2015 Summer Business Food Drive Recap

Food Drive

Since 2011, Les Olson Company has participated in Utah Food Bank‘s Summer Business Food & Fund Drive by hosting a company-wide food drive and encouraging employees to participate during the summer months. In 2013, Les Olson Company became the official sponsor of the Summer Business Food & Fund drive.

Our partnership with Utah Food Bank began when we were made aware of the issue of childhood hunger intensifying during the summer months when school is out. A lot of us are much more inclined to donate our time and money during the holiday season when the sharp contrast between those who are well off and those who aren’t is most clear. But during the summer, many kids who rely on school lunch and breakfast, don’t know where their next meal will come from.

We believe strongly that it’s our responsibility to improve the communities we do business in, and we made the Summer Business Food Drive a big part of that mission. For the past four years, Les Olson Company employees have been encouraged to donate food, time and money to the Utah Food Bank. Each year, it’s exciting to see our total donations increase and even more exciting to see how it impacts Utah Food Bank in their ability to help those in need around the state of Utah. In our Las Vegas branch, employees donate similarly to Three Square Food Bank to ensure their donations stay in the state of Nevada and in some of our branches, donations were taken directly to local food pantries.

 FOOD

This year Les Olson Company employees donated a total of 14,586 Food Items. Employees were encouraged to bring in items that are most needed by the food bank including peanut butter, canned meats, canned fruits and canned vegetables. Many employees even went the extra mile to host their own food drives within their neighborhoods to maximize their food donations. Collection barrels in each of our offices overflowed with food donations and even had to be emptied halfway through the drive, only to be filled again.

TIME

Each year, one of the most popular ways to give is by volunteering time. Some employees spent time working in Utah Food Bank‘s Warehouse, sorting food, putting together food boxes and working in food rescue. Others made food deliveries to senior citizens or worked distributing food to people who came to their mobile pantry.

Utah Food Bank Summer Business Food Drive

 

Employees in our other branches volunteered their time at various local food pantries, including Three Square Food Bank, Cache Community Pantry, Community Action Services and more.

Three Square Food Drive Volunteers

We always hear great things about the experiences our employees have giving their time to these great organizations. Along with their friends and families, our employees volunteers a total of 435 combined hours.

MONEY

And perhaps one of the most exciting parts of our food drive is the amount of money that was donated. This year especially, our employees have been incredibly generous in donating their hard-earned money. Some donated cash, some wrote checks and some made payroll deductions. It all added up to $28,199 to help fight hunger. We are extremely happy about this because Utah Food Bank has incredible purchasing power and will be able to make this money stretch far and wide to help the people that need it most.

food drive money

If you’ve never been involved with donating food, time or money to your local food bank – we highly recommend it. There are so many rewarding experiences to be had and each year our our business improves as employees are unified behind one important cause. We look forward to continuing our partnership with Utah Food Bank and all of the local food pantries doing important work from Logan to Las Vegas.

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Introducing the New 80″ Sharp Aquos Board [video]

Sharp Aquos Board 80" Model

Sharp Electronics has recently released a new 80″ Sharp Aquos Board model (PN-L803C), an advanced interactive presentation system with touch-screen and annotation capabilities.

About the Sharp Aquos Board

The Sharp Aquos Board Interactive Display Systems are designed for smooth and effortless communication in a wide range of applications. Their highly-responsive touch pens allow several people to make annotations on the same screen at the same time. The Sharp Aquos Board helps you make a bigger impact with your meetings and presentations. From the conference room to the classroom, a Sharp touch-screen interactive display system can magnify your presentation success. Motivate your audience, improve your image and give your message the impact it deserves.

FEATURES & FUNCTIONALITY

Simultaneous Writing

The PN-L803C display lets you capture ideas at the moment of creation. Recognizing up to 10 touch points, it allows up to four people to write at the same time with a finger or touch pen. Each pen boasts a thin, 3.5 mm tip that makes it easier to add detailed notes that remain legible when printed out.

