Kendra Walsh

Congratulations to Meat & Livestock Australia – 2017 Hitachi Transformation Award Winner

Blog Post created by Kendra Walsh Employee on Sep 20, 2017

And the envelope, please…


Hitachi Vantara and Hitachi Consulting are proud to announce Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) as the winner of the inaugural 2017 Hitachi Transformation Award.


MLA strives to be the recognized leader in delivering world-class research, development and marketing outcomes that benefit Australian cattle, sheep and goat producers. Working with the Australian Government and the red meat industry, MLA invests in initiatives that contribute to producer profitability, sustainability and global competitiveness.


MLA has a vision to drive digital transformation in their industry. They are using technology in a new research and development (R&D) project underway in Queensland, aimed at allowing value chain partners to share and mine data to benefit their operations. They evaluate a series of typical data streams generated by weather stations, soil moisture probes and water trough monitors that are now integrated with process intelligence and data analytics to support almost real-time management decisions and forecasting.


Sean Starling, General Manager for Research, Development and Innovation, explains:

“Hitachi’s sensor-driven data collection and process analytics will assist Australia’s red meat industry to identify their own processes and pain points along the whole value chain to better manage, measure and improve supply chain operations as far as on-farm operations and down to individual animals.”


The announcement was made public today at Hitachi NEXT 2017, which Hitachi is hosting at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas. We are here at NEXT 2019 to share insights and innovations that are powering the digital revolution. A big part of this effort is sharing the inspirational success stories of more than 20 customers who are leading the way with their transformation journeys. These leaders have generated energy and excitement at the conference, sharing stories of their real-world experiences.


The Hitachi Transformation Award is for companies who are using Hitachi Group solutions to accelerate their business transformation in innovative and successful ways. Representing diverse geographies and industries, five companies made it to finalist status for the first annual Hitachi Transformation Award.


I want to thank all of our award finalists: CPFL, Curtin University, Meat & Livestock Australia, Spin Master and Wiggle.


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These innovators think differently about data as a strategic advantage – whether it’s enabling business and operational success, transforming business models, growing market share or innovating to compete. We recognize and acknowledge the substantial business outcomes that each of the award finalists have achieved for their organizations.


This year’s winner, MLA, was selected by an exclusive Judges Panel made up of Hitachi Vantara executives and prominent industry Influencers, and we thank them for their participation.



After careful consideration, the judges chose MLA as the most influential story of transformation.

Accepting the award on behalf of MLA was Dr. Nigel Tomkins, R&D Manager Grass Fed Beef, Meat & Livestock Australia and Ben Dwyer, Chief Operating Officer, Australian Cattle & Beef Holdings.


We’re delighted to present Meat & Livestock Australia with the first Hitachi Transformation Award in recognition of the substantial benefits they have achieved through accelerating business transformation. Through data analytics and driving IoT- led decision-making, MLA is helping foster the productivity and profitability of the Australian red meat and livestock industry,” said Brian Householder, president and chief operating officer, Hitachi Vantara.




MLA will enjoy this title for the ensuing twelve months, until Hitachi NEXT 2018 in San Diego, CA. A representative from MLA will become a member of our 2018 Judges Panel and help select next year’s winner.


Congratulations again to Meat & Livestock Australia!


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