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Konica Minolta, All Covered Acquire SAP Partner MWA Intelligence

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MWA President Mike Stramaglio
MWA President Mike Stramaglio
Konica Minolta President Rick Taylor

Konica Minolta Business Solutions has acquired MWA Intelligence Inc., an SAP partner that developed an ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) platform for the imaging channel. The MWA team will join All Covered, which is the IT services division of Konica Minolta. Financial terms were not disclosed.

MWA is an SAP Business One Gold Partner, reseller and development organization based in Scottsdale, Arizona. The firm's FORZA ERP solution, built on SAP Business One, spans Accounting and Finance, Sales and Customer Management, Inventory and Distribution, Purchasing and Operations, Service and Mobility and Reporting and Administration, the firm says.

Describing the deal, Konica Minolta President and CEO Rick Taylor in a prepared statement said:

“Part of our growth strategy is enabling our vision for the Workplace of the Future. 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. 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.”

Mike Stramaglio, president and CEO of MWA, added:

“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."

This is the latest in a long list of roughly 50 Konica Minolta acquisitions. The company typically tucks regional or vertical market IT service providers into its All Covered portfolio, which is led by longtime President Todd Croteau.

Joe Panettieri

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