Vopak Australia realizes digital transformation possibilities after joining Fujitsu on the co-creation journey

Design Thinking is way of developing solutions to unique problems. It takes a step back from technology and helps people to come up with unique ideas and solutions that can help to deliver transformational outcomes.

The Fujitsu Digital Co-creation team recently facilitated a Design Thinking Workshop with Vopak Australia, subsidiary of Royal Vopak – a world leading Tank Storage company that operates a global network of terminals located at strategic locations across major trade routes.

The session hosted at Vopak’s Port Botany offices by Fujitsu’s Digital Co-creation Team enabled the Vopak team to brainstorm ideas for digital change and ultimately ‘Co-create’ – blending expertise and technology to create new value together. The team were challenged to think creatively, outside the square and really put themselves in the shoes of the customer to realise the changes that were needed.

“Working with Fujitsu allowed Vopak to identify new innovation opportunities by using a well-structured methodology, placing our customer’s needs at the core of the decision making process”, said Adonis Malas, Vopak Australia’s Automation & IT System Manager.

So what exactly is Design Thinking and how does it enable a ‘co-creation journey’?
The rapid advancement of technology introduces a new set of complex and challenging issues.
A Design Thinking Workshop is split into several exercises to gain a deep understanding of the challenges we’re facing.
1. Breaking down complex problems into solvable chunks
2. Identifying who our customers are, and their needs
3. Using this data to develop Proof of Concepts

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Fujitsu wearables ensure the Belgian Solar Team’s well-being during Bridgestone World Solar Challenge

A team of Belgian University students will be looking to make history in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge as they compete with 41 teams from around the world on an epic race across Australia. Fujitsu wearable technology will be used to monitor real-time vital signs and optimal balance of performance and well-being for the team.

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The challenge began in Darwin on Sunday 8th October, on a 3000-kilometre transcontinental journey to Adelaide. Starting at Darwin’s Hidden Valley Racetrack, the course is associated with V8 supercars rather than clean, solar-powered vehicles, however the Belgian team ‘Punch Powertrain’ had pole position in a time of 2:03.8 with an average speed of 83.4km/hr.

Winning pole position provides benefits to the team including not having to use stored energy to accelerate to overtake slower competitors. Whilst Punch Powertrain have never won the World Solar Challenge, it appears the team stand a good chance this year after their strong start.

The Fujitsu UBIQUITOUSWARE wearable solutions will measure driver well-being, including temperature, providing live telemetry to support crew. The solution will help the Belgian team to optimize cockpit cooling and ensure driver health during the race. As competitors cross the Australian outback where temperatures can hit up to 38 degrees Celsius, drivers must strike the right balance between using energy for air conditioning to cool the cockpit, or to power the vehicle.

The Punch Powertrain team comprising of 21 students from the University of Leuven in Belgium have been testing the Fujitsu wearables in the weeks leading up to the race to monitor driver heart rates, drowsiness levels, temperature and level of heat stress while they are on the move.

According to Jasper Schrijvers, a Punch Powertrain driver, “Driver fitness plays a crucial role in the World Solar Challenge, as it’s important that the driver doesn’t overheat at the wheel. We are planning to achieve speeds of up to 90km/h with the same amount of power that you use for a hairdryer. The use of any cooling will only slow us down and could mean the difference between winning and losing.”

James Maynard, Offering Management Director, IoT & Innovation, Innovative IoT Business Unit at Fujitsu says, “Fujitsu’s wearable solutions have enabled the Belgian team to provide previously unavailable insights into driver well-being, to see more, act faster and predict instead of react. The team used data collected during their preparation to advise their drivers on the optimum balance between performance and safety during the race.”

The event will reveal futuristic-looking solar powered cars, showcasing design that could one day lead to solar-powered cars for consumers that can carry passengers. We look forward to seeing the end result as the drivers finish the race 3000km’s later on October 15th in Adelaide!

Fujitsu World Tour in Australia and New Zealand brings Co-creation to life

Australia and New Zealand are both a long way away from the rest of the world. Melbourne is about 8,000 km from Tokyo and around 16,000 km from Munich. Auckland is about 2,000 km further still. So when we get the opportunity in this region to experience the best thought leadership and technology from Fujitsu around the world we make the most of it.

First stop – Auckland New Zealand

And make the most of it we did. As Fujitsu World Tour 2017 touched down in Auckland on June 20th the results of many months of preparation started to pay off. Over two hundred people gathered at The Langham in Auckland to get a taste of what Fujitsu was all about. Even though the event has been running for many years, this year was the very first time that Fujitsu World Tour has been hosted in New Zealand.

From the time the doors opened early in the morning the Expo floor was a hive of activity, with a buzzing atmosphere and excitement rapidly increasing. ‘Digital Co-creation’ was the main theme of the event and this was clearly the focus of the expo. It was hard to miss the brightly decorated ‘Co-creation Station’, which was located right in the middle of the floor, manned by our Digital Co-creation specialists. The Lego blocks on display provided an excellent talking point for our consultants to describe Fujitsu’s various co-creation initiatives and techniques to foster digital innovation.

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Pictured: Co-creation station

Also on display for the first time were a number of innovative displays including Fujitsu’s ‘Smart Shoes Hub’, the Head-mounted Display, and a fascinating display of Spatiowl modelling traffic flow information. Fujitsu’s Palm Secure was also a big hit in New Zealand, with the expo showing different use cases of this great technology including a ‘Smart Gate’, time and attendance recording, locker opening and a host of other applications. It was not just the conference attendees who were impressed, a news crew from NZ TV3 seized the opportunity to capture a two minute article to be aired on prime time television.

