Douglas Howatt

The First Day of NEXT

Blog Post created by Douglas Howatt Employee on Sep 19, 2017

Wow! What an incredible first day of NEXT. So much happened today, it’s hard to know where to start. Oh yeah – the big announcement that kicked off the first-ever NEXT.


We sure made an entrance to NEXT when we introduced Hitachi Vantara, a new company that combines Hitachi Data Systems, Pentaho, and Hitachi Insight Group to bring customers and partners the best of Hitachi. Hitachi Vantara is a new generation of Hitachi that combines our legacy of expertise with our innovative current and future solutions for data management. Brian Householder, president of Hitachi Vantara, described the company’s focus on customer success through better outcomes, better business and better society. He cautioned against silos in data, organizations and mindsets, all of which hamper competitiveness and outcomes.


The rest of the General Session was full of insights on digital transformation and what it takes to disrupt and lead the industry, thanks to some of the biggest names in the industry, such as noted author Geoffrey Moore and Penske President Bud Denker. The finalists for the Hitachi Transformation Award were also announced. I can’t wait to see who wins tomorrow!


The Solutions Showcase was like taking a walk through the future. It featured the latest products and solutions for almost every industry. Energy, manufacturing, transportation and IoT are just a few areas in the Showcase that had innovative demonstrations on display. There is still so much to see.


And those Breakout Sessions. There were so many to choose from and most of them were packed with attendees as well as information. With five different tracks, there was an informative session for everyone throughout the afternoon.


Next up tonight is the Gala Dinner. With a new company and renewed dedication to customer success, there will be many things to toast. It will be a suitable close to an eventful day at NEXT.


I’ve got to rest up. Tomorrow’s going to be another big day. Before the General Session are the Women’s Leadership Forum and an interview by The Wall Street Journal. At 10 a.m. you can look into the future with four different presentations by people who are driving their industries there or who are predicting what we can expect. You’ll be fascinated and inspired by futurist, Dr. Michio Kaku. The morning sessions will easily be worth the price of admission just by themselves. And watch for the Breakout Sessions in the afternoon with still more information and insights about how the world is changing your business.


The last thing I’ll say is that you must not miss the evening entertainment on Wednesday. It will be a night you’ll long remember.


See you tomorrow in the hallways.