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Long White Cloud Protects National Assets


Following international cloud data crashes, Konica Minolta has teamed up with ASX Listed Vocus Communications (ASX:VOC) to host a New Zealand-based cloud service specialising in document management.

The Vocus-hosted cloud, which retains all Konica Minolta customer data in New Zealand, is innovative in that it provides a safer means of storage previously unachievable with international clouds, which invite greater risk of data loss. Konica Minolta’s Software as a Service (SAAS) is also the first in the country to specialise in document management processes such as workflows and version control, and to include habit-forming techniques within them which intuitively store, locate and file papers frequently needed in everyday business.

Of the new partnership, James Spenceley, CEO of Vocus Communications, says, “Konica Minolta is an ideal partner for us in New Zealand. We are pleased that they have chosen us to host their document management cloud service and look forward to working with them.”

Konica Minolta’s SAAS Document Management solution secures more than just data, explains National Marketing Manager Josh Byers.

“This SAAS means that you can enjoy all the benefits of document management software without having to purchase it upfront, maintain it or buy block packages of storage. You only pay for directly what you use, and reap all the advantages of an international cloud without the safety risks associated with foreign hosts.”

Part of Konica Minolta’s newest offering in its SAAS service and new bizhub printer range is the mimicking of smartphone social movements and techniques, which streamline the movement from home to office and make gadgetry easier to use. Examples of these movements include scrolling movements on their bizhub interfaces, and remote access capabilities that can easily amend any printing or software issues.

Konica Minolta’s new SAAS offering will also be extending to include the Kofax Capture and Transformation software named SAAS Capture. SAAS Capture extracts data from documents and then validates that data before outputting both the data and the document image to a line of business system. SAAS Capture can be used wherever documents are used as source of data entry, including the automated processing of invoices, orders, applications and claims. The New Zealand-based cloud storage aspect of its new offering has allowed the addition of payroll document validation, which for security reasons cannot be undertaken through international clouds.

Konica Minolta’s Software Solutions Channel Manager Greg Twiname explains the reasoning behind the addition of SAAS Capture into the Konica Minolta service portfolio.

“SAAS Capture creates the opportunity to enhance and streamline business processes, which is a main focus for Konica Minolta. The processing of both paper-based and electronic documents is often inefficient and inaccurate, if not broken. SAAS Capture (Kofax as a hosted solution) and associated workflow tools and techniques can lead to business gains for our clients, as they ensure efficiency and accuracy of data capture and the downstream processing of the digitised document and its extracted data.

“SAAS Capture also provides an excellent means of automated codifying of documents (via metadata) for storage into Konica Minolta’s SAAS Document Management solution. This means that documents can be correctly named, routed to appropriate folders, easily located and retrieved, and that policies for security, retention and disposal can be enforced.”
Konica Minolta is open to discussion and interviews regarding its New Zealand-based SAAS offering, including Document Management and Capture, along with its new bizhub range, through recourse to the contacts below.

About Konica Minolta
Konica Minolta Business Solutions New Zealand Limited is a market leader in the provision of document management and print solutions, having operated in New Zealand for over 39 years; as a company it is 90 percent owned by CSG headquartered in Brisbane, Australia and ten per cent by Konica Minolta Business Technologies Inc., headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.
CSG is one of Australia’s leading IT services companies providing end to end integrated technology solutions in all major Australian markets. CSG is the largest independent document solutions provider in Australia and the only ASX listed company head-quartered in the Northern Territory. CSG has significant expertise in the provision of integrated technology solutions to business and government.
Konica Minolta New Zealand has the full support of Konica Minolta Business Technologies in Japan, as part of a long term joint venture relationship that ensures exclusive distribution and support of Konica Minolta products and services to the New Zealand market. This connection gives us access to world-acclaimed solutions, research and development, while still allowing us to service and support our customers with an award-winning local service team.
Our goal is to be regarded as the premium brand in the market, adding value through the provision of tailored document solutions and affordable colour; already we are a market leader in solutions integration, office colour, production print and black and white printer/copiers.
In addition to our connection with Konica Minolta in Japan, we have long-standing partnerships with other international technology leaders such as Hewlett Packard, Brother, Monitor, Oce, Pitney Bowes and Kofax. In fact, we have the most extensive hardware and software range in New Zealand.
About Vocus Communications
Vocus Communications is an ASX listed leading telecommunications provider of Data Centre, Dark Fibre, and International Internet connectivity across Australia, NZ and the US. The company provides high performance, high availability, and highly scalable communications solutions, which allow service providers to quickly and easily deploy new services for their own customer base.
Vocus Communications recently purchased Maxnet, a leading provider of Data Centre and Virtual Private Services.

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