A warm welcome to 2020, starting with CES (MOTW03)
21 Jan 2020
Last week Kyocera Corporation exhibited its innovative technologies and solutions at CES, the world's largest technology trade show held in Las Vegas, U.S.A from Jan. 7-10, 2020.
December holiday time is coming! (MOTW49)
06 Dec 2019
It’s getting to that time of year when schools close and masses of South Africans flock to the coast, mountains or their hometown for a well-deserved break. Unlike our counterparts in the Northern Hemisphere, we here in South Africa can pretty much count on good weather for the duration of the Festive Season, which makes it the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors with friends and family.
Potters House and Kyocera South Africa: 13 years of empowering our youth, and growing stronger (MOTW48)
29 Nov 2019
In partnership with Potters House Training Centre, a Soweto based vocational non-profit training provider, we recently celebrated the 13th Graduation of students with the theme in line with our Kyocera Philosophy: ‘To Pursue Unlimited Human Potential’.
Riding the ebb and flow (MOTW47)
22 Nov 2019
If you’re anything like me, when business is booming you think about all the creative/interesting/challenging things you could do if only you had more time. But when things slow down, energy turns to frustration because ‘nothing is happening’ – not even the fun projects you thought you’d be enjoying in your freed-up time.
Keep Kaizen top of mind (MOTW46)
15 Nov 2019
As we head into the last push of 2019, it’s easy for motivation and energy levels to sag. I know I’m looking forward to the end of the year break, but we’ve still got some weeks to go, so I thought this might be the perfect time to reconsider Kaizen.
Make like the Boks, and win (MOTW45)
08 Nov 2019
I know you’re as excited as I am about the Springbok’s World Cup win. It’s a tremendous victory for the sport, but also for the flagging morale of our country. And, for me, it’s a reminder that success comes from the tenacity to never give up.
A warm welcome to Rochelle Ponen and Mpho Seisa (MOTW44)
01 Nov 2019
I don’t know about you, but I love it when new people join the company or, in Kyocera’s case, I should say the family. Aside from human capital introducing new skills and experiences, getting to know new staff often brings a fresh energy to the team.
Winners of the Annual Service Awards 2019 (MOTW43)
25 Oct 2019
Thank you to all the technicians who participated in our local Annual Service Awards this year. These Awards are part of a global initiative to recognise and honour excellence among our service technicians.
Ensuring a future fit organisation (MOTW42)
18 Oct 2019
The team at TomorrowToday believe that futurists are essential to the wellbeing of every level of business to “build the capacity to see and understand the implications and meaning of change”. They offer a future focussed leadership toolkit and you can sign up to their newsletter, which is a great resource for anyone who realises the need to keep an eye on future trends.
Problem solving; your sales solution (MOTW41)
11 Oct 2019
Gartner expects worldwide IT spending to remain flat through 2020 with 3% growth, if we’re lucky. Despite this fact, I think that there’s always opportunity for growth. And if our competitors aren’t growing, all the better for us.
KYOCERA achieves #1 position for SA’s copier and MFP markets for CY2019 H1
04 Oct 2019
We have continued our upward trajectory having been placed first overall in unit sales for the first half of 2019 with a market share of 14.6%, and we thank you for your hard work and dedication.
Kyocera feedback on Gartner Symposium 2019 (MOTW39)
21 Sep 2019
As a platinum sponsor for this year’s Gartner Symposium, which was held on 16th and 18th September, we were pleased to have Bryan Turner, Data Analyst at World Wide Worx present a talk titled “Kyocera Document Solutions: From Print to Paperless. Research by Arthur Goldstuck & World Wide Worx on the 4th Industrial Revolution.”
The remedy for dissatisfaction is action (MOTW38)
20 Sep 2019
“Dissatisfaction” – as leaders, it is not a word we like to consider, particularly in relation to our team or work environment. But with so many variables that go into job satisfaction, it’s inevitable that “dissatisfaction” will crop up from time to time.
Remember, poor quality costs (Week37)
13 Sep 21019
There’s an old-fashioned phrase “penny wise and pound foolish”, which dates back to the 1600s and warns against focussing so hard on saving your pennies on small things that it ends up costing you pounds in the longer run.
Drinking our own champagne (Week35)
30 Aug 2019
Whilst the phrase “Eating your own dog food” is well known and accepted in our industry, especially since the first time most of us heard it was in the context of Microsoft using their own software, I much prefer the term “drinking our own champagne".
KYOCERA 2019 Dealer Conference (MOTW34)
23 Aug 2019
Kyocera Document Solutions South Africa’s (KDZA) partners recently attended the Kyocera Dealer Conference 2019 held at the Misty Hills Country Hotel Conference Centre in Muldersdrift.
