Hear from the Fujitsu Graduate Alumni – Harry Shields

Fujitsu Australia & New Zealand is a big supporter of Graduate Employment, with our Graduate Program receiving support from our CEO and executive team. Initiated in 2010, Fujitsu is proud to be developing the next generation of Australia and New Zealand’s talented young professionals through our comprehensive and practical program.

In this Four-Part Blog series, hear from Harry Shields, a member of the Fujitsu Graduate Alumni.

Do you think the program has been rewarding in terms of developing your career?

I recently finished the Graduate Program and I can safely say it gave me invaluable exposure to multiple parts of the business that I would not have experienced otherwise. Access to executive staff, freedom to rotate through the sales department and other areas of the business has given me a strong foundation for my career. I have recently joined the Project Management team for the Federal Government. This change in career path was inspired by a 2 month rotation in Project Management during the graduate program – a direct example of what the graduate program offers and where it can take you!

What was the coolest experience you had within the Graduate Program?

The coolest experience I had with the grad program was going to a corporate sporting event with a senior salesman to host customers at our Fujitsu corporate suite at Olympic Park. It was a great experience to see how Sales relationships are built and maintained. It also sunk in that customers are just normal people like myself, so they were less intimidating to talk to later on.

What was the biggest challenge you faced in the program?

The biggest challenge was getting my head around the technology and all the acronyms! My degree at University was Marine Biology and Environmental Sciences, so being in meetings in the early stages and having limited knowledge of what everyone was talking about was tough. However, there was always someone willing to take the time to explain even the smallest detail to me.

What would you say to a potential Graduate looking to apply?

This is a truly phenomenal opportunity to start your career in the IT industry, what are you waiting for?

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Pictured: Harry Shields started as a Sales Graduate, recently finishing the program and moving into a Project Management role.

Fujitsu World Tour: Introducing our keynote speakers!

Ahead of our Fujitsu World Tour held in Auckland (20th June) and Melbourne (22nd June), we are eagerly awaiting the great insight to be provided by three key international speakers. The thought leaders presenting in Auckland and Melbourne are Ramanan Ramakrishna, Head of MIS Service Innovation and Portfolio, MIS Fujitsu, Yoshikuni Takashige, Vice President Marketing Strategy and Steve Walker, Asia Pacific CIO of DHL.

Ramanan Ramakrishna leads the ideation, establishment and go-to-market activities for Hybrid IT solutions and capabilities for Managed Infrastructure Services across Europe, Middle East, India and Africa (EMEIA). He focuses on driving digital transformation for Fujitsu customers, from design right through to delivery and he leads a strong team focused on designing highly innovative, industry-leading solutions which truly differentiates Fujitsu’s MIS business from our competitors. Ramanan works closely with customers, partners and analysts to shape the offerings, ensuring the company’s go-to-market propositions address emerging business needs and innovation trends. Ramanan joined Fujitsu in early 2016, bringing 25 years of experience within the ICT industry. With a background in infrastructure and digital consulting, delivery, operations and sales, Ramanan brings a practitioner approach to offering lifecycle management coupled with strategic thinking to tackle existing and emerging customer challenges. We are excited to welcome Ramanan to Auckland and Melbourne, and gain insights into delivering digital transformation.

 

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Pictured: Ramanan Ramakrishna

Yoshikuni Takashige leads the marketing strategy and portfolio management for Fujitsu’s entire products, solutions and services. He is responsible for the creation of the Fujitsu Technology and Service Vision (which sets out the Fujitsu vision and its thinking on how organisations can innovate by leveraging technologies) and actively drives development of Fujitsu’s digital business, globalisation and open innovation. Joining Fujitsu in 1984, Takashige-San has been involved in the development of numerous marketing telecommunications systems globally, including the development of new businesses in Asia’s emerging markets. For over ten years, Takashige-San has been working towards developing Fujitsu’s strategic partnerships with global enterprises such as Alcatel and Cisco. At our World Tour events, Takashige-San will be leading a thought-leading discussion on Human Centric innovation. “An approach to co-creating value for people by empowering people with digital technologies”Takashige-San described Human Centric Innovation at Fujitsu Forum 2016.

