Transforming a global business from a traditional manufacturer into a cyber-physical system and IoT solution provider is no easy feat, and selecting the right technology partners for the journey is critical.
Konica Minolta Business Solutions joined Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s (HPE) Partner program to verify and test its Workplace Hub technologies. This partnership offers great engineering capabilities, strong knowledge around IoT, and an invested interest in artificial intelligence.
As part of the partnership with HPE, Konica Minolta was invited to take part in HPE Discover, a leading IT event held in Las Vegas, USA. The event was full of stimulating conversations about the future of work and required technology to support it. At Discover 2018, over 8,000 IT professionals had the opportunity to get under the hood of the Workplace Hub, as well as hear more about the great relationship Konica Minolta has with HPE.
In addition to showcasing the Workplace Hub technology on the show floor, Christian Mastrodonato, Chief Technologist at Konica Minolta, presented sessions highlighting the Workplace Hub product roadmap. It includes the future integration of IoT, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Intelligent Edge and Decision Support capabilities to fuel an intuitive understanding of the business world and enable people to collaborate better and make smarter, data-driven decisions.
First up, as part of a dedicated breakout session for OEM customers and partners, David Neal and Christian Mastrodonato spoke about how with the Workplace Hub we are not only working together with HPE today but how our strategies for innovation allow us to continue to align for the future. In the afternoon breakout session at Discover, Dave Neal, Hardware Engineer from Konica Minolta, dove deep into how the Workplace Hub maximizes HPE’s OEM solutions. The session explored the true potential of AI and how Konica Minolta is creating solutions that will lie in the form of cognitive AI integrators or distributed AI applications that can integrate and orchestrate AI services to enable better team working and collaboration amongst individuals.
Alongside this, Joanna Soroka, Digital Healthcare Team Manager at Konica Minolta, demonstrated the breadth of the organization’s digital and vertical expertise, discussing the Workplace Hub Healthcare strategy. She gave a session on Enabling precision medicine through digital transformation, about how precision medicine has the potential to transform the way healthcare is delivered to patients by providing treatments tailored to the needs of individual patients. It also provided insights into how digital transformation combined with efficient aggregation and analysis of heterogeneous data can facilitate the adoption of precision medicine approaches for better patient outcomes. Taking part first in a panel to discuss empowered healthcare, Joanna shared great insights into how smart utilization of data is key, and that there needs to be a shift from volume to value.
These dialogues allowed great discussion and helped facilitate understanding on how having partners such as HPE is critical for improvement by combining expertise in data collection and medicine.
On the demo show floor
Comprehensive demos of the platform offering were given by David Neal, Workplace Hub HW & IT Architect, who did an awesome job describing the integration with HPE's ProLiant DL180 Gen10 Servers, and the core elements that the platform offers to enable IT on your terms.
It was a delightful moment when HPE CEO Antonio Neri dropped by the OEM booth at Discover to learn about the Workplace Hub. He evaluated with the HPE OEM Solutions team on the successful development of the Konica Minolta Workplace Hub, and was extremely supportive of the work together. It was a great sign of respect for the work we do together with KM.
To learn more about how Konica Minolta and HPE are working together, Philip Cutrone, VP & GM of Strategic Partnerships for Worldwide OEM at HPE, gives a great overview below: