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  • Creating Global Change Starting in Our Communities

    , Senior Vice President and General Counsel
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    Volunteering at MEVO farm in Mahwah, NJ.

    Our world is facing countless challenges, from poverty and food insecurity to climate change. Solutions are needed, but we’re often left wondering how we can help. I believe that each of us can make a positive change in our world, starting right where we are.

    I’m proud to work for a company that’s using its resources to create social change. Konica Minolta’s commitment to society is shared by employees all over the world, stemming from its management philosophy, “The Creation of New Value.” Corporations are in a unique position to make a difference with resources like in-kind and monetary donations and employee volunteer time. Through programs like the “3 Green Activities” and the “Clean Planet Program,” Konica Minolta and more than 43,000 employees in 150 countries have been enacting change for years on a global level.

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    Sustainability, Thought Leaders

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    Growing Wide Format Market Benefits Everyone

    , Vice President, Product Management and Planning

    Labelexpo adWere you aware of the increasing number of customer success stories on our website regarding wide format printing?  For instance, we had a commercial printer in Connecticut and a franchise print shop in Kansas both recently introduce wide-format printing for the first time. This has allowed them to take on new jobs and customers that they couldn’t in the past, adding another revenue stream that has helped them grow their bottom lines, while staying true to their core business: Print.

    So what is wide format? It’s the copying, printing and scanning of such projects as full-color graphics, signage, banners, point of purchase, point of sales, CAD drawings, maps and schematics. Some are direct inputs from websites and mobile devices. According to Global Industry Analysts, Inc., the global wide-format print market is projected to reach $7.2 billion in hardware sales by 2022. Aside from that multi-billion dollar market, there are two primary reasons for Konica Minolta’s renewed interest in the wide-format print arena.

    The first are some really successful distribution partnerships that we have with veteran printer manufacturers EFI and KIP.  For graphics wide-format printing applications, EFI’s H1625 wide format printer is a hybrid device that is the first wide-format UV LED inkjet product we ever sold – and it greatly surpassed our own sales expectations over the past year. We can further target the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry in full color with our KIP portfolio of LED printers, including the toner-based KIP 800 series, which supports such large documents as CAD drawings and schematics for technical wide-format printing applications. This enables our customers to have a very productive and affordable wide-format solution.

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    History is Made for All Women

    , Vice President, Marketing

    HistoryHistory was made in Philadelphia.

    For the first time in the 240 years that America has existed, a woman was nominated for president by a major political party. Regardless of your political ideology, this is truly the largest crack in the glass ceiling and one that I am proud to have witnessed.

    This point in history is especially significant now, as we will soon mark the anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which was ratified on August 18, 1920. In the 96 years since women were given the right to vote, we have made great strides in equality. From education to employment, women today have so many opportunities.

    These opportunities, coupled with hard work, have enabled me to receive an exceptional education including a post-graduate degree. These opportunities have allowed me to enter the corporate world and to grow and excel in each new role I have been given. These opportunities have given me the ability to sponsor an initiative close to my heart: the creation of Step Forward, an employee group focused on giving the women of Konica Minolta ongoing inspiration and support to help them achieve their goals.

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    Leadership, Thought Leaders

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    The Bar for HIPAA Compliance

    , Chief Executive, ecfirst

    health2Based on the frequency and amount of HIPAA fines in 2016, one thing is clear, very clear: the lack of a credible HIPAA compliance program for an organization today, will lead to an increase in business risk.

    Multiple alleged HIPAA violations resulted in a $2.75 million settlement with the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC). HIPAA fines typically are in the seven figures. In addition, it always includes a corrective action map (CAP), which requires a comprehensive HIPAA compliance program, mandated with attestation from an organization’s officer over the duration of the CAP period. The duration of the CAP period is typically a minimum of two years, more likely, three years.

    The recommendation to senior leadership: select a security framework and establish HIPAA compliance within the context of that framework. There are essentially three options for security frameworks: HITRUST, ISO 27001 and NIST. I would recommend HITRUST. Be deliberate, disciplined, and steady to get HITRUST certified.

    Senior executives must treat HIPAA compliance as a life-cycle, as a process. It will lower business risk!

    Let’s examine the settlement related to UMMC to better understand how this impacts where you need to set the bar for HIPAA compliance based on Office for Civil Rights (OCR) enforcement of the regulation. (more…)

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    When it comes to building a world-class sales team, two things are critical: hiring and coaching.

    Konica Minolta is a leader in both. Nowhere is this more evident than every July, when the best of the best in our sales organization gathers at President’s Club to celebrate their successes, share best practices and learn innovative sales techniques to continue to take their game to the next level.

    As president of our direct channel sales organization, I am thankful for these individuals. People who embody the company’s philosophy to create new value, not only for society but also for each and every one of our clients by solving their business problems and being their trusted partner.

    We can all be inspired by them. We can all take a page out of the President’s Club playbook and aspire to greatness with each interaction on behalf of the company. Regardless of our role, we must bring Konica Minolta’s 6 Values tmentoringo every customer experience.

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    Is HIPAA in Your Enterprise DNA?