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Pictured: Takashige-San

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Fujitsu has launched the World’s Lightest 13” notebook

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Meet your light, yet very powerful business companion – the Fujitsu Lifebook U937!

This month Fujitsu has launched the World’s Lightest 13″ notebook, the new LIFEBOOK U937. With an all-day battery runtime and extraordinarily light design, it weighs only 799g in its lightest form - making it lighter than your average loaf of bread! The Fujitsu LIFEBOOK U937 is an ultra-mobile notebook for business professionals who are always on the move.

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Joe Ciardi, Product Manager Client Computing Devices at Fujitsu stated, “Through our focus on making innovative, reliable and human-centric products, Fujitsu has brought this extraordinarily unique laptop to market, which is unparalleled in terms of functionality and quality. Our exclusive product features a superior design, high security, excellent connectivity and convenient mobility. This, coupled with FAL’s superior service capabilities, will allow Fujitsu to establish a great value proposition and competitive advantage against any other reseller or vendor in the market.”

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Fujitsu World Tour 2017

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The preparation for the annual Fujitsu World Tour is heating up with this year’s event taking place in Auckland and Melbourne. This event is a global initiative that showcases Fujitsu’s innovative technology, services and solutions.

The theme this year is “Human Centric Innovation: Digital Co-creation. “Co-creation” is about bringing together previously unconnected fields of expertise to realise innovation and value creation at scale. This is central to Fujitsu’s partnership approach with its customers, partners and suppliers and becomes ever more critical in a digital world. It is for this reason that we are proud to announce Intel as the official event partner for Fujitsu World Tour globally. Further to this, we are also pleased to have our valued partners Microsoft, NetApp, Brocade and Schneider Electric also supporting this year’s event and providing further insight into co-creation and how human centric innovation is central to creating business value.

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Pictured: Palm-Secure technology is one of many innovative technologies that were showcased at Fujitsu World Tour in Sydney 2016.

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Hackathon 2016 – Where Ideas Become A Commercial Reality…

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In December 2016, Fujitsu Australia and New Zealand ran its first Hackathon. The exercise was a great opportunity for employees who would not normally work together, to join as a team and contribute ideas towards the commercialisation of a unique digital product. Over the course of two days, the 10 teams battled it out for prizes, utilizing the Fujitsu platform, RunMyProcess to develop their digital products and was an opportunity to demonstrate profound thought leadership.

Each team consisted of the following roles:

The Organiser – This is the team project manager, who is responsible for organising the team to help achieve its objectives. The Thinker – The ‘creative’ person who focusses on making the product appealing to customers. The Hacker – The strong, technically savvy team member that helps to bring the idea to life. The Capitalist – The person responsible for taking the idea to market and generating revenue. The Realist – The person who can manage the commercial aspects of the solution.

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David Quinlan – from Defence to the world of IT

David Quinlan, Programs Director, Success Engagement at Fujitsu, made the move from a Defence career to civilian life nearly ten years ago and has not looked back. In the next of our series of interviews, David tells us about his career history prior to joining the business, making the transition from life in the military to one as a civilian and how working at Fujitsu has had a positive impact on his working and personal life. Read his story below:

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“I have worked for Fujitsu coming up on 10 years and in a variety of roles within the government vertical, specifically within Defence. Starting off in the business as an Operations Manager (Service Delivery) to my current role as a Programs Director, Success Engagement in Defence, I manage three portfolios including IT service management, military platform integration and Defence joint simulation development. I never have two days the same, which is the beauty of my role, some of the key tasks involve portfolio management and trying to address the traditional ways of managing projects.

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The Sky Really Is The Limit!

