Konica Minolta launches global Cloud Printing Service to relieve companies from the task of managing their printing environment

| 21 July 2020

Fewer and fewer companies wish to worry about managing their print environment - whether large companies that wish to use their IT resources for other tasks or small and medium-sized enterprises that do not even have sufficient IT resources. With its global Cloud Printing Service, Konica Minolta can manage the total print environment of its customers: printers, servers, drivers, applications and network. As an additional benefit, the end user does not need to call print applications separately, as the print feature is seamlessly integrated in the cloud platform bizhub Evolution.

The printing environment in most companies is invisible – in the sense that it completely blends in with their everyday working life. It only becomes visible when it does not perform as hoped, and then it eventually becomes an annoyance. For large organisations with comprehensive IT resources, managing the print environment is less of a challenge than it is for SMEs, whose IT resources are often limited. Nevertheless, the benefits of outsourcing to a service provider are obvious for both. By outsourcing, they simplify their operational processes, streamline their business and increase their efficiency. They save time that they can use for other tasks, such as focusing on other IT projects and innovation to drive their business forward.

Besides, the rapid increase in the technological evolution and complexity of applications and IT solutions means that it is becoming increasingly difficult for businesses to stay up to date with their IT systems. The management of the printing environment through Konica Minolta ensures that this is always up to date and meets the latest security standards. The data centres are located in Europe, which has the advantage of all data staying within European legislation and not being subject to foreign law, such as the American Patriot Act. Every customer who utilises Konica Minolta data centre storage can also be certain of being in full compliance with regulations like the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). No maintenance for servers and print software is needed. Follow-me authentication ensures that only the print orderer receives the printed material and that it does not fall into unauthorised hands.

In addition, companies save costs: no upfront investment in print infrastructure is needed and they pay only for services they actually use. Another advantage is that Konica Minolta can flexibly adapt the printing environment to the needs of the company and scale up or down - an important point against the background of increasingly dynamic markets where flexibility is required more than ever.

“Hidden champions” - served on a silver platter
The Cloud Printing Service is integrated into the cloud platform bizhub Evolution. This on-demand platform for cloud services offers an affordable way to access a variety of specific features without the need to install software onto devices or within the existing IT infrastructure. The end user does not need to call print applications separately and can print from any device, such as a desktop or mobile phone, and from a wide variety of applications. As with other services (e.g. cloud fax, document conversion, translation) in bizhub Evolution, the printing functionalities are "hidden" behind a common user interface and users selects the function instead of the application they needs. Customers only have to pay for the features they actually use. In addition, the Evolution Store allows organisations to expand their capabilities as their users' needs change. Konica Minolta manages all services including keeping them always up to date.

Connected to new Universal Print from Microsoft
In addition, Konica Minolta will also offer solutions to utilise Universal Print service from Microsoft for example by connecting bizhub Evolution to it. Universal Print is a modern print solution that organisations can use to manage their print infrastructure through cloud services from Microsoft. It runs entirely on Microsoft Azure. When deployed with Universal Print–compatible printers, it requires no on-premises infrastructure. It can be deployed with non-compatible printers by using Universal Print connector software. Universal Print is a Microsoft 365 subscription-based service.


More information about Cloud Printing Service here


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. With its unique expertise in imaging, data processing and data-based decision making, Konica Minolta creates relevant solutions for its customers - small and medium-sized businesses, large enterprises and public sector - and solves issues faced by society.

As a digital workplace solution provider, Konica Minolta helps its clients to identify and unlock the potential digitalisation holds and reach the next level in the digital maturity of their organisation by rethinking the workplace. In support of an ‘Intelligent connected workplace’, Konica Minolta offers cloud, IT, managed print and video solution services for remote working, collaboration, workflow management and automation and security. The company’s success in driving transformation is also confirmed by IDC, since the ‘IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Print Transformation 2023 Vendor Assessment’ has named Konica Minolta a “Leader” in print transformation. Konica Minolta has been a Microsoft Global Managed Partner since 2021.

Konica Minolta's Igniting Print Possibilities offering helps printers, converters and brand owners maximise workflow automation to increase efficiency. The company delivers consultancy in all communication matters as well as top-of-the-line production, packaging as well as label printers. Its finishing devices create print products that stand out and create added value. Konica Minolta has established itself as the production printing market leader for more than a decade in Europe (InfoSource).

For an increasing number of organisations, success today is more than the narrow definition of financial prosperity – it also includes protecting the environment and having a positive impact on their workforce as well as the societies they are embedded in. With its commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Konica Minolta has pledged to consistently pursue its sustainability and social responsibility goals.

The company has been repeatedly recognised for its rich history of social contribution as well as for working towards achieving the SDGs throughout its business and supply chain. Konica Minolta received a GOLD Level Recognition Medal in the EcoVadis sustainability ratings for 2023.

For its remote services, Konica Minolta was awarded the prestigious ‘Buyers Lab (BLI) 2023-2024 Pacesetter Award in Remote Service for the Western European market’ from 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 more than 8,700 employees (as of April 2023), Konica Minolta Europe earned net sales of over EUR 2.26 billion in financial year 2022/2023.

Worldwide, the company has over 39,000 employees and is operating in over 150 countries.

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