Imaging specialists Konica Minolta recently took off for the clouds, migrating more than 7,000 of its U.S.-based employees to Google Apps Premier Edition, a Web-based messaging and collaboration suite from the popular search engine provider.
Konica Minolta claims the move, which began in October 2009 and is slated to finish this month, is designed to increase productivity by bringing employees together in the cloud. All Konica Minolta’s staff will now share Gmail as a common email platform and use other Google apps for various tasks. Those apps include Google Sites for project-tracking wikis, Google Talk for quick communications, Google Docs for document collaboration, and Google Calendar for scheduling.
In addition to increasing collaboration and improving employee efficiency by allowing full-time access to information from anywhere, Konica Minolta expects the move to decrease IT support requirements.
“We anticipate a significant return on our investment in both cost savings and increased innovation,” said Nelson Lin, CIO and VP of information technology services at Konica Minolta.
Konica Minolta already made headlines this month when it announced two new business-class multifunction color printers: the bizhub C652DS and the bizhub C552DS.