22 Oct 2019
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Konica Minolta pivots to support Australian organisations to leverage the technology of the future today

October 22, 2019 – Konica Minolta Australia, market-leading provider of integrated solutions and managed services, has announced a major shift in the company focused on driving sales and revenue in key areas including solutions, software, and future products.

Dr David Cooke, chairman and managing director – Australia, Konica Minolta, said, “Konica Minolta is at a critical point in our evolution, which involves a reinvention to achieve its long-term goal of being a trusted technology solutions provider across enterprise, government, small business, education and manufacturing.”

The Australian workplace is evolving rapidly. The future workplace is: remote and geographically-dispersed; gender diverse; ethically conscious; innovative; collaborative; and fluid. A critical component of supporting the future workplace is the technology behind it including: artificial intelligence (AI), of which machine learning (ML) is a subset; robotics; robotic process automation (RPA); wearables; augmented reality (AR); data analytics; and 3D.

Dr David Cooke said, “We are well-positioned to help Australian organisations keep pace with the needs of the changing workplace and start leveraging the technology of tomorrow today. We are investing in building a portfolio of technology solutions that will help organisations shape their future workplace through existing and future partnerships.”

AI, for example, when applied to business processes, will have incredible effects on improving and automating day-to-day tasks all while finding improvements to the workflow. According to Gartner, the deployment of AI has tripled in the past year, rising from 25 per cent in 2018 to 37 per cent.[1] When it comes to 3D printing, the digital revolution continues with the latest in metal 3D printing technology already being used in manufacturing end-parts across the world.

Future initiatives will encompass products, services, and solutions designed for the future of work. These centre around the digitisation of traditional processes, creating efficient new paradigms in core industries. They demonstrate innovation and have the potential to change the way people work for the better. They include robotics in warehousing, AR for training assembly and servicing, and AI and ML for process automation and data analytics.

Dr David Cooke said, “When it comes to implementing and leveraging these technologies, there are massive skills shortages already in the IT sector in Australia, which means that seeking expertise outside of the business will be critical for organisations to be successful in transforming the workplace. Irrespective of the size of the business, working with a trusted partner has never been more important and Konica Minolta has a strong history in providing outstanding service and support to its customers. We are poised to help Australian business start navigating the future starting now.”

Konica Minolta will be at CEBIT, which is being held at the International Convention Centre Sydney from October 29-31. It will show some of its key future products including the new iSeries for small business, and robotics for enterprises and government. Visit Konica Minolta on Stand E38 for a window into tomorrow.

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