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IT and Copier Talk Your Business Can Rely On

The AIS IT Services and Office Technology Blog. Insights and perspective into what works and makes businesses more competive.

Are You All Talk When It Comes to Digitization?

on Jul 26, 2017 11:29:53 AM By | Gary Harouff | 0 Comments | Document Management Copiers
We get it. Deciding what to invest in to best grow your business is hard. Especially when it comes to information technology. A decade ago, we were excitedly banging out texts on our flip phones, pressing the “1” button three times to type a “c.” Today, you can pull up a keyboard on your screen and type quickly – not to mention manage your finances, collaborate on documents, attend meetings, have a video chat, draw, make and edit video, and share this with anyone via email, social media, or your business' productivity software. In that decade, the cloud has moved from curiosity to a core way to provision your IT resources. Security threats have escalated – ransomware to name one threat. Big data has gotten bigger. Artificial intelligence is pushing into everyday life. Document capture technology continues to improve. Digital copiers include more features, connect to apps, and can serve as hubs of document productivity. Voice over IP for business phones  is even more mature and provides disaster recovery benefits over traditional PBX-based systems. These are just a very few things. Overall, IT has become better, faster, cheaper. A decade from today I'll go out on a limb and predict we'll be able to say the same thing.
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Copiers, How to Be Happy, and a 12% Boost to Productivity

on Jul 18, 2017 11:51:59 AM By | Gary Harouff | 0 Comments | Workflow & Productivity Copiers Process Automation
Happy employees are productive employees. That's not just happy talk either. Research has shown that happier employees perform better, increase sales, and are more creative. There's science behind this. Stress and anxiety each spike activity in the part of the brain that processes threats. So your amygdala bogarts resources from your prefrontal cortex, the part of your brain that solves problems. That's hard for many of us hard-nosed sales people to swallow. Stress and deadlines are huge drivers of productivity, we think. That's how we meet our quota at the end of the quarter. Now, I'm not moving away from deadlines and quotas – and neither should you – but maybe being stressed isn't the positive driver of success many of us think.
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Why Trust Your Network to a “Copier Company”?

on Jul 11, 2017 7:46:08 AM By | Gary Harouff | 0 Comments | Security Managed IT Services Copiers
Copier dealers, like any business, are always looking for ways to grow their businesses by doing more for their customers. Over the years, the core of a copier dealer's business has been selling, leasing, and servicing copiers, laser printers, and now digital production printers. Dealers also sell toner and supplies, offer copier repair services, and some also sell office furniture, presentation boards, and the like. Over the last decade, and in particular over the last five years, many dealers (like us) have expanded into other, related areas: Business phone systems Document management Managed print services IT managed services 3D printers   From our perspective, it's a natural evolution. Copiers are a business tool that help a company communicate more efficiently internally and with customers. Document management software is a natural extension of allowing copiers to help companies manage their documents even more effectively – using copiers to digitize information and to launch workflows. IT managed services – such as backup and managed networks – are also business tools that allow access to and protection for business information. Smart copier dealers don't see copiers as a machine that prints or copiers. They're integral parts of a business' IT infrastructure. Expanding on that mentality to offer a broader set of services to customers is a natural fit. Still, even some of our existing customers think: “You're just a copier dealer. Why in the world would I trust you to manage my IT infrastructure – my network, my backup strategy, and creating an IT strategy?”
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