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Fraser Corsan is no ordinary Fujitsu employee – he is recognized as one of the world’s most experienced wingsuit jumpers with over 16 years of experience. So what exactly is ‘wingsuit jumping’? Basically it’s the #1 extreme sport for adrenaline, speed, thrill and 3-dimensional freedom.

Corsan plans to smash the existing records of the highest altitude jumped, longest time flown, fastest speed and furthest distance, all made possible through Project Cirrus and Fujitsu. Corsan will be using innovative technology, developed by a team of industry specialists supported by Fujitsu.

It is crazy to think that 16 years ago, Corsan was one of only 15 wingsuit jumpers globally. In that time, he has flown the distance of New York to Mumbai, having jumped over 1300 times!

Corsan plans to raise A$1.62M for SSAFA – a charity close to his heart, having worked closely with the UK Armed Forces for the majority of his career. The hope is that these proceeds will provide support to volunteer caseworkers, welfare services for veterans and service leavers transitioning out of the forces.

Project Cirrus exemplifies the Fujitsu brand, evident through the power of innovative technology paired with human effort, to achieve revolutionary results.

 

What the short video below of Fraser’s wingsuit world records attempt.

Demystifying ‘Fast IT’

As the pace of business changes at an ever-increasing rate, there are increasing demands on IT systems to support continual change. From an IT perspective we need to be ‘on the front foot’ to anticipate the needs of the business. One of the terms we will hear more regularly is that of ‘Fast IT’. We caught up with two of our leading architects, Ramy Ibrahim and Charles Ponniah to get a further insight into the concept of Fast IT and how organisations can embrace it.

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From Left: Ramy Ibrahim, Charles Ponniah.

Can you explain what FAST IT is?

Ramy: Fast IT is a relatively new term. It’s about the new way of delivering IT services. It is a way of thinking that will enable rapid innovation in a business. It’s about providing that experience that consumers traditionally get, that corporate IT departments always seem to slow down.

Why is it important to move to Fast IT?

Ramy: It is about the user experience. If the user experience isn’t up to the standards that users expect, they will find a way around it. The key thing is making sure you meet the internal metrics such as security governance and delivery method, but also ensuring that it delivers a good user experience.

Charles: It is also about enablement. At Fujitsu, our focus is on getting people onto the technology faster to enable them to produce things in a more creative or faster way.

How do organisations stand to benefit from adopting Fast IT?

Charles It is all about unleashing ability, efficiency, productivity and creativity. It is about having the ability and capabilities to outpace your competition. Late last year we conducted a “Hackathon” with our employees from across Australia and New Zealand. As a result of this concentrated effort over two days we identified a number of viable products that we could look to commercialise. This is a great example of how organisations can benefit from this approach rather than the traditional models of development. Continue reading

Australia to act SMARTer with Global e-Sustainability

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Fujitsu and Telstra recently launched the SMARTer2030 Report: Australian Opportunity for ICT Enabled Emission Reductions. Based on the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) SMARTer2030 report, the study shows that ICT can support the Australian Government to surpass its carbon reduction target.

Lee Stewart, Head of Sustainability in the Oceania region, was interviewed by GeSI about the report, what opportunities it revealed and what the next steps for Australia are.

He revealed that Smart Agriculture technologies are well positioned to help farmers build efficiency and resilience against a changing climate, safeguarding Australia’s $53 billion a year agricultural sector, as well as saving precious water resources.  He also addressed how ICT can deliver economic and social benefits by improving equity of access in education and healthcare to Australians in rural and remote communities.  Lee highlights the fact that Australia can meet its carbon reduction targets by 2030 – just with fully deploying ICT that exists right now.

Lee identified three key factors in unlocking the potential of ICT to deliver economic, social and environmental benefits, on the GeSI blog.

Watch the Sky News Smart Money interview below, with Lee Stewart and Brad Freeman (VP, Business and Application Services) as they discuss the findings from the SMARTer2030 report.

Article by Blaise Porter – Fujitsu Sustainability Manager