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Hitachi Consulting Named Top Finalist
for Two 2007 Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards

by Jim Budkie, Hitachi ConsultingThursday, June 28, 2007

DALLAS — June 28, 2007— Hitachi Consulting has been selected as a finalist in two categories for Microsoft Corp.'s Partner of the Year Awards: Microsoft Dynamics TM AX and Information Worker Solutions, Messaging and Collaboration. Winners of the 2007 Microsoft Partner Program Awards, which recognize top Microsoft Partners delivering market-leading, Microsoft-based solutions, will be announced July 11 in Denver, Colorado at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference.  The work conducted with Dynamics AX was performed by Iteration2, which was recently acquired by Hitachi Consulting.

"The Information Worker Solutions, Messaging and Collaboration nomination recognizes the thought leadership Hitachi Consulting has developed around enterprise scale deployments of SharePoint 2007 and the full suite of the Microsoft Collaboration Platform,"  said Drew Naukam, vice president of the Hitachi Consulting Microsoft Strategic Service Line.

"Microsoft has recognized our ability to help companies improve the way they collaborate, share information, and achieve competitive advantage through the use of the Microsoft SharePoint platform.  These successes complement the work Hitachi Consulting is also doing to help companies use Business Intelligence and Performance Management at the Edge of the Enterprise.[SM]"

The Microsoft Dynamics AX Partner of the Year award is given to a single solution provider whose commitment to customers is reflected in their high customer satisfaction, technical expertise in Microsoft Dynamics AX solutions, and overall high levels of business growth and achievement.  

"We are honored to be recognized as a leading enterprise software and professional services organization by Microsoft," said Mike Gillis, managing vice president of Hitachi Consulting's Microsoft Dynamics National Team.  "Having won the Microsoft Partner of the Year for the past two years as Iteration2, we are excited to now be a finalist in 2007 under the Hitachi Consulting brand."

"We have a diverse and talented partner ecosystem that each year raises the bar in the design and deployment of customer solutions built on Microsoft technologies," said Allison L. Watson, corporate vice president, Microsoft Worldwide Partner Group.  "We are pleased to recognize Hitachi Consulting as one of our partners leading the field in these categories."

As a recognized market leader with Microsoft, Hitachi Consulting was winner of the Microsoft BI/Data Management Partner of the Year in 2006 and serves on the Microsoft Business Intelligence Partner and Office Developer Advisory Councils.  Iteration2 received the Microsoft Dynamics Partner of the Year award in 2005 and 2006 and also serves on Dynamics and ISV Partner Advisory Councils.

The Microsoft Partner Program Awards recognize Microsoft Partners that have developed and delivered exceptional Microsoft-based solutions over the past year.  Awards will be presented in a number of categories, with winners chosen from a pool of more than 1,800 entrants worldwide.

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 .

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