MALVERN, Pa., April 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Ricoh Americas Corporation named a winner in its Philadelphia Eagles VIP Office Party contest this week. Liberty Resources, a not-for-profit, consumer-controlled organization that advocates and promotes independent living for all persons with disabilities, scored the winning entry and will host a party for up to 50 guests at the Philadelphia Eagles NovaCare Complex.
Ricoh evaluated over 100 entries to determine the most creative, inventive, depictive and compelling story based on a series of questions. Participants were asked to submit a story in 250 words or less about making information work in today's office environment. Sample questions included: How do you find and retrieve the right information? Is your data digitalized and accessible anytime, anywhere? How do your mobile users access data? Do your processes and systems work for Generation Y workers?
Philadelphia-based Liberty Resources described in its entry a quest to improve quality service by analyzing data that was previously stored in departmental silos or, in some cases, individual staff repositories.
"Two years ago we started on a journey to improve our quality of service," said Dan Hart, Director of Information Technology at Liberty Resources. "We created views of our data that helped ignite conversations on how to improve, refine and better use our information. The silos of the past have now been broken down."
The contest survey responses also revealed several interesting trends:
- In a typical day at the office, the majority of respondents (53 percent) commented that not having enough time in the day is their biggest challenge;
- 55 percent of respondents said their employers do not allow them to work from home;
- 59 percent spend at least 1-3 hours a week looking for documents; and
- The majority of respondents (45 percent) are also still checking in on vacation working an average 1-3 hours instead of enjoying their time off.
These findings support recent research released by Ricoh where IT decision-makers and business unit leaders identified "information mobility" as a need for a productive workforce. Nine out of 10 respondents among select industries in the U.S. said information mobility is not just nice to have, but in fact "necessary" for their employees, and nearly half characterized it as "very necessary." Eight out of 10 respondents said that a lack of information mobility would likely harm employee productivity, business processes and innovation. More than two out of three said revenue growth, time to market and new customer acquisition would also likely suffer without it.
Ricoh defines information mobility this way:
Information Mobility is the ability to make information move to and from its original form whether it is paper, other legacy formats or digital; and the ability to transform for re-purpose, re-use and search for information; and ultimately the ability to access information anytime, anywhere. To provide information mobility for the new world of work, organizations must obtain and align a strong technical infrastructure, agile information system and deep understanding of the workstyle innovations required by today's workforce.
"We want to congratulate Liberty Resources on winning the VIP Office Party contest. Their submission really conveyed how important it is to organize and understand business information to increase productivity and improve communications," said Dominic Pontrelli, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Ricoh Americas Corporation. "While many of the respondents understand the benefits of operating in a digital environment they don't always have the tools or systems in place to make their information work in order to truly embrace the promise of information mobility. We're here to help."
Ricoh and Philadelphia Eagles Strategic Partnership
As the Official Document Solutions Partner of the Philadelphia Eagles, Ricoh makes information work for the Eagles by providing a full range of Managed Document Services to its 200-employee front office, including sales, marketing, HR, IT, legal and other operations. The partnership includes management of the Eagles' fleet of multifunction products (MFPs), production printing devices, laser printers and the supplies they consume. Advanced capture, mobile cloud and green printing solutions help keep information secure while enhancing on-the-go productivity and supporting the organization's sustainability initiatives.
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Ricoh is a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services. Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in about 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ending March 2013, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 1,924 billion yen (approx. 20 billion USD).
The majority of the company's revenue comes from products, solutions and services that improve the interaction between people and information. Ricoh also produces award-winning digital cameras and specialized industrial products. It is known for the quality of its technology, the exceptional standard of its customer service and sustainability initiatives.
Under its corporate tagline, imagine. change.,Ricoh helps companies transform the way they work and harness the collective imagination of their employees.
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