Bidvest Business Technologies targets improved content management through precision printing

| 9 February 2016

Konica Minolta South Africa, a division of Bidvest Office, has announced the establishment of Bidvest Business Technologies, its new managed print services (MPS), managed content services (MCS) and rental asset management focused arm.

Bidvest Business Technologies' main drive is to allow clients to meet their business requirements by managing content throughout its lifecycle, from capturing, through processing, accessing, integration and measuring, to storage.

"The pressure is on for organisations to remain successful in today's business landscape," says Andrew Griffith, general manager at Bidvest Business Technologies. "Companies now have to continually drive transformation and operational excellence to remain competitive and to ensure that customer experience is optimal at all times. At the same time, they are more globalised, more regulated and under greater pressure to contain costs than in the past."

To put things into perspective, Griffith states, one only need look at the impressive data growth rates of today. "The current market reality is that 80% of content is unstructured. And with content doubling every 90 days, fuelled by disruptive technologies like cloud and mobility, the digitisation of the supply chain and an evolving workforce, it is clear that this figure will continue to grow exponentially. It is clear that businesses need to gain strict control over these mountains of information, or be crushed under their weight.

"At the same time, when it comes to mobile and cloud-based infrastructures, it has been proven that the existence of paper within a business process lessens control, impacts productivity, compromises privacy, compliance and security initiatives within organisations."

By introducing the capturing and distribution of paper-based documents early in the process, the lifecycle of paper within an organisation is drastically shortened, he explains. "Many organisations do not understand that their multifunctional printer (MFP) can be a lifeline to help navigate their way through all of this content. By using a precision printing solution, not only can they structure optimal technical support for the entire printing fleet, but it can also become the focal point for integrated business process automation (which includes data classification and MCS).

"In addition, this approach enables businesses to establish a basis for the continuous optimisation of cost, efficiencies, security and environmental impact, unlocking significant value for the organisation as a whole. It also helps meet the growing need to ensure that company initiatives surrounding document security and industry regulatory or legal compliance requirements are met across the board, by addressing the role that MFPs and printers play within this context."

Bidvest Business Solutions' approach encompasses all aspects of document production – from output and input, to storage and electronic archiving – and includes a detailed analysis of the current environment, individualised workflow solutions and document imaging infrastructure, as well as ongoing training and support under one contract.

"As a single management source for all printing models, makes, services and support, Bidvest Business Technologies can provide its clients with full transparency of their fleet and service performance, streamlined processes based on intelligent applications and the continuous adaptation of assets, services and TCO to changing business needs."

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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