Man on iPhone

The Mobile Web

Does your business have a proper mobile web presence?

What’s proper for a mobile website? Most times, just displaying your regular business website is not effective. The visitor cannot easily read a full website on their mobile device, nor do they want to. They need larger web buttons for easy navigation from their mobile device’s touch screens and the ability to get quick “tidbits” of information, and that’s what a mobile website should provide. Things like hours of operation, maps and directions, coupons and specials are all good examples of easily consumable information for a mobile user.

Mobile websites work right alongside your full business website, using the same domain name. Auto detection is implemented so when the website recognizes the browser as mobile, it can display a properly formatted website. If it is not mobile, it simply displays your regular business website. Same domain, 2 different sets of information.

Did you know?

50 million Americans use their mobile phone to access the web every day. Mobile web growth is 4x that of the Internet itself. More than 50% of mobile users won’t come back if they have a problem accessing your website. Not 2 of 100 businesses have mobile websites.

Take full advantage of the ever changing web, and get there before your competition does!

prosource Wins 2014 Pro Tech Award

prosource Wins 2014 Pro-Tech Service Award

Local Company Wins Prestigious Award, Gains National Recognition

prosource of Cincinnati Receives Highest Honor in the 2014 Pro-Tech Service Award for Service Excellence

BLUE ASH, Ohio – Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta) today announced that prosource (Cincinnati, OH) has been honored with a 2014 Pro-Tech Service Award, which recognizes those Konica Minolta dealerships that demonstrate the highest commitment to customer support and satisfaction.

“Providing excellent service has become increasingly important in our industry, and Konica Minolta is committed to assuring the highest performance standards across our organization,” says James Ingrassia, vice president, solutions support division, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. “The Pro-Tech Service Award represents Konica Minolta’s gold standard for service competence and proficiency. There is no higher honor for an authorized Konica Minolta dealer partner and Prosource should be very proud of its achievement.”

A 12 time Pro-Tech Service Award winner, prosource, headed by Paul Balser is dedicated to delivering professional, reliable service and maximum performance for Konica Minolta’s award-winning lines of digital imaging products. To attain the Pro-Tech standard, each element of prosource’s operation was evaluated and measured, including its management skills, inventory control systems, technical expertise, dispatch systems and customer satisfaction ratings.

“The Pro-Tech Service Award is a mark of distinction which we are proud to showcase as it symbolizes our commitment to offering the best business practices in our marketplace,” said Balser, Vice President of Technical Services, prosource. “This award certifies to our customer base that we have the expertise, systems, and resources to keep their Konica Minolta equipment operating at the highest level of productivity. Additionally, this award reinforces to our customers that they can count on Konica Minolta and prosource for all of their printing needs.”

About Konica Minolta

Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. is a leader in advanced document management technologies and IT Services. The company focuses on complete business solutions including production print systems, digital presses, multifunctional products (MFPs), managed print services, vertical application solutions and related services and supplies. Konica Minolta has won numerous awards and recognition including being recognized as the #1 Brand for Customer Loyalty in the MFP Office Copier Market by Brand Keys for seven consecutive years, and “A3 MFP Line of the Year” award winner from Buyers Laboratory LLC for an unprecedented four consecutive years. In 2012, Konica Minolta received “Document Imaging Solutions Line of the Year” recognition from BLI. Konica Minolta, Inc. has also been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for two years in a row. For more information, please visit www.CountOnKonicaMinolta.com and follow Konica Minolta on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.

About Prosource

prosource, the Midwest’s partner of choice for office equipment, document automation, and technology solutions has been helping customers win since 1985. Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, prosource now serves over 5,000 customers with powerful solutions, delivered by the best customer experience in the industry. prosource continues to receive recognition for its commitment to excellence, growth and community involvement. For additional information, please visit http://www.totalprosource.com/ and follow prosource on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn.

prosource expands into Kentucky

prosource to open offices in Louisville and Lexington

prosource, an office services and technology provider, is set to open branch offices in Louisville and Lexington May 1.

