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  • Diversifying The Konica Minolta Business Through Strategic Acquisitions

    , Vice President, Marketing, All Covered IT Services from Konica Minolta

    Konica Minolta has more than two decades of combined experience in delivering technology-driven products. But in order for our business to remain market-relevant, we’ve embraced a major shift in our core work priorities to ensure we keep up with customer expectations. Key to this growth has been the acquisition of business that have expanded our portfolio of products and services.

    As noted by Keypoint Intelligence-Buyers Lab Analysts, Konica Minolta has been recognized for its drive to anticipate and meet the needs of the future workplace. “The company has a clear vision of what the Smart Workplace of the Future should include, and through a combination of in-house product development, acquisitions, and partnerships, it has been actively pursuing this vision,” said Jamie Bsales, Director of Solutions Analysis at Keypoint Intelligence.

    Acquisitions Expand Presence and Grow Portfolio of Services

    Strategic thinking and planning has allowed us to grow in sync with – and perhaps even help drive – the digital transformation taking place in workplaces around the world. Incorporating new assets and adding select regions to the Konica Minolta business model has been an integral part of transforming our business for sustainable growth, not only as a leading technology company, but also as a robust IT services business that will support the Workplace of the Future™. We have invested heavily in innovative technology that represents a departure from our core document imaging space, driving greater workflow solutions and services.

    As we’ve spent the better part of a decade advancing our business through partnerships and acquisitions, we recognize that our most successful mergers come when the new integration places a high value on each company’s core assets. As we onboard new groups, we first identify a path that allows for all their best practices to come to the surface. This opens the door to the perfect blend of expertise and new revenue-generating work streams that can be transformative in the value proposition we represent to our customer base.

    Some of our key moves included footprint and service expansions such as; IT vendor services with All Covered; Apple platform experts, Macprofessionals; Managed IT Services company, TLS.NET, that specializes in voice, cloud and IT solutions, and Enterprise Content Management capabilities with Square 9. Additional recent acquisitions include Techline Communications, Inc., Document Scanning and Imaging Corporation, Inc., Quality Associates, Inc., and DocPoint Solutions, LLC. IT security services were further enhanced through the acquisition of VioPoint, Inc., and Muratec America, Inc., as a leading supplier of multifunction (MFP) solutions and provider of managed document and cloud services in North America. In fact, we’ve finalized more than 35 acquisitions in recent years.

    And while acquisitions clearly complement our suite of product and services, we never lose sight of the power and value of innovation. Our proprietary Workplace Hub, developed in-house and slated for roll out in the coming months, connects people, places and devices, providing you with the IT capability of a far bigger company and the freedom of a start-up.  Workplace Hub unifies systems, removes repetitive tasks and enhances standards. It ends unwelcome IT distractions and helps you work smarter, ensuring you’re always performing at your best.

    Changing our Reputation

    At Konica Minolta, we continue to drive new business opportunities and new sales revenue streams. However, more important than how we advance our work to the next level is how our reputation is viewed by our stakeholders, both internal and external. According to the In the IDC MarketScape 2018 Vendor Assessment:

    ‘Konica Minolta is positioned as a Leader in this IDC MarketScape for U.S. smart MFP, with a complete lineup of smart MFPs through a balanced network of channel partners and direct sales personnel. The company continues to grow and is successfully balancing core market wins with emerging services and new technology business. Konica Minolta has implemented a well-conceived transformational strategy that is shifting into 3rd Platform and innovation accelerator technologies to maintain future market relevance. A new product platform, Workplace Hub, will serve as the foundation for the company’s future core and new business opportunities inside and outside of conventional print. All Covered also gives Konica Minolta a legitimate claim to evolving managed IT services business. The competitive market assessment from other vendors also recognizes Konica Minolta as an important competitor within the scope of this particular IDC MarketScape research effort.’

    How do we plan for the workplace of the future?

    We’re delighted in being recognized for our broader focus on the comprehensive smart MFP ecosystem we are putting into place to support the workplace of the future. The way we see it, the digital revolution is omnipresent, the traditional office has changed dramatically, and business and employee demands for flexible work environments are higher than ever.

