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Konica Minolta to focus on new technologies including AI and robotics

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Konica Minolta Australia, a market-leading provider of integrated technology solutions, has announced a major shift in the company focused on driving sales and revenue in key areas including solutions, software, and future products.

Dr David Cooke, chairman and managing director – Australia, Konica Minolta, said: “Konica Minolta is at a critical point in our evolution, which involves a reinvention to achieve its long-term goal of being a trusted technology solutions provider across enterprise, government, small business, education and manufacturing.” 

The Australian workplace is evolving rapidly, he explains.

The future workplace is remote and geographically-dispersed, gender diverse, ethically conscious, innovative, collaborative – and fluid.

Dr Cooke says a critical component of supporting the future workplace is the technology behind it.

This includes artificial intelligence (AI), including machine learning (ML), robotics, robotic process automation (RPA), wearables, augmented reality (AR), data analytics and 3D.

Dr Cooke says Konica Minolta is well-positioned to help Australian organisations keep pace with the needs of the changing workplace.

The company is investing in building a portfolio of technology solutions to work in partnership with organisations and help shape their future workplace.

Future initiatives

AI, he says, when applied to business processes, will have incredible effects on improving and automating day-to-day tasks and improving workflow.

According to Gartner, the deployment of AI has tripled in the past year, rising from 25 per cent in 2018 to 37 per cent.

And when it comes to 3D printing, the digital revolution continues with the latest in metal 3D printing technology already being used in manufacturing end-parts across the world.

Future initiatives will encompass products, services, and solutions designed for the future of work. These centre around the digitisation of traditional processes, creating efficient new paradigms in core industries.

Such innovation has the potential to change the way people work for the better. They include robotics in warehousing, AR for training assembly and servicing, and AI and ML for process automation and data analytics. 

IT skills shortages

There are massive skills shortages in the IT sector in Australia, says Dr Cooke.

“Seeking expertise outside of the business will be critical for organisations to be successful in transforming the workplace,” he says.

“Irrespective of the size of the business, working with a trusted partner has never been more important.”

Konica Minolta is now poised to help Australian business start navigating their technology future, Dr Cooke says.

The company will showcase its latest technology at CEBIT at the International Convention Centre Sydney from October 29-31.

On display at Stand E38 will be the new iSeries for small business, and robotics for enterprises and government.

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