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Sharp Redesigns Authorized Integrator Program (AIP) For MFP Dealer Network

  Sharp Redesigns Authorized Integrator Program (AIP) For MFP Dealer Network

The redesigned program is now tiered, allowing dealers to grow with the
program.

PR Newswire

MAHWAH, N.J., Oct. 31, 2012

MAHWAH, N.J., Oct. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Sharp Imaging and Information
Company of America (SIICA), a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation, has
re-launched its Authorized Integrator Program (AIP) originally introduced in
2009. The AIP is designed to help the Sharp dealer community better leverage
the power of Sharp OSA^® technology to help grow their market share. The
combination of integrated solutions and custom development allows the AIP
dealer the greatest flexibility in helping customers improve workflow and
better manage costs.

The new AIP program has been redesigned to allow more dealers access to the
AIP applications and reward those who make a strong commitment to applying
Sharp technology to help meet their customer's business needs. A major benefit
of the program is that all dealers can now join and gain access to the AIP
Suite of Sharp OSA-developed applications. Since the re-launch of the program
at the SIICA National Dealer Meeting in July, membership has grown by 35%.
The currently available AIP Applications are:

  oE-mail Connector – Scan to e-mail messages take on the identity of the
    authenticated user who sent it, rather than unknown sources, and the
    scanned e-mails appear in the sender's sent messages folder.
  oMyFolder Connector – Supported Sharp MFPs now become a convenient way to
    scan and save routine hardcopy documents to any network share through a
    seamless integration to Microsoft^® Active Directory.
  oPortal Connector – allows users to scan to Microsoft^® SharePoint directly
    from Sharp OSA-enabled MFPs with a simple user interface.
  oSharp OSA NST Trial Software – This free 90-day trial version of Sharp OSA
    Network Scanner Tool (NST)  enables customers to seamlessly integrate
    their PC and Sharp MFP for simplified scanning and printing, helping
    eliminate time-consuming steps of document processes.
  oMX-SW100 Print Release Software – MX-SW100 Print Release Software is a
    server based print release solution for small to medium sized businesses
    or a workgroup within an enterprise, providing convenience and security
    while helping to reduce waste.

The AIP now has three levels of enrollment: AIP Basic, AIP, and AIP Pro. All
levels have access to online resources, training and marketing support; in
addition, the AIP and AIP Pro levels have access to Sharp-funded ProSolutions
training. ProSolutions, a two-day workshop offered by the Business Technology
Association, provides access to proven strategic sales methodology along with
help on account planning and sales team development.

Sharp sponsors these regional training sessions four to five times per year.
Qualified AIP dealers are encouraged to send a representative from executive
management, sales management and solution specialists to participate as a
team.

"Our dealer network is very important to us and we want to help make them as
successful as possible," said Karen Jackson, Senior Product Manager,
Applications & Partner Programs. "We've reconfigured the AIP program, building
on its successes and extending its benefits to a broader network of dealers.
Through these changes, we hope to better engage our dealer community in order
to help both current and future dealers reach and exceed their business
goals."

Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America is a division of Sharp
Electronics Corporation, the U.S. sales and marketing subsidiary of Sharp
Corporation, Osaka, Japan. For more information about the complete line of
Sharp workgroup document systems, contact Sharp Electronics Corporation, Sharp
Plaza, Mahwah, N.J., 07495-1163. For online product information, visit
www.sharpusa.com/documents.

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About Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America

Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America, a division of Sharp
Electronics Corporation, markets the advanced, color 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 Scan^2
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

About Sharp Electronics Corporation

Sharp Electronics Corporation is the U.S. subsidiary of Japan's Sharp
Corporation. Celebrating its 100^th year, Sharp is a worldwide developer of
one-of-a-kind home entertainment products, appliances, networked
multifunctional office solutions, solar energy solutions, LED lighting and
mobile communication and information tools. Leading brands include AQUOS^®
Quattron™ LCD televisions, AQUOS BOARD™ interactive display systems,
SharpVision^® projectors, Insight^® Microwave Drawer^® ovens, Notevision^®
multimedia projectors and Plasmacluster^® air purifiers.

SOURCE Sharp Electronics Corporation

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