Konica Minolta Launches Next-Generation Marketplace

On July 9th, Konica Minolta Business Solutions, U.S.A. announced that it had released a new version of its MarketPlace platform, an online “store” featuring free and for-pay apps and solutions, such as connectors for scanning documents to the cloud, for Konica Minolta bizhub copier/MFPs.

The firm says a key element in its Connected Office approach is its MarketPlace platform, which ensures that users have access to the digital tools needed to increase productivity and enhance their daily operations, all in one place.

Toshimitsu Taiko, who is senior executive officer responsible for Business Technologies at Konica Minolta explains, “Our goal is to support our customers in creating a working environment that, based on their specific needs, leads the foundation for their business success in a digitalized future. This is what we mean when we speak of the connected office.”

For Konica Minolta, “four crucial value fields come together in its Connected Office:”

  • Connect IT – helps customers to empower and simplify their IT, utilizing hybrid IT services or providing managed IT services and so on.
  • Connect Security – ensures the safety of the entire office, including IoT devices and MFPs.
  • Connect People – supports the organization in improving workflows and providing tools for creativity.
  • Connect Work – provides the latest and most suitable business apps, brought together in one store: The Konica Minolta MarketPlace. Along with Connect People, it helps leverage the full potential of the company’s employees.

Currently available in 133 countries, MarketPlace provides a wide variety of cloud, scan, productivity, information, and security apps for Konica Minolta MFPs, as well as the new Workplace Hub IT infrastructure.

MarketPlace compatibility is now  standard with all Konica Minolta bizhub i-Series devices. Customers can connect MFPs to various cloud services, allowing them to print files from, or scan files directly into cloud repositories.

MarketPlace has also become a global billing system by integrating into Konica Minolta’s ERP systems, enabling consumption-based billing and increasing operational efficiencies. MarketPlace keeps track of each customer’s usage and ensures they are only invoiced for that amount.

With its web-based Design Tool, customers can create or request custom-designed MFP User Interfaces (UIs) that are tailored to their way of working.

“With MarketPlace, Konica Minolta takes another step towards becoming a leading company in rethinking the today’s workplace and redefining the way organizations work. The Konica Minolta MarketPlace is not only an app store for bizhub devices, it is the core platform where our customers can add functionality to their IoT devices. The pre-installation of MarketPlace on Workplace Hub and bizhub i-Series devices represents Konica Minolta’s commitment to enhance the way our customers work,” says Ikuo Nakagawa, senior executive officer, responsible for Digital Workplace Business, concluding: “Providing tools for growth while reducing complexity is at the heart of our Connected Office approach. MarketPlace is a great example of this. As a Gartner Global Top 100 IT Vendor, our Connect Office platform combines our comprehensive IT services, office solutions portfolio, and consulting services in a way that empowers our customers to create a digital-focused workplace of the future.”

The full range of services and applications are available at here.

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