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Konica Minolta recognised in IDC MarketScape

October 16, 2023

Olaf Lorenz, SHead of International Marketing Division, Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe GmbH (Konica Minolta) announced it has been named a “Leader” in the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Print Transformation 2023 Vendor Assessment.

The IDC study evaluated the market for print transformation through the IDC MarketScape model, based on a standardised set of parameters to produce a comparative analysis of hardcopy vendors, factoring in quantitative and qualitative aspects that position vendors for success in this global market. Konica Minolta was also named a Leader in the 2020 vendor assessment on this market.

Olaf Lorenz, Head of International Marketing Division, Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe said: “We are proud that the IDC MarketScape has recognised the important work Konica Minolta is doing to lead its customers, across more than 150 countries, through their individual transformation journeys, helping them to achieve digital maturity, through a combination of new technology and expertise. Together we are seizing post pandemic opportunities to not only grow business but to do so with optimal efficiency.”

The IDC MarketScape’s assessment of Konica Minolta highlighted five strengths in the category of worldwide print transformation:

Intelligent connected workplace
“In its approach to rethink the world of work, Konica Minolta has built a comprehensive Intelligent Connected Workplace (ICW) framework” to connect people, knowledge and workplaces. It enables both onsite and mobile work, with 24/7 access to data anytime, from anywhere to help customers on their digital transformation journey. As part of its ICW business philosophy, the company has combined its print and IT services businesses for the past several years. The ICW “combines managed print services, workflow, information management, managed application, infrastructure management, security, and cloud services.”

Cloud partnerships
“Konica Minolta has established a comprehensive network of strategic partnerships for its cloud solutions portfolio.” Central to this approach is its global relationship with Microsoft. Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe is a Microsoft Cloud Solutions Partner, delivering managed services of Microsoft’s most-used cloud (Azure) and on-premises office technologies. 

Transformative IP
Konica Minolta’s own IP has led to the development of several cloud, IoT and new technology offerings, including FORXAI/VSS (security) and the Dispatcher portfolio (workflow automation and print management software), all intended to help with customers’ digital transformation efforts.

Shift to the cloud for remote work
“Konica Minolta’s established transition to an Intelligent Connected Workplace served to establish the company’s shift to the cloud. The global pandemic and the need to transition IT infrastructure and operations to the cloud fit nicely with the company’s already stated strategic initiative. It also helped Konica Minolta customers seamlessly integrate working from home with traditional office operations.”

Acquisition history
“The company’s recent acquisition history was particularly focused on managed IT and enterprise content management, but it has also covered security, VoIP, BPO, vertical-specific solutions, and data services. While many of these activities initiated in a specific region, the acquired technologies and skills are leveraged globally.”

The IDC MarketScape report notes that companies should consider Konica Minolta because, “Konica Minolta leads customers through their digital transformation journey and achieves this through a comprehensive portfolio of services and solutions tailored to individual customer needs, independent of company size, digital maturity, or industry. While the company continues to build its IT services infrastructure, the company’s 85% retention of these customers is impressive. Customers seeking a traditional copy/print provider with a vision of the reimagined office may want to consider Konica Minolta.”

Categories : Around the Industry

Tags : IDC Leader MarketScape Print Transformation Report

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