What do Helsinki and Stockholm have in common with Melbourne?

Fujitsu World Tour 2015 Helsinki

Fujitsu World Tour 2015 Helsinki

Fujitsu World Tour 2015 Stockholm
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What DO they have in common?

They are all stops on this year’s Fujitsu World Tour.  With only two weeks to go before the Melbourne event, we would like to share with you some footage from the events held so far. The Fujitsu World Tour 2015 started in Helsinki, Finland and then moved on to Stockholm, Sweden.

As you can see from the videos, we are setting up for a feature-packed program including international thought leaders, innovative technology delivering one of the region’s most comprehensive technology exhibitions.

The theme of this year’s event is Human Centric Innovation, which focuses on how technology can impact the way we live and work in an increasingly hyperconnected world.

If you are in any way responsible for contributing to your organisation’s ICT strategy, this conference will provide some valuable insight into what to expect over the next few years.  Our international thought leaders will present their insights on topics such as The Internet of Things and also give you a glimpse into The Future of ICT.

So if you are interested in finding out how ICT will impact the way we live and work, register now as there are limited places available for this exciting event.

Thought leadership, Innovation and the Internet of Things feature at Fujitsu World Tour 2015 in Melbourne

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With Fujitsu World Tour 2015 only a month away, we are excited that our program is shaping up to be one of the most informative we will see in this part of the world this year.

Here’s a taste of what you can expect this year:

Thought leadership
If keeping up with your peers, or ahead of your competitors is a priority for you, you won’t be disappointed in the selection of thought leaders we have assembled for you this year in Melbourne.

  • Dr. Joseph Reger – Fujitsu’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the European region will deliver our Keynote focussed on ‘Human Centric Innovation’. This is all about developing and designing technology and solutions with the human being as the central focus. A renowned industry expert and visionary, Dr Reger is recognised for his ability to understand and predict the IT trends that will most impact the future of business.
  • Dr. Alex Bazin – Fujitsu’s Global Head of Market and Technology Services will deliver a keynote focussed on the the Internet of Things and how growing digitalisation will have an impact on our day-to-day lives. In this role, he leads a global team of technology and market specialists who support the globalisation of Fujitsu intellectual property and promote Fujitsu’s position as a business and social innovator.
  • David Gentle – Fujitsu’s resident futurist will provide a look into the future of ICT. As Global Director of Foresight and Planning for Fujitsu, David helps to shape the development of Fujtisu’s portfolio to ensure it aligns with the demands and possibilities of the future market. David is also the author of a best-selling book and editor of Fujitsu’s Technology Perspectives thought leadership platform.

International examples of best practice
Fujitsu World Tour is an international event and we will be bringing you insights and examples of best practice from around the world.

  • Stephanie Kirkland – Director General of Citizenship and Immigration Canada will be presenting a case study on how the use of biometrics greatly improved real-time data exchange between government bodies to reduce costs and streamline the processing of Canadian visa applications for foreign nationals. This is a great example of technology solving a real-world problem.

The latest innovations from our labs
Fujitsu World Tour is all about Human Centric Innovation and we have assembled some great examples of innovative technologies that you can see in real life. Some of the unique technology innovations we will be demonstrating include:

  •  FEELythm – A wearable sensor to promote safer driving. Human Centric Innovation in action to promote overall safer driving practices. This technology detects when a driver is drowsy and notifies on-board devices and fleet management systems.
  • LED light technology – improves the ‘connectedness’ of everyday objects Embeds identification data in light cast by LEDs onto an object so that data about the object can be captured by a smart phone or other smart device.
  • The haptic tablet – allows you to feel objects as well as see them. Uses ultrasonic vibration to convey texture, so you can actually feel the scales of a crocodile on screen and it feels rough to touch. Coming back this year after rave reviews last year.
  • PalmSecure – a unique biometric identification system that authenticates users based on palm vein pattern recognition. This is being used in a number of authentication applications – thousands of bank ATMs in Brazil included.

Technology showcase
We will feature one of the region’s most comprehensive technology exhibitions, with technology from Fujitsu and our partners. Experts will be on hand to discuss how technology can be applied to meet your unique business needs.

If you are in any way involved in setting the technology direction for your organisation, you can’t afford to miss this valuable business event. For more about the event, visit the Fujitsu World Tour 2015 website, where you will find the latest agenda, speakers and registration details.

Cloud: Where We Are Today

Fujitsu CloudJohn Kaleski reflects on where we have come from, what is important, and where we are heading in the world of cloud.

Four years later and after the first mover cloud announcements it’s time to step back and see where Fujitsu and the industry is at today.

Analysts, suppliers, industry bodies and customers over the last few years have been sharing and learning about the many dimensions of cloud computing. As a result, new markets have been identified each with their own dynamic forces and associated risks. Standards and definitions of the services and functionality supporting these platforms are also becoming more unambiguous..  From a platform perspective, there is a much stronger push ‘up the stack’ however at the base level of IaaS we have many variants including:  Public, Private, Private Hosted Cloud, local, local trusted Cloud, Hybrid Cloud, Clouds enabled by managed services plus emerging personal and community clouds and no doubt many more variations to come.

Consumers understand today that cloud is not always about the lowest price, it’s also about outcomes, functionality, value and risk. Organisations want uninterrupted access to their applications and don’t want to have to worry about the underlying infrastructure.
In cloud there is no such thing as ‘one size fits all’ any more, as there is a Cloud platform to suit almost every business need depending on what the desired outcome is. Speed; high availability, back up, recovery, security, risk management and governance are all important considerations when investigating enterprise cloud platforms. Consequently, different clouds will have different price points to suit the risk profiles and business requirements. Cheapest is not always the best and customers are starting to realise this.

The Paradigm Shift for Software & Hardware Vendors
The tech industry has been forced to change the way its technology is licensed and consumed, architected and solutioned. This is one of the most disruptive periods in our industries history. This is true for suppliers and customers alike, as cloud has fundamentally shifted behaviour and expectations, to the point of no return.
Traditional software and hardware companies are scrambling to change their commercial models to suit the new ‘as-a-service’ purchasing habits of the consumer.

There are many inhibitors to this change. Firstly, traditional ‘on-premise’ revenue streams are cannibalised by the monthly ‘as-a-service’ commercial models that consumers now wish to purchase via. This means that vendors have to change their Sales compensation plans to suit the new way revenue is received. Corporate financial reporting has also changed as a result of the ‘drip feed’ of revenue instead of the lump sum payments received previously. Cloud consumption models also require one of the providers in the delivery value chain to take on risk. Whether it is the Hardware or software provider, the Systems Integrator or the reseller, someone has to take the responsibility of ’build it and they will come’. The participants in the Cloud value chain are getting cleverer with respect to how to build their service to be part of this chain but this part of the industry will take time to mature

…The shift to cloud has some hurdles!
Despite the above learnings we are finding organisations are still experiencing angst with respect to their move to the cloud. This is partly related to the complex interplay of hardware, software investments and services, not forgetting the business processes that overlay this. Therefore traditional infrastructure can not be simply  ‘ripped and replaced’ by cloud platforms, (private cloud especially). It requires a degree of organisational change management including change in processes, practices and policies.

The changing role of infrastructure in the cloud decision
One thing is clear, that is IaaS has matured to a point where customers can choose their IaaS platform based on geographical location, security risk profile, level of management, etc, however for the most part, customers are looking to manage their Service Provider through a SLA. Organisations are becoming less concerned about their Cloud providers’ underlying platform (because they don’t care where their data resides) and more about the level of service they are going to receive.

Cloud consumers are looking for a functionally rich platform at a competitive price point. Which is why the Service provider must take advantage of the latest hardware and software innovations that are being brought to market. This will be the key to their differentiation and ability to secure new business in the future. The service provider must be constantly innovating on their Cloud platform offerings by investing in the new technology innovations being brought to market. Some examples of these innovations can be seen in the form of cheaper & faster storage platforms; functionality rich management platforms; dynamic orchestration tools and powerful reporting engines.

Onshore V Offshore data
Cloud data sovereignty is one topic that has had more than its fair share of discussion. When Fujitsu first began its cloud journey several years ago, data sovereignty was one of the first things to address when having a conversation with an organisation about Cloud. Typically enterprise and government organisations would not even enter into a cloud discussion without first establishing where the ‘cloud’ and in particular their data, was located. Fortunately for Fujitsu we were one of the first to run an enterprise cloud platform from Australian data centres – a quality that played a key role in our engagements with financial institutions and Government departments.

