Hitachi unifies operations for the IoT era

By Jonathan Nally
Wednesday, 04 October, 2017

Hitachi unifies operations for the IoT era

Hitachi has launched a new business entity, Hitachi Vantara, with the aim of leveraging the expertise of its various group companies to better deliver data-driven solutions for enterprises.

The new company will unify the operations of Hitachi Data Systems, Hitachi Insight Group and Pentaho into the single, integrated Hitachi Vantara business.

According to a company statement, the move will “capitalise on Hitachi’s social innovation capability in both operational technologies (OT) and information technologies (IT)”.

“Hitachi Vantara marks a monumental change for Hitachi as we continue to advance our unified corporate vision of Social Innovation,” said Hitachi President and CEO Toshiaki Higashihara.

“Now as the world is being transformed by digital tools and processes, we are unifying our strongest digital solutions companies together as a new Hitachi company that delivers exponential business impact for our customers and the betterment of society.

“The formation of Hitachi Vantara underscores Hitachi’s commitment to collaborative creation with customers and partners, and being a true innovation partner for the era of IoT.”

To address the IoT market — which Gartner forecasts to be worth US$440 billion in 2020 — Hitachi Vantara “will harness business, human and machine data across OT and IT environments to build comprehensive, data-driven solutions”.

Earlier this year we spoke with Tony Whigham, Hitachi’s government sales director for Australia and New Zealand, about the company’s plans for the region, including a $1.25 billion ‘social innovation’ investment for the Australian market.

“The idea is to become an innovation partner for the IoT era, creating shared value and bringing about positive change to the lives of individuals and the wider society,” Whigham said.

Head-and-shoulders portrait photo of Tony Whigham

Hitachi's Tony Whigham.

“Urbanisation is one of the critical investment areas, addressing issues such as chronic traffic congestion in our major cities as well as increased demand from citizens for stronger security measures,” he added.

“It is clear that we need more public–private collaboration where government stakeholders and entrepreneurs share their data in order to come up with city-wide solutions.”

You can read the full interview with Tony Whigham, here.

Image courtesy Hitachi.

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