Sharp Electronics manufacture a wide variety of displays and office equipment as well as the hard-copy output devices with which we are more familiar. So it's no surprise that Sharp's new cloud-based document resource center has been designed with wider integration than some others: in addition to providing a universally available storage location for documents scanned on a Sharp copier and a means to print cloud-based content to a Sharp printer, Sharp Cloud Portal Office can also be hooked up to Sharp whiteboards and other display systems. This will make it a useful place for teams to share and work together.
Cloud Portal Office has some other interesting facets. Its licensing model is single user - rather than per MFP - and this will make it easier for anyone to print to a cloud-ready Sharp. European users can be sure all content is stored highly securely within the EU by reputable third parties such as Amazon Web Services and Fujitsu Cloud Services. A connector to DropBox provides an alternative storage location, and other connectors are in the offing, according to Sharp.
Configuration is quite straight forward, and company-wide policies can be implemented for all users by means of the Cloud Portal. Sharp MFPs in some countries are already being shipped with this Cloud Portal Office pre-installed. Sharp are also highlighting the fact that cloud-based document storage is cheaper to implement than own-managed FTP sites.
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