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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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    Creating Innovation in Telemedicine Technology

    , Education Practice Director, All Covered
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    Members of the Healthcare Advisory Council provide insightful feedback into Konica Minolta’s healthcare strategy.

     

    This past week, the Business Innovation Center launched a telemedicine pilot – BIC Health Innovation – based on months of customer discussions and market validation. Our key customer feedback derived from our Healthcare Advisory Council. The HAC, composed of 12 distinguished healthcare experts and 13 Konica Minolta executives and leaders, provides insightful feedback into our healthcare strategy and continues the dialogue about evolving opportunity in the industry.

    At our second HAC meeting, we focused on going deeper into the areas that were identified in August’s inaugural meeting. Specially, we focused on validating the need for a top-tier telemedicine solution that could be supported using Konica Minolta’s existing expertise in healthcare.

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    As I stood in front of 40 Konica Minolta executives and dealers, I was struck by the fact that this wasn’t a typical meeting. Office chairs were replaced with couches and the room echoed with spontaneous gasps and “wows.” This was the WorkSmart Startup Showcase.

    The Startup Showcase occurs several times a year and highlights best-in-class emerging technologies. At the most-recent showcase, Greg Lok, WorkSmart Strategy Lead, highlighted products and solutions that enable a unified smart office. From improving meetings and communications to managing guests and understanding physical layouts, these products are designed to improve the way the workplace functions. They aren’t meant to replace workers but instead free them to focus on higher-value tasks.

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    The holidays are a time of joy and goodwill. Never have those sentiments been as necessary as now.

    We hear every day of tragedy and hatred. Events that make us wonder what has happened to humanity. It is very easy to allow these actions to negatively impact our lives. It is very easy to close ourselves off and live in fear and doubt.

    But that is not our way. I see every day how every one of you continues to embody what is good about this world. Your kindnesses are simple: holding the elevator or paying for a colleague’s coffee. Your kindnesses are large: embracing the myriad corporate citizenship initiatives that we support. From growing beards to planting gardens, collecting books to stuffing backpacks, with each gesture, each effort to lend a hand, you make it known that Konica Minolta cares about every person on this planet.

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    bic-logoThe Business Innovation Center has groundbreaking ideas at its very core. This is evident since “innovation” is literally our middle name.

    Since our creation a year ago, we have operated as a startup backed by the power and prestige of a global company, giving us the resources and organizational autonomy to bring disruptive technology to life.

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    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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    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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    Diversity in the Work Place

    , Senior Vice President, Marketing

    I recently attended a Women in Strategy Summit in New York City, which highlighted many amazing women that were leading strategy and innovations within their organizations. It really brought to light that while there continues to be discussions on the gender gap (read Sheryl Sandberg’s book “Lean In”), another emerging conversation is centered on diversity – in gender, in race, in age and in creative thought.

    Diversity in the work place is one of the key drivers to fostering creativity and innovation in business. Studies have proven that project teams with members who have diverse backgrounds and experiences not only help shape the final outcome but enable the team to be more effective at the process of managing innovation. Forbes conducted a 2011 survey of 321 global organizations with over $500M in annual revenue and 85 percent agree or strongly agree that diversity is crucial to fostering innovation in the workplace. (more…)

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