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Hitachi Consulting Named FAST/Microsoft Partner of the Year at the Enterprise Search Innovation Awards

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Market Intelligence Solution Links Microsoft Technologies to Exec Dashboard

Dallas – March 3, 2009 -- Hitachi Consulting, the IT and management consulting company of Hitachi, Ltd., was named one of the first recipients of the Partner of the Year Award during the Enterprise Search Innovation Awards at the Microsoft FASTforward’09 conference.  Selected in part for its overall track record of innovation with Microsoft products, Hitachi Consulting was also recognized for its new market intelligence solution that combines internet search with real-time business data. 

The award, according to Microsoft, recognizes companies that “continually engage with FAST Search & Transfer, a Microsoft subsidiary, and Microsoft to address business issues through the innovative adoption of search technologies. This award is presented for utilizing the power and potential of search to change customers’ decision-making processes by providing a total view of business information assets and unique access that enables customers to tap into their human capital.” 

According to Ellen Dowd, Hitachi Consulting Vice President who led development of the new offering, “the solution is an innovative use of Microsoft platforms that already exist in many organizations.  It helps decision makers keep a finger on the pulse of the marketplace by monitoring trends that impact key business functions.” 

“When talking with companies about investing in this new solution the discussion inevitably leads to the conclusion that their business can’t be run successfully without the multi-faceted data it provides.  We have reached a point now where smart leaders understand that lacking the right information, at the right time, can cost their company market share and ultimately revenue,” Dowd said.

“To be market responsive, enterprises need more support managing information assets.  This award from Microsoft validates our investments and capabilities,” said Drew Naukam, Managing Vice President, Microsoft Practice.  “Hitachi Consulting,” he added, “is working to become a market leader in the Enterprise Search market, with deep investments in technology skills, methodology, and innovative solutions that help enterprises derive value from their information assets.”

The new market intelligence solution combines existing Microsoft technologies of FAST, Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server to provide an executive dashboard of information sourced from critical business areas.

“Our partner ecosystem offers customers a variety of ways to make the most of their investments in Microsoft products,” said Jared Spataro, Director of Enterprise Search, Microsoft. “Hitachi Consulting is blazing trails and working closely with us to develop the best business solutions for our Enterprise Search customers, earning them the prestigious 2009 Partner of the Year Award.”

“Search is the next frontier in enterprise platforms, and we intend to be a market leader in this space,” Naukam said.

For its success implementing Microsoft products Hitachi Consulting was nominated as one of two finalists for Microsoft Corp.’s 2008 Partner of the Year Award in Microsoft Dynamics AX. Hitachi Consulting won the Microsoft BI/Data Management Partner of the Year award in 2006, the Information Worker Solutions, Messaging and Collaboration award in 2007, and received the Microsoft Dynamics Partner of the Year award in 2005 and 2006.

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About Hitachi Consulting

Building the Market Responsive CompanySM
As Hitachi, Ltd.’s (NYSE: HIT) global consulting company, with operations in the US, Europe and Asia, Hitachi Consulting is a recognized leader in delivering proven business and IT solutions to Global 2000 companies across many industries. We leverage decades of business process, vertical industry, and leading-edge technology experience to understand each company's unique business needs. From business strategy development through application deployment, our consultants are committed to helping clients quickly realize measurable business value and achieve sustainable ROI.

Hitachi Consulting's client base includes nearly 35 percent of the Fortune 100 and 25 percent of the Global 100 as well as many leading mid-market companies. We offer a client-focused, collaborative approach and transfer knowledge throughout each engagement. For more information, call 1.877.664.0010 or visit www.hitachiconsulting.com.

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About Hitachi, Ltd.

Hitachi, Ltd., (NYSE: HIT / TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 390,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2007 (ended March 31, 2008) consolidated revenues totaled 11,226 billion yen ($112.2 billion). The company offers a wide range of systems, products and services in market sectors including information systems, electronic devices, power and industrial systems, consumer products, materials, logistics and financial services. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at http://www.hitachi.com.

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