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How Managed Print Services Help Your Business

We've been hearing about the paperless office for nearly three decades now - a utopia of clutter-free desks and offices with no big bulky file cabinets.  The reality is that the paperless office, even for millenials, proves a tough idea to adopt.  With print remaining an essential function of business, how businesses approach print is critical to managing costs.  Managed print services (MPS) can provide the framework you need to keep printing in check. When selecting a managed print services program, [...]

Budget-Friendly IT Strategies For Small Businesses

New technologies emerge every day for business.  Whether it's artificial intelligence, cybersecurity or the latest and greatest gadgets, there are always new technologies to consider.  For small businesses, access to these tools or the ability to afford them is often prohibitive.  According to a recent Deloitte study, 80% of small businesses don't take advantage of all of the digital tools that are available to them.  By utilizing technology effectively, tech savvy businesses significant improvements including: Earned two times as much revenue [...]

Production Printing – Why In-House Options May Be Right For Your Business

While the internet, TV, video and social media can disseminate your company's message across many channels, printed collateral still plays a big role in branding for businesses.  Posters, flyers, brochures, infographics and direct mail are all used to help convey the benefits of a business to potential customers.  The cost of outsourcing these jobs often limits companies in the amount of branding they can commit to.  But investment in production printing in-house may be the answer to these challenges.  Here are [...]

Color Printing on the Rise

Color Printing Color printing continues to play a huge role even in our increasingly digital world in which we do business.  Not only are workers still printing in color, but the amount of color printing taking place in American businesses is on the upswing.  In a recent survey by Keypoint Intelligence/InfoTrends, nearly 50 percent of general office workers in the United States said the amount of color printing required for their jobs is increasing.  This increase is most common [...]

Lease or Buy Office Technology? Which Is Best For Your Business?

At Fraser, current and potential clients ask a lot of questions about the selection of a copier.  One of the most frequent and important questions we get is, "should I lease or buy?  Which is going to be best for my business?" We often equate buying a copier with buying a new car (see How Much Does a Copier Cost?).  The decision process that goes into buying both of these big ticket items are very similar.  Both are a significant [...]

Use Your MFP To Increase Productivity

Think about what you do on a daily basis with your MFP.  You make copies; you print; you might even scan a document or two.  But did you know that the MFP has so many more capabilities to increase productivity in your business?  Today's business is focusing on eliminating manual inefficiencies and replacing them with automated digital workflows.  With the Internet of Things and your MFP, you have the beginnings of the digital transformation of your business.  So what are [...]

Sharp Earns Coveted Award for Reliability

Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America, a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation has been named the Most Reliable Monochrome Copier MFP Brand by Keypoint Intelligence - Buyers Lab (BLI).  Presented once every three years, this award honors the manufacturer whose product line is determine to be the most reliable based on combined results of all models subjected to BLI's rigorous testing. For monochrome reliability, Sharp was the clear choice per Joe Ellerman, Manager of Lab Operations for Keypoint Intelligence - [...]

Print Fleet Management – The Secret of REALLY Productive Companies

We've all experienced it.  You have a huge sales meeting with a potential new client in exactly one hour.  And at that exact moment, your MFP decides to malfunction and your IT staff has no idea how to fix it or any print fleet management.  Off you run to Staples to get it printed, risking being late to meet this amazing potential new client.  In the meantime, your competitor, who utilizes a managed print services partner to service their printers and [...]

Data Security – Ten Easy Ways To Keep You Safe

Does the idea of data security and your confidential business data being accessed by users around the world who aren't your employees scare you?  Did you know that network security issues can surface for days, weeks and months before you or your IT department might even be aware? Some Numbers to Back Up The Fear 43% of cyber attacks target small businesses Hackers attach every 39 seconds More than 4,000 ransomware attacks have occurred every day since the beginning of 2016 [...]

Tracking Your Document Workflow Processes

In today's connected world, we can track pretty much everything.  Our smart watches and step trackers count our daily steps, sleeping habits and other health related items.  The smart refrigerator has an actual camera inside so you can see if you need milk right on your smart phone.  And the smart doorbell lets you see who is at the door while you're on vacation halfway across the world.  With all of this tracking in our personal lives, how can we carry [...]