MWA has been acquired by Konica Minolta! The company that brought you FORZA, ERP designed specifically for the imaging channel, backed by SAP Business One software has been picked up by Konica Minolta.
Konica Minolta plans to keep MWA’s FORZA offering vendor agnostic and Rick Taylor, President and CEO of KMBS told me “strategically, they’re trying to make this good for the industry, not just Konica Minolta dealers.”
Rick vowed that MWAi will continue to work with dealers just as they had before the acquisition. Only now, they will have the financial backing and support of a company that firmly believes in the value of this service and one that plans to integrate this into their programs as an SAP based ERP offering.
While some MWA customers that don’t carry Konica Minolta may be concerned with the change of MWA from Independent to a brand that may owned by their competition, Konica Minolta enlisted the services of BTA general council Bob Goldberg to help draft documents to protect dealers and their data.
Rick has big plans for FORZA, adding that he could see expanding this program to other industries that share our pain points, such as automotive and others.
MWA will be folded into All Covered, the Konica Minolta managed services arm and will continue to operate business as usual.
Here is the official press release…
Konica Minolta Expands Technology Ecosystem With FORZA ERP Consulting
MWA Acquisition Strategically Expands ERP Consulting Services
Ramsey, NJ – July 2, 2018 – Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta) continues to accelerate its business transformation with the acquisition of MWA Intelligence, Inc. (MWA) a leading provider in the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) space. Based in Scottsdale, Arizona, MWA has over 20 years of experience in the office equipment industry and has pioneered the first ERP platform specifically designed to support the Imaging Channel.
The FORZA ERP solution, built on SAP Business One (SAP B1), is a single integrated system that provides clear visibility and control over critical business operations encompassing Accounting and Finance, Sales and Customer Management, Inventory and Distribution, Purchasing and Operations, Service and Mobility and Reporting and Administration. The MWA team of professionals will join All Covered, the IT Services division of Konica Minolta.
“Part of our growth strategy is enabling our vision for the Workplace of the Future™ in the Imaging Channel,” said Rick Taylor, President and CEO of Konica Minolta. “The future is already here and our customers will consume products and services based on demand generation versus owned assets. This new consumption model will require the flexibility of an ERP, such as FORZA, that can adapt with the changing market demands,” Taylor continued, “The acquisition of MWA is key for delivering Konica Minolta’s corporate ambition to provide ALL dealers in the Imaging Channel a true ERP platform to facilitate the future of work, regardless of the product lines they support. This acquisition will help accelerate the pace of change in the market.”
MWA, an accredited SAP Business One Gold Partner, Reseller and Development organization, was awarded the SAP Innovation Partner of the Year Award. The unique capabilities acquired will integrate with All Covered’s Business Consulting Services Practice to deliver unparalleled end-to-end project scoping, implementation and delivery.
“Konica Minolta’s strategic vision and insight into the changing business demands to support the Workplace of the Future is paramount to success in the Imaging Channel. The acquisition of MWA speaks volumes to Konica Minolta’s leadership position and desire to ready the Imaging Channel for the Internet of Things,” noted Luis Murguia, SVP, Global Customer and Partner Operations, SAP Business One and SAP Business ByDesign. “We now have two distinguished brands, SAP and Konica Minolta, leading the Imaging Channel ERP change management required for continued innovation and customer satisfaction.”
Mike Stramaglio, President and CEO of MWA, said, “The team here at MWA is thrilled to be joining All Covered, Konica Minolta’s IT services division. The blending of IT expertise, SAP integration services and ERP knowledge from the two organizations will allow us to accelerate product development and customer deployment. The added resources and investment will enable the execution of our promise to deliver the ERP platform to the Imaging Channel that sets the new standard of excellence.”
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 the most widely used ERP in the world with over 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 in-memory database platform delivering real time access to speed data analysis and decision making capabilities for business.
About MWA Intelligence, Inc.
MWA Intelligence Inc. (MWA), an SAP Business One Gold Partner and one of five OEMs worldwide, provides innovative enterprise-class solutions for dealerships to sustain competitive advantages within the Imaging Channel. MWA FORZA, built on the SAP Business One platform, is a fully streamlined ERP solution centrally focused on delivering maximum efficiency and effectiveness in a vertical market. Having control over all functionality of every business process enables dealerships to have full transparency unparalleled in the marketplace while simultaneously managing vast amounts of data. Designed with open-architecture, organizations are allowed to freely seek out opportunistic growth without being hindered by inadequate solutions. MWA FORZA automates daily routine processes so dealerships can focus on making critical business decisions armed with smarter IT capabilities.
For additional information, please visit the MWA Intelligence corporate website: www.mwaintel.com
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About Konica Minolta
Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. is reshaping and revolutionizing the Workplace of the Future™ (www.reshapework.com) with its expansive smart office product portfolio from IT Services (All Covered), ECM, Managed Print Services and industrial and commercial print solutions. Konica Minolta has been recognized as the #1 Brand for Customer Loyalty in the MFP Office Copier Market by Brand Keys for 11 consecutive years, and is proud to be ranked on the Forbes 2017 America’s Best Employers list. The World Technology Awards recently named the company a finalist in the IT Software category. Konica Minolta, Inc. has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for six consecutive years. It partners with its clients to give shape to ideas and work to bring value to our society. For more information, please visit: www.CountOnKonicaMinolta.com and follow Konica Minolta on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.
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