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Konica Minolta Launches Upgraded Cloud-Enabled MFPs

Konica Minolta Launches Upgraded Cloud-Enabled MFPs

Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. Inc. has announced the debut of its cloud-enabled bizhub multifunction printers (MFPs). The models include special offers for licensing Dispatcher ScanTrip Cloud, a simple and efficient way to digitize documents that can enable small- to medium-sized businesses to advance their digital transformation.

These newly available Konica Minolta MFPs with Dispatcher ScanTrip Cloud offer solutions to customers who use any of a wide variety of cloud connectors including Box, DropBox Business, SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business, Google Drive, email and more. ScanTrip Cloud provides a zero-footprint, true cloud scanning solution that provides simple but powerful customized scan workflows and direct integrations to most cloud services that clients use today, helping them to work faster and more efficiently.

"The combination of Konica Minolta's MFPs with upgraded cloud, security and enhanced functionality and the Dispatcher ScanTrip Cloud solution provides customers with a unique set of competitive features and functions that meet today's market and business demands," said Dino Pagliarello, senior vice president of portfolio management and planning, Konica Minolta. "Our advanced MFPs provide one of the industry's strongest cloud offerings for scan and print management when paired with Dispatcher Paragon Cloud or any other Konica Minolta cloud-based print management solutions such as an Identity Provider (IdP) user Login for Azure AD and IdP Login for Google, which are all available on the Konica Minolta Marketplace. Plus, these cloud-enabled MFPs are versatile and highly intuitive to use."

Konica Minolta's cloud-enabled MFPs also offer Upland InterFAX, a cloud fax solution that can eliminate fax servers, fax boards and other standalone device costs. In addition, customers can eliminate expensive and unprotected analog phone lines. This digital solution for data security and encryption provides peace of mind, while flat-rate pricing for inbound and/or outbound faxing makes it a simple and affordable add on to the cloud-enabled MFP.

While the new MFPs are targeted to smaller and medium-sized businesses in a variety of verticals, they are also scalable to more advanced solutions, allowing users to:

  • Take advantage of a true cloud solution with direct scan-to-cloud capabilities
  • Use multiple connectors for direct integrations to all the cloud services they use for their business
  • Rename files, create custom workflows, intelligently route files and more
  • Access standard document processing capabilities, including integrated, dynamic meta-data forms and OCR processing
  • Digitize documents simply and quickly for efficient processes
  • Self-install ScanTrip Cloud, a zero-footprint solution (no on-premise infrastructure is required outside of the MFP device)
  • Include flexible licensing and integration with a leasing agreement

To add more power to devices, pair the new bizhub MFPs with other cloud-based offerings such as Konica Minolta's Dispatcher Paragon Cloud. Secure document management can help customers harness the power of the cloud to eliminate IT costs, reduce overall print services and fax costs, and improve document security.

"Cloud services, flexibility and seamless connectivity are must-haves for today's smaller businesses," Pagliarello said. "The businesses that embrace digital transformation benefit in many ways, with increased satisfaction for their customers' experiences, improved business decision making, enhanced process efficiencies and more ability to be agile and innovate as needs change."

The ScanTrip Cloud bundle offer is available with all Konica Minolta bizhub MFPs sold through both its direct and dealer channels, with special offers for each that can be extended for longer than the offer term.

In other news, Konica Minolta has announced it ranks among the world's Top 100 Vertical Market MSPs for 2023, according to ChannelE2E, a CyberRisk Alliance resource. Konica Minolta was ranked number 13 among the top vertical market MSPs in health care, which places the company in the top five health-care MSPs for the second year in a row.

"It means a great deal to us to again be recognized on this prestigious list," said Marco Maggio, vice president of IT services sales and strategic practices, Konica Minolta. "Konica Minolta's health-care IT solutions and services can be an integral part of facilitating health-care organizations' digital transformation and enabling them to operate securely, efficiently and effectively. We are dedicated to helping our clients adapt to emerging technologies in order to streamline their operations and are honored to have this work acknowledged."

The annual list and research report identify and honor the top 100 MSPs in health care, legal, government, financial services, manufacturing and additional vertical markets. Additionally, this year's report revealed key MSP business, security and market trends and affirms that vertical market MSPs have vastly expanded their managed security capabilities.

Among the report findings:

  • In total, the top vertical market MSPs generated revenues of $2.87 billion in 2022 compared to $2.25 billion in 2021, representing a 27.5% increase year over year.
  • In 2022, MSPs consolidated more heavily into two vertical markets in particular — health care and financial services/banking. Health care, which was also the biggest market last year, remains the largest, and also the biggest mover, increasing from 18% in 2021 to 31% in 2022.
  • Financial services knocked manufacturing out of the number-two slot this year, growing from 13% in 2021 to 23% in 2022.

Rankings are based on annual recurring revenues in specific markets for the calendar year of 2022.

Through its IT management services, Konica Minolta successfully assists organizations in selecting, implementing and optimizing health-care compliance, HIPAA services, cybersecurity solutions, revenue cycle management, cloud services, managed IT services and practice management solutions. Its compliance team helps clients meet the security and compliance challenges of the modern world by collaborating on a comprehensive threat assessment to protect data without straining resources such as staff or budget.

"ChannelE2E and CyberRisk Alliance congratulate Konica Minolta on this honor," said Jessica C. Davis, editorial director, ChannelE2E, a CyberRisk Alliance resource. "Vertical market MSPs tend to grow faster and enjoy better margins than the rest of the pack. They are able to specialize, standardizing their technology stacks for their specific vertical markets and training their staff to best serve those verticals, leading to more efficient operations."

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