Featherlight Touch for Precise and Smooth Operation

Say goodbye to unintended input and writing errors. Thanks to the display’s precise position detection, only intentional input from fingers and touch pens appears on the screen. Employing Sharp’s original capacitive touch technology, which achieves high sensitivity and precision by reducing the noise level to one-eighth that of conventional models, the PN-L803C display eliminates unwanted noise to deliver a clear onscreen signal.

User-friendly Sharp Pen Software

Sharp Aquos Board AnnotationThe new touch pen links with Sharp Pen Software to help you write with an uninterrupted flow. You can also use the included eraser to delete unwanted content without switching functions, just as you would with a traditional whiteboard.

In overlay mode, you can write onscreen annotations directly onto photos, documents, web pages and more. Text and graphics written on the board can be stored in USB memory or sent directly via email to selected recipients.

The handwriting recognition function that converts selected onscreen handwriting into standard, editable text. It can also automatically recognize and reproduce hand-drawn shapes such as circles, triangles and squares. This convenient function makes it easy to utilize onscreen content to make a legible record of your meeting or lesson.

Sharp Pen Software also links smoothly with the PowerPoint application. During slideshow presentations, you can perform various control operations, such as returning to a previous slide without using a right-click.

Work Smarter with Touch Display Link 2.0

Touch Display Link 2.0 software supports effective and multifaceted communication. Onscreen content — including handwritten notes and drawings — can be viewed simultaneously on the thew Sharp Aquos Board models as wells as mobile devices such as PCs, tablets and smartphones. Touch Display Link 2.0 facilitates interactive presentations, lively discussions, and paperless meetings in both business and educational settings.

Touch Display Link 2.0 enables the following interactive functions on the new Sharp Aquos Board models and on mobile devices connected via wireless LAN:

  • Sharing of onscreen content
  • Transfer of files
  • Interactive onscreen writing and drawing
  • Remote control of the board from mobile devices
  • Connect up to 50 mobile devices simultaneously
  • Files can be transferred between mobile devices even if they are not connected to the PN-L803C display
  • Capture onscreen images and save them to mobile devices
  • Connect two Aquos Board displays on the same network for larger-scale communications

Front-facing USB Port

For increased convenience when the panel is mounted on a wall, the PN-L803C display features a USB input on the front that connects to the PC on the back of the unit. Now there’s no need to reach around to the back of the monitor when you want to connect a peripheral device.

Large Touchscreen with Full-HD Quality

The full HD resolution of this large monitor ensures that detailed text and images are displayed vividly and accurately. Charts, paintings, historical photos and more are all brought to life on the big screen in a way that simply can’t be achieved with normal textbooks and printed materials. Even in bright rooms, text and images are displayed beautifully, so that everyone can stay focused on the discussion.

Sharp Touch Viewer

Sharp Touch Viewer is a touch-operated onscreen user interface that lets you easily manipulate different types of files, including Microsoft Office applications, videos and web pages. Being able to simultaneously open and handle a variety of file types allows you to have more active meetings and presentations.

Sharp Aquos Board PN-L803C Brochure

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Other Great Features

  • Multiple displays can be wall mounted together
  • Thin & lightweight
  • Built-in speakers
  • Anti-glare film
  • Supports web-cam installation
  • MFP Connectivity
  • Variety of input/output terminals

 

 

 

Les Olson Company is proud to be an authorized Sharp dealer.

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Cloud PBX, Virtual Phone System Advantage

Cloud PBX Virtual Phone System

What is Cloud PBX? PBX stands for Private Branch Exchange, basically a private telephone network used within an organization that allows users to share a number of outside lines for making external phone calls. Traditionally a PBX has been a piece of physical hardware that organizations needed to store and maintain within their offices.

Cloud PBX (or hosted PBX) utilizes VOIP (Voice Over IP) technology which eliminates analog lines, removing the hardware, servers, licensing and maintenance of your entire phone system from your office into the capable hands of a service provider – allowing you to focus on other areas of your business. This frees up office space and reduces costs while still allowing you full control over everything from user profiles to call analytics.

