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Hitachi Data Systems Announces New Business Consulting Practice in Australia and New Zealand

  • 03 September, 2007 09:00

<p>Hitachi Data Systems, provider of Application Optimised Storage™ solutions and a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE: HIT), today announced its Business Consulting Practice for Australia and New Zealand to assist organisations to maximise the value of their storage investments.</p>
<p>The Business Consulting Practice offers strategic planning and operational best practices that diffuse the economic, risk and management overheads associated with storage growth and complexity. The practice focuses on five key areas, including:</p>
<p>• Data Lifecycle Management (DLM) – determining business value and required service levels of information;
• Storage Economics – identifying ways of reducing the operating expenses of current infrastructure and determining best uses for future expenditure;
• Service Management – defining the full spectrum of service delivery and service support;
• Consolidation and Virtualisation – lowering total cost of ownership and simplifying complex IT environments; and
• Business Continuity and Risk – applying sound risk management and methodologies to identify, assess and remediate business and technology risk across the enterprise.</p>
<p>The team is led by Michael Cunningham, Director of Consulting and Solutions in Australia and New Zealand. Formally the Director of Solutions and Support Services, Michael has been with the company for five years and in his last position built the Professional Services Practice from a standing start to a contribution of greater than 13 percent of local revenues. In addition to Michael, the team includes four new Principal Business Consultant appointments.</p>
<p>• Paul Louis has 20 years of experience in the IT industry as an IT Strategist and consultant having held previous senior positions at Dimension Data and Software Spectrum. He also serves as CIO to CareSouth in New South Wales.</p>
<p>• Paul MacPherson has 17 years of experience in consulting to large multinationals in Europe, the United States and Asia as Bid Manager, Infrastructure Architect and Programme Director for Accenture. Paul was admitted to practice as a Solicitor and Barrister in the Supreme Court of the Australia Capital Territory.</p>
<p>• Greg Cetinich has 17 years of experience in the development of server consolidation and information archival strategies, application recovery strategies and large scale storage efficiency projects through his time at Nestle, IBM, Solution 6 and Dimension Data. Greg also managed infrastructure and application development teams in Nauru and Australia as Company Director for Castech Corporation, an offshore provider of online gaming applications.</p>
<p>• Paul Bicknell has 20 years of experience in the defence industry, having held leadership positions in logistics, maintenance, warehousing and supply chain operations for the Australian Defence Forces. Paul recently developed the Defence Information Infrastructure Plan for broad publication to defence, industry and other government agencies.</p>
<p>Together, the team holds over nine decades of experience in the industry.</p>
<p>“Our new consulting practice confirms our role as a strategic business partner to our customers. Now with a dedicated team of considerable experience across diverse industries, we will continue to work with organisations across ANZ to assist them in achieving the highest level of return on their storage investment,” said Michael Cunningham, Director of Consulting and Solutions in Australia and New Zealand. “The combined expertise of Hitachi’s Business Consulting team means that our customers have access to the highest calibre of strategic consultants to help them make technology decisions that drive business results and save them money.”</p>
<p>About Hitachi Data Systems
Hitachi Data Systems Corporation provides Services Oriented Storage Solutions that enable heterogeneous storage to be dynamically provisioned according to business needs and centrally managed via industry-leading Hitachi storage virtualization software. As an integral part of the Hitachi Storage Solutions Group, Hitachi Data Systems delivers storage infrastructure platforms, storage management software, and storage consulting services through direct and indirect channels in over 170 countries and regions. Its customers include nearly 60-percent of Fortune 100 companies. For more information, visit the company's Web site at</p>
<p>About Hitachi, Ltd.
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</p>
<p>© 2007, Hitachi is a registered trademark of Hitachi, Ltd. and/or its affiliates in the United States and other countries. Hitachi Data Systems is a registered trademark and service mark of Hitachi, Ltd. in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks, services marks, company names are properties of their respective owners.</p>

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