The Cincinnati-based company’s Kentucky expansion is part of a long-term plan, according to Taylor Strong, team experience manager for prosource, which specializes in office technology, copying, printing, document management and information technology.

The Kentucky locations are part of continued expansion at prosource, which last year acquired West Chester, Ohio-based Infitech, an IT firm. In 2013, prosource reported top line revenue growth of 27 percent.

The Louisville branch will be at 11003 Bluegrass Parkway.

General manager of sales Tom Messmer will spearhead the new operations as general sales manager for prosource Kentucky, according to the Business Courier report. He has worked with prosource since 2009 and has 18 additional years of industry experience.

Five to 10 employees, most of whom will be based in Louisville, initially will staff the two Kentucky offices, Strong said.

Former NFL and University of Kentucky quarterback Jared Lorenzen will head the Lexington office, and initially he will be the only employee there. A location for that office has not yet been finalized.

“This is a strategic and exciting move for prosource,” said Brad Cates, president and CEO, in a report from Business First’s sister publication Cincinnati Business Courier.“Our intent is to add jobs to the region and provide the same superior products, services and solutions to businesses in Kentucky as we have done for the last 30 years in Ohio.”

Strong said prosource plans to expand into West Virginia and Indianapolis within a year.

prosource’s current locations are in Blue Ash, West Chester and Dayton, Ohio.

For more information visit www.totalprosource.com.

prosource expands into Kentucky

prosource Expands With New Offices, New Jobs

Cincinnati-based prosource, a provider of office technology and business solutions, is expanding into Kentucky.

The company will begin its operations in the Bluegrass State on May 1 at two new branch locations in Louisville and Lexington. It currently manages offices in Blue Ash, West Chester and Dayton.

The move will result in the hiring of five to 10 new employees in the next 18 months and the transition of three sales managers to lead the new offices. More jobs are expected to be created in Cincinnati and at the satellite offices after the transitional phase is complete.

The move is part of continued expansion at prosource, which began last year when it acquired West Chester-based Infitech.

“This is a strategic and exciting move for prosource,” president and CEO Brad Cates said. “Our intent is to add jobs to the region and provide the same superior products, services and solutions to businesses in Kentucky as we have done for the last 30 years in Ohio.”

General manager of sales Tom Messmer will spearhead the new operations as general sales manager for prosource Kentucky. He has worked with prosource since 2009 and has 18 additional years of industry experience.

Former professional and University of Kentucky football player Jared Lorenzen will also be part of prosource’s Kentucky team. Lorenzen, who earned a Super Bowl ring with the New York Giants, will serves as the strategic account manager in Lexington.

prosource, which was a finalist in the Business Courier’s 2013 Best Places to Work competition, increased its top line revenue 27 percent in 2013 through its acquisition of Infitech as well as restructuring and the addition of new programs. At some point, the company plans to expand to Indianapolis and West Virginia, a spokesperson said.

Tim + Brad Outside

ProSource Becomes a Box Office Hit With UD Arena Sponsorship Deal

Unprecedented five-year contract effective this season through June

(Dayton, OH, December 4, 2013) ProSource, a total office solution provider of office equipment, document automation and technology solutions, has entered a five-year sponsorship agreement with the University of Dayton, Division of Athletics. The centerpiece of the agreement is a title sponsorship of the UD Arena Ticket Office.

The ProSource logo will be prominently featured on the box office itself, with the ticket office also being referred to as, University of Dayton Arena ProSource Ticket Office. The sign was unveiled yesterday during the official signing of the agreement. University of Dayton Vice President and Director of Athletics Tim Wabler, as well as Prosource President and CEO Brad Cates were on hand to finalize the agreement. The ProSource logo will also be featured on the LED courtside panel, the basketball goal, on the replay video boards and on all half-time stat sheets given to media during men’s basketball games.

“We’ve been part of the Dayton business community for more than two decades, and plan to stay here and continue to grow our business in this region,” said President and CEO Brad Cates. “This sponsorship and deep relationship with University of Dayton is a way we can further our commitment to this thriving business community.”

