Two years ago – almost to the day – Hitachi Vantara launched, bringing together the capabilities of Hitachi Data Systems, Pentaho and Hitachi Insight Group. Our vision was simple: to help you unlock more value from your data to solve your greatest business challenges. At the same time, we were intent on using our technologies to solve societal issues and help our customers make meaningful contributions to their communities. We refer to this as our commitment to the ‘double bottom line’.
As chairman of Hitachi Vantara, I am tremendously proud of the progress the company has made over the past two years to take this vision to reality: We’ve delivered major innovations and enhancements to our core infrastructure, intelligent data operations and data-driven solutions portfolios, with over 80 product, solution and services releases in 2018 alone. At the same time, we’ve been innovating together with you, our customers, to develop some incredible solutions that are addressing societal challenges in communities around the world.
Today, I am excited to share that we are entering the next phase of this journey, as we integrate our global operations, people, IP and capabilities with Hitachi Consulting.
For those of you that may be unfamiliar with Hitachi Consulting: they are a global consulting and professional services powerhouse with deep vertical domain expertise across a variety of industries. Hitachi Vantara has partnered closely with them for years on the development of end-to-end digital solutions that are helping to address some tough business and societal challenges. For example, in India, the companies partnered with the State of Andhra Pradesh to co-create their Real-Time Governance Center. The solution has given Andhra Pradesh the ability to capture and analyze data gathered from various sources throughout the state and make insightful decisions that substantially improve citizen services, government operations and the lives of their people. This has helped them to create a safer, more efficient and sustainable society.
We remain committed to delivering digital solutions like these at global scale. The market has reached an inflection point, as our customers increasingly require IT services to support creation of tailored solutions that deliver real business and societal outcomes. The powerful combination of Hitachi Vantara’s IT domain expertise and solutions portfolio together with Hitachi Consulting’s vertical industry experience and professional services capabilities will help us to achieve this.
Our vision remains unchanged: to help our customers extract more value from their data and improve their businesses, while powering good for our society. We believe both can be achieved without sacrificing the other. Together, we will operate under the Hitachi Vantara brand to accelerate this vision.
For our customers, this integration will provide you with a single interface to take advantage of our combined portfolios and capabilities and unlock new levels of digital value creation.
For our partners, this integration means easier access to our combined products, solutions, services and IP to augment your own offerings or deliver them directly to your customers. We will also be able to deliver expanded service and support capabilities around the globe, and new incentives and programs to help you accelerate growth and drive innovation.
By unifying our capabilities and operating under a shared strategy and operating model, we can rapidly increase the pace of innovation across our portfolio to co-create differentiated products, solutions and services, and expand the reach of our digital products and solutions. We’re planning to place some big bets to achieve this: over the next three years, Hitachi Ltd. has committed to investing as much as $23B in key areas across the company to expand our capabilities and innovation, including new mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and training to empower our global workforce.
For both our customers and our partners, these investments will help us to increase the specialization, value and innovation we can deliver to you across our IT infrastructure, data management, data governance, cloud services and digital solutions offerings – now and in the future.
I hope you will attend NEXT 2019 next month to learn more about the power of Hitachi and see the exciting innovations we will be announcing to help you unlock the full value of your data. The best is yet to come!