Pharos Awarded 3-Year Contract with Premier

Pharos Systems International was recently awarded a 3-year group purchasing agreement with Premier, a leading healthcare Group Purchasing Organization (GPO). The contract is in the Managed Print Services, Devices & Accessories category.

The agreement allows Premier members to take advantage of special pricing and terms pre-negotiated by Premier for Pharos print management software and services.

“The selection of Pharos by Premier as a supplier of secure managed print is an exciting opportunity for our organization,” says Michael O’Leary, Vice President of Pharos Global Accounts. “Premier members can now benefit from Pharos solutions to help secure documents and sensitive content, significantly reduce costs, and leverage the cloud to drive even greater efficiencies.”

Premier is a leading healthcare improvement company, uniting an alliance of approximately 4,000 U.S. hospitals and 165,000 other providers to transform healthcare. With integrated data and analytics, collaboratives, supply chain solutions, and advisory and other services, Premier enables better care and outcomes at a lower cost.

For more information on this purchasing agreement or to learn more about how to successfully manage print at your healthcare organization, please contact Mike O’Leary at (585) 939-7053.

Pharos Recognized for Office Print Security Expertise

Pharos was recently recognized for office print security expertise in Inc magazine and ReadWrite. The article in Inc is titled Too Much, Too Fast: How to Survive High-Speed Startup Growth, by author and CEO Rhett Power. He explores the challenges of rapid growth and how entrepreneurs can successfully navigate those challenges.

Keeping costs under control in such an environment can be difficult, and Power offers print management as an overlooked opportunity to reduce operating expenses.

Things like employee lunch reimbursements or printing costs (remember all that paperwork?) can burn through cash fast. The latter is actually a surprisingly common pitfall a lot of growing startups face, according to Pharos Systems International, an enterprise print solutions provider. To keep costs in check, secure all devices across your organization and communicate the benefits of workflow efficiency to combat what CEO Kevin Pickhardt describes as ‘a cavalier attitude toward printers—a perception that office printing is free or close to it.’ His company has found that these measures can cut printing output (and the associated costs) by 40 percent.

The article in ReadWrite is titled “The Biggest Hacking Risk? Your Employees,” by Editor-in-Chief Brad Anderson. Anderson emphasizes the importance of employee awareness and training in an evolving security landscape. He explores some areas of corporate security that tend to fly under the radar, including employee negligence, the importance of proactive ethical hacking, and overlooked network security vectors—including office printers:

Consider something as seemingly innocuous as your printers. These can be easily hijacked and sent print jobs, such as when a hacker named ‘Weev’ was able to access public computers nationwide and print anti-Semitic literature. Kevin Pickhardt, CEO of enterprise print solutions provider Pharos Systems International, explains this danger: ‘Data-loss prevention solutions put a digital wrapper around a business, but paper can sometimes escape that wrapper. Office printers are not only potential sources of data loss and confidentiality issues, but attack vectors that hackers can exploit.’ Be sure to take precautions like secure pull-printing, in which employees can only retrieve their own print jobs with secure credentials.

You can read the full text of these articles here:

>> Too Much, Too Fast: How to Survive High-Speed Startup Growth (Inc.)

>> The Biggest Hacking Risk? Your Employees (ReadWrite)

Pharos Relocates HQ to the Riverwood Tech Campus

Pharos Systems International is happy to announce our move to the new Riverwood Tech Campus in Henrietta, joining other growing technology companies in a beautifully designed and environmentally conscious business complex. The custom office design has quickly impressed employees and visitors alike.

Riverwood, originally constructed as Eastman Kodak’s Marketing Education Center in the late 1970s, was designed in the style of modernist icon Ludwig Mies van der Rohe by the architecture firm of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM). Their other work includes One World Trade Center and the Burj Khalifa—the tallest skyscraper in the world.

Riverwood is built like a modern fortress, with giant exposed steel beams, clean lines, open internal spaces and perimeter walls of high-efficiency glass that help create a bright and energizing environment.

Its eco-friendly features include a state-of-the-art HVAC system, a green rooftop, a charging station for electric cars, and a solar panel flower that helps power the building. We were fortunate to work with local developer Frederick Rainaldi Jr., who has played a lead role in the revitalization of many historic properties in the Rochester area.

Bordering the Genesee River to the west and the Rochester Institute of Technology to the northeast, the Riverwood Tech Campus also boasts a shared conference space, fitness center, basketball court, food truck pavilion, 75 acres of woods, 3½ miles of hiking trails, and docks for kayaking and canoeing on the river. It’s a slice of Silicon Valley right in here in our backyard.

Pharos CEO Kevin Pickhardt summarized it well: “The level of commitment that was made to create this unique technology campus experience, combined with a focus on employee wellness and community sustainability, is the perfect fit for Pharos as we further our development as a benefit corporation and solidify our foundation for growth.”

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