For Government organisations this is still a very important consideration, but for commercial organisations, the location of their data is becoming less of an issue. The main point associated with data sovereignty is still related to security of data. This debate is still raging and like every argument, you will never satisfy everyone. The reality is that the more ‘public’ in nature the platform is, typically the less security features it will be able to offer. Conversely the more dedicated the platform, the greater the level of security able to be offered. This increase in security comes with a consequential increase in cost, which the provider usually has to pass onto the end customer somehow.

The next steps…
On their journey to the cloud, organisations desire a hybrid IT environment under management. This means both physical (albeit virtualised) and cloud environments are managed by the same service provider – the best of both worlds, ultimately being able to migrate virtualised workloads to their cloud environment when required & where appropriate.

This raises the interesting question of cloud management platforms and the ability to seamlessly migrate workloads with minimal touch from the cloud provider. The providers that have this functionality in their cloud offerings have positioned themselves well for future revenue growth. Nirvana is being able to build a Hybrid cloud platform geographically close to a target market with all of the functionality listed above.

Typically, once an organisation has made the decision to purchase services from a hybrid cloud platform provider, they are making a decision that was similar to one that was made years ago – typically called a managed infrastructure outsource agreement. These decisions are relatively ‘sticky’ for service providers, as long as customers are receiving value and their SLAs are being met. Like other Managed Services style agreements, this opens the door to a raft of other cloud-related conversations and the incumbent vendor has the upper hand in leading the customer on their journey to the cloud.

 

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.

Citrix Announces Workplace Suite

Agile WorkingIn the age of mobility, businesses utilizing the Cloud can expect to become more agile, reducing the costs of provision and support of IT infrastructure, increasing productivity and fostering better collaboration – both in and out of the office.

While mobile innovation in the consumer sector is leading the way, enterprise IT is lagging behind, with each part of the business often driving specific solutions to meet their particular needs. However, organizations are now starting to recognize that an enterprise-wide approach to mobility is required if they are to maximize their return on investment.

In order to benefit from the mobile revolution, businesses need to evaluate the risks, wants and needs of their employees, whilst striking a balance between individual convenience and corporate control, addressing issues such as: collaboration, enterprise applications, automation, consumerization, and connectivity.

The announcement today by Citrix of the release of the Citrix Workspace Suite should give comfort to Enterprises contemplating a holistic, secure and integrated mobility solution. http://www.citrix.com/news/announcements/may-2014/workspace-suite-announcement.html

To quote Citrix “…this solution unites all content (apps, desktops, data, and services) for secure delivery to people in the way that best suits their working style.”

This is what a mobility solution is about – enabling individuals to be as productive as they can be by allowing them to work whenever, wherever, and on whatever device they need.

Powered by Citrix Workspace Suite, Fujitsu’s Mobility solutions delivers the right solution for the Enterprise. See here for more details on Fujitsu’s end user services and mobility solutions: http://www.fujitsu.com/global/services/infrastructure/end-user/

Canon in the Cloud – Proudly powered by Fujitsu

canon-fujitsu-signingLast week Canon Australia and Fujitsu Australia and New Zealand announced a partnership to host Canon’s ‘Therefore Online’ workflow and document management software on Fujitsu’s Trusted Public S5 Cloud Platform. Therefore Online is an extension of Canon’s ‘Therefore’ software platform, which is designed to provide an ‘electronic filing cabinet’ across various sources of information including paper documents, electronic files, barcodes, email, internet forms and XML files.
                     
Therefore Online is the first of Canon Australia’s applications to be hosted in the cloud, and will pave the way for a new suite of cloud-based offerings that will allow the delivery of the applications to consumers on a cost-effective subscription model. Originally targeted at the small to medium business (SMB) market, the platform is scalable to organisations of all sizes.
 
For more information please see the Press Release.
 

Environmental benefits of desktop virtual computing

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The rise and uptake of the virtual desktop has enabled organisations to realise a number of benefits including improved user experience, better customer service and up to a 40% reduction in desktop support costs. Not to mention the ability for organisations to move from a CAPEX operating model to a more OPEX utility based platform.

Given the increases in services and solutions to date very little information has been made available about the sustainability and environmental benefit of a virtual desktop solution. With the rise in energy costs and environmental compliance the total environmental benefits of a virtual desktop solution have been to date undervalued.

