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Hitachi, Ltd, today announced a new global partner program, the Lumada Alliance Program, that will bring together industry-leading partners from the domains of information technology, operational technology, vertical industries, academia, and government to collaborate on digital solutions that deliver economic growth as well as social, environmental, and quality of life innovations. Lumada is the name of Hitachi’s advanced digital solutions and services for turning data into insights that drive digital innovation.

Through its Social Innovation Business strategy, Hitachi aims to create new value and resolve social issues. The new Lumada Alliance will focus on co-creating digital solutions that combine Hitachi’s deep expertise in IT, energy, mobility, smart life, and industry, with the unique capabilities and technologies of Lumada Alliance members. Hitachi President and CEO Toshiaki Higashihara announced the new program today at Hitachi’s annual Social Innovation Forum event.

“This program will allow us to pursue collaborative creation and build a value-generating ecosystem together with all our diverse partners across industry lines, utilizing the technologies, expertise, and ideas,” said Toshiaki Higashihara, President & CEO, Hitachi Ltd.

“This will facilitate a further acceleration of social innovation. I am convinced that this ecosystem initiative can contribute to solving various social issues and improving people’s quality of life, as well as mutual growth. With all our partners who support the vision of this program, we will do our utmost to realize a sustainable and affluent society together.”

Initial global members on the Lumada Alliance include Amazon Web Services, Cisco, Google Cloud, Microsoft, and Salesforce.

Going forward, Hitachi will continue to expand the program globally through its digital infrastructure and solutions subsidiary Hitachi Vantara, which plays a key role in serving the worldwide Lumada business.

Accelerating Digital Transformation and Social Innovation

The need for digital strategies to address the global challenges in sectors such as transportation, energy, health and safety, global trade and supply chains, and environmental sustainability has never been more pressing.

The Lumada Alliance program will bring together industry-leading innovation partners to collectively address these challenges. The program’s goals include creating an ecosystem of partners who can collaborate and share ideas, innovation strategies, technologies, and relationships to accelerate economic growth and social innovations.

The Lumada Alliance will accelerate the convergence of information technology and operational technology. Digital technologies such as cloud computing, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, smart spaces, and edge computing are converging with more traditional operational and industrial technologies to create opportunities for a new generation of digital solutions that can deliver increased productivity, connected ecosystems, and faster innovation.

Accelerating the development of this next generation of digital solutions requires combining deep knowledge of vertical industries along with successful strategies for the adoption of advanced digital technologies.

Hitachi intends the Lumada Alliance program to be a catalyst for a wave of ‘N-to-N’ collaborative creation and open innovation which will increase as its membership expands.

The Lumada Alliance will include three tiers of partners:

  • Solution Providers, who develop, integrate, and deliver digital solutions
  • Innovation Partners, who provide deep expertise in vertical industries, government and public infrastructure, and research and development.
  • Technology Partners, who provide advanced products and technologies for use in developing and managing solutions

The Alliance is an umbrella program that enables partner engagement across Hitachi business units and geographies. It will include partners who share Hitachi’s vision that – more digital technologies can be both an engine for economic growth and an essential strategy for social and environmental innovations that enhance the quality of life.

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