Emerging technology innovation assessment tool available from CompTIA

Free resource helps businesses evaluate their readiness for new innovations

Businesses can assess their readiness to use new and emerging technologies with the help of a new free online resource from CompTIA, the leading trade association for the global information technology (IT) industry.

Created by the CompTIA Emerging Technology Community, the Emerging Technology Innovation Assessment helps businesses examine the areas of their operations that are necessary to take advantage of new innovations and to identify what steps are needed to ensure that they are ready to expand their business.

Michael Haines, director of partner incentive strategy and program design at Microsoft and chair of the CompTIA Emerging Technology Community, said, “The excitement generated by new business technology solutions is often tempered by uncertainty over whether a company has the pieces in place to support them. The assessment we’ve created provides decision-makers with the information they’ll need to determine their organisation’s state of readiness to leverage new innovations.”

The Emerging Technology Innovation Assessment asks businesses to self-evaluate themselves in three areas.

  1. Does the organisation have a company culture that fosters an innovative environment built around investment, leadership commitment and employee collaboration and empowerment?
  2. Is an organisational infrastructure of strategy, vision, alignment, adoption and communication in place to support the adoption of new innovations?
  3. Do the daily activities of the business provide employees with the freedom to work in new ways and create different business outcomes?

Each of these categories is scored on a 0-15 scale to determine the company’s readiness for innovation. Strengths, weaknesses and recommendations for next steps are included in the synopsis that each company receives upon completing the assessment.

Recent research from CompTIA finds that a majority of executives (54 per cent) have a positive view of emerging technologies, while 21 per cent expressed equal parts excitement and trepidation.[1] Budget constraints, risk aversion, the lack of a clear business case and confusion about available options are the primary factors that are causing some organisations to take a go-slow approach.

Maddy Martin, head of growth and education for Smith.ai and vice chair of the CompTIA Emerging Technology Community, said, “Customer confusion and uncertainty is understandable given the dizzying speed of innovation and the proliferation of technology options. We believe the innovation assessment tool can being some clarity to the conversation about business and emerging tech.”

The CompTIA Emerging Technology Innovation Assessment is available at https://surveys.comptia.org/s3/Emerging-Tech-Assessment-Grid.

CompTIA’s Emerging Technology Community leverages the collective expertise and wisdom of its members to help businesses navigate the complex terrain of emerging solutions by identifying the most impactful near-term technologies and how they can be profitably leveraged in their business. Visit https://www.comptia.org/membership/communities-and-councils/emerging-technology-community for more information and to learn how you can get involved.

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 About CompTIA

The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is a leading voice and advocate for the $5.2 trillion global information technology ecosystem; and the estimated 75 million industry and tech professionals who design, implement, manage, and safeguard the technology that powers the world’s economy. Through education, training, certifications, advocacy, philanthropy, and market research, CompTIA is the hub for advancing the tech industry and its workforce. Visit www.comptia.org to learn more.

References: 

[1] CompTIA, International Trends in Technology and Workforce, https://www.comptia.org/content/research/international-trends-workforce-cybersecurity-emerging-tech

Konica Minolta Australia introduces the AIRe Lens wearable technology for organisations to expand their human potential

Konica Minolta has announced a new wearable augmented reality (AR) solution, the AIRe Lens. This smart glasses device is designed to enhance training and knowledge sharing in traditionally skilled manual labour and industrial environments.

According to IDC worldwide spending on augmented and virtual reality is expected to surpass $20 billion in 2019.(1)

Developed for a range of applications, the AIRe Lens offers the durability, comfort and high optical quality required for all day use. With its head-mounted functionality, end users can receive information and step-by-step guidance through work processes, such as assembly, maintenance or quality assurance tasks, while maintaining mobility, keeping hands free, and reducing workplace accidents.

In order to comprehensively meet its customers’ needs, Konica Minolta designed the software with a deep understanding of those requirements and tested the product’s application with partners, such as Siemens Brno, with positive results.

