Key Element of the Company’s Connected Office Approach Drives Next Generation Office Mfps
Konica Minolta Business Solutions, U.S.A., Inc., is pleased to announce that Konica Minolta, Inc., a Gartner Global Top 100 IT Vendor, has released a new version of its MarketPlace platform.
From document management to workplace IT, office processes today run on an abundance of different systems and services, forcing employees to manage extremely complex workflows. Konica Minolta not only provides its customers with solutions for their digital transformation, but assists them in efficiently managing and controlling these business processes, shaping their workplace of the future. A key element in the company’s dedicated Connected Office approach is its MarketPlace platform, which ensures that users have access to the digital tools needed to increase productivity and enhance their daily operations, all in one place.
Toshimitsu Taiko, Senior Executive Officer, responsible for Business Technologies at Konica Minolta explains, “Our goal is to support our customers in creating a working environment that, based on their specific needs, leads the foundation for their business success in a digitalized future. This is what we mean when we speak of the connected office.”
For Konica Minolta, four crucial value fields come together in its Connected Office:
- Connect IT – helps customers to empower and simplify their IT, utilizing hybrid IT services or providing managed IT services and so on.
- Connect Security – ensures the safety of the entire office, including IoT devices and multi-functional peripherals (MFPs).
- Connect People – supports the organization in improving workflows and providing tools for creativity.
- Connect Work – provides the latest and most suitable business apps, brought together in one store: The Konica Minolta MarketPlace. Along with Connect People, it helps leverage the full potential of the company’s employees.
Currently available in 133 countries, MarketPlace offers a wide variety of cloud, scan, productivity, information, and security apps that allow users to quickly increase the power of their Konica Minolta MFPs, as well as the new Workplace Hub IT infrastructure. MarketPlace now comes standard with all Konica Minolta bizhub i-Series devices, ensuring that users can easily access the tools needed to increase productivity and enhance daily operations. Customers can connect MFPs to various cloud services, allowing them to print files from, or scan files directly into desired cloud repositories.
In addition, MarketPlace has become a global billing system by integrating into Konica Minolta’s ERP systems, enabling consumption-based billing and increasing operational efficiencies. MarketPlace keeps track of each customer’s usage and ensures they are only invoiced for that amount. Further, with its revolutionary, web-based Design Tool, customers can create or request custom-designed MFP User Interfaces (UIs) that are tailored to their way of working. With the MFP UIs, customers can effectively improve their daily business operations.
“With MarketPlace, Konica Minolta takes another step towards becoming a leading company in rethinking the today’s workplace and redefining the way organizations work. The Konica Minolta MarketPlace is not only an app store for bizhub devices, it is the core platform where our customers can add functionality to their IoT devices. The pre-installation of MarketPlace on Workplace Hub and bizhub i-Series devices represents Konica Minolta’s commitment to enhance the way our customers work,” says Ikuo Nakagawa, Senior Executive Officer, responsible for Digital Workplace Business, concluding: “Providing tools for growth while reducing complexity is at the heart of our Connected Office approach. MarketPlace is a great example of this. As a Gartner Global Top 100 IT Vendor, our Connect Office platform combines our comprehensive IT services, office solutions portfolio, and consulting services in a way that empowers our customers to create a digital-focused workplace of the future.”