Low Initial Investment & Ongoing Costs

Traditional PBX phone systems are expensive. Between labor-intensive installation, the up-front investment in hardware and ongoing service costs, companies had to come up with large amounts of capital to implement a new phone system. Now with Cloud PBX, organizations pay nothing upfront and a low monthly fee for hassle-free use of feature-rich phone systems.

Advanced Features

Because businesses don’t need to purchase hand sets outright, there’s no need to commit to using the same phone technology long after if becomes outdated. Phones on a Cloud PBX plan have much more than just the standard features you expect. There are many advanced features to help your business work more efficiently and you’ll stay current with the latest phone technology. Some of the features available with Cloud PBX systems are time of day routing, music on hold, call recording, ring groups, voicemail to email, CRM integration, dial by name directory, custom routing rules and much more.

Scalable & Flexible

Traditionally businesses had to estimate the number of lines they would need long-term to ensure that even future employees would have a phone. With Cloud PBX, there’s no need to pay for phone lines that you may or may not even need. Hosted PBX systems are easily scalable, allowing your business to easily and cost-effectively add users as needed.

Simplified Management

Cloud PBX is hosted virtually, which means that there’s no on-site management needed. Instead, management is made easy through an online portal. Things like adding and subtracting users, creating ring groups and changing global settings is a breeze. You don’t need an IT expert on staff to maintain your hosted PBX system. Your provider is able to provide service and maintenance from their location.

So why continue with a traditional PBX system when you can have a more reliable and fully managed virtual PBX with the latest phone technology for cheaper than ever before? Les Olson Company is proud to offer Cloud PBX services and we’re able to maintain Quality of Service, in other words, clear phone lines that don’t drop calls based on bandwidth like some other hosted PBX services might.

We work closely with our customers to select the exact right hardware like conference phones and handsets while offering many options to ensure the solution meets their specific needs. We also offer integration for cell phones, voicemail to email and much more – taking our customer’s communication capabilities far beyond what can be achieved with a reasonably priced traditional PBX system.

See what Cloud PBX can do for your  business! Contact us for a FREE price comparison and consultation.

 

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BLI Awards Sharp with Six 2015 Summer Picks

Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America, a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation, has earned six BLI Awards for their 2015 Summer Pick. BLI, also known as Buyer’s Laboratory, is the world’s leading independent evaluator of document imaging products and solutions. Recently, Sharp received 6 top accolades across the multi-function printer (MFP) product spectrum, including their flagship Pro Series, for superior quality and high reliability in their respective categories.

BLI’s semi-annual awards are given to the hardware and software offerings which they judge as demonstrating the most important performance factors for buyers. With its Pick awards, BLI gives special recognition to those products with the most outstanding performance across its exhaustive lab tests. The Outstanding Achievement Awards acknowledge products or capabilities that exhibit attributes such as innovation, usefulness, energy  efficiency, reliability and value.

“Sharp’s A3 Pick winners prove that there doesn’t have to be a cost trade-off for high performance,” said George Mikolay, BLI’s Senior Product Editor for A3 copiers/MFPs. “These Pick-winning models are among the lowest cost of their peers, and exhibit excellent reliability over the course of nearly 1 million combined impressions. Add in innovative features which include tandem printing, a retractable keyboard and Sharp Cloud Portal Office integration. The Sharp Pro Series features integration of the EFI Fiery Command WorkStation into the control panel with full bleed booklet printing. These awards prove that Sharp offers an unbeatable overall value that’s hard to beat, no matter the model series.

Outstanding 61 to 70ppm A3 Color MFP and Outstanding 71 to 80ppm A3 Color MFP - Sharp MX-6500N & MX-7500N Pro Series

Sharp Polaris Pro BLI Awards 2015 Summer PickEquipped with the advanced Fiery Server Controller, the Sharp MX-6500N and Sharp MX-7500N models won the Pick for the “Outstanding 61 to 70ppm A3 Color MFP” and “Outstanding 71 to 80ppm A3 Color MFP” categories, respectively. Ideal for demanding print environments, the Pro Series models were noted for their competitive price, high reliability and excellent feature set – including the optional air-feed system and industry-first integration of EFI’s Command WorkStation into its touchscreen display.