    Industries adapting to new technologies while meeting customer demands have special needs. At Konica Minolta, we are developing targeted approaches to support suitable and sustainable transitions for businesses of various sizes, including enterprise and vertical markets such as government, healthcare, manufacturing, education, and professional services. Forward-thinking product lines, hardware and software tools, as well as customizable managed print, document, IT, workflow and security business solutions tools and services, all represent the strides we are taking to transform our own business for future success.

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    Ethical Factors To Artificial Intelligence In The Legal Industry

    , U.S. Legal Practice Director, All Covered

    Artificial intelligence, commonly referred to as AI, has great potential to increase efficiency, accuracy, and cost savings within the legal industry. But the ability to make decisions autonomously without any human involvement has caused concern in some legal circles as to the ethical implications. Specifically, a literal artificial decision does not apply the same critical thinking, intuition, and professional judgement traditionally practiced by a seasoned lawyer.   (more…)

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    Creating The Workplace Of The Future To Support Digital Transformation

    , Vice President, Global Client Services and Solutions

    The technology industry is buzzing with predictions about what the Workplace of the Future™ will look like. Despite the many discussions, we’re really only on the brink of truly understanding what will make up the workplace. In the past, the concept of work has been focused on units of labor or inputs and outputs. Today, technology is shifting the paradigm of work. You only have to consider the following statistics to realize the idea of work being centered on a physical place is no longer valid: [i] (more…)

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    Beau Hossler Speaks on the Ben Hogan Award and the Value of Sponsorship

    , PGA TOUR Professional Golfer

    In 2016, I was selected as a finalist for the Ben Hogan Award. That was my junior year at the University of Texas. I won six college tournaments and only finished outside the top 10 once during the season. Needless to say, it was a breakout year. Looking back, it’s even more eye opening than when I first accomplished it. (more…)

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    Konica Minolta Awarded ACG NJ 2018 Corporate Lifetime Achievement Award

    , President and Chief Executive Officer

    I was recently given the honor of accepting the ACG NJ 2018 Corporate Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of Konica Minolta. I really couldn’t be more enthusiastic about this recognition because it truly reflects the drive we feel internally with our push towards innovation, corporate growth, and excellence within our own organizational best practices. (more…)

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    Driving Innovations in K-12 Education

    , Manager, Government and Education Solutions

    At Konica Minolta, we have a strong mission to drive STEM education in the U.S., using technology to advance thinking and foster creativity around innovations that address 21st-century challenges. We are a technology company, but we are also driven to make a difference for students, specifically by supporting the diverse learning experiences within their educational environments, and piquing their interest in developing the designs of our future. (more…)

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    Konica Minolta Champions SMBs by Providing Tools to Compete

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

    Small Business Record Growth Predicted

    The news is positive for SMBs with the approach of National Small Business Month. Enthusiasm among small business owners is at an all-time high, and there is no doubt that SMBs are the cornerstone of the country’s economy. (more…)

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    What to Expect at the PROKOM Conference in Budapest

    , Industrial Print/Production Print, Business Development Manager

    What are your plans for the first week of June?

    Mine have me in Budapest, Hungary, to join our global PROKOM community on June 6th and 7th. This second annual PROKOM Conference, hosted by Konica Minolta, will take place on the banks of the Danube River. (more…)

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    Domino Decisions Marketing Analytics Tools

    , Product Marketing Manager, Solutions

    More Control to Anticipate Your Return on Investment

    Marketing ROI, a concept that so many companies struggle with today.  As we try to determine the value of our marketing, one of the key questions is “How am I going to define marketing ROI?” Marketing managers, executives and brand owners – across the spectrum of experience – find that anticipating return on investment (ROI) can be challenging.  Decisions regarding plans, staffing, buying decisions, priorities and budget often streamline from various sources, which may or may not work in a complementary fashion toward the same end goal. (more…)

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    Konica Minolta Steps Forward with Confidence & Support

    , Senior Vice President, Marketing

    Konica Minolta Steps Forward with Confidence and Support

    I’ve written before about diversity in the workplace and am proud to see strides taken within Konica Minolta to ensure that our people, and our community not only accept all people for who they are – in gender, in race, in age and in creative thought – but also recognize the important role that different thought leadership plays into our overall success.

    Diversity Makes a Difference

    A Forbes article on this subject (coined “inclusive decision making”) highlights better business performance with teams that incorporate variety in age, gender and geography. (more…)

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