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  • The Workplace of the Future with Fast Company at SXSW

    , Director of Marketing Communications (Global Workplace Hub Group & North America)

    Change is in the Air: Transformation Underway

    Konica Minolta has always been a brand with transformation and change as part of its DNA, ingrained in the company culture. From having a Minolta camera on the first American manned shuttle that went into space in 1962, to releasing the world’s first 35 mm camera with auto focus in 1977, we have had many world firsts. As our CEO Shoei Yamana mentioned in a recent interview with the Financial Times, innovation at Konica Minolta has historically been focused on ‘over engineering’ our products. In times of stability, such product innovations absolutely have their place. However, today our traditional market place has shrunk dramatically. For Konica Minolta to retain market relevancy, we have to shift our focus to customer value. It is definitely a very different focus to “how can we make our products better.” And so, over the last four years, Konica Minolta’s innovative journey has been accelerating like never before. With the establishment of our Business Innovation Centers, expansion of our R&D facilities globally, and our acquisitions, Konica Minolta is closer than ever to our clients. All this is supporting Konica Minolta’s transformation into a leading edge IT Services business. (more…)

    From Our Experts, Leadership, Technology, Thought Leaders

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    Is Monochrome Printing Dead?

    , Product Marketing Manager

    Is Monochrome Printing Dead?

    To answer this affirmatively would be like saying the world could only be seen in color. Think of photographer Ansel Adams, who was able to express a wide range of bold, expressive tones in his classic black-and-white American landscapes and scenic photographs. We believe that the simplicity and functional purpose of monochrome printing will always remain a portion of the marketplace, just as there will always be a place for the timeless beauty of classic black–and-white imagery in our wide world of color.


    From Our Experts, Technology, Thought Leaders

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    As you prepare for HIMSS 2018, and do a cursory review of all the companies that will exhibit, you will most likely see a variety of themes addressing everything from improving patient care to lowering costs and many things in between.  But one theme – The Quiet Revolution of Digital Healthcare – is a bit different than the rest of the pack, and may take a moment to resonate.  It happens to be the theme for my company, Konica Minolta.  However, the meaning behind this statement became clearer to me this week.

    We had a presentation to a large health system in southern California while describing our contribution to the digital health ecosystem and the many different solutions and services we provide as a company in the healthcare IT space. Following the presentation, our client stated, “I never really connected Konica Minolta with healthcare business solutions, but you obviously do an awful lot more than I realized.  It became evident that we have been quietly flying under the radar in terms of the dynamic value proposition we can offer to our client. (more…)

    From Our Experts

    Brand Keys Helps Us Ring in a “Brand” New Year

    , President and Chief Executive Officer

    Just 26 days into the New Year, Konica Minolta made an unprecedented announcement: For the eleventh consecutive year, we were named Number One in Customer Loyalty in the 2018 Brand Keys Customer Loyalty Engagement Index in the “MFP Copier” category. Eleven years in a row. What a way to begin a new year.

    But what does this mean? And what are we doing so successfully to earn this amazing distinction? (more…)

    From Our Experts, Leadership

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    Let’s be real, change can be difficult.  Some people seem to be wired to like variety, novelty or change from the routine.  Others seem to prefer the status quo, the predictable and the familiar.  Some of the top obstacles given as challenges to overcome when implementing technological change have to do with people: Lack of user acceptance, resistance to change and generational learning concerns. (more…)

    Content Management, From Our Experts, Solutions, Strategy, Technology

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    Talk about kicking off 2018 with a bang! In the first week of the new year, several researchers reported a newly-found vulnerability in processors designed by Intel, ARM and others: one that theoretically allows hackers to read even the most secure information on any device. (more…)

    From Our Experts, Security, Technology

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    As we quickly transition into a new year, I think back on 2017 and the rash of cyber security stories that made national and international news. Ransomware like WannaCry and NotPetya, the Equifax breach, SMBv1 and SSL vulnerabilities, etc. Even a global phishing scam used a fake Konica Minolta C224e scan to email message as bait.

    Most noteworthy in the printer industry were the major campaigns launched by various MFP and print providers. As it turned out, one of the most prolific printer security campaigns actually backfired when it was discovered that the very printer vulnerabilities described in the campaign were actually discovered on their own portfolio of enterprise printers. You couldn’t make it up if you tried. (more…)

    Content Management, From Our Experts, Security, Solutions, Technology

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    I remember a TV commercial from the 1990s for a still camera that featured the great tennis player, Andre Agassi, had the accompanying tagline: “Image is Everything.” That tagline is still very applicable and valid today in the production print world with the emergence of digital finishing. This encompasses such “touch-and-feel” finishing applications as Spot UV, 3D embossing and foil stamping, which provide sensory dimensional textures to printed output. These and other services bring to life brochures, labels, posters and packaging with eye-catching images. And it’s finally catching the eye of print shops everywhere. (more…)

    From Our Experts, Marketing, Solutions, Strategy, Technology

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    The Immortal Wide-Format Printing

    , Manager, Product Marketing Industrial Print Products

    Large format printing is everywhere. Go to a shopping mall and nearly every store has some large or wide format printing project displayed. Go to New York City, walk a few blocks and you’ll be inundated by banners, flags, posters and billboards. Drive any U.S. highway, draw near a city and you’ll see billboard after billboard with each message printed on large or grand format printers. (more…)

    From Our Experts, Solutions, Strategy, Technology

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    A recent New York Times article, “As Paperwork Goes Missing, Private Student Loan Debt May be Wiped Away”, reported on National Collegiate, one of the largest owners of private debt, which lost potentially $5 billion in student loans due to missing paperwork. While the students may be relieved, the lenders are certainly distressed because document scanning and indexing could have prevented their losses. The article noted that tens of thousands of people who took out private loans to pay for college — but have overdue payments — may get their debts wiped out. Judges around the country have dismissed dozens of delinquent borrower lawsuits because the loan holders can’t produce the paperwork to prove the person owns the debt. Recent cases in New Hampshire, Ohio and Texas have tossed out lawsuits by National Collegiate, ruling that it could not prove that the person named in the lawsuit owned the debt on which it was trying to collect. (more…)

    Content Management, From Our Experts, Solutions, Technology, Thought Leaders

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