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Don’t Miss the Keynote Speakers at Next 2017!

Blog Post created by Hu Yoshida Employee on Sep 11, 2017

In my last few blogs I have been writing about some of the topics that will be covered at Hitachi’s NEXT 2017 event in Las Vegas on September 19 and 20. With this event we hope to show the business world that we are more than just an IT infrastructure company. We are in a digital revolution and we want to show how businesses can innovate and win with the latest solutions and services that are made possible through the integration of information technology and operational technology from Hitachi. Hitachi with over 107 years of operational technology experience and 58 years of information technology experience is unique in its ability to innovate in both these areas and work with you to deliver integrated solutions and services that can help businesses succeed and societies be safer, healthier and smarter.


The demand for this event has been so overwhelming that the event is sold out. However, you can still catch the keynote speakers in your office if you go to on Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 8:30 a.m. Pacific, and again on Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 10 a.m. Of course, it’s not the same as attending the live event, but we don’t want you to miss the valuable insights from our stellar speakers.


On Tuesday Sept. 19 from 8:30 to 10:00 (PDT) we will be live streaming the following speakers



Hitachi Ltd President, CEO and Director, Toshiaki Higashihara who will kick off the event with a talk entitled Transformation Today



He will be followed by HDS President and COO, Brian Householder speaking on Unleashing the True Value of Data


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HCC President and CEO Hicham Abdessamad will be joined by Bud Denker, Penske Executive Vice President of Penske Performance and Penske Automotive Group and also Senior Vice President of Penske Corporation and will talk about Transformation in Action


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The quest key note speaker will by Geoffrey Moore an American organizational theorist, management consultant and author, best known for his work “Crossing the Chasm:” Mr. Moore will talk about Competing to Win in the Age of Disruption


This general session will close with the announcement of our Transformation Award finalists.


On Wednesday Sept 20 from 10:00 (PDT) to 11:15 we will be live streaming the following speakers;


A number of Hitachi Technologists will set the stage with The World is the Domain of IT.


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Sean Starling, General Manager - Research, Development & Innovation at Meat & Livestock Australia will then talk about The power of Analytics and IoT to Drive Real-World Outcomes


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Dr. Michio Kaku a well-known futurist who is professor of theoretical physics, author of three New York Times best sellers on physics, and host of several TV special on BBC, the Discovery Channel, History Channel , and the Science Channel will address What Does the Future Hold? “The Next 20 Years”


Dr. Kaku will then be joined on a panel by Senior Hitachi R&D executives to discuss Future Technologies: AI and Robotics. These executive will include:


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Dr. Masahiro AOKI is General Manager of the Center for Technology Innovation (CTI) in the Research & Development                Group (RDG) of Hitachi, Ltd., leading a research organization of over 2000 researchers.


Dr. Kazuo Yano is a corporate officer of Hitachi, Ltd. and corporate chief scientist of the Research & Development Group. Dr Yano is a recipient of many prestige technical awards and currently is best known for his work in General Purpose Artificial Intelligence.


Dr. Umeshwar DAYAL is Senior Vice President, Big Data Lab, and Senior Fellow, Information Research at Hitachi America Ltd. In April 2017, he was also appointed to head the newly announced Insights Laboratory in Hitachi R&D


This is a list of speakers that you will not want to miss!

For more information on our Keynote speakers please go to this link and be sure to tune in on on Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 8:30 a.m. Pacific, and again on Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 10 a.m.