Fujitsu’s Women at Work – insights into flexible working

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In Fujitsu’s efforts to support equal opportunity and make flexible work part of our company’s DNA, this latest blog post features three Fujitsu women, highlighting their experiences with flexible working arrangements after returning to work from maternity leave.

For Jillian Bungate being out of the workforce for 10 years as a stay at home mum made it incredibly difficult to re-apply for a job. Looking at junior roles and lacking confidence, she was grateful for the day she vented to a fellow mum who happened to work at Fujitsu. With a new role on offer that matched Jillian’s work history and studies, she willingly applied and threw herself into a full time role.

“With a husband that works a job with lots of travel, juggling online studies and two kids that never knew life with a working mum, my decision to go full time led to a crazy house, upset kids and an unhealthy lifestyle for my family. I worried over how to manage the situation thinking I’d have to resign only 8 weeks in to my grand return to work! But my manager reassured me we could make a plan to reduce my work hours as well as offering me the flexibility around when I worked those hours,” says Jillian.

Chiara Charlton experienced a similar process after having been with Fujitsu for 5 years before leaving for maternity leave. While she applied for 11 months of leave, Chiara returned to Fujitsu after 9 months off, returning four days per week initially and then increasing to five days. Chiara found the return to work very easy and was in regular contact with her new manager and other team members running the team while she was away.

“There had been an organisational change during my maternity leave and although my role stayed the same, my team and reporting structure had changed. However I was kept up to date in the months leading up to my return to work and my team were very supportive of my plans. Over the last 2 years my manager has been very accommodating if I have needed to flex my hours to care for my young daughter,” Chiara explains.

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The Fujitsu World Tour countdown is on!

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After months of planning and preparation Fujitsu World Tour is headed down under! We are two weeks out from Fujitsu World Tour Auckland (Tuesday 20th June) and Melbourne (Thursday 22nd June)…the countdown is on!

We are excited to host the biggest event for Fujitsu Australia & New Zealand in Auckland this year – a first for New Zealand! We have had great interest in the event so far, with over 300 people already registered for Auckland and over 600 in Melbourne. And we are expecting more to come as we get closer to the event.

The overarching theme of the tour is Human Centric Innovation: Digital Co-creation, which is central to Fujitsu’s partnership approach with its customers, partners and suppliers. Through a series of expert talks, breakout sessions and technology showcases, the event will demonstrate new ways of using ICT – including the Internet of Things, Hybrid IT and other Digital Technologies – to benefit business and society as a whole.

Leading experts, such as The Hon Philip Dalidakis, Victorian MP for Small Business, Innovation and Trade will present in Melbourne, with keynote speakers Yoshikuni Takashige, Visionary Architect of Fujitsu, Ramanan Ramakrishna Head of Service Innovation & Portfolio Managed Infrastructure Services, and Steve Walker, APAC CIO of DHL presenting at both our Auckland and Melbourne events.

Below are a few of the fantastic innovations that will be on display at the event:

Spatiowl – Derived from the prefix “Spatio,” meaning “space,” combined with “Owl,” an ancient symbol of wisdom, Spatiowl is a powerful service for integrated management of transportation systems using Big Data analytics and Cloud Computing technology. The technology can collate date from sources such as public transportation, vehicles, and pedestrians’ smartphones in urban areas through sensors.

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Interactive Shoe Hub – Fujitsu’s ‘Smart Shoes’ enable anyone to collect, collate and analyse sensor data from the shoes they wear everyday. All sorts of information is collected by sensors embedded in the shoes, including movement of the feet, pressure and curvature.

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Ubiquitousware – this is an IoT Solution which includes the Head Mounted Display (used for HMD remote support) and Worker Safety (a vital sensing demo and Amplify interface will be displayed). Both technologies aim to sense the status of people, things and surrounding environments.

