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IBM & KONICA/MINOLTA IN JOINT VENTURE

 user 2006-03-08 at 11:08:00 am Views: 49
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    IBM and Konica Minolta Introduce Standards-Based Printer/MFP Solutions
    ARMONK,
    N.Y. and TOKYO – IBM and Konica Minolta Business Technologies (KMBT)
    have said that they are working together on a joint initiative to
    introduce an output management middleware solution for the printing
    environment that integrates into a client’s existing IT infrastructure
    which will provide security and cost optimization capabilities. This
    output management solution is focused on those clients that manage
    their own printing environments and are looking for technologies to
    help them optimize that infrastructure.
    The Business Output
    Optimization (BOO) middleware platform, called JScribe, allows a
    client’s IT systems to connect to their entire output environment,
    including out-of-network printers, and can be deployed in such devices
    as servers, PCs and multifunctional peripherals (MFPs), when they are
    JScribe-enabled.
    “By partnering with KMBT, together we are offering
    the first solution that draws on this technology to help KMBT clients
    significantly cut costs and improve operational efficiency in the
    printer space,” said Philippe Jarre, vice president of Integrated
    Technology Services, IBM Global Services.
    “As copiers have evolved
    into networked MFPs, the connectivity aspect of MFPs has become very
    important. With IBM, we will be able to offer integrated output devices
    and applications that enhance security and optimize our customers’
    output solutions,” said Shoei Yamana, executive director and general
    manager of Konica Minolta Business Technologies’ MFP Sales and
    Marketing Headquarters. “I hope this partnership, combining our
    expertise in output solutions with IBM’s services capabilities, will
    bring us new market opportunities.”
    The Four Types of Business Output Optimization Solutions:
    JScribe
    Secure and Mobile Print Solutions – The output environment is often
    considered one of the weakest links for enterprises’ computer network
    security. With JScribe, IBM and KMBT enhance the existing security
    features available to MFPs by securing the end-to-end solution,
    starting at the client, working through the server, and on to the
    output device. This type of solution provides several security
    measures, including SSL connections between all hops and, when KMBT
    JScribe-enabled devices are involved, encrypting print data in distinct
    security levels, authenticating authorized user ID’s before the pages
    are produced, executing encrypted data storage, and completing deletion
    of temporary jobs are other available security options.
    JScribe
    Enterprise Edition – The JScribe Enterprise Edition is a unique
    development environment for current JScribe applications used in data
    analysis and future applications such as document management,
    integrated form design and form management, script editing and
    debugging, real-time application testing, remote application debugging
    and application control, transferring other applications to the KMBT
    JScribe platform, and custom functionality through plug-ins.
    JScribe
    Intelligence Server Solution – The JScribe Intelligence Server Solution
    operates with both Windows and Linux-server OS as a management platform
    and allows precise cost allocation to individually defined cost
    centers, departments, users or other accounting groups. This solution
    works within the Windows or Linux print framework, enabling it to
    monitor even locally attached printing to devices from other printer
    device vendors. As a growing number of employees have a printer locally
    connected in his/her own office, companies may need the capability to
    manage the entire output environment.
    Business Output Cost Analysis
    - The Business Output Cost Analysis Solution provides both assessment
    and consulting. It records document output over a certain period of
    time as a snapshot. Then, it provides an assessment of a client’s IT
    and output environment, as well as their cost situation. Based on the
    evaluation, the cost analysis tool helps provide for a fully optimized
    output environment.
    These BOO solutions will be demonstrated at the
    IBM and Konica Minolta booths at CeBIT 2006, which runs from March 9th
    to March 15th in Hanover, Germany.