    , Chief Executive, ecfirst

    Ali blogUnderstanding your DNA enables you to take proactive measures in defense of your health and well-being.  Similarly, an organization must carefully examine its enterprise to ensure that it is protected from the multitude of threats posed by cyber criminals, employee/staff incompetence and/or malicious intent.  In this article, we focus on two key challenges for organizations. First, what does HIPAA compliance mean? What must it address? And second, how can an entity address HIPAA compliance and the risk associated with cyber-attacks on a continual basis? We identify options for security frameworks to address this second question.

    HIPAA violations and fines are mounting like never before, as evidenced by the following examples:

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    How ECM Keeps Data Secure

    , Director, Enterprise Content Management

    PrintThere’s no doubt about it. Every company, no matter what size or type, has massive amounts of data and sensitive information that must be kept secure and accessible only to those who need it. There are solutions and best practices you can have in place that will ensure all of your information remains safe. Having a lack of technology and protocols to organize and protect your data is a good way to set yourself up for data security issues.

    The challenge is huge.  The answer is clear: enterprise content management (ECM).

    Data security doesn’t only have to do with information being stolen or hacked; it involves knowing where your data is located and being able to access it when needed. This is especially true when information is stored and filed on paper. The frequency of documents being misfiled and lost are higher than most people want to believe — and very costly. On average, between 2 percent and 5 percent of an organization’s files are lost or misfiled on any given day.

    Now add to this compliance regulations and audits. With the increasing levels of compliance regulations and required audits, both internal and external, keeping track of necessary documents is more important than ever. This is difficult with a system heavy on hard-copy data. Paper-heavy businesses run the risk of being compromised or losing data that could result in lawsuits and other negative repercussions.

    To combat these concerns, business executives have begun to implement firewalls and disaster recovery plans to ward off outside attacks on their data.

    Having a strategy in place is the crucial key to your protection. The bloodline of your organization is your data and that is not something you can risk.

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    Content Management, From Our Experts, Security, Solutions

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    Staying Relevant in an Evolving Marketplace

    , National Solutions Manager, Legal Market

    Ever since I was young, I have had a gift for spotting antique furniture. Even if it had 10 coats of paint and was unrecognizable as a relevant piece of history, I could see past that and find the hidden gem. As a hobby, I go on “antique adventures” throughout New England in the hopes of spotting that piece of furniture to refinish and bring back to its glory days. I do this because these antiques are, indeed, relevant.

    Most recently, I spotted an art deco statute that was being used as an outside doorstop for more than 30 years. To my surprise, it was a 1920s original bearing the signature of Mr. Arthur von Frankenberg, one of New York’s well-known artists and sculptors who owned Frankart, Inc. “The Lady,” as I have named her, has been restored and made relevant again. She holds my peppermint treats.

    Frankart

    Unlike an old antique that may be pushed into a corner of a barn and forgotten, I have the power to keep myself relevant. The legal space is changing at lightning speed. With cyber and data security continuing to be a threat, law firms migrating to the cloud and information governance along with eDiscovery remain hot topics.

    My current role as Konica Minolta’s national legal solutions manager entails following trends in the legal vertical to ensure we stay relevant for our customers and remain an industry leader and trusted advisor.

    Over the past few years, I have obtained project management professional certification (PMP®) to understand project management methodologies and the PMI agile certified practitioner (PMI-ACP®) to understand agile business intelligence so that Konica Minolta’s legal vertical can move quickly as the market changes while keeping pace with customer demands. For example,
    key offerings for the legal vertical are computer forensics, eDiscovery and managed review services.   As such, I have obtained the certified eDiscovery specialist certification (CEDS®) to maintain my relevance and joined the Association of Certified eDiscovery Specialists (ACEDS) to network with my peers and to keep abreast of the ever changing eDiscovery landscape.

    Lastly, I am almost at the finish line for my master’s degree in law and governance with a concentration in legal technology, compliance and regulations.

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    From Our Experts

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    As an enthusiastic wine maker, I’m always drawn to the feelings that wine brings to me: relaxation, good company, family, fun. I believe I share these feelings with many others who look for the same connections in life. Whether I make the wine or buy it, I always think that one of the most important aspects is the presentation, led by the label. What’s a better way to attract attention than a high-quality foil and varnished label? I feel the same way about our technology. At the end of the day, there is always a person, like me, who wants to offer creativity to the world.

    Our quest to bring new and exciting solutions that draw the kind of feelings I noted above is always ongoing. One great example is our investment in the MGI Digital Graphic Technology product line. A French-based leading decorative printing equipment manufacturer, MGI doesn’t just give Konica Minolta a clear point of difference in its growing product line, but our customers get one as well – along with an opportunity to jump into a growing market.

    How does it do this?

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    Marketing, Strategy, Technology, Thought Leaders

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    How ECM Simplifies Company Security

    , Director, Enterprise Content Management

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    I can remember the day that I got a house key from my father.  This was so exciting – since I was now responsible enough to come and go without an adult at home. (And I was responsible enough not to lose the key.)

    For my parents, giving me that key was not only a responsibility issue, but a security issue.  Security was a hot topic at the AIIM (Association Information and Image Management) 2016 conference that we recently attended.  That’s not a surprise, since one of the business concerns that we always have to overcome when selling enterprise content management to a customer is overcoming risks: security of the data.

    At AIIM, speaker Mark Brousseau, president of Brousseau and Associates, tackled the security topic asking the simple question:  Think Your Scanned Images Are Safe? Think Again.

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    Content Management, From Our Experts

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