NEXT 2018: Customers and Partners Share Their Innovation Successes

By Hubert Yoshida posted 10-04-2018 00:00



Hitachi Vantara’s NEXT 2018 event for customers and partners concluded last week. We show cased over 50 discrete solutions in our showcase, made 9 unique announcements and revealed some of the work that we are doing in our Research labs and Centers for Social Innovation. More importantly we had over 30 customer advocates share their digital Transformation successes with Hitachi Vantara.


There were many examples of customers realizing their digital transformation with Hitachi and Hitachi Vantara solutions and support. Some of the customer and partner who shared their digital transformation experiences were;


NEXT 2018 attendees and the general public were encouraged to vote for their favorite story for the Hitachi Transformation Awards. The award winners included:

NASA Johnson Space Center for Enterprise transformation, partnered with Hitachi Vantara to design and implement a unique, cloud based, long-life digital repository for mission imagery to enable instant access by authorized users around the world.

Smart Payments by NETs for Social Innovation, partnered with Hitachi to co-create an advanced next-generation payments solution using finger vein biometric technology.

State of Andhra Pradesh(India) for Excellence in IoT, forproviding agile and efficient Real Time Governance (RTG) public services to their 50 million citizens with the help of Hitachi to analyze big data sets gathered from various sources to make insightful decisions.

Honorable mentions included:

Deluxe who transformed from check printing to a financial services and small business marketing company using a world leading managed-services cloud ecosystem.

City of Las Vegas who is working with Hitachi Vantara to create a new, dynamic and connected city to fuel innovation, efficiency, and new ways of government to better the experience for residents, businesses and visitors.

          PT. Angkasa Pura II (Persero),one of the state-owned enterprises engaged in airport services and airport-related

          services in Indonesia, using video analytics to improve operational management, increase awareness and provide

           an excellent customer experience for over 100 million passengers annually.         

We also announced two Collaboration efforts with Health City and Arrow Electronics

Hitachi Vantara announces collaboration with Health City. Health City is a cluster-led, economic development organization driven to take health innovation to new levels for the city of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Hitachi and Health City will establish a co-creation relationship focused on innovative technology solutions that facilitate opportunities for health innovation in Alberta. This collaboration brings together Hitachi’s leading data and information management technologies with Health City’s focus on regional economic development, while advancing health and social well-being. This collaboration is designed to scale over time to allow the development of repeatable solutions for any community.

Hitachi Vantara and Arrow Electronicsannounced the next phase of its successful 20-year affiliation. Together, the companies will expand their combined efforts beyond high-end storage to include the development and sales of new end-to-end market-ready solutions powered by proven infrastructure, analytics, internet of things (IoT) applications, vertical solutions, network and connectivity, gateways, sensors and edge technologies from Hitachi Vantara and Arrow, as well as other ecosystem partners. Earlier this month, Hitachi Vantara announced that it joined Arrow as a technology adviser and partner in the Colorado Smart Cities Alliance (see recent press release). Hitachi Vantara and Arrow will help Colorado municipalities utilize data-driven insights derived from IoT, big data, advanced analytics and video intelligence technologies and solutions to fuel innovation, solve local challenges and improve smart city development.

The theme of this NEXT 2018 Event was Your Data,Your Innovation. I could write a separate blog post on how each of these companies have created innovation with their data and I might sprinkle some of these stories in future posts. In the mean time you can can download the Videos and presentations of this event at

I would also like to thank our sponsors, not only for helping to make this event a success, but more importantly working with us to help our customers co-create and innovate.

Diamond Sponsor:      Intel

Platinum Sponsor:      AWS, Arrow,, Google Cloud, VMware

Gold Sponsors:            Atos, CISCO, Veritas

Silver Sponsors:          Aptare, Broadcom, Commvault, Extreme, Flexential, Red Hat, SUSE, TechData, 

                                    Verizon, Virtual Instruments, XORUX

Virtual Sponsors:        Cognizant, Juniper Networks, Mesosphere