Google Connector

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ACCESS YOUR GOOGLE ACCOUNT DIRECTLY FROM THE MFP

The increased mobility of today’s workforce has made it imperative that users be able to quickly retrieve their information when and where it is needed. With the Google Connector app, KYOCERA brings this essential capability to the MFP. Now you can easily access, search and print Google e-mail, attachments and calendars directly from any HyPAS-enabled MFP using the device’s control panel.

You can browse and preview messages, check your calendar for events, and print emails, attachments, and calendar events for hardcopy reference. You can also quickly and easily compose and send emails with scanned file attachments through Gmail directly from the MFP.

Watch this Instructional Video to learn more about the Google Connector application and how to utilize it in your office:

 

Google has become virtually synonymous with the Internet. Many businesses appreciate its convenience, intuitive calendar tool, and ability to handle larger e-mail attachments. With the Google Connector app, even when you are at the MFP you won’t miss a thing!

For more information contact your Kopier Net sales representative today by calling 770-425-5679.

How to Establish Printing Policies In Your Office

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Companies have guidelines and procedures for every aspect of business interaction these days, and it is now important to have rules for office equipment usage so personnel do not abuse their rights. Luckily, Kyocera has customized business applications to enforce the printing policies that you would like to implement in your office. Not only do these rules help protect the company, but they also set clear guidelines and expectations for the staff. Points of concern that may need to be addressed are: employees being permitted to print personal copies, blocking certain people from seeing private documents that have been scanned, and/or disabling people from printing on copiers outside of their department.

The main reason that you need to establish policies and procedures at your business is to  setup security for your confidential papers as well as save money on excess printing to prevent unneeded expenses. Establishing copier and document management rules will help your business control copier and printer usage, track and log usage, potentially cache images of all printed material, and prevent misuse of company equipment and potential privacy issues.

Below are some concerns that you should create office protocol for in your workplace and corresponding Kyocera business applications that can support putting those procedures into effect:

Issue:  How usage will be tracked?

Solution: Pcounter – Easily manage the workflow of documents that are being printed, copied, scanned or faxed

Issue: What copier features are certain users/user groups are allowed to use?

Solution: AccessLock – Give specific MFP user groups or departments access to only the device functions they require for print, scan, copy and fax functionality.

Issue: How do we obtain stored information if our network crashes?

Solution: PreservDOX – Critical documents can be saved to a designated synced folder at your PC for safe keeping and immediate access. To protect confidentiality of the routed files, PIN codes are assigned to each folder – eliminating unauthorized access to the data.

Issue: What employees get to print in color?

Solution: ColorLock – Restrict color functionality to only those who really need it by requiring staff members to login with a password before they can access color print ability. The password can be on a person by person basis, group, or department.

Issue: How do we restrict confidential documents from being seen on the printer?

Solution: CentraQ – Helps to minimize the risk of unauthorized access to confidential paperwork left at the machine by allowing end-users to quickly access secured jobs via their HID cards. It also provide document control by allowing administrators to track user and device specific print, copy, scan and fax usage across all devices.

Other preventative questions you should be asking are:

  • Are personal copies permitted?
  • Who should be contacted if supplies are needed for a copier?
  • Which printers and copiers should be utilized for different print jobs?
  • Who is the point of contact should there be a service issue?

Interested? You can learn more about the Kyocera Document Solutions listed above here.

Electronic Document Management

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Organizing Your Office in the Digital Age

Preparing your office for Year End is quite the challenge; and it can be even more frustrating if you are still manually filing and processing your documents. Sorting and filing using paper is a laborious and dated task that is time consuming to your office staff. In fact, research has shown that office workers spend 20% of their time on average filing, managing, searching and retrieving paper documents, of which 15% are photocopies. The solution to this grueling task is to utilize your multi-functional copier and establish Electronic Document Management.

Electronic Document Management is the electronic storage and retrieval of documents. Organizations can implement an electronic document management system (EDMS) integrated with their multi-function printer and network to handle the filing process. The EDM system allows you to structure and organize your documents for storage and retrieval. It also gives you the ability to add, edit and view documents. Other functions of the software include the ability to index and search documents, and add differing levels of security to your documents.

Time and Money are the biggest advantages for a company to utilize an EDM system. It will save your employee’s time by allowing them to easily find documents from their computer by using a more effective categorizing system. It will save your company money because you will no longer have to pay for large amounts of storage tools such as filing cabinets, boxes, folders, etc. Security is another great bonus, as document management systems can allow different tiers of access to documents based on setup preferences, to keep files safe and secure.

Kyocera offers many applications to install on your multi-functional printer based on your docu-management needs. One of their most popular apps is SharePoint Connector; this app links with a Microsoft SharePoint server to make it easier for employees to share, collaborate and manage their ideas and information. If you are looking for a fast and easy to use app that is the virtual version of a filing cabinet, then Sentry File is the perfect starting point to begin establishing your EDM system. PreservDOX is another great app that is beneficial for any organization that has documents it can’t afford to lose. Critical documents can be saved in secure, predefined areas and can only be accessed via Pin Code, eliminating the worry of lose and unauthorized access.

Establishing an Electronic Document Management system is a great organizational update for your office to launch; and Kopier Net can help you do it! Contact your sales representative today to get your office setup with the best EDM system for your business needs.

Kyocera Three Tier Billing Solution

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Reduce the cost of your color printing with our Three Tier Billing Solution – only pay for the amount of color you use! Whereas current maintenance agreements charge one standard price for all color copies, whether it’s a color logo in the corner of a letterhead or a full page color ad, this groundbreaking new system breaks down the printed image and records it to bill based on the total amount of color used on the page. With the breakdown of Low, Medium, or High color coverage, businesses will now be charged accordingly. Low and medium price per copies are significantly less than the high color coverage copies.

