Line of the Year

BLI Honours Konica Minolta with the 2018 Document Imaging Software Line of the Year Award for Its Outstanding Portfolio



Wokingham, UK – Keypoint Intelligence - Buyers Lab (BLI), the world’s leading independent evaluator of document imaging software, hardware, and services, today announced that Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe GmbH has won BLI’s 2018 Document Imaging Software Line of the Year award for the European market. Given once a year, this coveted award recognizes the vendor that offers the most complete and robust software portfolio across the range of document imaging application categories BLI covers in its bliQ subscription service.


To determine the Software Line of the Year award recipient, BLI’s experienced staff of analysts considers the software each leading printer and MFP OEM officially sells and supports via its direct and independent sales channels. The OEM’s own products, as well as products from partner ISVs (independent software vendors), are considered and the portfolio is judged on both the breadth and depth of the products offered. For the breadth of the portfolio, BLI’s team considers how complete each vendor’s line is across the most important classes of document imaging software including document management, document capture and workflow, output management, device management, and other solutions such as MFP apps and vertical-market offerings. Another consideration is the variety of offerings in each of those categories to suit the needs of different sized organizations, from small businesses to global enterprises. Judgment on the quality of the solutions is based on BLI’s lab evaluations, which take into account a solution’s feature set, value, ease of use, and other important attributes.


“As customers look to leverage their investments in technology to do more with fewer resources, software solutions are proving to be the key to streamlining document-centric workflows and improving efficiency,” noted Jamie Bsales, Director of Software Analysis at Keypoint Intelligence - Buyers Lab. “In this year’s evaluation, Konica Minolta stood out for the wide range of products the company offers through its direct and dealer channels. Notably, in our analysis, the company scored the best among leading OEMs in the key categories of Capture and Workflow, Document Management, and Device Management.”


Konica Minolta earned points for several of its own class-leading software offerings, including the Dispatcher Phoenix capture/workflow platform. The MFP apps and customizable User Interfaces available via its groundbreaking Marketplace online “app” portal also figured favorably into the equation, as did the company’s strong portfolio of class-leading document imaging applications sourced from independent software vendors such as Y Soft, Nuance Communications, Scanshare, Virtualworks, and many others.


“We are very honoured by this prestigious award from BLI. It recognizes the outstanding value our document imaging solutions have for our customers in boosting the efficiency of their business processes and workflows,” said Olaf Lorenz, General Manager, International Marketing Division at Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe. “The award shows the merits of our close collaboration in developing our solutions with them. This collaborative approach is particularly vital in mastering the challenge of providing solutions of uncompromising quality in the heterogeneous European markets.”


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About Buyers Lab Line of the Year Awards

Line of the Year awards salute the companies that provide both a broad range of hardware or software and products that consistently performed above average throughout testing. Much consideration is also made by Buyers Lab analysts and technicians in areas such as ease of use, features, and value, across an entire portfolio for that product area, the end result being the most prestigious Buyers Lab awards offered.



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