Konica Minolta Australia signs partnership with Kirra Services

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia (Konica Minolta Australia) has signed a partnership with Kirra Services, which will see Kirra Services resell Konica Minolta Australia’printing and document management solutions, bridging a gap in Kirra Services offering to the government sector. 

Established in 2017, Kirra Services is a majority-owned and Supply Nation-certified Indigenous information technology service provider. Supply Nation is an organisation that provides First Nations businesses with tender opportunities through a nationwide directory, as well as help, support and training resources designed specifically for First Nations businesses.  

Brad Nagle, founder and managing director, Kirra Services, said, “Kirra Services identified a need to be able to deliver printing and document services. After speaking with the team at Konica Minolta Australia, it was obvious that it was the right partner for Kirra Services to round out our portfolio. For government organisations that Kirra Services works with, it means we can extend our current offering and bring more to the table in terms of potential new contracts. Currently, Kirra Services is positioning the solutions as part of government tenders with Konica Minolta Australia providing the ongoing service and support; however, Kirra Services is exploring other opportunities with Konica Minolta Australia as well.” 

“Kirra Services’ mission, and Konica Minolta Australia’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) program, means that we can also work together beyond the traditional vendor-partner relationship. We are currently collaborating to establish a trainee program for First Nations candidates to learn how to service the printers. It’s important for Kirra Services, as a Supply Nation business, to align with other organisations that have a similar mission. We look forward to exploring and evolving our relationship with Konica Minolta Australia into the future.” 

Viraj Meena, national manager – partnership development, Konica Minolta Australia, said, “Part of Konica Minolta Australia’s growth strategy is around attracting new partners, particularly in the IT services space, and in key verticals such as government. Both the business opportunity and the cultural alignment with Kirra Services made it a great fit.” 

About Konica Minolta Australia    

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia Pty Ltd is a market-leading provider of trusted technology solutions for enterprise, government, small business, education and manufacturing.    

Konica Minolta Australia helps Australian organisations keep pace with the needs of the changing workplace to start leveraging the technology of tomorrow today.     

Through innovation and investment in building a portfolio of technology solutions that will help organisations shape their future workplace, Konica Minolta Australia has key partnerships that extend its offering into future products such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML); robotics; robotic process automation (RPA); data analytics; and 3D, now.    

Part of the future workplace includes creating businesses, and working with businesses, that are responsible for their impact on and contribution to employees, key stakeholders and the wider community. Konica Minolta Australia actively promotes and innovates in these areas through gender equality, ethical supply chain and climate change action strategies.    

For more information visit: konicaminolta.com.au/home   

Micro Focus reveals findings from digital transformation in government study

Micro Focus (LSE: MCRO; NYSE: MFGP) has revealed the findings from its digital transformation in government study, Accelerating Digital Transformation in Government with the Right Technology Approach, conducted in partnership with Omdia.

Omdia and Micro Focus partnered to survey 40 Australian federal government decision-makers. The survey aimed to gauge the maturity of and progress on agencies’ digital transformation initiatives and the underlying technology challenges and investment. The survey covered: digital transformation progress and maturity; data and analytics capabilities; use of artificial intelligence (AI) and intelligent automation; implementation of DevSecOps practices; and future technology investment plans.

The Digital Transformation Agency is responsible for driving change across the Australian public sector through initiatives such as the Digital Transformation Strategy. In parallel, the national data commissioner is preparing the new Data Availability and Transparency legislation to free data from its current silos and make it available for these new citizen-centric services. According to the report, there are significant challenges that impede a government agency’s ability to deliver against the Digital Transformation Strategy.

