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The innovative technology provider Hitachi, Ltd. and U.S based Microsoft Corp. announced a strategic alliance to accelerate the digital transformation of the manufacturing and logistics industries across Southeast Asia, North America and Japan.

  • The first solutions will be available in Thailand in July, 2020.
  • The two companies will work together to meet the growing demand for predictive maintenance and process automation in remote areas and support enterprises as they tackle the challenges infused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Hitachi will integrate its industry leading solutions, such as Lumada(1), and its IoT-ready industrial controllers HX Series(2), with the Microsoft cloud platform, leveraging Azure(3), Dynamics 365, and Microsoft 365 to help businesses increase their workforce productivity and operational efficiency.

The major acquisitions and partnership by Hitachi in last six months are mentioned below:

May 2020: Hitachi, Ltd. announced that its subsidiary Hitachi Elevator Asia Pte. Ltd has been awarded the 28th term contract for the supply and installation of 300 lifts by the Housing & Development Board (“”HDB””) of Singapore.

April 2020: Hitachi, Ltd. announced that its subsidiary Taiwan Hitachi Asia Pacific Co., Ltd. has agreed to establish a joint venture company for the manufacturing and sales of cells used in regenerative medicine, in partnership with MetaTech (AP) Inc., which provides technologies and activities in the regenerative medicine field in Taiwan.

April 2020: Hitachi, Ltd. announced the expansion of Lumada Business with the acquisition of digital business under the Fusionex brand from Fusionex International Plc a Big Data and AI technology market leader in the Asian region, providing AI and data analytics services.

January 2020: Hitachi’s wholly owned subsidiary Hitachi Vantara, announced its intent to acquire the business of privately held Waterline Data, Inc.
Headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., Waterline Data provides intelligent data cataloging solutions for DataOps that help customers more easily gain actionable insights from large datasets and comply with data regulations such as GDPR.

December 2019: Hitachi Vantara and T-Systems North America (TSNA) announced a collaboration to develop new Hitachi Vantara-powered managed services. These services target the challenges and opportunities that face healthcare and life sciences customers, particularly around enterprise imaging and other business operational systems.

About Microsoft Corporation
Microsoft Corporation, headquartered at Redmond, Washington, USA, is a world’s leading digital transformation company. Microsoft develops, manufactures, supports, and sells personal computers, software, and consumer electronics. The company enables smart transformation for the era of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge.

About Hitachi
Hitachi is a multinational conglomerate company, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. Hitachi is involved in the manufacture of electronic, healthcare and electrical equipment. It operates in Information and Telecommunication, Infrastructure Transportation, Electronic and Equipment, Power Systems, Construction Machinery and Others. The company has more than 296,000 employees globally.

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