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  • Konica Minolta Wins American Security Today Awards

    , Manager, Government and Education Solutions

    Konica Minolta has been expanding and transforming its business by building off our strong imaging legacy. This transformation includes everything from offering IT services to helping reshape workspaces and most recently with our Workplace of the Future™ solutions. It’s a mighty undertaking, so it’s very satisfying when a third-party comes along and acknowledges just how successful our transformation has been. I’m very pleased to say that this occurred last week when we won multiple awards in the government security sector from American Security Today (AST). (more…)

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

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    Why Cyber Security Should Be Your Top Priority

    , Director of Integrated Marketing, All Covered

    eBookAs more and more core parts of our clients’ business have moved online or into the cloud, they have become increasingly concerned with cyber security. Malware, vulnerabilities and hacking have become part of their most pressing concerns, not something they’re content to simply leave to the IT guys.

    This rapidly evolving  security threat environment calls for a more comprehensive information security approach that goes beyond systems management to active protection. Thus, we’ve evolved our managed IT services and tweaked the name to go with the change: we’re now All Covered Care – Secure and Protect. (more…)

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

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    Blog-bizhubSecureYou may have heard about recent reports of network hackers gaining access to multifunction printers, causing headaches for IT and cyber security personnel. These stories in the news are creating a lot of noise in the industry, overstating the risks of having a printer or MFP installed within an organization’s network. Although the vulnerabilities could be a cause for concern, multifunction printer hacks are relatively harmless, causing incidents such as an MFP to “lock up” using denial of service and brute force attacks. This type of action would require an exceptional, concerted effort by a person within the firewall of an organization to attack a specific multifunction printer. Typically, a person who wanted to do cyber harm within a corporation wouldn’t spend this type of effort to attack a printing device.

    It is important to understand that these perceived network vulnerabilities can only be taken advantage of from within a company’s network environment. This means that the network hacker would need to be a company or organizational employee with private network access. The devices are not vulnerable from outside the firewall or from the Internet – unless the network is vulnerable to external attacks. If that is the case, the multifunction printer should be the least of an organization’s worries. Obviously, the first course of action must always be to secure the network.

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    From Our Experts, Security

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    10 Technologies Driving the Workplace of the Future™

    , Director of Integrated Marketing, All Covered

    WotF eBookWorking 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…)

    Cloud, From Our Experts, Solutions, Technology

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    ‘Get On The Bus’ for Total Value Proposition

    , Vice President, Solutions and Product Planning

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    Creating a differentiated value in graphic communications is not easy. Anyone can find a partner with the latest technology, solving the latest problems and, of course, all promising savings and revenue for customers.

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

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    Security should be a driving force and not an afterthought for senior executives and their boards.

    It is important that senior executives require that their organization formally establish a credible cyber security program. It starts with setting strategic security objectives that must be achieved by December 31, 2016, and December 31, 2017. Think near-term, and think far! The organization must address security and compliance as a life-cycle, as a process. It will lower business risk! (more…)

    Content Management, From the Experts, Security, Strategy, Technology

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    How ECM Simplifies Company Security

    , Director, Enterprise Content Management

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    I can remember the day that I got a house key from my father.  This was so exciting – since I was now responsible enough to come and go without an adult at home. (And I was responsible enough not to lose the key.)

    For my parents, giving me that key was not only a responsibility issue, but a security issue.  Security was a hot topic at the AIIM (Association Information and Image Management) 2016 conference that we recently attended.  That’s not a surprise, since one of the business concerns that we always have to overcome when selling enterprise content management to a customer is overcoming risks: security of the data.

    At AIIM, speaker Mark Brousseau, president of Brousseau and Associates, tackled the security topic asking the simple question:  Think Your Scanned Images Are Safe? Think Again.

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    Content Management, From Our Experts

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    The future of business process is the future of ECM

    , Senior Vice President, Business Intelligence Services

    Enterprise Content Management is hot right now. And for good reason.

    As more and more companies realize they have to pay greater attention to information management, security and compliance of data, the realm of ECM is poised for exponential growth. Legacy paper-based systems provide limited value and clearly do not meet the stringent security requirements necessary in today’s workplace.

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    Content Management, Leadership, Strategy, Technology, Thought Leaders

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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, Leadership, Security, Technology, Thought Leaders

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