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  • Leverage G7 Quality for Profitable Business Growth

    , Director, Franchise & Commercial Print Associations

    We all look for quality in what we buy for our family and homes. We want a consistent level of quality in the goods purchased, quality service for the life of the product, and always at the right price. As a new homeowner, the selection, design and build of our home occupied months of research and what seemed like every day in-depth conversation about the process.  After an exciting year, the results turned out great. But recently, a number of friends and family have asked us to recommend someone to install their new curtains, provide landscape services or even to install overhead garage storage racks.  They ask if we’re happy and if we feel we “got a good deal” on each of our transactions.  Realize, every time we recommend a product or vendor, we’re also staking our own reputation that our preferred provider will do a consistent, quality, cost effective job every time.  (more…)

    Customer Experience, From Our Experts, Marketing, Strategy, Technology

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    Earlier this year I attended a program at the Connecticut Forum entitled “Disruption! Innovators in business, media and culture,” and was reminded that disruption is happening in all industries in diverse ways. The Forum’s preface suggested that the disruption that we have heard about is connected to “disruptive innovation,” a term coined by Clayton M. Christensen to mean “when a small company with fewer resources can successfully challenge incumbent businesses.” Facebook, Netflix and Amazon were cited as examples. Basically, it’s a new idea that prompts a shift in an industry, giving us a new way to operate. (more…)

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

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    I love a well-kept yard and work very hard at hiring the right company to get my yard to look great. Admittedly, I don’t have the time or expertise to spend on my yard to keep it well-trimmed with beautiful beds, so I hire a service to do the job – better than I ever could. If I lived in a climate that got snow, I’d probably hire a plowing service to “shovel me out” – not because I can’t shovel or buy my own plow, but because someone else has the machinery to do it faster and better. (more…)

    Content Management, From Our Experts, Leadership, Security, Strategy

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    Print and Digital Communications Are Alive and Well

    , Manager, Product Marketing Industrial Print Products

    Since 2008, the digital communications industry has been publicizing “Print is Dead.” This quote is an opinion and not fact based. It reminded me of the oft-quoted line by Mark Twain, the great American humorist, when he learned that a major American newspaper had prematurely published his obituary. Upon hearing of this, Twain replied: “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.”

    I contend that the same can be said of the print communications industry. Yes, it’s changing and, in some cases, drastically. For instance, transactional printing has declined due to digital communications of eBill and eStatements. However, there are some legal issues that still require transactional statements to be printed in hardcopy. In fact, each segment has its own reasons for the continuing need for print. (more…)

    From Our Experts, Solutions, Strategy, Technology

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    A gorgeous week of weather in Southern California welcomed our 2017 FutuREady Conference as we hosted approximately 200 dealer partners and over 700 attendees to support them and the future of their businesses. The week was capped off with the Blue Angels Foundation Konica Minolta Golf & Tennis Classic, a charitable event that supports our military veterans.  The combination of business and charity brings perspective, motivation and additional purpose to an otherwise professional event. (more…)

    Corporate Citizenship, From Our Experts, Leadership, Marketing, Solutions, Strategy, Technology

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    Automated Artificial Intelligence Revolutionizes Printing

    , Director, Franchise & Commercial Print Associations

    From the home to the office to the print shop, artificial intelligence (AI) is bringing smart technology into our workplace to make our lives easier. When I want to listen to music, I don’t always want to think about what band, what album or even what song I want to hear. I don’t always have time to make or sort through a playlist for specific selections. Today, I use a personal automation listening app like Pandora to pick my mood/feeling/style/era of music and it fills in the great bands, the great albums and the best songs from that timeline. Simply put, Pandora automates and makes my life easier. (more…)

    From Our Experts, Solutions, Technology

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    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…)

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

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    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…)

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

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    Low Risk And High Profits for Franchise and Commercial Printers

    , Director, Franchise & Commercial Print Associations

    Digital, wide-format graphics printing is among the lowest-risk and highest incremental profit opportunity for Franchise Printers today.  This year, projections show a 7.9% CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) in this space. It’s marketing, advertising, innovation, art and technology that makes graphics printing the “fun” part of the commercial print business!  (more…)

    From Our Experts, Marketing, Strategy, Technology

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    Print17_revisedPrint 17 – the commercial print industry’s most innovative and exciting exhibition – is just days away. It’s where Konica Minolta and other vendors get to show off their products and solutions. But more than that, it gives the world a bird’s-eye-view of the industry. This year, if you take a look at just our Print 17 booth alone and the wide array of offerings from us and our strategic partners, it’s clear to see the limitless opportunities that abound for print production. (more…)

    From Our Experts, Solutions, Technology

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