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With a legacy of over 100 years, Hitachi is a global leader serving industries such as IT, finance, government, manufacturing, electronics, power and energy and transportation etc. Founded in 1910, by Namihei Odaira, Hitachi has been standing tall throughout it remarkable journey. The solutions and products provided by the company has positively impacted cities, industrial operations and businesses at large. Since the IT revolution, Hitachi has been a forerunner bringing IT applications, analytics, content, cloud, and infrastructure solutions to market that have transformed the way enterprises do business. Blending its industry expertise, technologies and experience, Hitachi’s new venture Hitachi Vantara, gives customers a powerful, collaborative partner in data.
Hitachi: Inspire The Next!
Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) was originally set-up in 1989 and focused on only mainframe and storage systems. However, in 2000, HDS transitioned and moved away from mainframe to shift focus onto enterprise storage. It wasn’t about selecting the vertical, but about the right company that would be the right fit. With the positive WW reputation, the everlasting platform, and the long lasting employees, HDS (now Hitachi Vantara) was and still is very appealing.
Through years of successful collaboration among Hitachi Data Systems, Hitachi Insight Group and Pentaho, it became evident that these groups had complementary roles in accomplishing the same vision: creating data-driven solutions that lead industries and social innovations forward. The merger of those three companies has now become Hitachi Vantara. Hitachi was not afraid to transform. If companies aren’t willing to change their traditional ways of thinking, they will be left in the dust. Transforming is a sense of change and with that change can come improvement. The company isn’t afraid to transform its business and with its customers and this has definitely led to great expansion both internally and within its own customer base.
Challenges on the Path to Success
Hitachi is a highly diversified company that operates various business segments. A fortune 500 company, this Japanese multinational conglomerate has a legacy of over 100 years. One of the challenges was comprehending just how large Hitachi is, and all subsidiaries that make up Hitachi, Ltd. The decisions made by one team or department can directly affect others, in some cases other regions or geos. Now with the establishment of Hitachi Vantara, the challenge will be to maintain it, especially with the Hitachi Vantara HQ being in Santa Clara; right in the middle of the ever-advancing Silicon Valley. However, this is something that drives the organization, making them want to do nothing but succeed.
Hitachi Vantara’s mission statement is “We elevate your innovation advantage by merging operational and informational experience to offer you a data partner with unprecedented range and depth in data management.” The company fulfills this mission by committing 4,900 employees, and more than US$2.8 billion annually, to research and development, to develop solutions to customer challenges. Hitachi Vantara’s people and technologies are reshaping how business and society work together and these achievements has led it to be in the Thomson Reuters “Top 100 Global Innovators” list.
Employee development and contributions: Two-way communication is the key
At Hitachi Vantara Upward and downward communication to peers, management, and execs is a very big focus. To give an employee an incentive to do their best, the company reckons that trusting an employee and letting them voice their thoughts and decisions is important. Even if the work-related decision doesn’t work in their favor, they know their decision mattered. Hitachi Vantara believes that a happy employee culture makes a company successful and strong.
Furthermore, Professional development opportunities are always provided at Hitachi Vantara. Whether it is opportunities with large projects and presenting to E-staff or taking professional development online courses through its Hitachi Vantara online academy, where all employees can choose from a catalog of hundreds of different areas they can learn and take trainings on professional topics of interest. There are courses that can be more focused on content and more promotional courses but others can be simply about how to be a bet employee at work.
The fact that employees of Hitachi typically stay for more than 10 years (on same team or other departments), proves that the company culture is thriving and is important to Hitachi, no matter the age difference or experience. Teamwork and dedication is paramount for a company’s success. The upper management of Hitachi conveys to the employees how individual and team contributions makes a difference and how it contributes to the end result or goal that the company achieved. There is no shortage of help to be found at Hitachi Vantara as well, where people from other teams or departments are always there to help if they can.
“We have become a safer and smarter city through the use of Hitachi Visualization. We are safer because of the number of incidents we are able to investigate, the clarity that we’re able to gain on events happening in our city, and the leads that we generate that we would not have otherwise.”
- Steve Hargis, Technology Services Division Manager, City of Moreno Valley
A Glimpse of the Incredible Leader
Ryuichi Otsuki, CEO: Otsuki leads a worldwide executive team responsible for all facets of Hitachi Vantara’s global operations to deliver timely, competitive and innovative solutions for the global market. Prior to his current role as CEO of Hitachi Vantara, Otsuki was made CEO of Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) in 2016 and served as an HDS board member since 2009, providing key support of the company’s long-term strategy to expand its portfolio in infrastructure, content and analytics, and to link to Hitachi’s Social Innovation vision. Otsuki additionally serves as vice president and executive officer for Hitachi, Ltd. Otsuki began his career with Hitachi at the company’s Kanagawa mainframe factory. His responsibilities have included assignments in London, San Francisco and Japan. He currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area. Otsuki earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Nagoya University, School of Law.