“ProSource is a dedicated supporter of our university, student athletes, and coaches,” said Tim Wabler, University Vice President and Director of Athletics, University of Dayton. “We’re pleased to work with them on this relationship and look forward to continuing to partner with them in the future.”

“Sponsorships like this help to bring exposure for our brand, but also help support great organizations like the University of Dayton,” said Cates.

Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

ProSource has an office in Dayton and conducts approximately one third of its business in the market.

Dayton Business Journal: U.D. hoops success translates to cash with new sponsor

About ProSource
ProSource is one of the fastest growing companies in the Tri-State, serving more than 5,000 customers. Employing more than 180 people, ProSource has offices in Dayton, Cincinnati and West Chester, Ohio. We are a total office solution provider, offering industry leading technology solutions to help customers become more efficient, productive and competitive in their business. Our scope of services include an extensive portfolio of office equipment, document automation and technology solutions for businesses large and small. www.totalprosource.com

Media Contact
Carrie Phillippi, Copperfox Marketing, 513-703-9626
Doug Hauschild, University of Dayton Athletics, 937-229-4390
carrie@copperfoxmarketing.com

Are You Ready for An Upgrade?

There has been a lot of buzz in regards to Microsoft’s latest operating system (OS), Windows 8. Designed with touch screens in mind, the new Windows 8 OS looks and feels different than Windows XP, Vista and 7. With all the talk of this new OS, you may be questioning if you should upgrade now or if you should wait. Unfortunately, the time for waiting may be coming to an end if you are still using Windows XP. Microsoft support for Windows XP is currently scheduled to end on April 8, 2014.

If you haven’t seen Windows 8 in action, here is a CNet Review of the OS.

http://reviews.cnet.com/windows/microsoft-windows-8/4505-3672_7-35321713.html
While you may not be ready to upgrade to Windows 8, several business are in the process of upgrading to Windows 7. Before you decide if you should or shouldn’t upgrade, here are some questions to consider.

1.   Is your current operating system working for you?

If your current OS is working well, then why would you change? You wouldn’t replace a company car that gets great gas mileage, runs like a champ, and only needs regular maintenance. So why would you replace an operating system that is meeting your current needs?

It may be the time to make a change if installing a new OS will benefit your business. Software applications are often upgraded, but those upgrades aren’t always compatible with older operating systems. Maybe you want to try out some new software, but it won’t run on XP. If you’re current OS can’t keep up with the demands of your business, then it is time to upgrade.

 

2.   Is your current system sustainable?

Computers, like all equipment, wear out over time. They can be patched, repaired, boosted, tweaked, and duct taped together for a time. However, they are not immortal. Eventually, the hardware needs to be replaced. When this happens, your current OS may no longer be available.

 

3.   Will a new operating system work with your hardware?

While new operating systems often coincide with new computers, this isn’t always the case. If you want to install a new operating system on an old computer, you need to make sure that your computer can handle the upgrade. If you have questions about whether or not your computer can handle the upgrade, contact us at info@totalprosource.com.

 

To learn more about system requirements, here are some resources:

Windows 8 System Requirements: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/system-requirements

Windows 7 System Requirements: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/products/system-requirements

OS X (Lion) System Requirements: http://osxdaily.com/2011/06/07/mac-os-x-10-7-lion-system-requirements/

 

4.   Will a new operating system be compatible with your current software?

If you are upgrading or installing a new OS, you may need to reinstall your programs. Before making a switch, confirm that your core programs will work with the new OS.

You also need to make sure that you have copies of the programs that will need to be reinstalled. This is the time to scrape out the back of your supply cabinet for those disks that you thought you’d never need.

Please be aware that some programs limit the number of computers on which they can be installed. In some cases, you may need to purchase a new copy of a program or a new license before it can be installed.

 

5.   What is working for other businesses in your industry?

Finally, before making such a big decision, ask around. What are your colleagues using, and how well is it working? Understanding what is working and what isn’t may give you valuable insight into your own unique situation.

If you decide that you are ready to make a change, or if you have more questions, contact us. We have guided many companies through the process of upgrading their complete IT systems. We will collaborate with you, not only to bring your company up to date, but to keep you current.

PRESS RELEASE FINAL Tom Chris

Beacon Printing adds new technology from ProSource, expands capabilities

Beacon Printing recently increased its capabilities with the addition of a Konica Minolta color bizhub Press and a black and white bizhub Pro, both with variable data printing support.  The color press allows Beacon to produce the best color images in the production print marketplace, while delivering short-run color jobs to fit customers’ tight deadlines. The black and white press, with its increased paper handling and image quality, helps the company tackle any monochrome job.

“Our new presses play a significant role in fulfilling our pledge to our customers: to be a single source for their marketing needs, from concept to design to flexible, top-quality printing,” says Tom Parr, president and owner of Beacon Printing.  “Now we are able to handle a broader spectrum of jobs and improve our turnaround time.”

Recognizing the importance of keeping up with technology, Parr began his search for the right products provided by the right company. After considering several options, he chose ProSource, the locally owned provider of office technology and business services.  “Service was a key consideration, if our equipment isn’t functioning, our clients suffer,” notes Parr. So he did his homework. “I toured the ProSource facility – several times – and the customer service synergy was obvious.”  All references reinforced his belief.

“Beacon Printing now has the ability to offer targeted variable data marketing campaigns for their customers, with extremely fast turnaround times, on award-winning digital presses from ProSource,” comments Chris Cook ,” production print specialist at ProSource. “Beacon Printing continues to invest in the success of its customers.”

“I am very satisfied,”” reports Parr. “When customers say ‘Call Beacon and they will take care of it,’ we are well equipped to do just that.”

About ProSource

ProSource is an office technology and business services company committed to delivering total document solutions. With offices in Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio, ProSource serves more than 5,000 customers across Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky. The company is one of the fastest-growing in the tri-state, and is a regional leader in office technology management. Founded as Cincinnati Copiers in 1985, ProSource has grown from a print and copy hardware provider to offering electronic document management, managed services, and network solutions. The hallmark of ProSource’s service is the TotalPro Experience, an end-to-end commitment to customer satisfaction. For more information, contact Kathryn Kendell at (888) 698-0763 or marketing@totalprosource.com, or visit our website at www.totalprosource.com.

daytonbusinessjournal

ProSource acquires area IT company

A Cincinnati-area company has inked a deal to acquire an IT firm from the Dayton region.

Blue Ash-based ProSource has purchased Infitech LLC in West Chester. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Infitech, a managed network services provider for small- and medium-sized businesses, has 20 employees and will maintain its office and name.

ProSource, which has an office in Dayton with 30 employees, provides office technology and business services including copying, printing and document automation. Prior to the acquisition it had 150 total employees.

Brad Cates, president and CEO of ProSource, said the addition gives ProSource a wide portfolio of IT offerings.

“We’re going to really leverage our sales and marketing capability to grow their business,” Cates said.

Infitech was founded in 1999 by Jeffrey Loeb and Dan Winterhalter. It offers computer networking and monitoring services; cloud solutions; Web design and hosting services; software development; disaster recovery and business continuity services; and network security and firewall systems.

Loeb and Winterhalter will stay with the company.

Ben Russert, chairman of ProSource, has been eyeing an acquisition like this for some time.

“With the technology they provide it was an excellent fit,” Russert said.

Both companies operate in Dayton, Cincinnati and northern Kentucky and Infitech also does work in Columbus.

Cates said ProSource has been making market share gains in its core business, copying, as well as its software business, docuVision. ProSource acquired docuVision two years ago.

ProSource’s client list includes the University of Dayton, DP&L, the Cincinnati Bengals and Cincinnati Public Schools. Infitech’s customers include Jedson Engineering and Melink Corp. in Cincinnati as well as Superior Dental Care and TriComB2B in Dayton.

Cates said the Infitech acquisition is significant for ProSource growth strategy, which includes moving into new territory such as Indianapolis, Lexington and Louisville, West Virginia.

“It’s a natural extension of where we we’re taking the business,” Cates said.