Transformation? Not again! But think of it as optimal inclusion…(MOTW32)
09 Aug 2019
Transformation has become such a loaded word in business that the very mention of it either has people shutting down, or superficially engaging with it. In the lead up to Women’s Day on the 9th of August, “gender equality” and “transformation in the workplace” will be phrases bandied about.
Every little thing we do is magic (MOTW31)
02 Aug 2019
Amoebas, although single-cell organisms, are complex and highly organised, executing a range of cellular functions. Indeed, if amoeba are multiplied, they form the cellular building blocks of all living matter.
New line-up of secure and user-friendly A3 TASKalfa devices (MOTW30)
26 July 2019
We’re excited about the launch of our new range of A3 TASKalfa Multi-Functional Products, which provides secure ways to print for organisations of all sizes. The new series builds on the success of the existing TASKalfa range
What’s your vision: Answer 3 simple questions (MOTW29)
19 July 2019
Keeping it simple seems to be the philosophy of some of the world’s most successful companies. Google, for example, succinctly articulates its vision as, “To organise the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.”
The invitation is to join the dots (MOTW28)
12 July 2019
What do detectives, entrepreneurs, innovators, doctors, lawyers, and effective business analysts all have in common? More importantly, why does it matter to you and I?
AI and the workplace (MOTW27)
05 July 2019
It is hard to imagine life without technology now. The internet of things, for example, has transformed how we interact with the world around us, and given our phones, our watches and our lightbulbs, the ability to sense, connect and communicate.
Kill the groupthink for better business (MOTW26)
28 June 2019
Any manager would be smart to preach and praise things like teamwork, unity and collaboration, right? But what happens when these values become more important than solving problems?
“How does the printing industry optimise decision making?” and other essential questions we have to answer (MOTW25)
21 June 2019
We thought we’d should share the articulation and positioning with you, so that you’re armed with the answers, just-in-case these questions are posed to you.
Office equipment – printers, scanners, projectors, smartboards etc
Without a doubt, optimising processes through document management is imperative. Document management – information sharing, collecting, inputting, processing, capturing, storing and disposing – has evolved.
The recycling of electronic materials – a new era for innovation (MOTW23)
07 June 2019
While the technological boom has accelerated innovation and productivity, it has, much like everything, a shadow side. Mainly, the amount of electronic waste accumulated has devastating effects on the environment.
Gareth Fletcher is our new Corporate Sales Manager at KYOCERA Document Solutions South Africa (MOTW22)
31 May 2019
The management and staff at KYOCERA Document Solutions South Africa welcome Gareth Fletcher as our new Corporate Sales Manager.
Give me your money, I will give you your data - ransomware (MOTW21)
24 May 2019
The South African Banking Risk Information Centre has warned companies – big and small – that the threat of a cyberattack has never been this severe.
The anchor of the boat amid the sea’s undulations? Our ethics (MOTW20)
17 May 2019
With the tsunami of technological change happening, sometimes, it’s hard to find the still point and reassess what we stand for and our role in the world (more than ever) as guardians of truth and morality.
The new kind of signature isn’t an ink one (MOTW19)
10 May 2019
With the amount of paperwork we’re asked to sign, printing out every document becomes cumbersome at best and clumsy at worst. As the world becomes increasingly digital, electronic documents will be the staple way of exchanging and verifying information.
Workers day - a time for reflection, gratitude and a commitment to service (MOTW18)
03 May 2019
On May 4, 1886, the strike by indignant and fed-up Chicago industrial workers set off a chain of events that ultimately led to you and I enjoying fundamental rights today.
Future Fit (MOTW 16 & 17)
26 April 2019
The Japanese in particular have a remarkable culture in that they don’t believe in separating work and love. One is dependent on the other. The way we do work at KDZA is intrinsically linked to Dr Inamori’s philosophy handbook.
Rethinking our brand in the digital world (MOTW15)
12 April 2019
In an exercise to consolidate our image and overcome the new challenges of the technology market ecosystem, Kyocera Document Solutions announced a renewed global corporate identity.
Leading KDZA into the 4th industrial revolution (MOTW14)
08 April 2019
Deloitte’s seminal report on Industry 4.0 entitled, The Fourth Industrial Revolution is here: Are South African executives ready provided interesting insights into how the 1600 C-level executives across 19 countries, including 100 respondents from South Africa felt about the inevitable and rapid changes we are facing.
Brand Personality: The one factor which matters more than any other in digital branding
When companies look to interact with potential customers, one factor always comes into play, whether it is consciously or not: the brand personality.
