Line of the Year

Konica Minolta Wins 2012 Solutions Line of the Year Award from Buyers Lab

Winter 2012

January 17, 2012

Hackensack, NJ – Buyers Laboratory LLC (BLI), the world’s leading independent evaluator of document imaging hardware and software, today announced that Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc., is the recipient of BLI’s “2012 Document Imaging Solutions Line of the Year” award. BLI editors selected Konica Minolta for this first-ever award based on the company’s exceptional solutions portfolio across the range of document imaging software categories BLI covers on its Solutions Center subscription service.

To determine the Solutions Line of the Year winner, BLI’s highly experienced staff of technicians and editors considered the imaging software each leading printer and MFP OEM officially sells and supports via its direct and independent sales channels. Both first-party products and those from third-party ISVs (independent software vendors) were taken into account in categories including Document Management/ECM, Document Capture & Workflow, Accounting/Cost Control & Recovery, Print Management, Device Management, Security Software and others. Moreover, only those solutions submitted to BLI’s lab for evaluation figured into the OEMs’ overall ranking—ensuring that the award is based on actual hands-on evaluation of key metrics for tested solutions, including feature set, value, ease of use and ease of setup/administration.

“Earning BLI’s ‘Solutions Line of the Year’ award is no easy feat, as it takes into account both the breadth and depth of a vendor’s offerings,” explained Jamie Bsales, senior product editor, solutions, at BLI. “Ultimately, it was Konica Minolta’s standout portfolio and reseller relationships with class-leading ISVs in key product categories that put it over the top.”

“As the industry continues to evolve, innovative solutions and services are an integral part of a complete document management solution, we are extremely excited to receive this first-ever award from BLI in recognition of our industry-leading solutions portfolio,” said Sam Errigo, senior vice president of business intelligence services at Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. Inc.  “Customers can count on Konica Minolta to strategically expand our technology and solutions in 2012 to continue meeting all their digital imaging needs.”

About Buyers Laboratory LLC
Buyers Laboratory LLC (BLI) is the world's leading independent provider of analytical information and services to the digital imaging and document management industry. For over 50 years, buyers have relied on BLI to help them differentiate products’ strengths and weaknesses  and make the best purchasing decisions, while industry sales, marketing and product professionals have turned to BLI for insightful competitive intelligence and valued guidance on product development, competitive positioning and sales channel and marketing support. Using BLI’s web-based bliQ and Solutions Center services, 40,000 professionals worldwide create extensive side-by-side comparisons of hardware and software solutions for over 15,000 products globally, including comprehensive specifications and the performance results and ratings from BLI’s unparalleled Lab, Solutions and Environmental Test Reports, the result of months of hands-on evaluation in its US and UK labs. The services, also available via mobile devices, include a comprehensive library of BLI’s test reports, an image gallery, hard to find manufacturers’ literature and valuable tools for configuring products, calculating total cost of ownership (TCO) and annual power usage. BLI also offers consulting and private, for-hire testing services that help manufacturers develop and market better products and consumables.

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