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At Fujitsu World Tour, we are giving participants an interactive experience to help drive digital transformation. The co-creation station will provide an example of how Fujitsu works with customers to help solve current and future business challenges. Come and shape the future of technology and become a #cocreationist. Our experiential zone will also feature innovations and solutions for use within our key verticals.

It’s not too late to register – we welcome you to attend this fantastic event! And if you do, don’t forget to follow us on Twitter here for live updates from the tour and use the hashtag #FujitsuWorldTour to join the conversation and see your post appear on our Live Twitter Wall at the event!

7 Must-Knows When Considering a Data Centre Solution

Aampliy_Blog_PRIMERGYInformation and communications technology downtime and delays are on average costing businesses $9000 per minute ($540,000 per hour) according to the Ponemon Institute. The financial services sector took top honours with nearly a million dollars in costs per outage.

But it’s not all bad news.

The cost of fixing the problem is relatively small, as a little investment in increasing the reliability of ICT will provide ROI by reducing productivity and revenue losses – and Investment in the Australian data centre services market is predicted to grow at a CAGR of 12.4% in the next 5 years.

This is essential in today’s fast world of big data which is leaving old ICT systems further and further behind. With Australian enterprises putting an increasing focus on scalability, standards, and security, legacy systems just don’t cut it. Combine this with the fact that companies are lacking the expert knowledge and services to keep up with swift IT advances and you have a landscape full of laggards, not leaders.

As such, one of the most challenging aspects faced by the CIOs is how to keep their IT strategy aligned with the business strategy, and their aged data centres upgraded and running with efficiency.

Improving overall data centre functionality and performance calls for modernising your existing data centre through the latest technologies, infrastructure and services. A data centre which is highly responsive, agile and sustainable, reduces operational costs, risk and is future proofed for expansion.

Your data centre has the potential to drive your business forward and help you be a leader in this fast-paced world. Here are our top 7 must-knows when considering a data centre solution:

  1. Scalability

One of the major benefits you can bring to your business with a robust data centre solution is the ability to add data storage capacity to meet your emerging business requirements.  This means you pay only for the capacity you need, knowing that you can easily scale to meet increasing data volume demands.

  1. Security

Maintaining the confidentiality, integrity and availability of information is critical to the success of your organisation. Place your information in a facility that offers state-of-the-art digital surveillance and security equipment for prevention of unauthorised access. Consider measures, such as biometric access points, 24-hour on-site security controls, integrated access management and CCTV systems.

  1. Reliability & High Availability

Reliability and high availability are not the same. For example, a reliable system that takes a long time to fix if something fails does not have high availability. Data centres that have both are those that are engineered to international standards of excellence ensuring appropriate controls are in place.

Keep these key national standards for data centre facilities in mind when looking at your options:

  • Information Security Management Systems (ISMS) ISO 27001
  • Government Security Standards
  • Environmental Management System ISO 14001
  • ITIL IT Service Management
  • ISO 9001 Quality System
  1. Energy Efficiency

Having reliable and high-performance computing power is a crucial aspect of running your business effectively and competitively. It is also highly energy intensive. In Australia, the NABERS Energy rating for data centres can help CIOs, IT Managers and tenants assess energy performance for an outsourced data centre reliably and as a comparison point with other data centres within Australia.

This provides a way for data centre energy efficiency to be externally validated against a standard by an independent government assessor.

  1. Services

Choose a flexible provider who can offer professional expertise, support and services as your business and circumstance change, including:

  • Co-location services
  • Add-on services – On-site services, such as remote hands and media management
  • Project services – Relocation, installation and consolidation from your premises or third party location into a managed data centre
  • Managed services – End-to-end delivery of services and support.
  1. Servers

Servers are the big users of energy in a data centre which is why you achieve greater efficiency by running those that consume less power but still provide best-in-class performance. Your data centre provider can run theirs, or you can supply your own for use in a facility, but it’s critical to opt for servers which will allow you to deliver at the speed your enterprise demands. Bookmark this reference to Fujitsu PRIMERGY servers as a good starting point.

