Konica Minolta Wins First-of-Its-Kind Buyers Lab PaceSetter Award for Smart Workplace Vision



Wokingham, UK – Keypoint Intelligence - Buyers Lab, the world’s leading independent evaluator of document imaging software, hardware, and services, today announced the winner of the first-ever BLI PaceSetter award for Smart Workplace Vision. This award, based on research conducted for the EMEA markets, recognizes the document imaging vendor that offers the most impressive vision for the Smart Workplace of the Future along with the portfolios of hardware, services, and solutions to support and execute that vision.


“Although print is becoming a smaller piece of the office technology puzzle, office equipment vendors are well-positioned to be the vanguard that brings next-generation technology to the workplace. These OEMs have existing relationships with customers and partners and can leverage their current footprints to be the go-to providers of ‘edge’ technologies that complement the document imaging business,” said Jamie Bsales, Director of Solutions Analysis for Keypoint Intelligence - Buyers Lab. “And while manufacturers seem to be looking ahead to enhance their versions of the Smart Workplace, our analysis found that they are at different stages of incorporating such technologies and services into their vision and portfolios.”


To determine which document imaging vendors are shaping that future, analysts at Keypoint Intelligence conducted a first-of-its-kind study that examined leading vendors’ approaches to the Smart Workplace. Key areas of evaluation included the companies’ visions for the future workplace, current (and planned) products and services to move customers toward that vision, current and future channel and go-to-market strategies, ability to execute their visions, and more.


Main points that helped Konica Minolta stand above the other vendors in the study included the company’s forward-looking vision of the future of work and a clear roadmap of how to get customers there, plus its willingness to invest in innovative technology outside the core document imaging space. Konica Minolta also has a strong portfolio of Smart Workplace offerings, including the ALICE automated receptionist kiosk and Workplace Hub hybrid IT-infrastructure appliance. It also garnered points in the analysis thanks to its Business Innovation Centres around the world (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, China and Japan), which drive transformation of Konica Minolta’s core business technologies business by expanding into new areas of software and services and improving and innovating business processes for customers.



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About Buyers Lab PaceSetter Awards

Based on exhaustive questionnaires, in-depth interviews, and a proprietary rating scale, Buyers Lab PaceSetter awards recognize those document imaging OEMs that have shown market leadership in a variety of categories, including Document Imaging Security, MFP Platforms & App Ecosystems, Mobile Print, and key vertical markets.



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