Konica Minolta Honored with Buyers Lab Pacesetter Award

Ramsey, NJ – April 26, 2018 – Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta) today announced that it has been recognized with the 2018-2019 BLI PaceSetter Award for Smart Workplace Vision by Keypoint Intelligence-Buyers Lab.

According to the analysts, Konica Minolta was singled out for its market leading position because of its forward-looking vision of the future of work and clear roadmap for how to get customers there. It also took into account its willingness to invest in innovative technology outside the core document imaging space, specifically, its smart workplace offerings. Notably, this includes ALICE receptionist and the Workplace Hub portfolio. Ultimately, the company’s IT services division, All Covered, culminates all of these varied technologies, and has the proven expertise to implement and manage.

Overall, Konica Minolta is pioneering technology to support the components Keypoint Intelligence identified as crucial to the Smart Workplace of the Future. These are: IT Services, Cloud Services, Security, Business Process Automation (BPA), AI, Mobility, and Unified Communications & Collaboration.

To determine which document imaging vendors are shaping the future, analysts at Keypoint Intelligence conducted a first-of-its-kind study that examined leading vendors’ approaches to the Smart Workplace. Key areas of evaluation included the company’s vision for the future workplace, its current products and services to move customers toward that vision, current and future channel and go-to-market strategies, ability to execute the vision, and more.

“Office spaces are evolving, and Konica Minolta has been evolving with them,” said Jamie Bsales, Director of Solutions Analysis at Keypoint Intelligence. “The company has a clear vision of what the Smart Workplace of the Future should include, and through a combination of in-house product development, acquisitions, and partnerships, it has been actively pursuing this vision. As a result, Konica Minolta looks to have the structure and products in place to support Smart Workplace initiatives by offering a wide portfolio that includes its core document imaging equipment and solutions, smart receptionists, collaboration systems, robotics, and advanced security video surveillance, plus the IT services to make it all work.”

“We’ve been busy re-inventing the traditional office environment,” said Kevin Kern, Senior Vice President, Business Intelligence Services and Product Planning, Konica Minolta. “So, to be acknowledged for our success in delivering tangible results on our vision for the digital revolution is truly satisfying. New technologies and evolving employee expectations are impacting how, when, and where we work. Konica Minolta is always working to lead the way, and to stay relevant with customers, by expanding its portfolio of products and services to address the needs of tomorrow’s marketplace. That’s what we strive to accomplish on a daily basis. We’re grateful to Keypoint Intelligence – Buyers Lab for this recognition.”

About Konica Minolta

Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. is reshaping and revolutionizing the Workplace of the Future™ (www.reshapework.com) with its expansive smart office product portfolio from IT Services (All Covered), ECM, Managed Print Services and industrial and commercial print solutions. Konica Minolta has been recognized as the #1 Brand for Customer Loyalty in the MFP Office Copier Market by Brand Keys for 11 consecutive years and is proud to be ranked on the Forbes 2017 America's Best Employers list. The World Technology Awards recently named the company a finalist in the IT software category. Konica Minolta, Inc. has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for six consecutive years. It partners with its clients to give shape to ideas and work to bring value to our society. For more information, please visit: www.CountOnKonicaMinolta.com and follow Konica Minolta on Facebook, YouTube, and  Twitter@KonicaMinoltaUS

About Keypoint Intelligence - Buyers Lab

Keypoint Intelligence is a one-stop shop for the digital imaging industry. With our unparalleled tools and unmatched depth of knowledge, we cut through the noise of data to offer clients the unbiased insights and responsive tools they need in those mission-critical moments that define their products and empower their sales.

For over 50 years, Buyers Lab has been the global document imaging industry’s resource for unbiased and reliable information, test data, and competitive selling tools. What started out as a consumer-based publication about office equipment has become an all-encompassing industry resource. Buyers Lab evolves in tandem with the ever-changing landscape of document imaging solutions, constantly updating our methods, expanding our offerings, and tracking cutting-edge developments.

About Buyers Lab PaceSetter Awards

Based on exhaustive questionnaires, in-depth interviews, and a proprietary rating scale, Buyers Lab PaceSetter awards recognize those document imaging OEMs that have shown market leadership in a variety of categories, including Document Imaging Security, Mobile Print, MFP Platforms & App Ecosystems, and key vertical markets.

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