Konica Minolta Business Solutions and its IT services division, All Covered, recently attended two national credit union conferences. The shows were packed with concerned executives and a few of the topics that were top of mind included emerging cybersecurity trends and regulatory and compliance issues. Credit unions today must strategize solutions to these issues in order to remain successful in the market and have more time to focus on the satisfaction of their members. (more…)
Imagine being on Apollo 8, on December 24, 1968, with the astronauts who became the first humans to circle the moon. The mission was historic but, the famous “Earthrise” photo that resulted, showing Earth rising above the lunar landscape was even more memorable. Up until that point, no human eyes had ever seen our blue marble from such a distance. The photo has been described by Nature photographer Galen Rowell as, “the most influential environmental photograph ever taken.” Ironically, of all the objectives NASA had set before launch, no one had thought of photographing the Earth from lunar orbit. They did not predict the importance of that moment, and the photo that would forever change our view of the earth. Nonetheless, the moment was upon them and, they were ready. (more…)
Over the years, I have adopted an ‘agile’ mindset, while earning several industry agile certifications in the process. By agile, I am referring to adopting a set of attitudes supportive of a working environment that reflects respect, collaboration, improvement and learning cycles, pride in ownership, a focus on delivering value, and the ability to adapt to change. (more…)
On a recent vacation, I made the time to dig into a book by Karen Kingston entitled, “Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui.” I selected this book, after having witnessed a neighbor’s house almost destroyed by a gas pipe that had been struck. Thankfully, the family members were all safe. The house of course, could be rebuilt. I still felt sadness, though, for the possible loss of photos, letters, documents, children’s drawings on the refrigerator and other priceless and irreplaceable mementos that could have been lost. (more…)
In 2010, Konica Minolta implemented a vertical marketing strategy and hired individuals like myself who were not from the office technology arena but whose expertise was in fields such as legal, healthcare, government, education, among others. Since that time, we have seen many of our dealers follow suit with vertical markets for their business. (more…)
I’m excited to be joined by Peter Wallqvist, Vice President of Strategy at iManage, for the second of a two-part blog series on legal document management solutions. Konica Minolta and All Covered — the IT Services Division of Konica Minolta — have a strategic partnership with iManage, which provides cutting-edge legal document management solutions. iManage recently acquired RAVN Systems, a UK-based company that developed an artificial intelligence (AI) platform that can organize, discover and summarize relevant information from large volumes of documents and unstructured data. (more…)
I’m very excited to be joined for the first of a two-part series regarding Legal Document Management Systems (DMS) by Marco Maggio, U.S. Legal Practice Director with Konica Minolta’s IT Services Division, All Covered. The Konica Minolta and All Covered Legal team have produced a combined, robust portfolio of products, services and solutions for all segments of the legal industry. However, with the variety of legal solutions to choose from, it can be a confusing proposition for legal professionals to try and decipher which one to pick. Here, Maggio talks about his ebook and offers some valuable insight on the topic. (more…)
My first car was a gray Pontiac Sunbird and, being that I was intrigued by manual transmissions, I had to have this feature even though I only knew how to drive an automatic. You may ask, “Why did you buy a new car that you couldn’t even drive?” Well, my rationale was that if the car was purchased, I would have to force myself to learn and face my fear. So, I bought the car and a good friend drove it home for me and, for about a month, I stared out the window trying to get up the nerve to learn how to drive it. One day, after growing tired of catching the bus, I found the nerve to learn and, of course, it wasn’t that bad. I drove that car for 13 years. Although it wasn’t new technology, it was new to me and it was a giant beast I had to conquer. (more…)
Has “The Art of Listening” become a thing of the past?
In today’s workplace, there are a tremendous amount of technological distractions. That’s evident by how much attention we get from our peers, friends or family members while engaged in a one-to-one conversation or meeting. There’s competition to be heard above the iPad, smartphone, social media sites, etc.
I grew up in a rather large family on both my maternal and paternal sides. Around the holidays, while there were many fun times and great memories, it was hard to get a word in edgewise. Thus, by default, I developed the art of listening and strategically knew the best time to ease into a conversation. Even at a young age, I studied body language, expressions and became more of an observer, which helped me to be more perceptive and to understand the uniqueness of each relative’s behavior.
When I came to Konica Minolta more than six years ago, our proprietary software, Dispatcher Phoenix, was being developed to include a legal solution. This is when my good listening skills kicked in, because I had to talk to our legal customers and listen carefully to their challenges to ascertain which features would be important to them. Some of these features included advanced document workflow solutions to automate document processing tasks, redaction, advanced OCR, and connectors to document management system, just to name a few.
“Change is the only constant in life,” so said Heraclitus, the Greek philosopher, around 500 B.C. As I look toward the legal environment in 2017, that saying is alive and well thanks to the emergence of robotics, other workplace of the future solutions and artificial intelligence (AI), the next critical wave of change in law firms.
What is different from Heraclitus’ time is the velocity at which change is occurring. Advancing law firm technology has pushed firms to move uncommonly fast to implement the changes necessary to garner the benefits that are possible for strategic growth and overall survival. The law firm of the future must address these coming influences that are re-engineering how work will be done. What are these influences that I believe will impact the legal arena in 2017? Here are my predictions: (more…)