Langenhagen, Germany, 22 February 2017
Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe (Konica Minolta) has received the BLI Winter 2017 Pick Award from Buyers Laboratory LLC (BLI) for its outstanding MFP app ecosystem. The bizhub MarketPlace convinced the judges with its wide range of productivity-enhancing apps, easy customisation and simplified licencing distribution among company networks.
BLI, the British experts in evaluating office document equipment and software applications, bestow the prestigious Pick Award twice a year to products and concepts that outperform the competition. The hardware and software offerings in each category have to undergo rigorous lab testing during the preceding six months. Pick winners – such as Konica Minolta’s bizhub MarketPlace – offer an industry-leading range of features in terms of value, ease of use and administration, and software integration.
The best Pick
Modern MFPs are intelligent and highly connected hubs for copying, capturing, printing and sharing information, and make workflows easier and smoother for customers. Konica Minolta developed the bizhub MarketPlace to best utilise the potential of the MFPs. The bizhub MarketPlace is an online platform and functions as an app store for implementing and licencing productivity apps. Registered users have full access to all listed applications in order to extend the usability of their MFPs. One of the features that impressed BLI the most was the Chameleon function, which enables the bizhub MarketPlace to serve additionally as a host for bizhub MFP user interface customisation. As a professional service, Konica Minolta creates and deploys tailor-made control panels which fit customers’ working behaviour. The user interfaces can be enhanced with features to tackle customer-specific workflow processes in order to minimise errors and simplify usage. With this functionality, the bizhub MarketPlace offers an intuitive environment to create and launch a customised user experience.
“Konica Minolta’s bizhub MarketPlace is at the forefront of the growing trend of MFP app stores, and its additional Chameleon features are particularly impressive“, said Jamie Bsales, Director of Office Workflow Solutions Analysis at BLI. “Konica Minolta can build custom UIs that will turn multi-step processes into one-touch processes, saving time and reducing the number of user mistakes at the MFP.”
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, forming part of its Business Technologies business area. As a leading global services provider in the field of IT- and document processes as well as digital production printing solutions the company excels in services-led business consulting, implementation and management and provides a range of world-leading printing systems and solutions. In this context, Konica Minolta’s Optimized Print Services concept (OPS) combines consultancy, hardware, software implementation, and operation in order to enhance business process efficiency and cost-effectiveness. To support customers optimally with powerful and sustainable solutions, technology leader Konica Minolta continuously invests in research and development work and regularly sets new standards.
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 over 35,000 employees around the world (as of March 2016), Konica Minolta’s Business Technologies business area earned net sales of over EUR 6.2 billion in financial year 2015/16.
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