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INTERVIEW-3

Noriko Sakai, Development department

Q&A

Q1. What are your current roles and responsibilities?

I am manager of the image-quality design team and responsible for the design of systems for multifunction devices and production printers. Specifically, I design image-quality parameters and systems that convert customers' data according to the device characteristics of a printer. Image quality is highly dependent on many factors. These include the page description language (PDL) to be used, type of controller, device characteristics of a printer, toner properties, and observation environment, to name but a few. We design a system so that it converts color data according to device characteristics and adjusts color to meet customer demand. Then we determine the image-quality specifications and parameter settings by comprehensively considering these things.

I am also in charge of developing the core technology for image-quality design as part of the development of color management system (CMS) technology.

Q2. What do you keep in mind while at work?

While engaging in technology development, I always try to grasp the needs of the various people I work with, including development staff, sales staff, and customers. Then I try to give them explanations and prepare documents in line with their knowledge, environments, and needs.

Take customers for example. I collect information about their business category, workflow, issues they want to solve, desired level of color reproduction, and computer operating system (OS). Then I thoroughly analyze what the customer requires so as to prepare the necessary documents and proposals.

I also try to engage in technology development and problem solving with profound knowledge and a broad view of things. In addition to knowledge about printer devices and controllers, I am eager to acquire knowledge about various technologies such as PDL, applications, monitors, and inkjet printing. Based on the knowledge acquired, I consider the measures needed to solve the issues from a broad perspective.

Q3. What do you think is the value of technology?

In the area of technology development, only a small portion of development efforts bears fruit. Therefore, what I consider important is the extent to which I can make use of the experience of failure in future technical development projects.

In my opinion, ideas are the products of knowledge and experience accumulated in the past. Therefore, I try to acquire knowledge in areas other than image quality in order to come up with good ideas. Acquiring knowledge about various different areas can help to develop brilliant technology.

Q4. What do you like to do to relax or relieve stress?

Gym

On weekdays when I am not busy with work, I go to the gym near my house after work. There I do running, sit-ups, and bench pressing. Though I sometimes do not feel up to doing exercise, I enjoy myself once I start. In addition, I feel refreshed after working out.

One Day - a day in my workweek

10:00 a.m. I arrive at work. I confirm the schedule that I made yesterday and then check for any important email that I have received.
In the morning I assess image quality at the laboratory. Sometimes the assessment continues for many hours. Then I design the image-quality parameters with team members.
12:00 p.m. I eat lunch with my colleagues at the cafeteria.
1:00 p.m. I attend one meeting after another. The meetings include the technical development review meeting for CMS, strategy review meeting, and specification review meeting for each machine.
5:00 p.m.-
9:00 p.m.
Because urgent work rarely comes in during this time, I can work on tasks that require concentration without being distracted. I work on such tasks as compiling the results of specification reviews, programming, responding to customer inquiries, preparing a strategic plan or proposal for the introduction of a new function, and checking documents and data.
9:30 p.m. I leave the office after making a schedule for the next day.