Three reasons why a brand’s visual identity matters in a digital world
As we surf the web, users are constantly bombarded by adverts, images, social media posts and more from brands looking to grab your attention. Being the one brand that stands out from the crowd could make a huge impact on the relevancy and meaning of your brand.
Revealed: How Kyocera Document Solutions identified a need to change
For more than 60 years, Kyocera Document Solutions has been a pioneer in the hardware industry. Multi-functional printers and other such devices has become the core for our company, which is accustomed to operating across the globe.
The scenic route to digital transformation (MOTW13)
29 March 2019
It’s amazing to me that already in 1975 (well before we imagined the big Fourth Industrial Revolution) businesses, according to TechWire Asia
Load shedding and the 4th industrial revolution (MOTW12)
15 March 2019
The month of March is not only the official beginning of autumn in South Africa, but it also seems to be the start of a long load shedding period for all South African’s.
Women in Document / Content Management (MOTW10)
08 March 2019
We’ve been talking a lot about the rapid digitisation of business processes and the fourth industrial revolution, where artificial intelligence and mass automation will define our work.
Incremental gains (MOTW08)
22 Feb 2019
We purposefully steer away from commenting on politics and economics in our MOTW as we believe keeping our head clear and focused on our own business is what is needed to keep on track...
BATNA is your Batman (MOTW07)
15 Feb 2019
Jason M. Lemkin, the author of From impossible to inevitable: how hyper growth companies create predictable revenue, and the founder of a $90-million venture fund SaaStR..
Mindset - A more tolerant attitude leads to economic growth (MOTW06)
08 Feb 2019
Whether you read the newspapers, listen to the radio or watch tv, it feels like the sky Felicity Duncan’s introduction for the Biznews newsletter and it is worth sharing.
Be the go-to service providers for all CIOs (MOTW05)
01 Feb 2019
We’re bound to hear the phrases “new year’s resolutions” and “personal and professional goal setting” this time of the year. We know we want to be the go-to service providers for all chief information officers. This lofty but achievable goal is on our horizon.
Innovation in the channel (MOTW04)
25 Jan 2019
The word innovation is bandied about so often as to render it meaningless. Each time the latest smart phone is launched, there’s a flood of voices noting its innovative features. But as analyst Larry Walsh notes in the Channelnomics State of the Market Report on Innovation 2018
It's 2019. Ready, Steady, Go! (MOTW03)
18 Jan 2019
In our final newsletter of 2018, we quoted our founder, Dr. Inamori’s words, “our success is due to our employees sharing the same aspirations and mindset, instead of the vertical relationship of power and authority,” and we said “we hope this philosophy will carry us through to 2019 and beyond!”
The end and the beginning are intertwined: taking stock of 2018 (MOTW50)
14 dec 2018
Ancient Greek philosopher Socrates was said to utter “The unexamined life is not worth living.” This timeless dictum is apt for now, when offices close for the holidays and people are naturally reflective about what’s been and what’s to come.
KDZA and Potters House Training Centre celebrate 12 years of CSI partnership (MOTW49)
7 Dec 2018
We all know that we’re headed for a work future vastly unmapped. New jobs are created every day. Who would have imagined a decade ago that there would be a job title of “community social media manager” or “drone pilot”?
Keeping your head when all about you are losing theirs (MOTW48)
30 Nov 2018
Rudyard Kipling’s stirring and famous poem, has these lines: “If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you...”
SA service engineer wins first prize at KYOCERA’s European leg of the global service awards (MOTW47)
23 Nov 2018
We are thrilled to announce that our very own Christiaan Pelser from Page Automation, has been awarded the 2018 European KYOCERA Service Award. This intrepid service engineer beat over 2600 contenders* from the Group’s European operations.
Werner Engelbrecht is officially KDZA’s new GM (MOTW46)
16 Nov 2018
Following the internal group announcement from KYOCERA Document Solutions Europe (KDE), we are thrilled to officially reveal that Werner Engelbrecht is KYOCERA Document Solutions SA’s (KDZA) new General Manager, the position he has acted in since March 2018.
KYOCERA awarded ISO 14001:2015 certification (MOTW45)
09 Nov 2018
KYOCERA Document Solutions South Africa (KDZA) doesn’t merely pay lip service to environmental sustainability. The company’s founder Dr Kazuo Inamori acknowledged that this must be the guiding business strategy
8 weeks till the end of the year (MOTW44)
02 Nov 2018
I read these words in a newsletter and they resonated deeply with me - “Wobbly. Weird. Emotional. Rollercoaster”. These are some of the safer words that can be used to describe 2018.
