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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…)
Stacey Sujeebun, 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…)
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.
Let’s be real, change can be difficult. Some people seem to be wired to like variety, novelty or change from the routine. Others seem to prefer the status quo, the predictable and the familiar. Some of the top obstacles given as challenges to overcome when implementing technological change have to do with people: Lack of user acceptance, resistance to change and generational learning concerns. (more…)
Talk about kicking off 2018 with a bang! In the first week of the new year, several researchers reported a newly-found vulnerability in processors designed by Intel, ARM and others: one that theoretically allows hackers to read even the most secure information on any device. (more…)
As we quickly transition into a new year, I think back on 2017 and the rash of cyber security stories that made national and international news. Ransomware like WannaCry and NotPetya, the Equifax breach, SMBv1 and SSL vulnerabilities, etc. Even a global phishing scam used a fake Konica Minolta C224e scan to email message as bait.
Most noteworthy in the printer industry were the major campaigns launched by various MFP and print providers. As it turned out, one of the most prolific printer security campaigns actually backfired when it was discovered that the very printer vulnerabilities described in the campaign were actually discovered on their own portfolio of enterprise printers. You couldn’t make it up if you tried. (more…)
I remember a TV commercial from the 1990s for a still camera that featured the great tennis player, Andre Agassi, had the accompanying tagline: “Image is Everything.” That tagline is still very applicable and valid today in the production print world with the emergence of digital finishing. This encompasses such “touch-and-feel” finishing applications as Spot UV, 3D embossing and foil stamping, which provide sensory dimensional textures to printed output. These and other services bring to life brochures, labels, posters and packaging with eye-catching images. And it’s finally catching the eye of print shops everywhere. (more…)
Large format printing is everywhere. Go to a shopping mall and nearly every store has some large or wide format printing project displayed. Go to New York City, walk a few blocks and you’ll be inundated by banners, flags, posters and billboards. Drive any U.S. highway, draw near a city and you’ll see billboard after billboard with each message printed on large or grand format printers. (more…)
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…)
Today marks the fifth annual #GivingTuesday, celebrated on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and on the heels of the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday. #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable giving season, encouraging social action, collaboration and generosity.
At Konica Minolta, we’re committed to making our world a better place. It’s engrained in our corporate culture and stems from our philosophy which aims to “create value for society.” As a global company, we work hard to use our wide-reaching resources and expertise to contribute to the greater good. We’re promoting environmental sustainability by continually developing and perfecting the greenest products and solutions on the market. This year we’ve even added the new goal of achieving “Carbon Minus” status to our long term environmental plan, Eco Vision 2050.
Here in the U.S. our employees are changing our world for the better everyday. This year alone, we’ve put more than 3,000 books into the homes of young readers from low-income families, contributed $6,000 to breast cancer research and devoted hundreds of volunteer hours to harvesting vegetables for local food banks and rebuilding our communities. Konica Minolta has also contributed $40,000 in matched donations to nonprofit organizations important to our employees through our newly launched Matching Contributions Program. These are all achievements to be proud of and inspire us to continue to think of new and creative ways that we can pay it forward in the coming year.
That’s the beauty of giving, there are seemingly infinite ways that every person can make the world a better place, and as a company that values innovation and creativity, we are well equipped to come up with solutions to problems. This year, I read the brilliantly written book, “Half the Sky” by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. It was an eye-opening glimpse into one of the largest humanitarian issues facing our world today, the oppression of so many women and girls in developing countries. More girls have been killed in the last fifty years, just because of their gender, than men were killed in all the wars of the twentieth century. But the authors suggest that there is an attainable solution; by providing financial support and education to th
ese women and girls, oppression can be turned into opportunity.
I came away from the book wanting to help. The Lady Savant Foundation recently opened a school for 6th – 8th grade students in Cambodia and are actively seeking funds and educational materials to support the school and their “Girls Be Ambitious” program, an incentive program to keep girls safe, educated, and out of human trafficking circles. The Foundation teams up with the ArtWare organization, to run creative team building events to design tiles for charitable causes. During December, a group of Konica Minolta employees will have the opportunity to design educational “ABC” tiles that will be installed on the walls of the school in 2018. I’m excited to see what our employees create together and thrilled that we will be contributing directly to such an important cause.
This #GivingTuesday, take a moment to think about what you can do to give back. Whether the gesture is large or small, creative or simple, every act of kindness makes the world a better place. At Konica Minolta, we’re excited for what the New Year holds and look forward to continuing to provide innovative solutions of all kinds in 2018!