Konica Minolta Announces the Availability of Integrated Workflow Solutions from Rochester Software Associates

M.I.S. Print, IPDSPrint and QDirect Enable Enterprises to Gain Control of the Printing Function and Maximize the Potential of Konica Minolta's bizhub and bizhub PRO Devices

KONICA MINOLTA ANNOUNCES THE AVAILABILITY OF INTEGRATED WORKFLOW SOLUTIONS FROM ROCHESTER SOFTWARE ASSOCIATES

M.I.S. Print, IPDSPrint and QDirect Enable Enterprises to Gain Control of the
Printing Function and Maximize the Potential of Konica Minolta's bizhub and bizhub PRO Devices

RAMSEY, N.J. - March 1, 2006 - Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta) today announced the availability of M.I.S. Print™, IPDSPrint™ and QDirect™ from Rochester Software Associates, Inc. (RSA).  RSA's solutions are ideal for IT Directors, MIS Managers, Datacenter Managers and Print Production Managers who desire the seamless transformation of data streams, the ability to efficiently manage the flow of information, and the power to control and monitor print functions throughout their organization.

By utilizing M.I.S. Print and IPDSPrint, Konica Minolta's customers will now have the ability to output their legacy mainframe print streams on Konica Minolta's cost-effective and fully featured bizhub™ and bizhub PRO™ devices.  In addition through the use of QDirect, Konica Minolta customers will benefit from the ability to better control their print operations — a print job can be managed from anywhere and delivered to anywhere.

M.I.S. Print and IPDSPrint
M.I.S. Print and IPDSPrint are unique software solutions that convert LCDS and IPDS print streams to PostScript, enabling legacy mainframe printing jobs to be printed on any network-connected Konica Minolta bizhub and bizhub PRO MFP.  Specifically with M.I.S. Print, users can access, view, archive and print documents created in environments such as DJDE, Metacode and XES/UDK.  With IPDSPrint, users can convert IPDS print streams and select the best printer for the job based on the type of input and the type of output.

Highlighted Features:

  • 100 percent data fidelity guaranteed
  • Supports mainframe and AS/400 connectivity via TCP/IP, ESCON, Channel, as well as Bus and Tag Channel
  • Converts LCDS and IPDS data streams concurrently in mixed environments
  • Extends IPDS printing capabilities to remote locations
  • Reprints jobs without re-processing jobs at the host computer
  • Runs as a software application on a Sun-based print controller
  • Reduces printing expenses by consolidating printers
  • Integrates with RSA's QDirect for Enterprise Output Management


QDirect
A scaleable and reliable output manager, QDirect consolidates print from datacenters, departments and desktops to a single point.  QDirect improves productivity and simplifies workflow across the entire enterprise by automating queue management and job routing to local or remote devices, including Konica Minolta's bizhub and bizhub PRO lines of production and workgroup MFPs.

Highlighted Features:

  • Reprints jobs without reprocessing
  • Captures detailed accounting information and integrates with third-party document accounting solutions, enabling enterprise-wide chargeback for both distributed and centralized printing
  • Distributes jobs evenly across production, workgroup, and desktop printers via a Flood Control feature
  • Enhances documents with a number of capabilities, including adding bar codes and banner pages
  • Ensures ease of use for mainframe operators through a highly configurable system

"Our relationship with RSA marks another step in our continuing efforts to offer our customers the solutions that will allow them to advance their mainframe printing needs, better communicate with their networked devices, gain control of their printing function at the enterprise level, and maximize the potential of our bizhub workgroup and production MFPs," said Kevin P. Kern, vice president, product planning and development, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. "Konica Minolta and RSA connect technology and print production managers with superior integrated printing solutions that streamline their workflow."

Pricing and Availability
RSA's M.I.S. Print, IPDSPrint and QDirect are available through Konica Minolta's North American direct sales and authorized dealer channels. The manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) for M.I.S. Print and IPDSPrint ranges from $1,152 to $15,798, depending on the speed of the output device(s) to be supported by the software and additional annual maintenance agreements.  The MSRP for QDirect ranges from $5,760 to $11,520, depending on the speed of the output device(s) to be supported by the software. 

About Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc.
Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc., offers a broad range of multifunctional digital imaging solutions inspired by its bizhub™ brand of powerful solutions that serve as the central resource for document scanning, in-house printing, copying, faxing and electronic archiving and distribution. From high-quality color and monochrome bizhub systems for workgroups and small offices, to advanced high-volume bizhub PRO™ production printing systems for large corporations and print-for-pay services, Konica Minolta is leading the industry toward integrated, networked hardware/software solutions that are more simple, reliable, and cost-effective. Complementing its bizhub solutions, Konica Minolta also offers desktop laser printers, microform digital imaging systems, wide-format printers and scanning systems for specialized applications.

Headquartered in Ramsey, New Jersey, Konica Minolta delivers expert professional services and experienced, responsive client support, in addition to the world-class service provided through its extensive network of direct sales offices, authorized dealers, resellers and distribution partners in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America and South America. For more information, please visit Konica Minolta at www.kmbs.konicaminolta.us.

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