Breast cancer month (MOTW43)
26 Oct 2018
Did you know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and that men and children can also get breast cancer? It is a disease that does not discriminate.
Education is an opportunity for the channel (MOTW42)
19 Oct 2018
Educational institutes generate a lot of documentation - not just the digital kind through data capture, but physical ones too by way of prints and copies. In fact, you could even say that they run on paper to a large extent.
Content management: from chaos to order (MOTW41)
12 Oct 2018
How can businesses possibly keep up with managing the enormous amount and complexity of data as the digital landscape colonises more of the world each minute?
Dancing our own Haka rugby war dance (MOTW40)
05 Oct 2018
Our Springbok rugby team, through grit and passion, made history by beating the indominatable Wallabies last Saturday. This was largely unexpected – the Wallabies beat South Africa in Brisbane some weeks ago...
Beyond the Rainbow Nation storyline (MOTW 39)
28 Sep 2018
South Africa is culturally, ethnically and linguistically diverse, and sewing the colourful threads together of the Rainbow Nation quilt hasn’t been easy.
We doubled the speed of software sales! (MOTW38)
21 Sep 2018
KYOCERA Document Solutions South Africa completed its Software Master Plan 7 months ahead of target, growing by over 137% in software business compared to the previous financial year.
Can a robot raise a child? Preparing for the Garner Symposium/ITXpo (MOTW37)
14 Sep 2018
We’re bombarded with messages about the impending fourth industrial revolution and the future of work. We’re warned that robots will replace people and that many of our jobs will become redundant.
Spring encourages a fighting spirit (MOTW36)
07 Sep 2018
This past weekend, KYOCERA Document Solutions SA welcomed spring, relishing the feelings of hope and new beginnings the season always seems to bring. Even a whiff of jasmine in the air brings with it an instant reminder that cold weather (is hopefully) behind us and that the journey to the end of the year is speeding up.
KDZA moves into first place in SA’s copier and MFP markets in Q2 2018 (MOTW35)
31 Aug 2018
KYOCERA Document Solutions South Africa has moved into first position in the overall South African copier and multifunction printer (MFP) market in the second quarter of 2018 with a 15.5% share of unit shipments for the period.
ECM is not dead, long live ECM (MOTW34)
24 Aug 2018
Over the past months you may have seen media reports that have proclaimed Enterprise Content Management’s endangerment – or even its death! But, ECM hasn’t gone anywhere; its definition has merely been shuffled around a bit.
Annual Service Awards 2018 – 14 August (MOTW33)
17 Aug 2018
KYOCERA Document Solutions South Africa, once again recognised and acknowledged our star performers at our 11th local Service Awards ceremony held at St Andrews Hotel and Spa in Bedfordview.
Women in the Workplace (MOTW32)
8 Aug 2018
August 9 is National Women’s Day and September 5 is Secretary’s Day. How are you planning to acknowledge the contribution made by these remarkable individuals in your organisation?
Logistics: We win when you win (MOTW31)
03 Aug 2018
Our partners are very important to us, and it’s a core part of KYOCERA’s philosophy that your success is our success. That’s why we work hard to provide you with cutting-edge digital and physical services that allow you to flourish, and we’ve recognised that the better we do our job, the more you, our partners, benefit..
Digital transformation is important, so is security (MOTW30)
27 July 2018
We all know that digital transformation is a vital undertaking for every company in 2018, regardless of what they do. It’s important because it brings the efficiencies, capabilities, visibility, innovation, and capacity that’s needed to meet this century’s complex business demands.
Having a cyber strategy that facilitates digital transformation (MOTW29)
20 July 2018
In order to thrive in the digital future, organisations need to balance business acceleration through digital transformation with a sound cyber strategy.
The need to be different (MOTW28)
13 July 2018
KYOCERA Document Solutions SA recently posted a pic on Linkedin of a red paper boat heading in a different direction to the other white ones with the caption “In order to succeed, you need to be different. What makes your company different to the rest?”
Salesforce.com Roll Out is almost upon us (MOTW27)
6 July 2018
With 3 working days left to go, next week sees KDZA roll out Salesforce, Pardot and Partner Community on Wednesday, the 11th of July.
10 steps that will prevent your printer from bankrupting your business (MOTW26)
29 June 2018
GDPR went into full effect at the end of May, and our own Protection of Private Information Act (POPI) will go live by the end of this year.
Sales Kick-Off Feedback (MOTW25)
22 June 2018
We went into this year’s Sales Kick-Off with some poignant questions around progress of the digital transformation strategy that was launched in 2017on our minds
Salesforce.com Rolls Out on the 11th of July for KDZA (MOTW24)
15 June 2018
KYOCERA Document Solutions has made a significant investment in Salesforce.com and is rolling the award-winning CRM solution out across the entire organisation, region by region. On the 11th of July, it’s our turn.
