Kendra Walsh

Mastering the Art of Disruption: 2018 Hitachi Transformation Award Winners 

Blog Post created by Kendra Walsh Employee on Sep 21, 2018

It’s hard to believe that a year has passed since we presented our first Hitachi Transformation Awards. During that time, it’s been exciting to watch our customers find new ways to drive transformation and innovation and achieve amazing business outcomes. Our Transformation Award winners are leading their industries, with the support of Hitachi Group solutions, in innovative transformations that create new benchmarks for success.


The Hitachi Transformation Awards honor our customers and showcase their unique journeys to the business community – and the world. We solicit nominations from across the globe, including success stories from manufacturing, healthcare, agriculture, retail, financial organizations and more.


This year’s Transformation Awards were given in three categories: Enterprise Transformation, Excellence in IoT and Social Innovation. Each of the winners has leveraged data as a strategic advantage to transform business models, improve user experiences, spur innovation and drive operational performance to new heights.


Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 Hitachi Transformation Awards: NASA Johnson Space Center, State of Andhra Pradesh Real Time Governance Center and Smart Payments by Nets.


2018 People’s Choice Award

Click here to watch videos of the 2018 Transformation Award winners, and cast your vote for the one that most inspires you. Then join us at Hitachi NEXT 2018 to find out who the winner of the 2018 People’s Choice Award will be.


Enterprise Transformation: For innovation across an enterprise that future-proofs the business

NASA Johnson Space Center

An independent agency of the United States government, NASA is responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research. As a critical part of the larger NASA mission, the Johnson Space Center is home to the astronaut corps, mission control, and the Orion, Commercial Crew and International Space Station programs. With a wide reach of responsibilities, the Johnson Space Center generates significant data sets, which include the imagery downlinked from the space station. Looking to evolve to a cloud-based storage architecture, Johnson partnered with Hitachi Vantara to design and implement a uniquely complex digital repository for mission imagery. The hybrid system provides a long-life repository that enables instant access from authorized users around the world – a good fit for the space station program and its many international partners.


Excellence in IoT: For the most effective data analytics that drive the most measurable outcomes

State of Andhra Pradesh Real Time Governance Center

With a people-first motto, the government of Andhra Pradesh strives to provide an agile and efficient public service delivery system benefitting nearly 50 million citizens in a 360-degree life cycle approach through its Real Time Governance (RTG) initiative. With the help of Real Time Governance, Andhra Pradesh can now leverage technology services to swiftly resolve citizen grievances and monitor infrastructure projects, incidents, weather and climatic events across the state in real time. RTG is able to analyze big data sets gathered from various sources with the help of Hitachi to make insightful decisions that vibrantly transform citizen services. Keeping technology in its mind and citizen centricity in its heart, Real Time Governance is set to revolutionize governance in Andhra Pradesh, catalyzing government operations to create a safer, more efficient and sustainable society.


Social Innovation: For the greatest benefits to business and society through digitalization

Smart Payments by Nets

Smart Payments, a specialized innovations business unit founded by leading European digital payments provider Nets and headquartered in Denmark, aims to be at the forefront of payment innovation and create value for their customers by leveraging emerging technologies in designing the payment experiences of tomorrow. In the pursuit of creating an easier tomorrow for their customers, Smart Payments by Nets partnered with Hitachi to co-create advanced, next-generation payment solutions. Using biometric technologies, Smart Payments by Nets and Hitachi created a payment solution that instantly scans a user’s finger vein patterns and links them to the user’s domestic debit card, Dankort, providing a fast, convenient and secure way to pay. Smart Payments by Nets works to make radical payment innovation that impacts people’s everyday lives.


In addition to our three winners, Hitachi also recognizes three Honorable Mentions for their stories of transformation using Hitachi solutions. The 2018 Transformation Award Honorable Mentions are:


Deluxe: A financial services and small business marketing company, Deluxe can now better manage costs and achieve efficient destination targets using a world-leading, managed-services cloud ecosystem.


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


PT. Angkasa Pura II (Persero): PT. Angkasa Pura II (Persero), one of the state-owned enterprises engaged in airport services and airport-related services in the western part of Indonesia, uses video analytics to improve operational management, increase awareness and provide an excellent customer experience for over 100 million passengers annually.


Congratulations to all our 2018 Transformation Award winners and Honorable Mentions. These companies’ innovations demonstrate the vision of their leadership and the transformational capabilities of Hitachi solutions. We recognize and acknowledge the substantial business outcomes that each of these organizations has achieved – and we celebrate the innovation they inspire in the business community and the world.


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