A few days ago, Gartner published a study showing that around 1.1 billion devices will be connected to ‘Smart Cities’ this year alone, and this number will have multiplied by 8 in 2020, reaching 9.7 billion. Yes, that’s in just five years time. The future is now and what we call the ‘Internet of Things’ has an essential role to play in this scenario.
According to the study, the reasons for the exponential growth of the connection between the devices “represent a great opportunity for income for Technology Service Professionals (TSPs), but they need to start outlining their plans, become engaged and position what they have to offer now,” says Bettina Tratz-Ryan, Vice-President of Research at Gartner.
And this is exactly what the entire Hitachi Group is already doing, with a special role for Hitachi Data Systems. As I have been saying in my last few posts, we are pioneers in social innovation, a strategy that unites the more than 900 companies within the Hitachi group throughout the world, concatenating Hitachi’s rich legacy in Operational Technology (OT), with its extensive knowledge of information technology (IT) and its advanced tools for the analysis and infrastructure of data that, together, offer holistic solutions for a series of current challenges.
In order to expand the discussion on how Hitachi is preparing to resolve some of these challenges, less than 24 hours after the publication of the Gartner’s study, Hitachi Data Systems opened the ‘HDS Connect 2015’ in Las Vegas. More than 3,200 people from all over the world, including journalists, influencers, industry analysts, partners and our own global leaders, were invited to participate at this grand event, visit a showcase of social innovation and find out more, up close, about the company’s biggest ever portfolio expansion.
The expansion of our expertise, that goes way beyond storage, includes solutions that simplify and allow optimized analyses, in real time, of the Internet of Things, OT and machine to machine (‘M2M’) technology. These are set to be crucial factors for companies in the public and private sectors, helping city mayors, governors and presidents solve the challenges society will be facing over the next 5 years.
As well as our launches that seek to solve the challenges being faced by specific markets, such as the auto, healthcare, security, telecommunications and financial industries, within the Group as a whole we already have various examples, studies and work fronts that demonstrate Hitachi’s solutions and services for the construction of smart cities. And I would like to invite you to get to know and follow our digital portal that exclusively addresses social innovation.
This is most definitely coming at the right place and the right time!
By the way, at Connect 2015, Hitachi Data Systems unveiled a package of software defined infrastructure solutions to simplify IT and manage analytics at work. But we’ll talk about the positive impacts of it in the industry and companies of all sizes in my coming posts.
See you then!