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Konica Minolta earns recognition from IDEA

September 25, 2020

Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. announced 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).

Konica Minolta’s 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, Konica Minolta explained. 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 touchscreen 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.”

Konica Minolta said its 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 colour MFPs represent the new-generation MFP bizhub i-Series that are a key part of the digital transformation of businesses.

“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.”

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