The first Fujitsu World Tour in Sydney exceeds expectations!

 

f

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As the beat from the Taiko drummers filled the auditorium there was a great sense of pride among Fujitsu staff that Fujitsu World Tour in Sydney was finally under way. After months of preparation the event opened its doors to over 400 delegates including customers, partners, media, analysts and the ICT community.

f
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

f

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After an inspiring welcome by Mike Foster, the Hon. Dominic Perrotet – NSW Minister for Finance and Services –  delivered an opening address about Government in the Digital Age.

f

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr Perrottet was followed by Fujitsu’s international thought leader, Chiseki Sagawa who painted the picture of the Human Centric Intelligent Society and Fujitsu’s Technology and Services Vision.

f

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After Segawa-san’s insightful presentation, Albert Olley Executive Director, Business Services, Department of Family and Community Services delivered an address about the challenges faced by the Department and how ICT is addressing these challenges.

f

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
At morning tea, the delegates were able to explore our Technology Expo, which included a great cross-section of technology from Fujitsu and our partners. Of particular interest was the ‘Fujitsu Innovations’ stand, which showcased the unique Haptic Sensory Tablet, the Next Generation Cane, and SpatiOWL modelling.  Also on display at the expo were our Cloud and Mobility solutions, Sustainability solutions, the latest version of the TELentice digital media platform and a comprehensive display of the latest in Fujitsu products including laptops, desktops, servers and storage.

It was great to see the level of participation from conference delegates continue well into the afternoon through the various breakout sessions concluding with a well-attended auditorium at the final keynote delivered by Fujitsu’s futurist, David Gentle.

After a feature packed day delegates had a final opportunity to explore the Expo for the last time and to network with Fujitsu staff and exhibitors over drinks. After the final prize awards from the various competitions held during the day the conference closed on Friday evening with smiles all round.

Celebrating 40 years of Fujitsu in Australia and New Zealand

history
To celebrate its 40th Anniversary in Australia, Fujitsu has launched an eBook documenting its history over the last 40 years.  Fujitsu Australia and New Zealand – The First 40 Years, was written by well-known journalist and analyst Graeme Philipson. The book covers the highlights of Fujitsu’s first 40 years in Australia. The book tells the story of how the company has grown to become part of the Australian and New Zealand ICT landscape.
 
Today Fujitsu officially announced the launch of the eBook at the Establishment Hotel in Sydney. The launch was attended by around 40 people including journalists, analysts, Fujitsu executives, as well as a number of long-standing employees. One of the highlights of the launch event was the attendance of 5 of the 6 past and present CEOs and Managing Directors of Fujitsu Australia.
 
c
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
In the picture above are Mike Rydon (Managing Director 1973-1985), George Ranucci (Managing Director 1985-1989), Rod Vawdrey (CEO 2003-2011 and current President of International Business), Neville Roach (Managing Director 1989-2000) and current CEO Mike Foster.
 
The launch event included an address by Keith Besgrove (on behalf of former Senator Stephen Conroy who wrote the foreword to the book), an overview of the book by Graeme Philipson, a business update by Mike Foster and an insight into Fujitsu’s global business by Rod Vawdrey. 
 
The eBook can be found at:
 

Fujitsu Cloud keeps dogs fit and healthy!

Wandant Dog PedometerEvery week we are seeing interesting and innovative new ways that cloud computing is helping us in our day-to-day lives. This week was no exception, with Fujitsu announcing the release of the ‘Wandant‘ dog pedometer, which was developed by Fujitsu Laboratories.

The Wandant uses a combination of motion-tracking technology(and an associated cloud service) that supports health management for dogs—the first of its kind in the pet care industry. It uses the same sensing technologies developed for use in mobile phones incorporated into a tag worn on the dog’s collar, which automatically measures and records the number of steps taken, shivering motions, and temperature changes. This data is collected in the cloud and presented as a graphic on a website that reports trends in the dog’s activities that are easy to understand at a glance, facilitating management of the dog’s health and preventing obesity.

 As high-speed broadband becomes ubiquitous thanks to networks such as Australia’s National Broadband Network we are sure to see more cloud enabled innovation such as in this example.