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  • Welcome to the Workplace of the Future™

    , Senior Vice President, Business Intelligence Services and Product Planning

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    Work is not where you are. Work is what you get done. We firmly believe that at Konica Minolta. And the statistics back us up. By the year 2020:

    • There will be 5 billion more people online. That means even more people connected to a device.
    • There will be 25 billion more connected devices in the world. Those billions of people will be able to make better decisions because data will be more readily available.
    • More than one-third of our global workforce will be freelancers. These workers will not have the same needs for office space but will need enhanced connectivity.

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    Decades of Expertise Gives AccurioJet KM-1 Market Uniqueness

    , Vice President, Product Management and Planning

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    Years ago our industry’s analysts predicted the “paperless office” that was to come with the advent of the digital age, bringing with it the demise of print. Now, decades later, I see a glass that’s half full thanks to industry trends – in growth areas such as industrial and specialty, with a growing high speed inkjet digital color press market projected to grow an astounding 38 percent by 2020 — which we’re well-positioned to take advantage of with our new AccurioJet KM-1 high speed cut sheet UV inkjet press. (more…)

    From Our Experts, Solutions, Technology

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    As the old adage goes: Don’t take a good thing for granted.

    How often do we do this in our personal and professional lives?  Probably more than we’d like to admit.  So when that good thing comes along, recognize it, take pride in it and promote it.  That’s precisely what we’re doing with our interoperability capabilities as they grow and become more relevant for more of our healthcare customers. (more…)

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    How 3D Technology Improves Education

    , Manager, Government and Education Solutions

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    My role as a subject matter expert for Konica Minolta’s education solutions market couldn’t fit my personal passion for education any better. Aside from my role collaborating with our marketing and sales teams, I’m also an adjunct professor at New York University and a volunteer and board member at Living Values Education, a non-profit agency that teaches children how to live their own social, moral and spiritual values. It includes training teachers on conflict resolution and creating an anti-bullying environment. (more…)

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    With A Digital Label, Yes, It’s Personal

    , Vice President, Product Management and Planning

    I have a bottle of wine that was given to me by a close friend. I never drank it; not because I don’t believe I’ll like the taste, but because I love the label so much I just don’t want to drink it and have to discard the bottle. I show it to friends, it’s so attractive. That’s the thing about high-quality labels – they can add a personal aspect to everything that we do.

    labelMost of us take labels for granted. How could you not when we see them every day on practically every item we buy? But much time and effort goes into creating them, from conception to production, in order to help get that product to attract buyers and make it memorable from a branding perspective. This is quite a responsibility for something taken for granted.

    Konica Minolta doesn’t take labels for granted, which is one reason why we’ve introduced innovative digital solutions like the bizhub PRESS C71cf for printers’ label shops. This unique press represents the culmination of digital printing technology and high-end digital performance at a lower cost to create new opportunities for a label shop to increase its profits, productivity and customer satisfaction.

    Another reason is the size of the market. According to the TLMI 2015 Digital Label Survey, the North American digital printed label revenue stands at just over $1 billion. That total will rise dramatically as the survey noted that three in every four press installations by the year 2020 will be digital, providing greater opportunities for printers to create memorable labels for their customers. Who are the current biggest users of labels? The survey reported that the top three biggest markets using labels are pharmaceutical, consumer durables and health and beauty.

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    Creating Global Change Starting in Our Communities

    , Senior Vice President and General Counsel
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    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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    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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    The Bar for HIPAA Compliance

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    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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    Leadership, Thought Leaders

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