Konica Minolta’s Cloud Platform bizhub Evolution is Verified by Google as a Chrome Enterprise Recommended Partner

Langenhagen, Germany, 20 October 20200

Konica Minolta is proud to announce that its cloud platform bizhub Evolution is now Chrome Enterprise Recommended. On July 7th 2020, Konica Minolta successfully passed the technical certification for Google’s Chrome Enterprise Recommended program as currently one out of two MFP (multifunctional periphery printer) vendors. 

“Introducing a new technology that’s incompatible with current investments can cause huge headaches. The certification gives IT teams the assurance that our cloud platform bizhub Evolution is compatible with Chrome OS and that there will be no lost productivity or delayed implementation due to compatibility issues with existing apps and systems”, emphasizes Philipp Schröder, Head of Portfolio Strategy & Management, Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe. The Chrome Enterprise Recommended badge tells Konica Minolta’s clients that bizhub Evolution runs great on Chrome OS. Partner with the badge have gone through extensive testing so IT teams know they can trust these technologies. The risk of downtime to business as usual is reduced and test cycles for apps in customers’ environment can be significantly shortened.

bizhub Evolution is a cloud-based platform which enables companies to provision various cloud services including cloud print, fax, document conversion and translation to their users. The administration of users and services can be easily handled by the company while platform and services are fully managed by Konica Minolta. All services can be activated and used on-demand and customers only pay for services they use.

Konica Minolta’s cloud print service offers specific benefits such as reduced maintenance requirements for server and software versions due to serverless operation and management of the software by the vendor, budget savings as no up-front investment is needed, simple and easy deployment that enables a quick start, flexible scalability that adapts to the customers’ changing needs, the ability to print from anywhere at any time and much more. 

Integration of various Google applications into Konica Minolta’s “Intelligent Connected Workplace”

Konica Minolta’s Chrome OS solution for bizhub Evolution is available to install via the Chrome Web-Store and/or to rollout via Google Workspace. The integration of the Google Workspace into bizhub Evolution offers the advantage that all users created in the Google Workspace are automatically transferred to the user administration of bizhub Evolution and therefore do not have to be created again. Hence the same credentials can be used for convenient Single-Sign-On. 

Konica Minolta also offers an integrated connector to Google Drive. This means that if users want to convert, translate, fax or much more, they can store the edited documents directly in Google Drive. They can also pull-print their Google Drive documents directly at the MFP. Google Drive is also integrated in bizhub Evolution. 

Today’s workforce spends more time than ever in the cloud. And unpredictable global changes have accelerated the urgency for organisations to enable remote workers at scale and speed. “The integration of the different Google products with Konica Minolta solutions makes it easier for companies to migrate to the cloud. This builds upon Konica Minolta’s strategy to provide a comprehensive portfolio of ‘Intelligent Connected Workplace’ solutions and enable businesses to better manage their digital transformation”, concludes Philipp Schröder. 

More information on bizhub Evolution can be found here.

More information on Cloud Printing Service can be found 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. 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’ 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 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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Contact

Melanie Olbrich
Konica Minolta
Business Solutions Europe GmbH
Phone: +49 (0)511 7404-5337
melanie.olbrich@konicaminolta.eu

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