The acquisition of Infitech was the second big move for ProSource during the past six months. Last fall it hired Cates, formerly president of Standard Register’s health care business.

businesscourier

ProSource buys IT firm lnfitech in move to expand beyond printing

ProSource, an office technology solutions provider, acquired West Chester based IT solutions company lnfitech.

Terms of the deal, which closed March 22, were not disclosed.

Brad Cates, CEO of Blue Ash-based ProSource, said the acquisition is part of the company’s aggressive five-year growth strategy. In addition to expanding into IT services, ProSource plans to expand its core business offerings – office technology; copying, printing, document management and information technology – to Indianapolis, Louisville, Lexington, Bowling Green and West Virginia.

“This will not happen all at once, but we’re moving aggressively across the Midwest,” Cates said.

ProSource had been looking to buy an IT company for some time, and it started talking with lnfitech at the start of the year. The company, which had revenue of $35 million last year, expects double-digit growth this year, with 10 percent of its revenue coming from lnfitech offerings.

lnfitech provides on-site and remote computer and network services, backup and disaster recovery appliances and services, software and web application development, as well as network security and firewall systems. Ben Russert, chairman of ProSource, said lnfitech’s services are a natural extension of what the company was already doing.

ProSource will add 20 Infitech employees and lnfitech’s management team. By keeping the management team in place, including founders Jeffrey Loeb and Dan Winterhalter, ProSource will be able to quickly expand the services lnfitech was offering.

There will be no name changes for the first six months as the combined company evaluates what will be best moving forward. In addition, ProSource will add 500 lnfitech customers to its existing list of more than 5,000 customers, which includes Fifth Third Bank, the University of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Bengals.

Both Cates and Russert said ProSource will be looking for more acquisition opportunities, especially smaller office equipment suppliers.

“A lot of smaller companies are making the decision, do I stay or how do I stay in this business,” Cates said. “This is a great opportunity for us to potentially take market share.”

Infitech Named One of the Top-Performing SMB Channel Partners in the U.S. by Ingram Micro

Infitech announced it has been named to the Ingram Micro SMB 500. Unveiled at the Ingram Micro 2012 “Turn the Tables” Fall SMB Invitational in Rancho Mirage, Calif., the inaugural list celebrates the top 500 fastest-growing Ingram Micro U.S. channel partners focused on small and midsize businesses (SMBs). Ranked at number 474, Infitech grew its business with Ingram Micro by more than 1000% percent growth between June 2009 and June 2012.Ingram Micro SMB 500

The 2012 Ingram Micro SMB 500 list was derived from the more than 20,000 U.S. solution providers and MSPs who work with Ingram Micro’s U.S. SMB Business Unit. Those channel partners named to the list demonstrated a consistent, average three-year growth rate of more than 200 percent. The list also takes into account select criteria such as company size, overall technology category revenue growth and innovation with SMB business engagements.

“Technology plays a critical role in the overall growth, operational scale and continued sustainability of SMBs across the U.S.,” says Kirk Robinson, vice president and general manager, Commercial Markets Division, Ingram Micro U.S. “As one of this year’s top-ranked SMB channel partners, Infitech has demonstrated its business strength and sent a clear message that serving the technology business needs of SMBs is a top priority. We congratulate Infitech on this accolade and look forward to enabling their continued success in 2012 and beyond.”

The complete listing of the Ingram Micro SMB 500 can be found at www.im-smb.com/smb500 and www.channelnomics.com/smb500.

About Ingram Micro Inc.

As a vital link in the technology value chain, Ingram Micro creates sales and profitability opportunities for vendors and resellers through unique marketing programs, outsourced logistics, technical and financial support, managed and cloud-based services, and product aggregation and distribution. The company is the only global broad-based IT distributor, serving more than 145 countries on six continents with the world’s most comprehensive portfolio of IT products and services. Visit www.ingrammicro.com.

About Infitech

We focus on your IT so you can focus on your business. Infitech is a top tier provider of Managed Technical Services, Web Design and Hosting Services, and Digital Phone Systems to businesses in and around the Greater Cincinnati Ohio area.