Key findings from Accelerating Digital Transformation in Government with the Right Technology Approach:

  • 25 per cent of respondents stated their agency did not have an approved digital transformation strategy.
  • 88 per cent of respondents stated that IT systems would have to change and 45 per cent stated that new systems or major changes to existing systems would be required to accommodate Data Availability and Transparency legislation.
  • 52 per cent believed it would have a significant impact on their agency’s data governance practices.
  • 38 per cent of respondents stated that their agency had no plans to implement AI.
  • 84 per cent have current or planned implementations for intelligent automation technology, mainly targeted at internal improvements to the back-office process, data usage and data quality.
  • Government agencies have a long way to go in the adoption of DevSecOps, with only 7.5 per cent scoring top maturity marks for the best teams.

Tony Castley, principal analyst, public sector, Omdia, said, “Leveraging technologies lets organisations extract value from existing investments while increasing agility and responsiveness to change. Investment in IT management tools that can span and bridge most of an agency’s technology portfolio and are underpinned by a consolidated security layer will ensure an agency can meet its strategic digital transformation goals without compromising security or trust.”

Marie Stavropoulos, federal government director, Micro Focus, said, “With the right tools and culture, government agencies can expect to leverage their investment with benefits such as high-quality data, insight through analytics, better decision-making, improved security and risk management, and the freeing up of resources for higher-value transformation tasks.”

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About Micro Focus

Micro Focus delivers enterprise software to empower our 40,000 customers worldwide to digitally transform. With a broad portfolio, underpinned by a robust analytics ecosystem, the company enables customers to address the four core pillars of digital transformation: Enterprise DevOps, Hybrid IT Management, Predictive Analytics and Security, Risk & Governance.  By design, these tools bridge the gap between existing and emerging technologies so customers can run and transform at the same time.

Konica Minolta Australia selected for Victorian government procurement panel for multifunction devices

Konica Minolta Australia has announced it has been included on the Victorian government procurement panel for multifunction devices and printers,  provided under a supplier or purchaser managed services model, covering maintenance, software and services support, account management, reporting and innovative solutions.

Konica Minolta was part of the previous panel, which has just been renewed for a least another three years. As well as being open to all of the mandated government departments that must use the contract, the offer extends to any government agency, such as schools or healthcare facilities for example, to leverage the contract as well.

Michael Byrne, general manager – government, education, enterprise and corporate, Konica Minolta, said, “Konica Minolta is offering 10 devices from its A3 colour range. This contract is strategically important for Konica Minolta because of the business opportunity associated with being able to provide to government departments and agencies across the state.

“With the Victorian procurement panel, the onus is on the provider to deliver a solution that is fit for purpose and that will meet the agencies’ needs. As a long-time provider on this panel, Konica Minolta can assure government agencies that it has the expertise to bring solutions that will work for them and deliver the outcomes they are looking for, with a proven history of delivering under the contract. Being selected again reinforces the success of the work Konica Minolta has already been doing as part of the panel.”

Part of the selection process included being able to demonstrate that Konica Minolta supports gender equality and the indigenous community, and has strong environmental policies. The business also had to be able to demonstrate the security of its equipment.

Michael Byrne said, “Konica Minolta demonstrated that it is a strong, credible organisation in all areas relevant to the government framework. Konica Minolta has the support and infrastructure across the state to deliver on the needs of government agencies and departments across the board.”

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 About Konica Minolta Australia

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia Pty Ltd is a market-leading provider of trusted technology solutions for enterprise, government, small business, education and manufacturing.

Konica Minolta Australia helps Australian organisations keep pace with the needs of the changing workplace to start leveraging the technology of tomorrow today.

Through innovation and investment in building a portfolio of technology solutions that will help organisations shape their future workplace, Konica Minolta Australia has key partnerships that extend its offering into future products such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML); robotics; robotic process automation (RPA); wearables; augmented reality (AR); data analytics; and 3D, now.

Part of the future workplace includes creating businesses, and working with businesses, that are responsible for their impact on and contribution to employees, key stakeholders and the wider community. Konica Minolta Australia actively promotes and innovates in these areas through gender equality, ethical supply chain and climate change action strategies.

For more information visit: konicaminolta.com.au/home