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    Finding a Needle in a Document Haystack

    , Legal Marketing Manager, Solutions

    Remember the ending of “Indiana Jones,” when the Ark of the Covenant is wheeled through a giant government warehouse, to be stored amid acres of similar boxes? That scene is reminiscent of the hunt a paralegal would undertake to find a piece of evidence, the proverbial needle in the haystack. (more…)

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    Lessons from SXSW: Learn. Create. Innovate.

    , Vice President, Strategic Business Development

    3D Cement RobotSo, the saying goes, “The more I learn, the more I realize the less I know.” Attending South by Southwest (SXSW) this past weekend absolutely made me feel dumb and old.

    Dubbed the largest interactive, film and music festival in the United States, the event attracts over 72,000 people and spans 10 hotels and multiple event locations throughout downtown Austin, Texas. The interactive programming sessions encompassed tracks arranged around themes that touched on robotics, content, art and science, healthcare, wearables, gaming, global impact, and so much more.

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    Konica Minolta takes a big Step Forward

    , President and Chief Operating Officer

    I am happy to be part of a great company initiative: the creation of an employee group focused on giving the women of Konica Minolta ongoing inspiration and support to help them achieve their goals. The group, Step Forward, will be a platform to encourage women to pursue their ambitions and change conversations in the workplace.

    KM_BlogStepForwardImageStep Forward is so important to all of us here at Konica Minolta. Addressing the particular needs and concerns of women in the workplace is so important to us all.

    I am so proud of the strong women in my own life: My grandmother, who owned a newsstand at the Wichita, Kansas, Union railroad station; and my mother, who started her career after raising a family and who worked closely with the CEO. I look back at their professional paths as I look forward to my daughter’s path. When Katy graduates college, she will have earned three degrees and studied in four countries. Her career is in front of her. My family is a perfect example of the increasing opportunities that women, through the generations, have been given.

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    Creating efficiency for Legal customers

    , Director, Business Development

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    We’ve always created solutions targeted to distinct customer segments. From graphic communications to healthcare and education, our portfolios give our customers specifically designed products and services that uniquely meet their needs.

    Nowhere is this philosophy more customized than in the Legal industry. Together with our hardware technology, our legal clients also get best-in-class software, services and solutions via Konica Minolta Business Solutions and our All Covered IT Services subsidiary.

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    FehertyDavid Feherty has a potty mouth.

    But that didn’t stop the crowd at Day 2 of Konica Minolta’s Art of Disruption dealer meeting from laughing and cheering the outspoken Golf Channel host’s keynote address.

    Feherty was introduced by Rick Taylor, President and COO, to help him announce a multi-year marketing relationship. Konica Minolta is now designated the “Official Multifunction Printers of the PGA TOUR,” along with its ongoing exclusive sponsorship of the popular Konica Minolta Bizhub SwingVision camera in PGA TOUR telecasts.

    Once the “business” was out of the way, Feherty got down to spinning yarns about past adventures on the PGA TOUR and present adventures as a writer and broadcaster with CBS Sports and Golf Channel, all peppered with his trademark no-holds-barred commentary.

    He wrapped up his remarks with a request to the audience to support our soldiers and remember their sacrifices. As a co-founder of Troops First Foundation, Feherty is passionate about the non-profit’s work to create programs and events designed for Wounded Warriors and their families.

    Well played, Mr. Feherty.

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    Robot Rick

    Rick Taylor finally got his wish.

    During his remarks opening the first day of Konica Minolta’s national Dealer Conference, Rick got to play out a boyhood dream: having a robot deliver him a note and a Snickers. Just like Rosie the Robot in his favorite cartoon, “The Jetsons,” the robot Savioke was ready to deliver whatever its “master” needed.

    In keeping with the conference’s theme, “The Art of Disruption,” Rick also mentioned Knightscope, a company that addresses data and fiscal security and uses … robots.

    For those keeping score, that’s one Rick and two robots.

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    Day 1 keynote speaker Robert Herjavec, entrepreneur and lead shark on ABC’s Emmy-winning “Shark Tank,” gave the crowd some food for thought.

    “Growth is a process of innovation” and “The art of selling yourself can be part of the disruption.”

    Exactly why #KMDisrupts.

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    Leading the Way for a Mobile Workforce

    , Senior Vice President, Business Intelligence Services

    mobilityLove them or hate them, we’re all tied to our mobile phones. They’re a way of life now, able to keep us connected to family, work and Candy Crush.

    Thanks to that connectivity, we are a mobile workforce, able to do our jobs from anywhere. You may take mobile services for granted, but we don’t. In fact, Konica Minolta is once again leading the industry by identifying and meeting the growing needs of customers who require the ability to efficiently capture, share, manage and transform their most-critical needs whether on the road or in the office. Our innovations allow employees to manage and control work on the go, thereby meeting the evolving demands of today’s business world.

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    The Facts about Windows Server 2003 End of Support

    , Vice President, Marketing, All Covered IT Services from Konica Minolta

    WS-EOL-Campaign_500You may remember the buzz last year when Microsoft pulled the plug on its support of Windows XP. Less publicized, but perhaps even more critical, is the end of support for Microsoft Windows Server 2003. That is scheduled for July 14, 2015. Many businesses may be unaware, but there’s a good chance their most important computers are running on this soon-to-be-outdated operating system. They may be equally unaware that hanging on to Windows Server 2003 after Microsoft ends support in July will cost them plenty and could put their business at risk.

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    partnership

    A great proverb says, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”  For 25 years, I sold leasing programs to dealers and manufacturers like Konica Minolta.  My success came by focusing intensely on my client’s needs and exceeding their expectations.  Now that I’m at Konica Minolta, I have found that the principles and practices of connection and enduring partnerships are exactly the same. It doesn’t matter which side of the desk I sit on.  For that matter, whether you’re a salesman, a president, a wife or a friend, these three principles apply to every strong relationship in our lives.

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    May All Your Holidays be Merry

    , President and Chief Operating Officer

    As we prepare for the upcoming holidays, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on our Konica Minolta family.

    This has been a very good year for us. From a business perspective, we have continued to lead the industry, launching products from our flagship C1100 production printer to our cloud-storage FileAssist solution. We have pushed into enterprise content management with the acquisition of companies across the country. We have continued to grow the business across all verticals. We have also continued to expand our dealer partnerships, deepening and strengthening relationships.

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