Overview of Dispatcher Phoenix

3 minute read Last updated on October 15, 2021

This topic provides an overview of Dispatcher™ Phoenix, Konica Minolta’s advanced workflow automation product line. Dispatcher Phoenix is available in the following configurations:

  • Dispatcher Phoenix - The base license containing a full and diverse set of features. The Dispatcher Phoenix base license can be upgraded by the purchase of optional add-in nodes and/or vertical market packages.
  • Dispatcher Phoenix ScanTrip - Dispatcher Phoenix’s simplified scan-to-cloud solution, with OCR capabilities and the option to upgrade to Dispatcher Phoenix.
  • Dispatcher Phoenix Release2Me+ - Dispatcher Phoenix’s solution for secure print release and scanning. Includes the following:
    • Release2Me secure print release system
    • Web-based print reporting
    • Print delegation
    • A variety of connectors that can be easily accessed at the MFP panel
    • Much more

Note: Dispatcher Phoenix is included as part of the Dispatcher Suite.

The differences in the packages consist of the nodes that come with each package. Nodes are described below. Dispatcher Phoenix’s core functionality includes the following:

  • Workflow Builder - A graphical user interface used to create and customize workflows.
  • Nodes - Each node performs a function you can configure in a Dispatcher Phoenix workflow to collect, process, or distribute files. Examples of nodes are Dropbox In, Rename, and Dropbox Connector.
  • Sample Workflows - A set of pre-configured workflows designed to get you up and running quickly and illustrate the power of Dispatcher Phoenix workflows and the available nodes.
  • Workflow Scheduler - A tool you can use to define when to run your workflows.
  • Index Form Builder - A tool you can use to create interactive forms for use at the MFP panel. Includes support for folder browsing and document indexing.
  • Log Viewer - A tool you can use to view the activity log for a selected workflow.
  • Authentication options - A robust selection of options, including support for CAC/PIV authentication.
  • Dispatcher Phoenix Web user interface - An intuitive web user interface that provides easy access to additional advanced features and tools. Dispatcher Phoenix also offers a web client for access to other important features for the enterprise, including workflow sharing, workflow control, cluster management, and analytics.
  • Add In Manager - A hub where you can add optional nodes and services to the application at any time.

Dispatcher Phoenix Workflows and Nodes

Dispatcher Phoenix manages and automates document imaging, printing, and routing tasks through the use of its unique Workflow Builder. This intuitive graphical user interface enables users to easily create and customize workflows to meet any business need.

Dispatcher Phoenix workflows receive, process, and distribute files through the use of nodes. Dispatcher Phoenix groups nodes into three types:

  • Collection nodes are monitored and used as input for a workflow. Collection nodes can receive files for processing/distribution from many different sources, such as the following:

    • Directly from an MFP interface panel or web browser
    • File folders in a local or network directory
    • Email inbox
    • More
  • Process nodes are automated file manipulation tasks that process files according to user-defined specifications.

  • Distribution nodes are the output locations for the workflow. After processing, these nodes distribute files to user-defined locations such as the following:

    • Another local or network directory
    • A cloud application
    • An email recipient
    • A document management system
    • More

Getting Dispatcher Phoenix Up and Running

The following topics are available to help you get Dispatcher Phoenix up and running: