Konica Minolta Wins 2016 Distribution Partner of the Year Award at Square 9 Users Conference

RAMSEY, NJ–(Marketwired – October 25, 2016) – Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta), an information management leader focused on enterprise content (ECM), technology optimization and cloud services, announced that the company has been recognized as Distribution Partner of the Year by Square 9® Softworks. Based on several criteria including revenue and revenue growth, mindshare, product commitment, strategic direction and overall quality of service, the award was presented at the second annual Encompass 2016 End User Conference in Clearwater Beach, FL, from October 11-13.

“Konica Minolta is honored to win this award from Square 9® Softworks,” said Kevin Kern, senior vice president, Business Intelligences Services and Product Planning, Konica Minolta. “This award reflects our commitment to deliver SmartSearch/GlobalSearch solutions and the ability to connect systems and data for today’s customers. We have found Square 9’s products have supported our initiatives to demonstrate to the Small-to-Medium Business (SMB) that ECM is an operational imperative for their growing businesses.” Kern further noted that #workflow4SMB is a current social media focus for Konica Minolta followers.

This is Konica Minolta’s second year in a row recognized by Square 9 for its commitment and dedication selling and supporting their software solution. Last year, Konica Minolta Canada was the winner of Square 9’s Performance Leader Award for the Canadian Region.

Konica Minolta, who sells to both the large enterprise and SMB markets, has embraced the value that Square 9 products provide especially in the SMB arena.

“The partners we recognize each year represent the very best the business solutions industry has to offer,” stated Stephen Young, Square 9 Softworks President & CEO. “Their commitment to solving the day-to-day issues found in today’s office through improved content management and business process automation makes them stand out among their peers,” Young added. “Konica Minolta has quickly risen to the upper echelon of our partner channel through a firm commitment to education and a passion to succeed.”

Young noted that he has had a first-hand role in the development of Konica Minolta’s partnership facilitating training and sale meetings with Konica Minolta’s ECM practice, Direct Sales and Dealer Channels. Further, he noted, Konica Minolta attended the Encompass user group conference last week in Florida as a Platinum Sponsor.

Throughout the three-day conference, attendees were able to share ideas and pain points with Young and Chief Technology Officer Brian Banet, in a product strategy session to brainstorm innovative solutions for the upcoming year. The Encompass Conference provided attendees the opportunity to better understand the direction of ECM technology to bring their organizations to the next level. A number of trends were reported that include 5 percent growth in the worldwide capture market in 2015, with the U.S. leading the way with 9 percent growth. According to Square 9, the market will surpass $4 billion by 2019, and the SMB is the area with the most growth opportunity.

About Konica Minolta
Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. is a leader in information management focused on enterprise content, technology optimization and cloud services. We are reshaping the Workplace of the Future™ (www.reshapework.com). Our portfolio of offerings deliver solutions to improve our customers’ speed to market, manage technology costs, and facilitate the sharing of information to increase productivity. The All Covered IT Services division offers a range of IT strategy, support, project and cloud computing solutions across all verticals. Konica Minolta has won numerous awards, including placement in the Leaders Quadrant on the Gartner 2014 Magic Quadrant for Managed Print Services (MPS) and Managed Content Services (MCS). Konica Minolta has been recognized as the #1 Brand for Customer Loyalty in the MFP Office Copier Market by Brand Keys for nine consecutive years. Konica Minolta, Inc. has also been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for five years in a row. For more information, please visit: www.CountOnKonicaMinolta.com and follow Konica Minolta on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter @konicaminoltaus.

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