Meeting the growing demand for value-added document management software

| 26 June 2014

Companies around the globe are demanding improved, more comprehensive management and administrative control for their printing, copying and scanning operations.

So says Mohammed Vachiat, product manager at Bidvest company, Konica Minolta South Africa, who believes that factors such as increasing cost containment, compliance pressures and growing marketplace competition are forcing businesses to reassess their document management and production processes, in order to save time and money, while also increasing productivity.

"With the commoditisation of hardware, software has become a major focal point for this market," he explains. "This is where the real office automation value is being delivered and companies are clamouring for more, citing simplicity, flexibility, improved pricing models and lower risk as necessities in today's print management world."

New developments in print management software solutions can help improve efficiencies within businesses of any size, including curbing wastage, through fewer unnecessary print jobs and better control of colour prints versus black & white.

In addition, through centralisation, this type of solution can enhance the management of a company's entire print infrastructure and help ensure system reliability.

"Companies today spend large sums of money on securing their sensitive data, but often underestimate the risk of information leaks in paper form," Vachiat explains. "Each printed document within a company is a potential security risk, should it land in the wrong hands. This means that security and confidentiality have become a foremost priority when it comes to print management.

"Fortunately, today’s software can mitigate the risk by providing authentication measures at MFPs and encrypting communications, ensuring a highly secure print workflow."

Konica Minolta South Africa's strategy has evolved over a number of years, meaning that the company is well-positioned to provide solutions that can minimise wastage, improve productivity, as well as enhance centralisation and security.

"The Konica Minolta Professional Services division has combined in-depth knowledge and expertise with leading edge products and services, producing best of breed and comprehensive business solutions for our customers.”

In fact, the organisation's bEST (bizhub Extended Solution Technology) offering enables the seamless integration of bizhub multifunctional devices with a range of third party business solutions and processes, such as enterprise content management (ECM) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) technologies (including SAP, Microsoft SharePoint and Documentum and so on).

Our status as a Microsoft Silver Partner with an Application Development Silver competency is a great achievement for Konica Minolta South Africa, as it means that Microsoft has given the bEST solution its stamp of approval," Vachiat adds.

"We have developed a number of customised workflow and process driven applications for large enterprises and organisations locally, ranging in scale, system and complexity. On all fronts however, our clients have derived significant value – in terms of cost savings, productivity boosts and enhanced efficiency."

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. The company further offers its customers solutions and managed services in the field of IT infrastructure and IT security as well as cloud environments. With regard to its office printing solutions, "IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Print Transformation 2020 Vendor Assessment" stated that Konica Minolta is "recognised globally as a leader in print transformation". As a strong partner for the professional printing market, Konica Minolta offers business consulting, state-of-the-art technology and software and has established itself as the production printing market leader for more than a decade in Europe (InfoSource). Its Business Innovation Centre in London and four R & D laboratories in Europe enable Konica Minolta to bring innovation forward by collaborating with its customers as well as academic, industrial and entrepreneurial partners. For its innovative service approach that complements their devices perfectly, Konica Minolta was awarded the prestigious ‘"Buyers Lab PaceSetter Award for Serviceability and Support 2020/2021" by Keypoint Intelligence. 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 approximately 10,000 employees (as of April 2020), Konica Minolta Europe earned net sales of over 2.34 billion in financial year 2019/2020.


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