Fujitsu has published a white paper that discusses the closely linked subjects of energy use and carbon emissions around the desktop environment. It looks at the potential decreased energy costs of deploying a virtual desktop solution based on Fujitsu Virtual Client Services (VCS), but also delves deeper into other tangible and intangible benefits such as more efficient maintenance, longer refresh cycles of desktop hardware, decreased heat load in buildings, ability to sweat assets longer and the potential reduced embodied carbon and emissions throughout the lifecycle of a virtual desktop. Continue reading

Fujitsu Rainforest Regeneration Project plants over 1,000 trees in Borneo Rainforest

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Our local Head of Sustainability, Lee Stewart, spent last week in the Borneo jungle planting over 1,000 trees as part of Fujitsu’s Rainforest Regeneration Project….
 
Last week I was fortunate to be one of five Fujitsu Australia and New Zealand staff who spent four days in the Borneo Jungle taking part in the Fujitsu Rainforest Regeneration Project.  Under testing conditions of 35+ degree heat with 70% humidity the team along with 50 other Fujitsu staff from over 8 different countries took part in numerous activities including measuring bio diversity, determining tree growth, maintenance and also planting seedlings.Rainforests are an extremely important part of our eco system they are responsible for around 40% of the world’s oxygen turnover. They are also nicknamed the world’s pharmacy as over a quarter of the world’s natural medicines have been discovered there. What is really amazing is that scientists still think that there may be millions of species of plants and insects that are yet to be discovered which may hold also the key to many medical cures.Lead by Fujitsu Japan the relationship with the local park in Borneo dates back over ten years and is a regular calendar event where Fujitsu staff work in collaboration with locals.  As a direct result of the work done by Fujitsu staff over the years the park now has over 39,000 new native trees.

Ion Drives, Asteroid Mining and Artificial Intelligence – Science Fiction or Reality?

Sometimes we don’t realise how far we have really come in terms of technology. For example last year we celebrated the 20th anniversary of the first ever text message to a mobile phone (incidentally the message was “Merry Christmas”). Now we take text messages for granted in our personal and business lives, and text messaging as a technology is often seen as a technology nearing the end of its useful life. We’ve also seen the emergence of Twitter in a relatively short period to the point that it is now playing a role in crime fighting, and also being used extensively by public figures including The Pope!

A hundred years ago the mobile phone, let alone text messaging, would not have been dreamed of –  and now it is very much a part of our everyday life. It is interesting to speculate about what what we dream today becoming everyday life tomorrow. Science fiction writers do it all the time!

We live in a truly amazing time!

Much of what used to be thought of as science fiction has actually happened – but a lot of it is still to take place. In the past, the ideas and inspiration about what the future would look like came mostly from science fiction writers like Jules Verne, HG Wells, Mary Shelley, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Arthur C. Clarke, Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov, George Orwell, E.E.’Doc’ Smith, Larry Niven and Robert Heinlein to name a few. They predicted or envisaged the following advances many decades or even a century before technology was capable of producing them:

  • Space Travel
  • Satellites
  • The Internet
  • Fax Machines
  • Nano Technology
  • Ubiquitous Video Communication
  • Mass Surveillance Systems
  • Supercomputers
  • Subsea Habitats and Exploration
  • Stealth Technology
  • Personal Area Networks
  • Cloud Computing

However, many predictions such as robots and artificial intelligence still have some way to go before they can match Asimov’s portrayal of robots or come anywhere even needing the 3 Laws of Robotics*, but we have recently seen advances that will potentially allow an AI to sit an entrance exam to Tokyo University. Continue reading

A perspective on technology trends for 2013

At Fujitsu, we believe passionately that innovation in technology is our route to secure a better future. We have an ambitious vision; we call it Human Centric Intelligent Society. Human Centric Intelligent Society is about building a better, more sustainable society through the power of ICT. It means putting people at the heart of the world, and using technology to deliver innovation into everything we do. It means powering business and society with information and bringing together the physical and digital to deliver greater benefit across society. And it means orchestrating technology from end to end to deliver greater understanding and control of the world around us.

In line with this vision we are pleased to announce our new Technology Perspectives website. Technology Perspectives is a collection of articles that represent the views and experience of key people from Fujitsu around the world including myself. We look at the many different ways in which technology is shaping our world in 2013 across a broad range of topics. We investigate the continually evolving relationship between the business world and technology, and the opportunities that will arise.

There is a wealth of information in this resource and I encourage you to read it and to use it as a reference for strategy and planning. We will spend some time on this blog during the year exploring some of the topics in more detail.

I would be very interested in hearing your feedback on this resource – please send any feedback to me via the comment form below.