6 Reasons why it’s time to visit The Print Show

Visit Konica Minolta at The Print ShowVisitors at The Print Show 2017 are amazed by Konica Minolta’s Integrated Color Care Unit (IQ 501) and Color Care server.

The combination of the BLI award winning AccrioPress C6100 and integrated IQ 501, upgrades your overall performance with an unparalleled image quality that is automated and consistently reliable.

We demonstrated the new colour management system to a vast number of print service providers and the feedback was consistently outstanding.

The benefits of which were highlighted thought out the day included:

1. The IQ 501 will add a closed loop control of your colour outputs. This colour management system will safeguard your business and your brand integrity.

2. Monitoring the colour and registration, to recalibrate on the fly to reduce delays.

3. Reduces make ready times from an industry norm to around 5 minutes. Maximises efficiencies and ultimately reduces spoilage and additional costs.

4. Registration and Fogra accredited colour output within 3 sheets. Konica Minolta technology will help you achieve ISO standards to upsell your business services and approach previously untouchable markets with high colour requirements.

5. Delivers accurate and consistent registration for both inline finishing and offline finishing, again reducing make ready times, adding valuable cost benefits in terms of both in labour and materials.

6. Removes colour inconsistency and helps towards both retaining and delivering business into new markets. You will now be able to comfortably compete at the highest level of digital print quality in new business partnerships, maximising your return on investment.

There is still time to register for The Print Show. Please register at: http://bit.ly/2xJ4R1f.

For more information on the AccrioPress C6100 and integrated IQ 501, please visit: https://simplyefficient.konicaminolta.co.uk.

Dave Gully is Product Marketing Manager at Konica Minolta Business Solutions UK.

Email: dave.gully@konicaminolta.co.uk

3 Reasons why it’s time to revisit the Digital Mailroom

Digital mailroom

The printroom and mailroom should be the heart of any oganisation’s communications strategy.

When combined and optimised effectively these two important assets can become your organisations communications hub, enabling your key stakeholders to streamline processes and communicate more effectively.

Managing incoming mail is a vital aspect of every business, yet in many organisations this process remains too slow, costly and error-prone, significantly disrupting line of business operations, causing further delay and added expense. But help is at hand in the shape of the digital mailroom.

The digital mailroom, or mailroom automation as it is also known, is having somewhat of a renaissance – and when you look closely it’s easy to see why.

Think Bigger

Think about the old fashioned mailroom – which ironically is exactly the thing that many people think of when picturing a digital mailroom. The key point is that the old mailroom processed incoming AND outgoing mail – and a modern digital mailroom should do too. Optimising your inbound mail handling is fantastic – as we’ll see in a few lines time – but it’s a bit half-hearted if you are still sending paper out of the door to other organisations isn’t it!

Go the whole hog and figure out how to do multi-channel output as well as input. Send your invoices electronically, remove the need for pre-printed letterheads, create brand consistency across all outbound communications and much more – truly digitise your business. Not only will you be much more efficient, but your customers and suppliers will thank you to.

Everything Changes

The days of all mail arriving at the office as paper have gone. Content arriving into a business is now quite simply, multi-channel. By that I mean emails, faxes (both paper and electronic), paper, EDI streams, XML files and so on and so forth. So those people that think a digital mailroom solution just handles paper to pdf need to get an update to their thinking.

Kofax describe it well with their “First Mile” phrase – basically anything that comes in the (virtual) door needs to be processed by the digital mailroom. That processing should identify what the content is, extract the relevant information if it can, and then route on to the relevant person or process as quickly as possible. The first mile processing almost becomes ubiquitous – just happening as far as the user is concerned – and needs to happen for all of these multi-channel inputs.

