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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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    Cloud, Security, Technology

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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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    In the driver’s seat of Enterprise Content Management

    , Vice President, Solutions and Product Planning

    A couple of weeks ago, I published a blog about document management and the changing industry within that practice. This time, I want to expand toward the other end of the spectrum, Enterprise Content Management.

    ECM is taking hold in many medium to large enterprises and it is a key plank in our own strategy. It’s important to point out that, across the continuum of document management, we have a full suite of services that expands our ECM services as a key area for strategic investment and growth in our core solutions portfolio.

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    Content Management, Solutions

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    Sporting a ’stache for Movember

    , Senior Vice President and General Counsel

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    There was more facial hair than usual last month at Konica Minolta offices across the country. While some may have thought this was a new fashion trend, in reality nearly 300 employees were participating in “Movember.” This movement began as a small fundraiser nearly 15 years ago and has grown into a global tradition.

    During Movember, (formally known as November), men are encouraged to grow a moustache to raise awareness and funds for men’s health issues. Women also participate by encouraging the men in their lives to grow moustaches and by spreading awareness. Spearheaded by the Movember Foundation, more than $559 million has been raised to fund 832 men’s health programs in 21 countries since its establishment.

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    Corporate Citizenship

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    Celebrating Generosity on Giving Tuesday

    , Vice President, Strategic Business Development

    The holidays are here again! As we become immersed in travel plans, shopping lists and holiday parties, it can be easy to forget what this season is really about: giving.

    Today, the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate kindness and to give. December 2 is Giving Tuesday, and it is gaining momentum rapidly. Formed by New York’s 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation in 2011, Giving Tuesday is a philanthropic response to consumer-driven events like Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

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    Corporate Citizenship

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    PricewaterhouseCoopers’ “Breakthrough Innovation and Growth Report,” the largest and most comprehensive study of its kind, explored innovation from a global, multi-sector perspective.

    The results show that the most innovative 20% of companies have already grown at a rate 16% higher than the least innovative. This means that, on average, each of the most innovative companies delivered a quarter of a billion dollars of additional revenue over the past three years, compared with the least innovative (Shelton & Percival, 2013). By interviewing more than 1,500 executives, PricewaterhouseCoopers found there was a clear correlation between innovation and growth. They isolated several key components to identify what the most innovative companies were doing compared to the least innovative. The report’s findings line up closely with the strategies of the Konica Minolta Business Innovation Center North America.

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    Going Beyond File Storage with FileAssist

    , Vice President, Solutions and Product Planning

    You may have recently seen the announcement that Microsoft and Dropbox are joining forces.

    This is a major shift in online storage and file syncing as the two notable software giants struggle to compete with companies like Box and smaller companies like Evernote and FileBound. There is a growing investment in fully integrated document management solutions like Xerox’s Docushare, Hyland’s OnBase and IBM’s FileNet. Overall, the field is a myriad of providers and the leaders are the ones that own the business relationship and not the ones that cater to consumers.

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    Cloud, Content Management, Solutions, Technology

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    Hard work pays off with Leader recognition in Magic Quadrant

    , Senior Vice President, Business Intelligence Services

    Over the past five years, we have enhanced our Managed Print Services capabilities both domestically and globally to meet growing market requirements. The Holy Grail, if you will, of market acceptance is to achieve the Leader position in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant.   After significant effort, Konica Minolta is now positioned in the Leader quadrant for MPS!

    Interesting that this year, Gartner has also included Managed Content Services as a new capability in addition to existing MPS criteria for positioning in the quadrant. The consolidation of MPS and MCS is in perfect alignment with Konica Minolta’s services strategy! (more…)

    Content Management, Leadership, Solutions, Strategy, Technology

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    5 Traits of Effective Leadership

    , President and Chief Operating Officer

    What makes a great leader?

    I use “leader” instead of “executive” because I believe that although many employees may be promoted into an executive position, not everyone can become a leader.

    That difference is critical to the success of a company. Effective leadership transforms a business.

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