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Konica Minolta Extends Technology Ecosystem with FORZA ERP Consulting Services

Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., (Konica Minolta), has acquired MWA Intelligence, Inc. (MWA) a provider in the enterprise resource planning (ERP) space.

MWA Intelligence is an SAP Business One Gold Partner and provides enterprise-class solutions for dealerships to help sustain competitive advantages in the imaging market.

The FORZA ERP solution, built on SAP Business One (SAP B1), is an integrated system that provides visibility and conoperations, service and mobility and reporting and administration. Based in Scottsdale, AZ, MWA has more than 20 years of experience in the office equipment industry.

Part of Konica Minolta’s growth strategy is fulfilling the company's "Workplace of the Future" vision of allowing  staff to stay connected and work from anywhere in the imaging market.

Customers will consume products and services based on demand generation versus owned assets, and this new consumption model will require the flexibility of an ERP, such as FORZA, that can adapt with the changing market demands, according to Rick Taylor, president and CEO of Konica Minolta.

In particular, the acquisition of MWA is critical for delivering Konica Minolta’s corporate goal to provide dealers in imaging technology with an ERP platform to facilitate the future of work, regardless of the product lines they support, Taylor said.

The MWA capabilities acquired will integrate with All Covered's Business Consulting Services Practice to deliver end-to-end project scoping, implementation, and delivery.

With the acquisition of MWA, Konica Minolta expands its partnership with SAP to become an SAP Business One Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) and Master Value Added Reseller (MVAR). SAP Business One is a widely used ERP system with more than 60,000 customers running their business on the platform. SAP B1 integrates with hosted and cloud based enterprise software offerings such as Concur for expense management, Ariba for procurement management and Success Factors for human resource management. The latest version of SAP B1 runs the HANA.

The MWA team of professionals will join All Covered, the IT Services division of Konica Minolta.

For more information, go to http://mwaintel.com, www.CountOnKonicaMinolta.com, and www.sap.com

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