Ramsey, NJ, (May 11, 2022) Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta) is pleased to announce three new apps available as free downloads from the Konica Minolta MarketPlace. The apps – IdP Authentication Client, IdP Login for Azure AD and IdP Login for Google – support the growing demand for Cloud Authentication and Single Sign-On (SSO).
SSO allows users to log into their individual applications via a single set of credentials. By using SSO, users no longer need to sign on multiple times, or worry about memorizing, managing, reusing or losing multiple passwords. The feature also increases worker productivity by eliminating time spent trying to remember which password goes with each app, or resetting or changing multiple passwords to log into their applications. Additionally, with only one main password to remember, users tend to create a more complex passphrase that does not need to be written down, reducing the risk of it being lost or stolen. SSO is available with the Connector for SharePoint Online and Connector for OneDrive for Business in Azure environments and the Connector for Google Drive and Connector for Dropbox in Google environments.
The new apps further enhance the Personalize app with Follow-You Persona Service that Konica Minolta began offering in 2020. Also available through the Konica Minolta MarketPlace, the Personalize app allows users to customize the MFP panel on Konica Minolta i-Series devices according to their individual preferences and have their personal user interface follow them to any supported device on a global scale.
For both Azure and Google environments, users have the ability to log in to the MFP with their username and password or card swipe natively, without the need for an external solution. The Cloud Authentication solution pulls the user’s email address to the MFP, and when using Scan to Email, the user is presented with a “Me” button. When clicked, it adds their email address to the “To” field for quick and easy access to Scan-to-Me.
To help further secure the print environment, IdP authentication is also supported with the Konica Minolta Universal Print Driver.
The apps also join Konica Minolta’s Universal Print App, a cloud-based app which frees IT administrators from managing on-premise printing assets and print servers. Universal Print is a modern print solution organizations can use to manage their print infrastructure through cloud services from Microsoft. It runs entirely on Microsoft Azure, and when deployed with Universal Print–compatible printers, it does not require any on-premise infrastructure. Konica Minolta’s bizhub i-Series multifunction printers (MFPs) support Universal Print as a Universal Print native printer. By integrating their MFPs and the Microsoft 365 environment, clients can reduce print-related costs and benefit from this seamless and productive printing experience.
“With the rise of hybrid workplaces and remote work, there’s an increased need for cloud-based print architecture for our customers. These new apps supporting Cloud Authentication and SSO, together with Universal Print technology from Microsoft, allow us to offer an Intelligent Connected Workplace that helps every worker and organization to become more productive,” said Dino Pagliarello, Senior Vice President, Product Management and Planning, Konica Minolta. “Now employees can customize the MFP UI to match their own working behavior and needs and have immediate access to their personalized user interface (UI) wherever they go.”
For Cloud authentication and SSO access in Azure environments, users need to download the IdP Authentication Client App and the IdP Login for Azure AD App, which will provide SSO access to Connector for SharePoint Online and Connector OneDrive for Business. For Cloud Authentication and SSO access in Google environments, users need to download IdP Authentication Client and IdP Login for Google.
About Konica Minolta
Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. is reshaping and revolutionizing the workplace to achieve true connectivity through the Intelligent Connected Workplace. The company guides and supports its clients’ digital transformation through its expansive office technology portfolio, including IT Services (All Covered), intelligent information management, managed print services and industrial and commercial print solutions. Konica Minolta has been included on CRN’s MSP 500 list nine times and The World Technology Awards named the company a finalist in the IT Software category. Konica Minolta has been recognized as the #1 Brand for Customer Loyalty in the MFP Office Copier Market by Brand Keys for fourteen consecutive years and is proud to be ranked on the Forbes 2021 America’s Best-in-State employers’ list. The company received Keypoint Intelligence’s BLI 2021 A3 Line of The Year Award and BLI 2021-2023 Most Color Consistent A3 Brand Award for its bizhub i-Series. Konica Minolta, Inc. has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for nine consecutive years and has spent four years on the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World list. Konica Minolta partners with its clients to give shape to ideas and works to bring value to our society. For more information, please visit us online and follow Konica Minolta on Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Twitter.
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