Langenhagen, Germany, 11 October 2018
Following in-depth testing, Konica Minolta’s flexible platform for document processes, bizhub Evolution, has received a Buyers Lab Gold rating from Keypoint Intelligence – the world’s foremost authority on imaging software, hardware and services. The cloud-based solution enables users to streamline their everyday document processes via mobile, desktop computer or connected Konica Minolta MFP. Described in the Buyers Lab report as being “unique to the market”, bizhub Evolution offers a suite of on-demand document processing and delivery services, including converting digital or paper-based documents into a multitude of formats, having them translated into another language, converting text to speech or printing from any Internet-connected device.
Konica Minolta bizhub Evolution is a convenient and flexible document service offering. The marketplace of apps and services included within the solution was identified as a key differentiator, with the report noting, “Konica Minolta is constantly expanding the list of services and the number of countries that have access to bizhub Evolution.” It further finds, “Even better, instead of a blanket monthly fee, Konica Minolta charges customers only for what they use.”
Also praised was the clear and intuitive user experience, with a common, easy-to-understand interface shared by both the web portal and the embedded applets available on a Konica Minolta MFP. The report noted that many user tasks could be achieved with simple drag and drop operations. Whilst Konica Minolta offers training if requested, Keypoint’s report saw the immediacy and simplicity of bizhub Evolution services as rendering this largely unnecessary. Administration was also highlighted as being “pleasantly simple and straightforward”, with strong security and data protection processes and features built in.
The Buyers Lab report also drew attention to the cost-effective and flexible nature of the bizhub Evolution platform. Even though a breadth of services and tools is available, businesses only need to pay for what that they use, and the platform offers an affordable way to access specific features, such as secure pull printing, without needing to invest in an expensive dedicated solution.
“bizhub Evolution is an on-demand platform for smarter business processes that helps organisations accelerate everyday tasks”, said Arnulf Roth, Cloud Business Development Manager, Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe GmbH. “All services can be activated and used on-demand – because with bizhub Evolution, you only pay for what you use. And thanks to its built-in Marketplace, when an organisation or user’s needs change, there is a growing selection of high-performing services and tools available, providing the ability to rapidly extend the capabilities of connected Konica Minolta MFPs and to further power your business.”
About Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe
Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe GmbH, based in Langenhagen, Germany, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Konica Minolta Inc., Tokyo, Japan. Konica Minolta enables its clients to champion the digital era: with its unique imaging expertise and data processing capabilities, Konica Minolta creates relevant solutions for its customers and solves issues faced by society. As a provider of comprehensive IT services, Konica Minolta delivers consultancy and services to optimise business processes with workflow automation and implements solutions in the field of IT infrastructure and IT security as well as cloud environments. Konica Minolta was awarded the prestigious “Buyers Lab PaceSetter award for Smart Workplace Vision” from Keypoint Intelligence” as the only vendor in its industry thanks to its forward-looking vision of the future of work and investment in innovative technology. Being a strong partner for the production and industrial printing market, Konica Minolta offers business consulting, state-of-the-art technology and software and, in 2017, was the production printing market leader for the tenth consecutive year in Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa (InfoSource). The hardware portfolio covers light and mid production as well as industrial printing machines. Konica Minolta Marketing Services provides value added services that intelligently link print and digital marketing in an effective and efficient way. In the healthcare sector, Konica Minolta drives digitalisation of clinical workflows and offers a broad range of next-level diagnostic solutions. Through its Business Innovation Centre in London and four R&D laboratories in Europe, Konica Minolta brings innovation forward by collaborating with its customers as well as academic, industrial and entrepreneurial partners. Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe is represented by subsidiaries and distributors in more than 80 countries in Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa. With almost 9,900 employees (as of April 2018), Konica Minolta Europe earned net sales of over EUR 2.37 billion in financial year 2017/18.
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