Managed IT platform Workplace Hub and bizhub C360i named finalists in IDEA 2020 Competition
Ramsey, NJ (September 24, 2020) – Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta) is proud to announce both its enterprise IT platform Workplace Hub and bizhub C360i, a new-generation MFP, were selected as finalists for the globally authoritative design prize, International Design Excellence Award 2020 (IDEA 2020). This prestigious prize in product design is sponsored by the American Institute of Industrial Designers (IDSA).
Workplace Hub: the all-in-one IT platform
The Innovative Integrated Platform Designed to Evolve Traditional MFP’s into Next Generation IT
Workplace Hub is a DX (digital transformation) service that combines a variety of applications required by customers, with IT infrastructure services, MFP capabilities, and maintenance and operations support. This allows customers to free themselves from paper documents, places where they work, and complicated IT management operations; simplifying their IT. In addition, the solution promotes a “one-step ahead” work style, creating a safe and secure remote work environment that is protected by world-class security. Workplace Hub also has an innovative design that transcends the boundaries of traditional MFPs to house a bespoke Hewlett Packard Enterprise Gen 10 Server, and uses a large touch-screen and unique lighting system to make the product stand out in any office.
“The Workplace Hub portfolio has been a true game changer for customers with regard to their IT capabilities,” said Nick Pegley, Senior Vice President, Digital Workplace, Konica Minolta. “This recognition validates for our SMB customers – many of whom have very limited IT resources at their disposal – that Workplace Hub can solve many of the challenges that distract them from the focus on their core businesses.”
New-Generation MFP to Enhance the Creativity of Office Workers
Konica Minolta’s bizhub i-Series offers a sophisticated design with functionality and operability appropriate for a new generation series that supports the intelligent connected workplace and more sophisticated IT security functions. These A3 color MFPs represent the new-generation MFP bizhub i-Series that are a key part of the digital transformation of businesses. The devices support new work styles and efficient IT utilization through a redesign of the operation panel from the ground up, based on research about the functions that are most important to users. The operation panel offers an intuitive and easy-to-understand user interface, with preferred functions now accessible with fewer touches. All other i-Series models, both color and monochrome, are based on this award-winning design.
“The bizhub i-Series is a significant milestone in office print technology, and we are thrilled to include the IDEA Award among its accolades,” said Dino Pagliarello, Senior Vice President, Product Management and Planning. “The i-Series meets a wide range of needs for businesses by offering a simple, convenient and secure smart technology to connect the workplace more effectively and securely, and ignite new opportunities for productivity and innovation towards the future of work.”
Konica Minolta has received many other industry accolades for its bizhub i-Series, including 2020-21 BLI PaceSetter award from Keypoint Intelligence, the international Red Dot and Good Design awards for product design, ASTOR Homeland Security Awards and Better Buys Editor’s Choice awards. The Workplace Hub brand has also been repeatedly recognized around the world, including but not limited to Transform America’s Gold Prizes for ‘Best strategic / creative development of a new brand,’ ‘Best development of a new brand within an existing brand portfolio’ and The Drum UK Event Award’s ‘B2B experiential brand campaign / event of the year’.
Visit Konica Minolta online for more information on the bizhub C360i and Workplace Hub.
About Konica Minolta
Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. is reshaping and revolutionizing the Workplace of the Future™ 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 twelve 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 seven 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 us online and follow Konica Minolta on Facebook, YouTube, Linked In and Twitter.
About International Design Excellence Award (IDEA Awards)
International Design Excellence Award (IDEA) is a leading global prestigious prize in product design founded in 1980 and sponsored by the American Institute of Industrial Designers (Industrial Designers Society of America). Originally established to evaluate outstanding financial performance in industrial design, it has since grown to encompass designs in a number of related areas, including design strategies, branding, and digital interactions. Every year, thousands of applications are received from design teams around the world. IDEA is one of the largest and most widely expected annual award programs in the world.
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