Hitachi Data Systems Ranks Among the 2010 InformationWeek 500 Top Technology Innovators Across Ameri

Hitachi Data Systems announced that it made this year’s InformationWeek 500, an annual listing of the nation’s most innovative users of business technology.

Online PR News – 19-September-2010 – – Honored for the Largest Business and Infrastructure Transformation in Company History

DANA POINT and SANTA CLARA, Calif. — September 15, 2010 — Hitachi Data Systems Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE: HIT), today announced that it made this year’s InformationWeek 500, an annual listing of the nation’s most innovative users of business technology. By developing globally standardized business operating processes, Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) was able to increase its already high level of functionality and efficiency, to better deliver world class storage solutions to its customers. The 2010 list was revealed last night at a gala awards ceremony at the exclusive InformationWeek 500 Conference taking place at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, CA.

“At Hitachi Data Systems, we are on a constant mission to lower IT and business costs and improve business intelligence and operations to provide the best customer experience possible,” said Rex Carter, chief information officer, Hitachi Data Systems. “We continuously evaluate what we as a company can do to achieve this goal by providing enhanced support and further developing technology and partnerships. This award validates all the hard work that has gone into creating an optimized customer experience.”

In 2009, HDS embarked on one of the company’s largest business and infrastructure transformations to better deliver its world class storage solutions to customers. Essential to the success of the transformation was the alignment of HDS business requirements with its IT infrastructure, which called for joint management by the company’s executives in IT and global operations to handle IT delivery and business requirements respectively. This joint management team ensured complete support of the program’s goals and objectives, a critical step given that the transformation required the involvement of every function and division within the global company.

In creating a globally supported and aligned environment, HDS not only expanded its internal support team and served its customers more efficiently, but the company also fundamentally changed the way it does business by focusing on global, standardized and simplified business processes. With increased efficiency and collaboration across the company, Hitachi Data Systems improved customer relationship management and streamlined back office business systems and processes to optimize efficiency and business value.

“For 22 years, the InformationWeek 500 has honored the most innovative users of business technology,” said Rob Preston, editor in chief, InformationWeek. “As we start to emerge from the worst recession in decades, the IT focus is now on driving growth – new sources of revenue, new relationships with customers, even new business models. This year’s ranking placed special emphasis on those companies and business technology executives leading that charge.”

InformationWeek identifies and honors the nation's most innovative users of information technology with its annual 500 listing and also tracks the technology, strategies, investments and administrative practices of America’s best-known companies. The InformationWeek 500 rankings are unique among corporate rankings as it spotlights the power of innovation in information technology, rather than simply identifying the biggest IT spenders.

Additional details on the InformationWeek 500 can be found online at
http://www.informationweek.com/iw500.

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About Hitachi Data Systems
Hitachi Data Systems provides best-in-class information technologies, services and solutions that deliver compelling customer ROI, unmatched return on assets (ROA) and demonstrable business impact. With a vision that IT must be virtualized, automated, cloud-ready and sustainable, Hitachi Data Systems offers solutions that improve IT costs and agility. With more than 4,200 employees worldwide, Hitachi Data Systems does business in more than 100 countries and regions. Hitachi Data Systems products, services and solutions are trusted by the world’s leading enterprises, including more than 70 percent of the Fortune 100 and more than 80 percent of the Fortune Global 100. Hitachi Data Systems believes that data drives our world – and information is the new currency. To learn more, visit: 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 360,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2009 (ended March 31, 2010) consolidated revenues totaled 8,968 billion yen (US$96.4 billion). Hitachi will focus more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes information and telecommunication systems, power systems, environmental, industrial and transportation systems, and social and urban systems, as well as the sophisticated materials and key devices that support them. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at http://www.hitachi.com.

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