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  • Hybrid Working: What does that Mean for your Business?

    How to achieve seamless communication across locations

    , Senior Vice President, Digital Transformation and Emerging Technologies

    You don’t need me to tell you that the way we work has changed. The COVID-19 stay-at-home orders effectively created a mass experiment in remote work, one that many businesses and employees feel was – for most parts – a success. And as such, our return to work will no longer be as simple as going back to how we were. The office will no longer be the epicenter of all actions; instead it will become the central hub for a flexible, dispersed workforce who may only spend 50% of their time at a common physical location.

    This hybrid working model sounds great in principle, but so far it’s only really been talked about in theory. So here are some practical tips on how to approach this for your business, and why it requires seamless connectivity coupled with access to the right digital tools to make it work long term.

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    What is the Intelligent Connected Workplace?

    9 ways customers can benefit from an integrated portfolio

    , Senior Vice President, Digital Transformation and Emerging Technologies

    If there’s one thing we can safely say about the future of work, it’s that we are going through a significant period of change. With technological, social, environmental and generational shifts impacting our priorities, work can no longer be defined as a physical space we go to, neither does it relate to a set schedule of ‘on’ hours each day. And while the events of the past year have brought increased focus on what the future of work or the “next normal” will be, in reality work has been evolving steadily for years. Today we can stay connected almost anywhere, from home, in the office, while in the air or even on a cruise ship!  This capability was critical for organizations to manage through the pandemic, and will continue to be a key priority in the months and years that follow. (more…)

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    The World of Work in 2021 and Beyond

    The Human Factor

    , Senior Vice President, Digital Transformation and Emerging Technologies

    Like everything else in life, we all know the world of work is constantly changing. 2020 was undoubtedly a year that brought an unprecedented and unanticipated rate of change in how we work. The sudden transition from working in traditional offices to remote work created a wide range of challenges, from overextended IT departments to employees managing the complexities of working from home while managing their children’s remote schooling. Organizations struggled with VPN bandwidth, allowing remote access to information employees needed, deploying and managing conferencing tools like Zoom, Google Meet and Microsoft Teams.  Employees had to quickly adjust to new workstyles along with a complete redefinition of work-life balance and the accompanying dogs barking and kids yelling while on calls. (more…)

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    Redefining the Workplace

    Make the most of your office with tools to enable smarter decision making

    , Senior Vice President, Digital Transformation and Emerging Technologies

    In September 1994, over 32,000 AT&T employees stayed home to work. This was the first large scale attempt at telecommuting – and a key turning point for exploring how far businesses could go in transforming the workplace. Prior to this, the workplace followed a 19th century model of work, focused on inputs and outputs, and a distinct lack of worker autonomy. (more…)

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    Top 3 Improvements In Konica Minolta’s bizhub® i-Series

    Changing The Game Of Office Print Technology

    , Senior Vice President, Digital Transformation and Emerging Technologies

    Top performing companies are constantly looking for new opportunities to optimize their offices with increased productivity and innovation. As businesses evolve, it is important to keep your office environment connected and workflow efficient while maintaining state of the art data security. (more…)

    Technology

    Konica Minolta Puts Universal Accessibility at the Forefront

    , Senior Vice President, Digital Transformation and Emerging Technologies

    Imagine you walk up to the multifunction printer in your office, put your documents into the document feeder and hit the “Scan” and then the “Start” buttons. You then remove your original documents and head back to your desk.

    Mission accomplished. An easy task, if you are able bodied. But for the millions of workers across the country and the world who have physical handicaps or special needs, performing the basic tasks of their job, like printing, can be difficult. At Konica Minolta, every worker having the ability to do their job, regardless of physical ability, is a critical concern.

    That’s why Konica Minolta builds user accessibility into every product we create. From vision to product launch, we develop our products from the ground up with universal design in mind. This means accessibility for anyone, regardless of age, gender, stature or special need. This also means usability and that our products are comfortable to use and intuitive to operate.

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    Technology, Thought Leaders

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    The workplace is evolving, and work and life are becoming more integrated. To stay competitive, organizations around the world are investing in the employee experience to attract and retain top talent.

    But what exactly is the employee experience and how do companies adapt? We recently tapped into Future of Work authority and best-selling author Jacob Morgan to get some insight.

    According to Morgan, a simple explanation of employee experience is that it’s the difference between a workforce who has to show up, and one who wants to show up. This doesn’t necessarily involve fancy perks; instead, Morgan describes it as a combination of three unique environments that focus on:

    • The culture the company creates
    • The physical work environment (the workspace) and very importantly
    • Technology, or the tools that are available to employees in order to do their jobs.

    “Technology is the central nervous system of an organization,” says Morgan. “It connects everyone and everything.”

    Based on research from his upcoming book, The Employee Experience Advantage (March 2017) he expanded on the role that technology plays in employee experience in a webinar we presented as part of our Workplace of the Future initiative.  He summarizes the factors that organizations need to consider when vetting technologies with the “ACE” formula:

    • Available to everyone: New technologies and tools should be available to all employees who want to use them.
    • Consumer-grade: It should be so beautiful, easy and valuable that employees would consider using something like it in their personal lives.
    • Employee needs vs. business objectives: It’s easy to get caught up in the business needs the technology meets while ignoring how they will be utilized.  It’s important to understand how the employees will actually be able to use the tools.

     

    “It’s important to think of your organization more like a lab, and less like a factory,” says Morgan. “It’s especially important when we’re thinking about technology.”

    Learn more about the trends that are reshaping the Future of Work, and the role of technology in the Employee Experience by watching the replay here:

    Solutions, Strategy, Technology, Thought Leaders

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    Welcome to the Workplace of the Future™

    , Senior Vice President, Digital Transformation and Emerging Technologies

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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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    From Our Experts, Leadership, Solutions, Strategy, Technology, Thought Leaders

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    EcoVision 2050: Our Planet Needs Us

    , Senior Vice President, Digital Transformation and Emerging Technologies

     

    The Earth gives us everything: food, shelter, water. Life.

    And what do we give it in return? Year after year, we pollute our land and our oceans. We decimate our forests. We emit greenhouse gases.

    But the future isn’t so dire. With just a little effort from each of us, we can help our planet.

    We can recycle. We can reduce our carbon footprint. We can develop green technology. At Konica Minolta, preserving our planet is part of our business. It is also part of our philosophy: Creating new value for our customers and our society. To create this value, we have a long-term environmental action plan. Called Eco Vision 2050, it guides us to achieve our corporate citizenship goals and fulfill our responsibility as a global corporation.

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    Corporate Citizenship, Leadership, Sustainability, Thought Leaders

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    Our Redesigned Website: Talking Directly to the Customer

    , Senior Vice President, Digital Transformation and Emerging Technologies

    home pageOur redesigned website personifies everything that we at Konica Minolta are doing for our customers.

    It welcomes visitors with bold, bright colors, a clean design and simplified layout and uses a more intuitive user interface that speaks directly to four of our primary customer segments via new persona pages — something we haven’t offered before.

    By focusing the website on buyer personas, we are able to develop content and design elements that speak to business owners, office professionals, IT professionals and graphic professionals. Each segment is able to self-identify and choose content specific to their needs.

    The site’s refreshed and simplified look and enhanced content is improved and optimized for mobile and smart devices for greater reach and a more-engaging user experience.

    You’ll find that it highlights content focused on Enterprise Content Management (ECM), Document Management and Automated Workflow solutions for our four primary segments — Legal, Healthcare, Education, Government and Finance — again, speaking directly to customers and prospects in those vertical markets.

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    Customer Experience, Thought Leaders

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