In its latest report ‘The Cloud Print Services Market Landscape, 2022’ industry analyst Quocirca has classified Konica Minolta as a ‘Major Player’ in the field of Cloud Print Services, stating, “Konica Minolta is developing a strong service portfolio to support clients at various stages on their cloud print journey. The company is aligning its print hardware, software and services offering to support the post-pandemic hybrid workforce.” The report also states, “Konica Minolta’s cloud computing technology underpins digital transformation, enabling businesses to move workloads to a secure cloud environment that complies with country regulations and can scale as they need.”
In its Cloud Print Services report, Quocirca highlights Konica Minolta’s ability to deliver cloud-based services based upon customer preference and elaborates on its broader support of customers during their cloud print journey, “This approach includes integrating and developing new technologies across cloud, predictive analytics, remote monitoring, and other intellectual property to drive development of platforms to support not only print, but digital document and workflow solutions. One example of recent R&D investment is direct hardware integration with applications such as true cloud-based secure print and device security management applications.”
The report states that overall, 43% of organisations have already implemented a cloud print management platform, with a further 37% reporting that they have plans to do so in the next two years. It goes on to examine Konica Minolta’s overall cloud print offering and how it underpins digital transformation, as well as a cloud-based fleet management tool for centralised fleet monitoring and management services, and its Worldwide Remote Service Platform (WWRSPF) for remote servicing of Konica Minolta multifunction printers.
Additionally, ‘The Cloud Print Services Market Landscape, 2022’ examines Konica Minolta’s Cloud Print Services: Workplace Pure, Dispatcher Paragon Cloud, and EveryonePrint Hybrid Cloud Platform, and states, “Konica Minolta’s cloud print services offer benefits such as: reduced maintenance requirements for server and software versions due to serverless operation and management of the software by the vendor, budget savings as no upfront investment is needed, simple and easy deployment that enables a quick start, flexible scalability that adapts to the customers’ changing needs, and the ability to print from anywhere at any time.”
Konica Minolta’s cloud-based Workplace Pure (coming soon to the UK) platform (formally known as bizhub Evolution) provides cost-effective 24/7 access to a platform of constantly evolving services including centralised upload to cloud repositories, cloud fax, cloud print, secure follow-me print, smart document conversion and translation – all automated and streamlined from a single trusted source. Quocirca’s report highlights key features including ‘Ease of use’, ‘Secure printing’, ‘Print anywhere’, ‘Scalability and flexibility’, ‘Connectivity’, ‘Added value’, and ‘Data security and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance’.
Dispatcher Paragon Cloud
Launched in February 2022, Dispatcher Paragon Cloud is a secure Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offering that enables customers to simplify print operations and outsource their print infrastructure. Quocirca’s report stated, “It is a fully managed and hosted cloud service, and its shared infrastructure makes it low cost. It is ideal for a small to medium-sized business.” The report also praised how customers implementing the solution experience: “…increased productivity, business continuity, cost planning and structure, scalability and flexibility, and security and compliance.”
EveryonePrint Hybrid Cloud Platform
Konica Minolta’s EveryonePrint Hybrid Cloud Platform (HCP) streamlines an organisation’s print infrastructure, eliminates print servers and incorporates cloud technologies with ease. This all-in-one hybrid print platform offers optimal security and flexible printing options whilst also reducing the workload of the organisation’s IT staff. Quocirca’s report stated that it: “… eliminates the need for local infrastructure, accelerating cloud-first strategy and allowing users to access their print jobs from any device. EveryonePrint Hybrid Cloud Platform is hosted, managed and supported by Konica Minolta, and offers companies the highest security standards, including ISO 27001 and ISO 27017 certifications.”
Shield Guard and bizhub SECURE
Additionally, Quocirca also highlights the strengths of Shield Guard (coming soon to the UK), “Shield Guard is a new cloud-based solution that offers remote MFP security monitoring and management. Shield Guard works with Konica Minolta’s bizhub SECURE portfolio, which offers three different levels of service for each individual business’s needs. The bizhub SECURE service can be activated on any Konica Minolta bizhub MFP, either on-premise or prior to delivery. With Shield Guard all security settings can be monitored in the cloud.”
Olaf Lorenz, Head of International Marketing Division, Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe commented, “We are proud to feature as a Major Player in Quocirca’s Cloud Print Services report. With hybrid work environments taking centre stage for many organisations, our cloud print offering delivers a vital component of this with all the advantages that the cloud offers, such as low administration costs, low investment costs, high flexibility and scalability, high security, and workload relief for IT staff.”
About Konica Minolta Business Solutions (UK) Ltd
Konica Minolta’s innovations help businesses to shape the future, today, changing the way people conduct business and use technology to work smarter, faster and better. As a leading Smart Data and Digital IT Services company, we meet the changing needs of customers with our Digital Print, IoT, Artificial Intelligence and Augmented Reality solutions.
As a provider of comprehensive IT services, Konica Minolta also delivers consultancy and services to optimise business processes with intelligent workflow automation, and implements solutions in the field of IT infrastructure and IT security as well as cloud environments.
Konica Minolta’s solutions are proven to improve quality, reduce cost, eradicate risk, increase accuracy and streamline business processes. Recognising there are no two businesses the same, we pride ourselves on our customer partnerships and tailor our solutions to our customer needs, giving them the competitive edge they need to remain at the forefront of their markets.
Combining our market leading, award winning and easy to integrate technological platforms, with our strategic partnerships, business solutions and services portfolio, Konica Minolta is continually improving quality, reducing cost, eradicating risk, increasing accuracy and streamlining business processes for our customers. Our strategy has our customers at its core. With strong and mutually beneficial customer partnerships, our aim is to achieve mutual sustainable growth through technological innovation – giving shape to our customers’ ideas. We bring flexible solutions that not only meet our customer expectations, but exceed them, time after time.
Part of the global Konica Minolta Group, Konica Minolta Business Solutions (UK) Ltd is headquartered in Basildon, Essex and operates out of 10 offices across the UK, employing over 750 people.
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