Testing the AIRe Lens at the Siemens facility in Mülheim, Germany for quality assurance applications, Julian Melsbach, project lead for smart glasses, said, “The feedback from the operators was very positive, with regard to the mobility and light weight nature of the solution, but also concerning the unhindered vision compared to other smart glasses, thanks to the high transparency and position of the lens.”

Shane Blandford, director of marketing and innovation, Konica Minolta, said, “As education, training and industry generally move towards more digital handling of information, the challenge is how the individual ingests the information. With so much documentation being paper-based, students and workers need a new way to complete complex tasks without losing time, money, and quality. This is where the AIRe Lens comes in.”

With the AIRe Lens, organisations can leverage wearable technology to address concerns including high staff training costs, limited options for tracking work productivity, difficulty in finding skilled industrial workers, long downtimes, or employee inefficiencies.

According to Gartner, companies are increasingly experimenting with immersive technologies, but real deployments are few, and projects could be expensive and complex to deliver.(2)

Shane Blandford said, “What this means is that organisations looking to leverage AR should choose proven technology providers and trusted partners to deliver and provide support for this technology.”

The AIRe Lens is a unique Konica Minolta development. It is a collaborative creation of the company’s own Industrial Optical System Business Headquarters (IOH) in Japan, which designed the optical element at the core of this solution and Konica Minolta’s European Business Innovation Centre (BIC).

The solution will be on display at Stand E38 at CEBIT at the International Convention Centre Sydney from October 29-31.

AIRe Lens will be available in Australia in early 2020.

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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

 

References: 

(1) https://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS44511118

(2) https://www.gartner.com/en/documents/3900270/augmented-and-virtual-reality-in-the-digital-workplace-t 

Konica Minolta Australia extends commitment to healthcare innovation by sponsoring Murdoch Children’s Research Institute’s Bytes4Health competition

Konica Minolta Logo Konica Minolta Australia has partnered with the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) to support its Bytes4Health Program. The program offers health tech startups the unique opportunity to showcase their latest innovations to leading healthcare and medical research experts. By working directly with these experts, selected companies will develop their innovations with clinical end user input and scientific validation thereby distinguishing themselves from many competitors and increasing the value of their companies.

As a Bytes4Health Foundation Partner, Konica Minolta will sit on the selection panel that reviews the program applicants and decides the finalists. Konica Minolta has also contributed $25,000 towards the program and will also provide business mentoring to finalists, nurturing the development of new healthcare technology in Australia.

Vickie Edwards, Business Development Manager, Healthcare and Innovation, Konica Minolta, said, “Bytes4Health is an exciting program that speaks to Konica Minolta’s core values regarding creating new value for society. Konica Minolta is delighted to be involved and sees this as an important way to bridge the gap between those developing technology products and services for the healthcare industry, and their end users. Konica Minolta is committed to driving healthcare innovation and this partnership is an important way to demonstrate that.”

The program selection panel includes commercial, clinical, technical, and industry professionals, including a representative from Konica Minolta. The panel will choose up to 10 finalists, two of whom will have the chance to co-locate to MCRI for four months. During this time, chosen finalists will develop their technologies alongside leading Australian healthcare experts. Successful companies will each receive $25,000 in funding plus research and clinical expertise to inform further development of their technology.

Vickie Edwards said, “This program provides an outstanding opportunity for organisations to take their products or services to the next level, and to strengthen their professional networks in the healthcare industry. It’s an honour for Konica Minolta to help facilitate this initiative, and we look forward to seeing the results.”

About Konica Minolta
Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia Pty Ltd is a market leading provider of integrated solutions and managed services with the power to transform business environments. Konica Minolta works with organisations large and small to provide integrated print and content management solutions and services to improve productivity, reduce costs, increase security and achieve sustainability outcomes. Optimised Print Services (OPS) combine consultancy with hardware and software implementation and operation.

Headquartered in Sydney, Konica Minolta Australia delivers expert professional services with experienced and responsive client support, in addition to the world-class service provided through its extensive network of direct sales offices and authorised dealers. For more information: www.konicaminolta.com.au.