  1. Location

If you’re considering a co-location data centre solution, the location of the facility (or facilities) you will use is an integral factor. If someone from your company will be upgrading or servicing your equipment when needed, you need easy access to this location. Another aspect to keep in mind when assessing locations is to investigate the likelihood of natural disasters and what redundancy operations are in place.

Keep pace with the world moving at a digital speed and be the leader, not the laggard. Fast track your data centre modernisation by understanding the key transformation factors.

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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

Fujitsu World Tour 2015 is coming to Melbourne!

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Fujitsu today announces the 2015 Fujitsu World Tour international roadshow under the theme ‘Human Centric Innovation’ is coming to Melbourne on Thursday 28 May. With 10,000 expected visitors in 19 locations, Fujitsu World Tour is one of the largest world-wide ICT roadshows where Fujitsu demonstrates how businesses can continue to find innovative ways to leverage ICT in a world where the way we live and work is continually changing.

Fujitsu has assembled an extensive line-up of international and regional speakers to deliver thought-provoking keynotes and strategic perspectives into technology innovation. The compelling and content-rich program will provide insight into some of the hottest topics in the industry. Dr Joseph Reger, Chief Technology Officer, Global Delivery will present a keynote about driving innovation in how we work and live; Dr Alex Bazin, Head of Market and Technology Services at Fujitsu will provide an insight into emerging technologies and the Internet of Things; and David Gentle, Fujitsu’s Director of Foresight and Planning will provide a glimpse of what we can expect in the future of ICT.

Other topics to be delivered by leading technology vendors including Symantec, Intel, Citrix, Microsoft and Rocket Software include ‘Strategies to control risk while driving growth’, ‘Reshaping Enterprise Mobility’, ‘Modernisation Made Easy’ and ‘Technologies to Transform Business IT’. Local and international customers will also share their experiences in implementing innovative solutions with best practice ICT.

As part of the World Tour, Fujitsu will host one of the region’s most comprehensive technology exhibitions, with a look into its latest innovations in research and development. There will also be numerous opportunities throughout the day to network with other ICT and business leaders.

Mike Foster, Chief Executive Officer of Fujitsu Australia and New Zealand, said: “As a result of the positive feedback we received from our customers and the industry from last year’s event in Sydney, we have secured our place on this year’s program. As it is part of a multi-city event, the World Tour is an excellent opportunity to share Fujitsu’s global thought leadership and innovation with our customers and partners in this region. This snapshot into the future is a powerful and exciting opportunity for ICT strategists to get ahead of the cycle.”

To find out more information about this event please visit the Fujitsu World Tour 2015 website.

 

 

The first Fujitsu World Tour in Sydney exceeds expectations!

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

The digital forces reshaping business and society

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In this video from www.I-CIO.com, MIT’s Erik Brynjolfsson discusses how the ‘second machine age’ will surpass the Industrial Revolution in its impact on our lives and economies – with digital technology as the catalyst.

He compares the first Industrial Revolution – when humans removed the limitations of physical muscles and we first harnessed the steam engine – to the second machine age where new digital technologies – including cloud, big data and artificial intelligence are driving growth at exponential growth.

If you are interested in receiving throught leadership and insights from I-CIO on a regular basis please contact us on info@au.fujitsu.com

Insights Quarterly – Focus on Applications and Security in Australia

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The latest edition of Insights Quarterly, a joint research initiative between Fujitsu and Microsoft, focuses on the much discussed topic of Application Security. The research, which is the result of surveying over 100 Australian CIOs confirms that security is no longer a second-level issue for CIOs – it is now well and truly top of mind. This concern is largely in the light of increased mobility.  Many organisations are having trouble addressing security issues and accommodating requirements such as support for Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) strategies.

Interestingly, despite strong concerns about all aspects of security, many user organisations are having difficulty addressing the issues. This is often because security only becomes a pressing concern once systems are compromised, and because many classes of security threats are comparatively new and there is a low level of awareness about how to deal with them.

