Last year, Konica Minolta launched a new portfolio called “Workplace of the Future,™” which integrates existing solutions with new technologies from Konica Minolta’s Business Innovation Center in Silicon Valley. As a founding member of this practice, I have had the opportunity to become fully immersed in the trends and opportunities in the connected office sector through conversations with 75+ startup leaders, extensive industry research, and an active presence at industry conferences. (more…)
Working for a company that provides technology solutions means that it’s important for me to keep on top of technology trends. One clear way to do this is to look at current All Covered clients to see what challenges have been top of mind over the last year and to determine what services have been paramount to ongoing operations. The other valuable way is to look to industry leaders, such as Gartner.
I recently wrote the eBook (along with some very talented people here in the Konica Minolta marketing department), 10 Technologies Driving the Workplace of the Future™, and I knew I had to streamline intelligence from these various sources in order to make this eBook both accurate and interesting. In writing it, here are some of the most interesting developments I noticed:
Businesses want (and need) processes to be increasingly “smart.” From a simple profit standpoint, this makes total sense. Businesses want to assure that their resources – from employees to computers and servers – are being utilized efficiently. Companies also want to receive the best data they can on what is and isn’t working for them. That’s why I knew it was important to talk about both customer relationship management and business intelligence as well as digital ecosystems as technologies driving the Workplace of the Future. It’s clear that information gathering and sharing can empower a business if done properly – through solutions like robust, custom CRM solutions – as well as encouraging a connection between your products and services and your employees – allowing for smart decision-making. (more…)
In today’s business environment, portability is everything. Smartphones, tablets and ultrabooks have allowed executives to stay connected at all times, even in the middle of a flight!
Smart workplaces implement BYOD (bring your own device) policies to encourage their staff to stay productive even when outside the office. But they represent a minority at this point in time: most workplaces haven’t yet made the leap to BYOD, citing worries about security and problems with provisioning data to every device as their last stumbling blocks.
These quickly become non-issues with the adoption of a hosted workspace – a desktop environment provisioned from a remote server. To help you achieve a smart workplace, All Covered will launch a new service called All Covered Workspaces. This is a fully managed Desktop as a Service (DaaS) solution allowing you to access your business desktops, applications and data remotely.
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.