Outstanding Entry-level 51 to 60ppm A3 Monochrome MFP – Sharp MX-M564N High-speed Document System

Sharp MX-M564N BLI Awards 2015 Summer PickSharp’s Monochrome MFP models also received top marks. Part of the Sharp Essentials Series, delivering excellent value for busy workgroup environments, the MX-M564N was awarded this Summer Pick for “Outstanding Entry-level 51 to 60ppm A3 Monochrome MFP” category. Designed with cost-conscious customers in mind, the MX-M564N provides full multi-function capability (copy, network print, network scan) at a speed of 56 pages-per-minute.

Outstanding 71 to 80ppm A3 Monochrome MFP – Sharp MX-M754N High-speed Document System

Sharp BLI Awards 2015 Summer PickAlso recognized was the high-speed Sharp MX-M754N, which was selected as the recipient of the Summer Pick for “Outstanding 71 to 80ppm A3 Monochrome MFP” category. Designed for large workgroups and departmental environments with demanding workflow requirement, the MX-M754N delivers high productivity and strong versatility along with powerful multitasking workflow features and exceptional image quality at speeds of up to 75 pages-per-minute.

Outstanding Color MFP for Small to Mid-size Workgroups and Outstanding Achievement in Energy Efficiency – Sharp MX-C301W

The MX-C301W color MFP received the Summer Pick for both “Outstanding Color MFP for Small to Mid-size Workgroups” and “Outstanding Achievement in Energy Efficiency.” Offering exceptional color output combined with flexible workflow capabilities, the MX-C301W has a compact footprint that fits in a smaller work space. BLI also praised the model’s superior energy efficiency with energy consumption rates roughly 51% lower than the competitive average.

BLI Awards – Highly Recommended Document Systems

BLI Awards Highly RecommendedIn addition to six best-in-class wins, all twelve of Sharp’s document systems reviewed by Buyers Laboratory were given “highly recommended” ratings – the highest mark a product can receive from the industry evaluator.

“Sharp is proud to receive six Summer 2015 Pick Awards from BLI for outstanding MFP performance,” said Mike Marusic, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Operations for Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America. “Our mission is to continuously enhance our R&D to provide customers with the industry-leading productivity and reliability. These latest awards from BLI re-affirm our commitment to that goal.”

Why BLI Awards Matter

Buyers Laboratory LLC is the world’s leading independent provider of analytical information and services to the digital imaging and document management industry. For over 50 years, buyers have relied on BLI to help them differentiate products’ strengths and weaknesses to make the best purchasing decisions. At the same time, industry professionals have turned to BLI for insightful competitive intelligence and valued guidance on product development, competitive positioning, sales and marketing.

Using BLI’s web-based bliQ and Solutions Center services, 40,000 professionals worldwide create extensive side-by-side comparisons of hardware and software solutions for over 15,000 products globally. This includes comprehensive specifications and the performance results and ratings from BLI’s unparalleled Lab, Solutions and Environmental Test Reports and the – the results of months of hands-on evaluation in its US and UK labs. Their services, also available via mobile devices, include a comprehensive library of BLI’s test reports, an image gallery, hard to find manufacturer literature and valuable tools for configuration products, calculating total cost of ownership (TCO) and annual power usage.

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 of Multi-function Printer (MFP) systems that help companies manage workflow efficiently and increase productivity. Les Olson Company has a long-standing relationship with Sharp and is proud to be Utah’s only authorized Sharp dealer as well as a Sharp Platinum Service Provider. We warehouse many of Sharp’s award-winning products locally in each of our 7 locations from Logan to Las Vegas and always stock parts and toner supplies.

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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.

Les Olson Managed Network Services

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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