Hitachi Announces Changes of Top Management: tie up with SAP

hitachi-careersHitachi, Ltd. announced the change of Chairman and President in accordance with a resolution passed by a meeting of the Board of Directors held recently.
Effective April 1, 2014

Hitachi and SAP Expand Relationship With New Offerings and Deeper Alignment

TOKYO, SANTA CLARA, Calif., U.S.A. and WALLDORF, Germany – Jan. 23, 2014 – Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501, Hitachi), Hitachi Data Systems Corporation (HDS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, and SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) today announced an expansion of their worldwide alliance by signing a global original equipment manufacturer (global OEM) agreement that introduces plans to include SAP HANA® delivered by HDS. The collaboration focuses on providing future technology innovation and combined sales and marketing activities to customers worldwide. With this agreement, the companies will extend further integration in areas such as cloud computing, the SAP® Real-Time Data Platform and high-performance enterprise computing. Hitachi plans to build on it’s around Hitachi‘s vision for social innovation, industries, and big data expertise with SAP HANA.

This global OEM agreement enables HDS to bundle a more complete Enterprise Data Center solution for SAP AG NetWeaver® Business Warehouse (BW) on SAP HANA, and is the first OEM agreement for SAP NetWeaver on SAP HANA. The tighter integration will allow customers to make purchases that consist of a unified computing platform, software and managed services from HDS. It is envisioned that customers can benefit from a platform that scales without affecting performance or adding needless complexity.

The global collaboration is designed to bring customers from SAP, Hitachi and HDS a more cohesive solution with a focus on SAP HANA, storage virtualization, cloud computing, enterprise resource planning (ERP) and information life-cycle management (ILM) solutions. The parties expect that customers will be able to achieve maximum value from SAP and Hitachi solutions, including lower implementation and operational costs, higher availability and increased enterprise-class disaster tolerance.

“Today’s announcement represents a new level of collaboration with Hitachi and HDS, underscoring our commitment to ongoing innovation with our partners for the benefit of our customers,” said Steve Lucas, president, SAP Platform Solutions. “Through our expanded collaboration, customers will more easily be able to gain significant advantage with SAP HANA, which will provide them tightly integrated, innovative solutions and reduced time to market, while minimizing migration costs.”

Hitachi Unified Compute Platform (UCP) for SAP HANA provides 5x more data load than other offerings, with proven transactional and analytical performance for customers.

“While we are most certainly thrilled with today’s announcement, it’s our joint customers who have the most to gain as a result,” said Brian Householder, chief operating officer, Hitachi Data Systems. “HDS is now able to offer a tightly integrated Enterprise Data Center solution that delivers a 5x performance increase over competitive offerings, while minimizing the data center footprint and resource requirements. This increased collaboration with SAP is expected to also result in greater OPEX and CAPEX efficiencies for customers, and sets the stage for future joint innovation between the two companies.” (hitachi.com)

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