The way Three Tier Billing works is that there are three meters (magenta, cyan, and yellow) inside your MFP print device to count the exact number of color dots used on each printed page.  Dot coverage is the most accurate measurement methodology on the market.  Color coverage is calculated per page and billed at the most appropriate cost-per-click for your business. The Intelligent Billing on the MFP’s will break down the number of low, medium, and high color coverage pages used by your business. “Kyocera’s Three Tier Billing solution meets the needs of all businesses as it reduces the amount of full color printing and can reduce color costs by up to 50%.” said Mark Vella, Director of Sales and Marketing at Kyocera. Currently, most businesses print in black and white only to avoid the high cost of color prints/copies and are reluctant to bring color printing in house due to high color printing charges, Three Tier Billing will alleviate these issues.

So how exactly are the color tiers broken down…? Low Color is documents including a colored stamp or logo, a few lines of color highlighted text, emails or documents. Medium Color is standard business documents incorporating colored charts or graphs, Excel spread sheets, or Power Point presentations. High Color is documents composed of color graphics or photographs, marketing materials, brochures or Internet pages. The color tier breakdown information can be sent and synced automatically or manually by a service technician, and converted into bar graphs and charts so you can review how much of each tier your office is using.

With Three Tier Billing, businesses control what they print, how they print, and the cost of what they print in color. So, whether you are buying new, upgrading, or have an existing TASKalfa, Three Tiered Color Billing may be exactly what you’ve needed to add color your world. Kopier Net, with its Copystar partnership, is proud to now offer this cost effective tool to all customers with Kyocera TASKalpha series (3051ci and above). Contact your sales representative for more information.

Teaching Assistant

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As we are preparing for Back to School, we wanted to highlight one of our favorite Kyocera Applications, Teaching Assistant. Educators are under continuous pressure to find new and innovative ways to improve student achievement while reducing cost. These initiatives are not unique to school districts. Every enterprise, from public and private schools to large corporations, must become more efficient. To assist in this critical initiative Kyocera has developed Teaching Assistant, a business application.

Teaching Assistant is a HyPAS-enabled App enabled for teachers to automatically print, scan, grade, and analyze student’s test scores off a bubble sheet right from a Kyocera MFP. Designed as an embedded application that runs on the MFP, Teaching Assistant does not require network resources or IT support because there is no server software to install or PC to connect. Teachers and support staff enjoy intuitive walk-up access, where an unlimited number of bubble sheet forms are printed. After the forms are completed by the students, and scanned by Teaching Assistant, test scores and associated reports are immediately available; there’s no wait! Comprehensive analytics even drill down to the 10 easiest and 10 most difficult questions, enabling educators to identify weaknesses, and gear classroom instruction accordingly.

Teaching Assistant instantly scans the sheets, scores each student, and prepares a series of analytical and graphical PDF reports, with a choice to print, save to USB flash drive or e-mail the results. To protect student confidentiality, all data related to the test is automatically cleared from the device after the user exits Teaching Assistant. Additionally, since Teaching Assistant runs on any HyPAS-enabled TASKalfa device, it uses economical plain paper to generate bubble sheets. Buying and stocking expensive pre-printed media is a thing of the past. And to further efficiency, Teaching Assistant allows users to print and forward test scores and reports directly to an e-mail address – reducing paper, toner and energy consumption.

Watch an informative demo here: http://youtu.be/I3TBF1hpaAg

With Teaching Assistant, the MFP does the work allowing educators to concentrate on the students themselves, instead of the time-consuming, error-prone process of manual test grading. Ideal for all educators and trainers, Teaching Assistant reduces the paperwork burden that otherwise distracts from the core mission – preparing our leaders of tomorrow. To learn more about Kyocera’s Teaching Assistant, contact your Kopier Net sales representative and ask about a free 30-day, no-obligation trial.

Kyocera Business Applications: Are you fully utilizing all that your copier can do for you?

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You have mastered the basics of your copier: printing, faxing, scanning, re-sizing, and even adjusting the resolution; but are you aware of what your copier can do to maximize  workflow and minimize stress in your office? Kyocera’s Business Applications offer a variety of useful customized applications that can be used in almost any office environment.

Kyocera offers six categories of business applications. If it is document storage that you require, then the Capture & Distribution category is for you. As an example, the Kyocera HomePOINT app allows you to easily scan, store, and access hard copy information, such as presentations, invoices, project plans, and many other documents. Perhaps you need more ease in finding documents, if so the Document Management category can offer some assistance. The SharePoint Connector app, specifically, can link your documents to a secure Microsoft SharePoint server, making it easier for employees to share and manage their information. If you find yourself needing access to print and scan on the go, then the apps in the Mobile & Cloud category will serve you well. For instance, the Kyocera Mobile Print application is a free mobile app that allows you to print to your MFP from your smartphone.

The Network Device Management category provides customers with applications that can manage their network devices from local and remote locations; including the Command Center RX app that allows you to view your toner levels, paper availability, and copier status all from your web browser. Make creating, printing, and storing forms easy with the applications found in the Output Management category. In particular, the MyForms app allows you to create forms and then scan and store these preprinted forms on your network. The last category, Cost Control & Security, offers applications that work specifically with protection of your files. A perfect example is the Cryptek app that protects your MFP by requiring users to authenticate themselves with a smartcard and PIN code.

These are just a few of the many applications that can be installed on your machine. Want to see more? Visit Kyocera’s Document Solution YouTube page for a more in-depth tutorial of some of their more popular apps: http://goo.gl/Qpy93d

If you are interested in installing any of these applications on your copier, please contact your sales representative. Continue to read our blog as we will always highlight any new and exciting applications that become available.