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Pictured: Smart Shoes

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The activity was not just concentrated on the expo floor. Well-known New Zealand media personality Samantha Hayes provided the opening address and took the role of the Master of Ceremonies throughout the day. The agenda was packed with Fujitsu’s international thought leaders including Ramanan Ramakrishna and Yoshikuni Takashige who shared their insight to an engaged audience in the packed auditorium. After providing his insight into Human Centric Innovation, Takashige-san also provided a 15 minute video interview with Fairfax New Zealand on the subject of Human Centric Innovation.

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Pictured: Samantha Hayes – MC at Fujitsu World Tour Auckland

As well as Fujitsu’s international personalities, we were also proud to host one of our international customers. Steve Walker from DHL presented a riveting account of his company’s digital transformation journey. He talked about many initiatives DHL has put in place including technology to reduce driver fatigue as well as the use of augmented reality to assist with warehouse operations. A panel discussion consisting of Fujitsu local and international representatives and customers also provided different viewpoints on digital transformation.

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Steve Walker from DHL

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Next Stop Melbourne…

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After a busy day in Auckland, it was time to replicate it all again in Melbourne for a much bigger event and a larger audience. Over 500 people packed into the Crown Promenade for an even bigger expo and conference agenda than Auckland. This marked the second time that Fujitsu World Tour was hosted in Melbourne, the last time was two years ago in 2015. The event opened with an address by the Hon. Philip Dalidakis, MP – Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade, who spoke about a number of issues including the ethics around the application of artificial intelligence (AI). Media personality and well-known journalist Ellen Fanning kept the audience engaged as Master of Ceremonies.

The expo floor in Melbourne had a real buzz about it as people took time out from the conference agenda to bring themselves up to speed with all that Fujitsu can offer. Once again Palm Secure attracted a lot of attention – aided by the special ‘experiential’ displays that showcased how various technologies could be used in Education, Healthcare and Retail applications.

The digital media display also kept people talking, with an innovative face recognition system that would detect the age, gender and mood of the audience in front of the screen so that relevant content could be displayed. And once again the Fujitsu innovations area captivated the audience with the display of the ‘Smart Shoes Hub’ and the ‘Head-mounted display’. Once again the event attracted interest from a television news station, with a crew from Channel Nine News taking the time to capture the moment.

As with Auckland, Takashige-san delivered the final keynote and left the audience thinking about what the future of technology will look like. After two very busy days it was time for Fujitsu World Tour to leave the Oceania Region as it continues its journey across the world.

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!

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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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

Revolution causes disruption in information technology

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Most people we know are busy with all the usual stuff of daily life – unaware there is a huge revolution going on.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is right now.

The increasing fusion of the physical and digital worlds at the heart of this revolution can be seen in connected cars, smart homes, increasing types of intelligent devices, growing numbers of sensors, and so on.

This revolution is not a change, it’s a disruption.

In the midst of this disruption, data centres, although still collecting and processing more data than ever, are becoming defined not by hardware, but by software. But they must still have the right hardware. When it comes to computing power, the agile aggregation of performance is vital.

In agile aggregation, development is not linear, with one end result, but happens by advances, stage by stage, all the time. Managers and leaders also need accurate and quick information, and agile business intelligence gives them what they need.

The upshot? Today’s data centres work best with all-modular, virtualised industry-standard servers. Just as well, as new models of data storage are critical to riding out any disruption.

As all-flash arrays become the default option in IT storage, Fujitsu are launching a new era with our flash-first model, with SolidFire and Netapp.

This all-flash array is a solid state storage disk system, meaning it has multiple flash memory drives instead of spinning disk drives. It has no moving parts and can transfer data much faster than traditional electro-mechanical disk drives.

Software-defined systems meet the almost unimaginable demands of hyper-scale storage.

High density will be a feature of servers in hyper-scale setups, saving money and cutting costs. SolidFire is all-modular, so it can meet the needs of small business, yet has hyper-scale functionality, so it can deal with huge demands.

SolidFire also:

  • reduces power consumption
  • increases the dissipation of heat, and
  • offers extreme flexibility and dynamism in network connectivity.

SolidFire’s scale-out architecture, Quality of Service (QoS) capabilities and hardware compatibility-guarantee give our customers what they need. These include:

Scale out: From tens of terabytes to multiple petabytes. Non-disruptive, no downtime scaling.

Complete automation: Comprehensive application programme interfaces and cloud-based monitoring. Instant provisioning. Automatic data distribution and load balancing.

Guaranteed Quality of Service: Independent control of storage performance and capacity. Real-time performance management. Fine-grain QoS settings (faster transactions).

Data assurance: 256-bit encryption at rest. Self-healing drive and node rebuilds. Rapid, space-efficient snapshots and clones. Real-time replication.

Global efficiencies: Inline and post-process compression. Always-on de-duplication (eliminating unnecessary information). No performance impact. Global thin provisioning (total user capacity allocated only as virtual storage; actual physical disk capacity allocated as and when needed).

To learn more about using SolidFire and being ready for the Fourth Industrial Revolution disruption, check out this white paper.

What do Helsinki and Stockholm have in common with Melbourne?

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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.

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.