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Hitachi Consulting Forms Alliance with United Training
to Expand External Education Services Practice Across U.S.

by Jim Budkie, Hitachi ConsultingWednesday, June 27, 2007

DALLAS June 26, 2007 – Hitachi Consulting, the global consulting company of Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE: HIT), is expanding its Microsoft training capabilities across the United States through an alliance with United Training.

Hitachi Consulting has invested heavily in the creation of industry-leading Microsoft technology training content and has built a team of instructors with real-world project expertise.  The expanded training alliance will give Hitachi Consulting the opportunity to deliver advanced Microsoft training content across the country at approximately 70 United Training locations.  According to Drew Naukam, vice president of Hitachi Consulting’s Microsoft Strategic Service Line, this alliance relationship brings Hitachi Consulting training material closer to customers. 

“Broadening the reach and distribution of our leading Microsoft Business Intelligence (BI) and SharePoint technology training courseware gives our clients a more efficient, convenient and cost-effective way to improve the skills of their employees,” Mr. Naukam said.  This expansion coincides with Hitachi Consulting’s new initiative, using Business Intelligence and Performance Management at the Edge of the EnterpriseSM introduced at the first-ever, worldwide Microsoft BI Conference, which took place in May in Seattle.

The Hitachi Consulting External Education Suite of Services provides customized courses on essential Microsoft BI and supporting technologies, including:

    • SQL Server 2005 Business Intelligence Bootcamp
    • Hands-On SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services
    • Hands-On SQL Server 2005 Integration Services
    • SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services
    • Hands-On MDX Queries, Calculations and KPIs for SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services

United Training is North America’s largest independent consortium of Microsoft Gold Certified Learning Partners, whose mission is to help members grow their businesses. 

“United Training’s partnership with Hitachi Consulting brings enterprise class instruction based on real-world experience in data analytics and business intelligence to our members and their customers.  We are excited to work through our members closely and strategically with Hitachi Consulting to help our shared customers get the incredible business intelligence advantages that the Microsoft platform delivers,” said Christopher Roy, president, United Training. 

As a recognized market leader with Microsoft, Hitachi Consulting has been selected as a finalist in two categories for Microsoft Corp.’s 2007 Partner of the Year Awards: Microsoft DynamicsTM AX and Information Worker Solutions, Messaging and Collaboration.  Hitachi Consulting was winner of the Microsoft BI/Data Management Partner of the Year in 2006 and serves on the Microsoft Business Intelligence artner and Office Developer Advisory Councils. Hitachi Consulting also has appeared on the Gartner BI Magic Quadrant in 2006 and 2007.

Hitachi Consulting is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner with competencies in the following areas:

    • Business Process and Integration
    • Messaging and Collaboration
    • Data Management – Business Intelligence
    • Custom Development – Web Solutions
    • Data Management – Database Solutions

For information on taking a Hitachi Consulting Microsoft course through United Training, visit http://www.unitedtraining.com/Default.aspx.

About Hitachi Consulting

As Hitachi, Ltd.'s (NYSE: HIT) global consulting company, with operations in the U.S., 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.

About Hitachi

Hitachi, Ltd., (NYSE: HIT / TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 384,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2006 (ended March 31, 2007) consolidated revenues totaled 10,247 billion yen ($86.8 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 and financial services. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at http://www.hitachi.com.

About United Training

United Training is a consortium of independently owned and operated Information Technology training centers from around North America. United Training's member companies are committed to training excellence, growing the IT marketplace, the career development of each student, and enhancing the performance and productivity of each company we work with.

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