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Press release Konica Minolta takes the lead into the digital future at the Gartner Symposium 2013 in Barcelona Langenhagen, Germany, October 17, 2013 The digital world is rapidly changing. The entire working life is affected by it, entailing a need for a completely new set of skills regarding the areas of mobile phone, social networks, cloud and information provision. This opens up a broad range of opportunities to expand business yet it also presents new challenges – in particular for CIOs and senior IT executives who need to lead their companies successfully into a digital future. How to face these challenges is one issue covered by the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Barcelona, from 10−14 November 2013, the most important gathering of CIOs and senior IT executives. For the second time, solution provider Konica Minolta will sponsor this year’s Market Place at the Symposium to touch base with IT experts. Alongside discussions on the latest developments regarding document management and process optimisation, Konica Minolta will conduct an interactive Solution Provider Session to explore needs and strategies with leading companies.

At the Solution Provider Session on 12 November 2013, Olaf Lorenz, General Manager International Marketing Division of Konica Minolta Business Solution Europe, will meet with the pioneering scientist Prof. Dr. Tobias Schaefers, member of the European Business School, Wiesbaden, as well as the leading IT practitioner Roland Lauer, Information Manager and Service Delivery Manager of Lufthansa Technik AG They will discuss the future of “Shareconomy” as well as the opportunities and requirements entailed therein for IT decision makers in companies. The session will show that Software as a Service is already passé.. Access as a Service is the new paradigm that will offer unexpected and new opportunities. Konica Minolta is convinced that IT managers will have to break new ground and define themselves as internal service providers if they want to identify the value they can add to the core business of their companies. For that reason, the session will


address the topic “Megatrend ‘Shareconomy’ – opportunities and requirements for corporate IT” in room 112 from 4:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. In order to demonstrate their activities in shared infrastructure, Konica Minolta will show two smart applications at its booth located on the ITxpo showfloor, Booth O4 in the outsourcing and IT services section. Both Document Navigator and bizhub MarketPlace will improve process productivity, help to boost customers’ efficiency and effectiveness in daily workflows and enhance user experience. Konica Minolta’s Document Navigator provides seamless electronic workflows and manages processes easily and with absolute reliability, letting office workers focus on what is essential in their work. Through the included function of a Survey Automation, for example, Konica Minolta’s Document Navigator provides striking ways to trim down elaborate survey analyses – by the push of one button. This will be demonstrated at the Konica Minolta booth, including a score of helpful tips and tricks for successful usage. The second solution, the bizhub MarketPlace, Konica Minolta’s “App store,” is available for all bizhub devices. It provides the option of searching and downloading applications directly from the platform to the MFP display. “Our attendance at the Gartner Symposium underscores our mission to be a reliable partner in all questions of optimising printing infrastructure, so our customers are able to streamline business processes, grow revenue and reduce costs in their daily workflows,” says Olaf Lorenz, General Manager of International Marketing at Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe GmbH. “CIOs and senior IT executives are at the center of the digital transformation, and we are happy to discuss our approach with this international audience of IT experts.” 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 service provider in the field of IT- and document processes as well as digital production printing solutions the company excels in service-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 50 countries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). With over 30,600 employees around the world (as of June 2012), Konica Minolta’s Business Technologies business area earned net sales of over EUR 5.4 billion in financial year 2012/13. For further information about the company, visit


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