One Thing to Rule Them All

So onto the last reason for looking at a digital mailroom automation solution – efficiency. Not the efficiency of processing the content – which I think is a given – but the efficiency of the business strategy used to select software. Think about it – when looking to optimise business processes most people look at it process by process. AP, or HR On-boarding, or claims management – the list goes on. As these processes are digitised each one will include a capture element, digitising the content that needs to be passed to the process. Unfortunately each one will likely include a separate capture element – not re-using what has already been built for the other processes. A digital mailroom however, can provide content to ALL of these processes, from any of the multi-channel sources that I described above. So not only are you getting the benefits of the digital mailroom, but you’re also getting yourself a long way down the road to digitally enabling all of your other business processes.

But don’t take my word for it – Industry expert, Harvey Spencer, shared his thoughts on this topic in this recent AIIM webinar “Re-imagining the Digital Mailroom for the 21st Century”. The webinar also included expert input from Konica Minolta and Kofax, and customer comment from Winchester City Council. To view the webinar simply follow this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wV2De4atwE

Hopefully, I’ll have persuaded you that it is time to take another look at digital mailroom automation.

Dave Jones is ECM Marketing Manager at Konica Minolta Business Solutions UK.

Email: dave.jones@konicaminolta.co.uk
Twitter: @InstinctiveDave
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/instinctivedave/

How can we all get into the flow, more often and for longer?

Digital Workplace Initiative

Ever have one of those moments in the office when work seemed effortless and you raced through your to-do list, seemingly without distractions?

You didn’t know it, but you were floworking and a few changes in your office environment could make those moments more frequent.

Floworking is when workers are at their most productive, relaxed and happy in their workspace.

And how often does this happen? Not as often as we all might like. Only 23% of employees we surveyed, believe they perform at their absolute best at least once a day and 4 in 10 believe they perform at their best three times a week or less.

And it seems floworking is a short-lived state for most of us; just over half (58%) said they performed at their best for only two hours or less, at a time.

Our research also points to the fact that where we work, has an impact on how productive we are. British office workers like “nesting” at their own desk; this is where they reach their moments of peak flow and they don’t feel half as productive outside of the office.

So why can’t we get into the flow more?

According to our research, the five biggest barriers standing in the way of workers getting ‘into the zone’,  are constant emails, dodgy technology, colleagues interrupting them and even feeling hungry or thirsty.

We’re developing technology to help the UK get in the flow and be more productive.

To download a copy of The Digital Workplace Initiative report, click: http://digital.konicaminolta.co.uk.

Dave Jones is ECM Marketing Manager at Konica Minolta Business Solutions UK.

Email: dave.jones@konicaminolta.co.uk
Twitter: @InstinctiveDave
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/instinctivedave/

Find out why top UK companies are investing – heavily – in the digital workplace?

Digital Workplace Initiative

In association with Vanson Bourne, the specialist technology market researcher, we surveyed 100 senior IT decision makers and 1,000 office workers at the start and end of 2016, to ask their views on Digital Workplace Initiatives (DWI).The top three DWIs are:

  1. Enabling effective mobile working (62%)
  2. Enabling effective remote working (56%)
  3. Improving collaborative working technology (49%)

What is a Digital Workplace Initiative?

A Digital Workplace Initiative (DWI) refers to how people, technology (devices, software and connectivity solutions) and organisational culture can work together to boost productivity and create more harmonious work environments.

Download the full report to find out:

  • How much UK firms invested in DWI initiatives last year
  • Why nearly three quarters of businesses said the main reason for implementing a DWI is increasing employee productivity
  • What proportion of UK businesses have already invested in a DWI and what they expect to see in terms of return on investment
  • What office workers regard as the biggest blocks to productivity

The report also highlights how large UK companies are handling the challenge of introducing a DWI, the role technology plays in the overall project and who ‘holds the reins’.

You can download a copy of The Digital Workplace Initiative report at http://digital.konicaminolta.co.uk.

Dave Jones is ECM Marketing Manager at Konica Minolta Business Solutions UK.

Email: dave.jones@konicaminolta.co.uk
Twitter: @InstinctiveDave
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/instinctivedave/