Stephen Lewis

Design for operations lies at the heart of digital transformation

Blog Post created by Stephen Lewis Employee on Sep 1, 2017


Digital transformation has become the latest buzz phrase to explain some of the turmoil that is happening across the IT market.  Innovative disruptors who were born in the cloud are proving to be more agile and less inhibited by legacy costs than the more established players.  Corporations no longer see the value of owning and running their own data center, or even owning the infrastructure as a depreciating asset.  Most companies are doing their best to reduce spend on legacy environments, and invest in capabilities that deliver more business value – either through new business streams, or by enhancing their customers experiences.


I speak to customers all the time about digital transformation of their businesses, but in a lot of cases the key inhibitors are the existing legacy workloads.  How do customers start to realize the true benefits from a software defined world with scalable building blocks that reduce operating costs while still delivering scalable performance, secure environments, data protection, enhanced automation, faster time to value and a cloud enabled environment?


One such solution available today is the DXC Modern Platform – Engineered by Hitachi. The DXC Modern Platform is a truly scalable architecture that allows you to start small, but think big, and scale as you grow.


The Hitachi software defined, hyper-converged, all flash solutions address “DXC” requirements for digital transformation of IT infrastructure by delivering:


  • Pre-tested, pre-validated platforms that seamlessly integrate with VMware environments.
  • Automated provisioning, streamlined management and capacity scalability.  Hitachi Advisor software enables DXC to leverage one single pane of glass to manage not only Hitachi platforms, but other manufacturers too.
  • Agile systems that accommodate varying Input/output operations per second (IOPS) in a single cluster to address varying business-critical application performance needs.
  • Optimisation of software licensing by scaling from a single CPU socket to enable maximum flexibility of configurations.


On top of this highly flexible and scalable Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) platform, DXC then provides a fully managed environment for Platform as a Service (PaaS) – including IT Service Management, Service Catalogue and Self-Provisioning service portal.


But that’s not the end of the story.  Once the customer can see their way to reducing the costs of running their existing services – through automation, flexible scaling, moving to the cloud paying for what they use – Hitachi can also address the future requirements for delivering a better experience for their customers, end to end data governance and potentially discovering better ways to generate future revenues as part of a complete digital transformation.


Hitachi has the technology to enable customers to more efficiently manage their data throughout its life-cycle – whether it be structured or unstructured.  The Hitachi Content Platform provides a solution to private cloud storage, with the ability to attach custom metadata to any object, and to use the metadata to manage the retention period for any asset.  The Hitachi Content Intelligence toolset allows customers to create a customised index of metadata for all of its data stores, which when wrapped together with discovery services, forms the basis for a full data governance solution that can address existing regulatory concerns and also the emerging requirements of upcoming legislation such as GDPR.


Hitachi also has a comprehensive analytics and advanced analytics solution set based on Pentaho’s open source portfolio.  This enables customers to effectively mine both structured and unstructured data sources by creating a data lake and leveraging big data toolsets that create a better understanding of their customers, and the potential to discover new revenue streams by closer examination of larger data sets.


So, what next after cloud enablement and advanced analytics?  Hitachi is a company that takes social responsibility very seriously. Our company values are Harmony, Sincerity and Pioneering Spirit.  We have developed a suite of video analytics products that enable integration of multiple different video feeds via a single pane of glass.  The Hitachi Visualisation Suite can incorporate various video management platforms (including our own) into a single management console and surface the data via a geospatial map.  The console can also integrate with other data sources such as gunshot detection, drone detection, facial recognition software, live face matching, number plate recognition, crime databases, etc.  To enable better policing of cities, arenas, campuses and hence improved public safety.  The video analytics capabilities of the platform enable traffic monitoring, people counting, intrusion detection and could be used to create alerts for potential terrorist activity, or assist in the optimization of Retail or Facilities Management requirements.


Hitachi is also leveraging the strength of the group by developing a framework for future Internet of Things (IoT) solutions that will enable smarter cities, improved manufacturing, predictive maintenance, and hence better use of assets across a range of industries.  This platform of software has recently been launched under the Lumada brand (“ilLUMinAting Data”).  The Lumada suite of solutions will cover everything from edge to core, plus run the appropriate analytics and machine learning algorithms, and provide the ability to create an asset avatar (digital copy) of a particular machine to enable predictive modelling, and manage more efficiency and higher availability from the actual asset.  An example of this approach has been used with Hitachi Rail to enable predictive maintenance of the trains, and hence higher availability of the service. Hitachi is already working with DXC to identify potential opportunities within the manufacturing sector for creating early proof of concepts with customers based on this technology.


There are very few companies in the world today that have the breadth of industry experience of Hitachi, or the level of R&D investment.  Today Hitachi is very well placed to bring together its operational technology together with its information technology to deliver end to end solutions for the emerging IoT market. 


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