Do you have trouble getting meetings (even online ones) to start on time, and sharing productivity features with all attendees? See what Sharp has developed

by Brianna Crandall — October 23, 2019 — Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America (SIICA), a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation (SEC), recently introduced a family of smart office solutions for easier connectivity and collaboration during meetings and more at its National Dealer Meeting in Las Vegas.

The new Synappx platform aims to address the workforce’s increased expectation of secure accessibility, ease of use and mobility. Designed to address the challenges of a mobile workplace, the Synappx platform enhance employees’ ability to connect to office technology and collaborative systems. This comes at a time when the workplace is transforming, as employees’ expectations and needs are rapidly evolving, and companies look to leverage their technology investments.

Due to the growth of the gig economy, a massive generational shift and the proliferation of smart home technology, collaboration has emerged as a central theme of the modern, digital workplace. Given this new reality, it comes as no surprise that the modern workplace’s design, layout and technology requirements are rapidly changing, says Sharp.

At the event, Sharp demonstrated how the Synappx platform of collaboration and productivity applications uniquely position the company to help transform today’s office environment into the office of the future.

The Synappx components are described below.

Synappx Meeting: Start meetings on time

A 2017 Sharp/Spiceworks joint survey with 250 IT professionals and business managers showed it takes an average of 12 minutes to get productive in a meeting — time lost to activities such as connecting to a large display, starting the conferencing system, or finding the right content. Synappx Meeting is designed to solve these challenges, putting your focus back on collaboration and sharing ideas.

Synappx Go: Productivity wherever you go

Smartphones have changed the way people live and work — and now they can change the way the workforce collaborates while moving around the workplace. With Synappx Go, individuals can scale content easily to a large display, or scan documents and release print jobs from a multifunction printer, right when and where it is needed — all from a mobile device.

Synappx WorkSpaces Analytic Service: Smarter meeting spaces

With Synappx Workspaces, Sharp brings the power of the Internet of Things (IoT) into the meeting room. Synappx Workspaces allows for tracking of workspace utilization and environmental factors to help create a smarter, more comfortable workplace. By combining sensor data from the Windows collaboration display from Sharp with Microsoft Office 365 data, this turnkey cloud solution provides actionable analytics for the modern workplace.

Synappx-ready Systems: Accelerated team performance

With Synappx-ready Systems from Sharp, including the Windows collaboration display from Sharp, AQUOS BOARD interactive display and multifunction printer family of products, you can amplify key mobility, collaboration and analytics features of the Synappx applications to drive overall employee engagement and productivity.

Mike Marusic, president and CEO, SIICA, remarked:

We are confident that the Sharp Synappx family of applications will help bring the convenience of smart home technology to today’s workforce and help companies fully utilize their IT Investments.

Built on an open architecture, Synappx applications work with industry-leading cloud storage and meeting solutions such as Microsoft Teams, GoToMeeting, Zoom, Cisco WebEx, Google Drive, OneDrive and Dropbox. For increased security and reliability, these services run on the Microsoft Azure platform and leverage Microsoft Office 365 or Office 365 and secure user authentication.

Sharp Electronics Corporation is the US subsidiary of Japan’s Sharp Corporation. Sharp is a worldwide developer of home appliances, networked multifunctional printers and office solutions, professional displays and energy systems. Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America, a division of SEC, markets Sharp’s business products, including its new Synappx family of collaboration applications.