“Do the right thing as a human being” (MOTW23)
8 June 2018
These days, it’s easy to see how a lack of good corporate governance affects companies. You only need to look to recent headlines to see tragic stories of once-great companies who’s reputation has been negatively affected by scandals that could have been avoided entirely, had good corporate governance been at the heart of their operations.
No contest between genuine and non-genuine consumables (MOTW22)
1 June 2018
With budgets being tight, companies are continually seeking ways to curb monthly expenses, and as a result there’s been a noticeable spike in the availability of compatible and remanufactured printer cartridges.
Taking printing to the next level (MOTW21)
25 May 2018
Printing is not often seen as a powerful business enabler in a world where digital transformation is the buzzword. But when effective printing solutions keep up with technology developments, companies can be enabled to save time and money while gaining a greater control of their print-spend, business activities and office wastage.
A multi-pronged social strategy is required for success (MOTW20)
18 May 2018
Over the past five years, we have discovered that there is no “one size fits all” social media strategy that delivers exactly what we want, every time.
Annual Service Awards 2018 (MOTW19)
11 May 2018
It’s important for every organisation to recognise and acknowledge their star performers. At KYOCERA Document Solutions South Africa, we do that through our annual Service Awards initiative, which recognises the company’s best service engineers and awards their excellence.
Scenario planning reduces the risks of uncertainty (MOTW18)
4 May 2018
Predictability is a key component of deriving maximum value from any business strategy, but it’s not always possible - predicting events and situations isn’t a science yet, even with all the data and AI-driven analytics tools we have available to us.
HTXT GEAR Awards (MOTW16)
20 April 2018
HTXT.africa (www.htxt.co.za), a local tech news site, recently handed out awards for its readers’ favourite brands and products of 2017. We came in at third place for the Consumer Choice in the Business Printers section.
Free Online Training (MOTW15)
13 April 2018
Most professional people know and understand that learning never stops. Industries change and evolve, especially one as complex as ours, and the skills that worked in the channel five years ago aren’t necessarily as applicable today.
Embrace the Change (MOTW14)
6 April 2018
If you’ve done any soul-searching in your life, you’ll know that the only true constant in life is change, and that the best way forward is not to fight it, but to embrace it.
Management by all (MOTW13)
30 March 2018
We celebrated Human Rights Day on the 21st March last week and this week we observe the Easter long weekend. Whilst the public holidays wreak hovoc with our productivity and work...
We’re all about the Kaizen (MOTW12)
23 March 2018
There’s a lovely Japanese term for something we believe in very strongly here at KDZA: it’s “kaizen”, which means “change for the better”. In essence, it’s a belief that absolutely everything can be improved over time through regular change...
The right conversations lead to positive channel outcomes (MOTW11)
16 March 2018
The channel is in the midst of a literal technological revolution, one where seemingly every day news of some new emerging technology hits our inboxes with promises of disruption.
Curiosity saves the sales rep (MOTW10)
9 March 2018
I’ve given a lot of thought to the question of “What makes for great sales people?”, and while I’ve reached several answers over the years - patience, an eye for detail, gregariousness among them....
KYOCERA in top spot for A4 colour Copier / MFP category (MOTW9)
2 March 2018
Thanks to the hard work of KDZA staff and you, our partners, we achieved the top spot in the A4 Colour Copier / MFP category in Inforsource’s market sizing data for 2017 in the Southern African region.
4th Industrial Revolution is actually an evolution (MOWT8)
23 February 2018
I don’t know about you, but I’m hoping for a trip to Cape Town on 18-20 September 2018, when Africa Tech Week will be happening.
Hybrid ECM could be the heal-all balm companies need (MOTW7)
16 February 2018
Organisations everywhere are rapidly adopting cloud-based offerings for all of the cost-saving, efficiency-enhancing and productivity-boosting functionalities they offer.
Always learning, adapting, evolving (MOTW6)
9 February 2018
As an organisation, Kyocera Document Solutions has gone from a ceramics specialist, to an electronics company, to a manufacturer of print devices, to a company that specialises in everything relating to document and data management for businesses of all sizes.
Adopting a growth mindset is the key to success (MOTW5)
2 February 2018
If you think hard work, focus and persistence are key to achieving your goals, you’re only half-right. Scientific studies say that these things are...
Step out of the norm, do something different (MOTW4)
26 January 2018
At KYOCERA, we’ve never been afraid to step outside of our comfort zone in order to accomplish the extraordinary.