reduce operational costs.

1. Storage Costs

Document Management Reduce Storage Costs

When you switch from paper-based processes to digital document management, you don’t need to purchase expensive file cabinets or pay to store and maintain the hard copies of your business records. As a result, you’re able to free up office space for more productive uses than storing paper archives.

2. Copying and Printing Costs

Document Management Reduce Copy and Print Costs

By moving from paper to digital documents, there’s no need to create multiple copies for inter-office distribution or to file the same documents into a variety of departmental filing systems. A master copy of the electronic document is stored in the system’s centralized repository, where it’s available to all authorized users. Similarly, there’s no more need to create carbon copies of documents sent to customers and store them in-house. The result is that you spend far less time and money on printing, supplies and equipment.

3. Personnel Time

Document Management Reduce Wasted Personnel Time

Document management offers significant improvements in efficiency, resulting in less personnel time spent storing and retrieving documents. Tasks that took minutes or hours with a manual, paper-based system takes seconds with a digital document management system. Since all documents are stored in a centralized location, there’s no more time wasted while waiting for colleagues to provide requested documents.

4. Business Process Costs

Document Management Improve Business Workflow

Using the digital workflows available in a document management system helps you streamline many business processes in accounting, sales, customer service and HR departments. Depending on the department, optimizing these workflows could lead to faster payment collection, lower purchasing costs, higher consumer satisfaction or increased employee retention.

5. Security and Disaster Recovery Costs:

document management disaster recovery and security

With a digital document management system, it’s easy and inexpensive to automatically back up your documents to other secure locations, helping to ensure business continuity in the event of a natural disaster or security breach.

This eliminates the costs of expensive offisite storage for paper backups or creating special disaster-proof archiving rooms. If you need to retrieve these documents in the future, you just click a button – there’s no longer the expense of having documents delivered from off-storage facilities.

If your organization still relies on hard copies and paper-based processes, you’re probably spending too much on basic operational costs. when you consider these five ways digital document management could help you reduce those costs, there’s a great opportunity to improve the bottom line and implement efficient processes that help your company grow.

The content of this article was provided by DocuWare.

Les Olson Company is an authorized DocuWare dealer. DocuWare is an excellent Document Management software that helps businesses get a handle on their document workflows.

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5 Tips for Avoiding Email Scams

Cyber security has become one of the most important parts of running a business. One tool none of us can do without is email, but sometimes even the best of us make emailing mistakes that can put us at risk for email scams. Make sure you and your employees know these simple tips for improving email security.

Avoiding Email Scams

1. Pay attention to the sender.

Before you open an email, consider whether you know the email sender. Whether it’s from an organization, person or email address you don’t recognize or they are emailing you about something that has nothing to do with your position, that should be cause for concern.

2. Be wary of emails that ask you for information.

Obviously your bank would never email you asking you to provide information regarding your account but hackers send very convincing emails that are specifically designed to trick you. If you  get any email prompting you for information, you should think twice before providing it. If you have an account with an organization that sends you a suspicious email, go to their website (without clicking the links in the email) and log in or look up their phone number and call them regarding the email.

3. Check hyperlinks before you click them.

All you have to do is hover over a hyperlink to see where it’s going to take you. When in doubt, just hover over it with your mouse and make sure you’ll be taken to a trusted destination.

4. Be on the look out for tricky email and web addresses.

Many times hackers will impersonate reputable companies to gain your trust. Look carefully at the company name in the email address or website. At first glance it may look like a familiar business name but upon further inspection, you may notice something’s not quite right. Certain letters in the name might be switched around or missing, for example, Les Oslon Compny. Looks familiar right? But did you notice something is off? The website might also be slightly different from the organization’s official website.

5. Pay attention to who else the email was sent to.

Was the email sent to other people you don’t know or a group of very random people at your organization? That’s suspicious.

So you think you’ve received as suspicious email. What now? If you’re worried about an email, always forward it to your network administrator. They will want to know if these types of emails are being sent to people within your company so they can respond accordingly. Don’t have a network administrator? Learn how Les Olson Company can help keep your network secure through Managed Network Serivices.

 

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