Other findings of the report are that cloud computing is now considered ‘mainstream’, applications are migrating very quickly to mobile platforms and the cloud, and packaged software is becoming the norm.

The research is published on the Insights Quarterly Website: http://www.insightsquarterly.com.au, which contains the current and past reports as well as supporting research notes and PowerPoint presentations.

Launch of new unified storage – ETERNUS

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Fujitsu is about to announce some exciting new developments in its ETERNUS storage range. With the benefit of over 50 years of development, the new range reduces complexity and adds seamless scalability to handle ever-increasing data volumes.

In a move to ever more business centric computing, Fujitsu’s ETERNUS storage has combined leading performance architecture with automated quality of service management. This fullfills the goals of aligning storage resources to business priorities and enabling very high system utilization. In  practice the latest ETERNUS DX S3 models enable consolidation of SAN and NAS in the same storage unit, from entry level to high-end systems – with seamless growth across the storage model family. It means great Return on Investment as nothing needs to be thrown away and planning for the future is as simple as a disk upgrade.  

More information is available at  au.fujitsu.com/eternus

Fujitsu partners and customers are welcome to attend one of two launch events:

Melbourne – Wednesday 26th Feb. 6.00pm – 9.00pm  
Sydney – Wednesday 5th March 6.00pm-9.00pm

If you are interested in attending please contact daniel.campbell@au.fujitsu.com for more information.   Please note that space is limited.

It’s shopping Jim, but not as we know it!

This article reproduced from a paper by David Concordel, Senior Vice President Global Retail, Fujitsu.

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David Concordel, Senior Vice President Global Retail, Fujitsu

Customer, shop, merchandise, transaction – that’s all there is to it. Shopping – in simple terms – has changed little in two thousand years. However, on closer inspection, the shopping ‘process’ is undergoing a fundamental transformation for customers, retailers and their suppliers. Says Fujitsu’s David Concordel, in the new omni-channel world of shopping – where customers can buy online or via a smart phone and pick up their order in store or have it delivered – retailers will be re-engineering their shopping process in 2014 and beyond to drive future revenues and ensure their business continuity.

“In 2014, fast-followers will chase the 50 global retailers already transforming store, mobile, and ecommerce channels, supply chains, merchandizing, and marketing for the omni-channel customer experience.” This is the #1 prediction made in December 2013 for the global retail sector this year from IDC Retail Insights. It also has the most immediate and arguably the highest impact of IDC’s 10 predictions, in terms of the cost and complexity involved in addressing the issue across every retailer’s entire business.

Analysts are inventing new labels every day – multi-channel, omni-channel, ‘stop-start’ shopping and clienteling – to try to describe what is happening in few words. Fujitsu sees it from the customer’s point of view. There is only one shopping channel – ‘my channel’ – and retailers need to operate their businesses in response to how every customer chooses to shop with them. The store no longer has walls, shopping is ‘everywhere.’ Retailers need to rethink how they set up shop.

New customer-centric operating models, underpinned by new IT architectures, data models and business processes, need to evolve in response to the changes we are experiencing today. Bolting on click ‘n’ collect services to a store model, manually sharing stock across physical and virtual stores, responding to shopper behavior overnight rather than real time – these are no longer viable. A fundamentally new approach is required that will help the ‘fast-followers’ to catch up with the best of the rest.

Customers want ‘old world’ service in a ‘new world’ environment

Technology is driving change not because it appeals to the latent ‘geek’ mentality among the world’s shoppers. This isn’t a Big Bang Theory retailing trend. Technology – primarily the smart phone – is driving change because it is helping customers rediscover a more intimate, personalized and ‘in control’ shopping experience. Revolution is about returning to a bygone age. Customers want the one-on-one personal service, reminiscent of the ‘mom ‘n’ pop’ shops of 50s America, but they want it re-presented and re-delivered for a modern technological age. This may or may not involve human intervention. Continue reading