Second Edition of IT Inspiration Awards Honors Brilliance in Technology at Hitachi Data Systems' Annual APAC CIO Summit

Bangalore, India (PressExposure) November 16, 2009 -- Second Edition of IT Inspiration Awards Honors Brilliance in Technology at Hitachi Data Systems’ Annual APAC CIO Summit

CIO Summit and awards programme focus on best practices to Help organizations win in the economic upturn

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Local and regional winners of the IT Inspiration Awards were announced yesterday by Hitachi Data Systems—a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE: HIT) and the only provider of Services Oriented Storage Solutions — at a dazzling finale ceremony in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. A total of 23 awards were presented this year representing a mix of industry excellence and personal achievement across 5 categories. The winners were announced in conjunction with the Hitachi Data Systems’ annual Asia Pacific CIO summit, an event that brought together IT leaders, global thought leaders and brave innovators into a single venue to examine in detail what market recovery means to businesses and IT and the areas organizations around the region should look to succeed during an economic upturn.

“In the backdrop of the current state of economy, this year’s IT Inspiration Awards is instrumental in setting new benchmarks and revealing new insights. The nominations highlight the innovative use of storage technologies such as virtualization and thin provisioning to deliver tangible benefits like cost savings, increased sustainability to name a few. Each nomination is significant as it provides a source of key learning for the industry and IT professionals,” said Hubert Yoshida, VP and CTO, Hitachi Data Systems.

“The worst of the economic crisis may be over but the challenge of adapting to a changing economy still remains. It is innovation, agility and forward thinking that will take businesses to the next level of efficiency, where they start reaping the benefits of a recovery. The IT Inspiration Award nominations showcased these qualities and were an eye-opener on how technology can be leveraged to drive business results,” said Vernon Turner, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Consumer, Telecommunications, Network and Enterprise Research, IDC, and one of the judges for the awards.

The three-day CIO Summit themed ‘Inspire and Innovate—Get Set to Win in the Downturn”—was a melting pot of key insights and ideas on how businesses are preparing for the upcoming economic recovery using key IT strategies and innovations. Over 100 IT leaders from a range of enterprises across the Asia Pacific attended the summit and participated in the discussions on the alignment of storage and business issues. Key topics of discussion included the current state of storage infrastructure and the factors that will shape it in 2010. Interestingly, virtualization and cloud computing dominated the conversations indicating the important role they will play in moulding the industry in following year. One of the highlights of the conference was a presentation on the future of storage solutions in 2025. The presentation by Toshio Nakano, GM, Global Operation, Disk Array Systems Division, Hitachi Ltd, unveiled a clear roadmap on how exciting IT innovations will shape the market and open new business opportunities.

The spirit of the awards and the CIO Summit is captured succinctly by Kevin Eggleston, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Asia Pacific, Hitachi Data Systems: “The year 2009 might well prove to be a litmus test for the long-term success of a business organization. The economic crisis is a wake-up call for businesses to streamline business process and build competitive advantage using technology. The Inspiration Awards and the conversations generated at our CIO Summit pave the way for companies to build a sustainable business enterprise that can weather any storm.”

Web Resources - To find out more about the Hitachi Data Systems IT Inspiration Awards 2009, please visit: http://www.hds.com/apac/itia - To find out more about the Hitachi Data Systems Asia Pacific blog, please visit: http://www.hds.com/apac/blogs/ - Follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/HDSCorp

About the IT Inspiration Awards

Encouraged by the positive response of last year, the IT Inspiration Awards 2009 has set an industry standard for excellence and generated enthusiasm from blue-chip companies and the IT community in Asia Pacific. Entries meeting the eligibility criteria were judged by a panel of qualified judges from Hitachi Data Systems, IDC and Gartner. The award finalists are posted on the IT Inspiration Award Website (www.hds.com/apac/itia) and public voting for the winners in each category started on August 17, 2009 and closed on October 16, 2009.

With over 133 nominations from 70 countries in the Asia Pacific region, the awards provided a unique platform for Asia Pacific’s leading enterprises to showcase technology deployments that propel businesses towards growth and sustainability. The nominations were also published online and users were invited to vote for their most inspirational deployment – over 3000 votes were received. Based upon the results of public voting and the judging panel, the award recipients were announced on November 11, 2009 at the IT Inspiration Awards Finale Ceremony at Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia in conjunction with the Hitachi Data Systems APAC CIO Summit.

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. With over 4,000 employees, and 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 http://www.hds.com.

About Hitachi, Ltd. Hitachi, Ltd., (NYSE: HIT/TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 400,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2008 (ended March 31, 2009) consolidated revenues totaled 10,000 billion yen ($102.0 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.

© 2009, 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.

List of Winners CIO Of the Year (By country)

Australia: Ms Rosemary Burns, Manager, Holmesglen Institute of TAFE China: Mr Yu Feng, CIO, Guotai Junan Securities Co., Ltd Hong Kong: Mr Manuel Fernandez, Chief Technology Officer, Li & Fung Group India: Mr Anantha Padmanabha Upadhya, Assistant General Manager, Karnataka Bank Ltd Indonesia: Ms Herfini Haryono, Director of Planning and Development, Telkomsel Korea: Mr Cho, Bong-han, CIO, Hana Bank Malaysia: Mr Zakaria bin Awi, Head of ICT, Jabatan Pendaftaran Negara Malaysia Singapore: Mr Alex Siow, Head of IS and Business Excellence, Starhub Limited Taiwan: Mr Bill Wang, Director of Information Technology Department, Tungs’ Taichung MetroHarbor Hospital

CIO of the CIOs Alex Siow, Head of IS and Business Excellence, Starhub Limited, Singapore

Best Green Strategy for a Data Center Diamond Award: T-Systems Malaysia Sdn. Bhd., Malaysia Platinum Award: Chunghwa Telecom Southern Taiwan Business Group, Taiwan Gold Award: PetroChina Daqing Oilfield Institute, China

Most Innovative Use of Technology Diamond Award: Lakshmi Vilas Bank, India Platinum Award: Department of Health and Human Services Tasmania, Australia Platinum Award: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Korea Gold Award: Zhongda Hospital, Southeast University, China

Best Return-On-Assets Strategy Diamond Award: Infosys Technologies Ltd, India Platinum Award: Korea Post Information Center, Korea Gold Award: Bank of Ayudhya Public Company Limited, Thailand

Best Virtualization Strategy Diamond Award: Integrated Health Information Systems, Singapore Platinum Award: Telekom Malaysia Berhad, Malaysia Gold Award: Chong Hing Bank Limited, Hong Kong

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