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September 21, 2017

BT, Hitachi target manufacturing with IoT partnership

Companies aim to take advantage of a "critical inflection point" that IoT has created.

By James Nunns

BT and Hitachi have struck a partnership that’ll see them co-create technology for industrial and enterprise IoT use.

The deal between Hitachi Vantara, a newly created company by Hitachi, and BT is said to be aimed at driving “better business outcomes for global customers,” by doing things such as improving efficiency, productivity, and providing cost savings.

Work between the two will initially focus on designing asset intelligence and predictive maintenance solutions for customers in manufacturing and transportation.

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Bas Burger, CEO Global Services, BT, said: “Our partnership with Hitachi will help BT to accelerate innovation and ease the path to digitalisation and IoT for our customers around the globe. Hitachi’s OT, IT and IoT expertise, long-standing customer engagements and its Lumada IoT Platform will combine ideally with our global infrastructure, cloud services and cybersecurity expertise to create powerful IoT offerings that will help maximise the success of our global customers’ digital transformation journeys.”

The partnership will bring together BT’s global network infrastructure with Hitachi’s IT expertise and the Lumada IoT platform software and integrated IoT services and solutions portfolio.

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“IoT represents a critical inflection point, in which the interests of business, industry and society are now intersecting and aligning like never before,” said Ryuichi Otsuki, CEO at Hitachi Vantara and vice-president at Hitachi Ltd. “We see the creation of strategic partnerships with leaders and market makers like BT as a critical underpinning to Hitachi’s IoT strategy as we move our company and business into the next phase of its evolution.”

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Hitachi Vantara is a new business entity that was formed after the unification of Hitachi Data Systems, Hitachi Insight Group and Pentaho. The move was taken in order to combine the operational technologies and information technologies into one coherent business.

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