Sharp Open Systems Architecture (Sharp OSA®) technology can help employees at every level of your organization by optimizing investment, reducing costs, enhancing productivity, and simplifying IT management.
Sharp OSA Technology Benefits:
Sharp OSA technology extends Sharp MFP functions and provides value-added features to maximize corporate investments.
Intuitive, easy-to-use graphical user interface facilitates operation through customizable screens and interactive capabilities.
Manage your document workflow easily, efficiently and more securely. Helps eliminate redundant tasks and seamlessly integrates your workflows.
Manage user access and usage of your MFP resources through integration capabilities for network security and cost accounting applications.
You can create your own custom integrations or take advantage of the growing portfolio of Sharp OSA applications available from Sharp Partner Program Members which can provide: Document Management and Archiving, Automated Document Workflow, Document Scanning to E-mail, Fax Servers, as well as Accounting and Access Control.
A suite of Sharp-developed applications is available through Sharp authorized dealers who enrolled in the Authorized Integrator Program (AIP). These applications are centrally managed, simplifying IT administration tasks. Most AIP applications are designed to complement most popular Microsoft® environments.
AIP Connect is a library of easy-to-use connectors that are designed to perform tasks to enhance the basic print and scan functions of Sharp OSA-enabled MFPs (please see complete list of supported models below). The AIP Connect platform supports a set of connectors that can be centrally managed. And, it provides IT departments and customers with a secure, integrated and product document scanning and printing experience within their existing and new IT infrastructure.
Key Features Include:
Connectors Available for:
With the MyFolder Connector, your Sharp MFP now becomes a convenient way to scan and save routine hardcopy documents to any network share. Seamless integration to Microsoft Active Directory networks provides authenticated users with access to their home folder as well as shared network folders right from the Sharp OSA-enabled MFP’s control panel.
With the Portal Connector, Sharp MFPs provide seamless integration with the Microsoft SharePoint® server, enabling users to upload scans of hardcopy documents and enter keywords right from the MFP. Users can also browse SharePoint® document libraries at the MFP and select where to store scanned documents.
Sharp is committed to meeting the ever-changing demands of the market and has fostered an active and extensive Sharp OSA® Developer community that adds value and functionality to our award-winning MFPs. As one of the most inclusive in the industry, membership in the Sharp Partner Program is open to qualified software and hardware vendors, Sharp customers and authorized dealers. This approach offers customers the freedom to choose from a broad range of applications and innovations from the best developers, now and in the future.
Leveraging the robust capabilities of Sharp OSA technology, developers who are members of the Sharp Partner Program are able to deliver highly customized solutions that enable MFPs to reach deeper into the organization than ever before. They are also able to develop unique and engaging user interfaces on the LCD display that help facilitate operation and can help increase workflow productivity.
Through the Sharp Marketing Program, all Sharp OSA Developers are given the option of having their integrations validated by Sharp against a set of criteria to help ensure they work properly with Sharp OSA-enabled MFPs. Upon successful completion of testing, the integration earns the recognition of being Sharp OSA Validated and can be promoted with the use of the Validation Icon, providing assurance of successful operation to you.
In addition to developers of Sharp OSA applications, the Sharp Partner Program is also open to qualified software and hardware vendors with products complementary to Sharp MFPs. This extension of the Partner Marketing Program allows vendors to submit their product for Sharp Compatible validation. Once validated, compatible products are promoted with a unique validation icon, providing confidence that they will work with Sharp MFPs.
Sharp OSA technology is cloud ready, enabling your IT department to make intelligent and informed decisions when it comes to solution deployment. With RESTful Web API, Sharp OSA technology supports Software as a Service (SaaS) or cloud-enabled environments by efficiently assisting communications involving intermediaries such as firewalls.
Enabling secure and scalable communications, Sharp OSA cloud-ready technology further expands flexibility in how
the document workflow and security solutions are implemented.