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  • How To Minimize The Costs Behind Your IT Infrastructure Purchases

    What's Your True Total Cost Of Ownership?

    , Director of Technology Partner Management

    Do you know what you or your clients are spending on technology? Likely more than you think. Each year, organizations replace one out of every four computers that they own. And, they replace their servers and entire infrastructure behind it every five years. With peripherals like monitors, docking stations, and cables, the list can go on and on. See where I’m going here? It’s no surprise that when you are in the market for IT hardware, you want to find the lowest cost possible.  You talk to multiple vendors. You scour the web for the best price. You talk to your friends and co-workers in hopes of finding an industry insider that can provide the best deals. Everyone does this. But, do you ever notice any costs above and beyond your initial purchase? (more…)

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    How Can You Make The Most Of Attending ISTE 2019?

    Hear From One Of Our Education Experts On Navigating The Trade Show Floor

    , Teaching and Learning Consultant, All Covered

    Nick White, Teaching and Learning Consultant for Konica Minolta’s IT services division, All Covered (All Covered), has received local, state, and national recognition for leadership and innovation in education and instructional technology. He is a frequent presenter for staff development programs and education conferences. After teaching for 24 years in K-12 schools, Nick has served as an administrator, professional development specialist, and school district technology director.

    The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference is coming up on June 24th and so we decided to ask Nick, who has attended for many years for some helpful tips! Last year’s show had grown to a whopping 15,000 attendees – and everyone wants to make the most out of their time! (more…)

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    Bridging The Gap Between Automation And Innovation

    , Vice President, Global Client Services and Solutions

    Automation and Innovation. At first glance, these two words referenced in the same sentence could understandably be seen by some as a paradox. The irony is that one can create capacity for the other. The challenge lies in the inability of some businesses to leverage the newly-found free time created by automation into innovation. And that innovation comes in many forms; from more face time with clients to developing new products and business solutions. (more…)

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    Konica Minolta Recognizes Small Business Saturday

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

    The numbers tell it all. According to the SBA Office of Advocacy, small to mid-size businesses (SMBs) make up 99.9 percent of U.S. employer firms. They supply 61.8 percent of net new private-sector jobs. And what’s really impressive is these small businesses employ almost 50 percent of the private-sector workforce and account for 47.8 percent of the private GDP. (more…)

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    Transformation Starts With People

    , Senior Vice President, Marketing

    As a Konica Minolta Philosophy Ambassador I was fortunate to attend the Transform Award and Business Contribution Award (TA/BCA) ceremony in Hachioji, Japan this summer. The TA/BCA ceremony is held annually and serves to recognize teams within our 44,000+ employees who showcase transformational and innovative thinking. My role, as a Philosophy Ambassador is to witness and advocate for our six core values, which are clearly exemplified by each of these teams. Open and honest. Customer-centric. Innovative. Passionate. Inclusive and collaborative. Accountable.

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    Understanding The People Of The Workforce Of The Future

    , Vice President, Global Client Services and Solutions

    The ‘Workplace of the Future™’ is often associated with disruptive technologies, such as artificial intelligence, robotics and IoT, filled with promises of how it will positively revolutionize the way we work. As exciting as all of these technologies are, the journey towards the realization of the future workplace must first begin by fundamentally understanding the people that technology must serve. Put another way, to truly build the ‘Workplace of the Future, companies must invest and strategize also on how to build the ‘Workforce of the Future’.

    If organizations consider the changes that the future workforce will likely demand of the workplace, then they will be better placed to consider what tools are most appropriate to attract and retain the best talent. (more…)

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    The evolution of document management is astounding.  When I was growing up, I handwrote my homework until I had access to a typewriter at my mother’s real estate office. What a treat to type  my reports for school!  They looked so professional. What could beat that?! Enter home computers. My father’s and grandparents’ computers were the holy grail of my homework experience. I no longer had to use white-out to correct my mistakes or start over entirely. Plus, I could save  my work inside  of a computer?! Amazing! (more…)

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    The Workplace of the Future with Fast Company at SXSW

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

    Change is in the Air: Transformation Underway

    Konica Minolta has always been a brand with transformation and change as part of its DNA, ingrained in the company culture. From having a Minolta camera on the first American manned shuttle that went into space in 1962, to releasing the world’s first 35 mm camera with auto focus in 1977, we have had many world firsts. As our CEO Shoei Yamana mentioned in a recent interview with the Financial Times, innovation at Konica Minolta has historically been focused on ‘over engineering’ our products. In times of stability, such product innovations absolutely have their place. However, today our traditional market place has shrunk dramatically. For Konica Minolta to retain market relevancy, we have to shift our focus to customer value. It is definitely a very different focus to “how can we make our products better.” And so, over the last four years, Konica Minolta’s innovative journey has been accelerating like never before. With the establishment of our Business Innovation Centers, expansion of our R&D facilities globally, and our acquisitions, Konica Minolta is closer than ever to our clients. All this is supporting Konica Minolta’s transformation into a leading edge IT Services business. (more…)

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    Is Monochrome Printing Dead?

    , Product Marketing Manager

    Is Monochrome Printing Dead?

    To answer this affirmatively would be like saying the world could only be seen in color. Think of photographer Ansel Adams, who was able to express a wide range of bold, expressive tones in his classic black-and-white American landscapes and scenic photographs. We believe that the simplicity and functional purpose of monochrome printing will always remain a portion of the marketplace, just as there will always be a place for the timeless beauty of classic black–and-white imagery in our wide world of color.

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    A recent New York Times article, “As Paperwork Goes Missing, Private Student Loan Debt May be Wiped Away”, reported on National Collegiate, one of the largest owners of private debt, which lost potentially $5 billion in student loans due to missing paperwork. While the students may be relieved, the lenders are certainly distressed because document scanning and indexing could have prevented their losses. The article noted that tens of thousands of people who took out private loans to pay for college — but have overdue payments — may get their debts wiped out. Judges around the country have dismissed dozens of delinquent borrower lawsuits because the loan holders can’t produce the paperwork to prove the person owns the debt. Recent cases in New Hampshire, Ohio and Texas have tossed out lawsuits by National Collegiate, ruling that it could not prove that the person named in the lawsuit owned the debt on which it was trying to collect. (more…)

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