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How the Industry Reacted to Our IT/OT Conversion Story


In the face of the disruptive macroeconomic challenges of 2022, Hitachi Vantara remained focused on its mission to support the data-driven enterprise. Over the course of the last 12 months, we advanced our partner ecosystem and rolled out new innovations that expanded everything from our data management tools and cloud managed services to our advanced midrange infrastructure; and we introduced new ways to integrate IT and OT operations.

The latter – the multiplying effect of leveraging information technology and operations technologies (IT and OT) – is of particular interest to a growing number of industry watchers as it reflects a burgeoning trend. With greater regularity, companies across industries, from oil & gas to manufacturing, are looking for ways to take advantage of the volumes of data their OT systems are generating.

Industry experts convene at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga, Calif., for Hitachi Vantara’s Analyst Summit last November.

From our beginning as a storage system provider, straight through to 2023, where we offer some of the industry’s leading eco-friendly infrastructure and cloud managed services, we also offer an expanding portfolio of DataOps and Industrial DataOps tools and software to assist in IT/OT convergence.

What the Industry is Saying

As 2022 came to a close we hosted a live, two-day industry analyst summit in the scenic hills of Saratoga, Calif., to share our “story” of supporting the data-driven enterprise through technology, software, services, and expertise. A clear consensus of the attending analysts was that Hitachi Vantara is well positioned to address the growing market need for IT/OT conversion and several analysts were compelled to put pen to paper to share their perspectives. The following are excerpts from, and links to reports from IDC, HFS Research, and 451 Research, part of S&P Global Market Intelligence.

Joel Martin, Executive Research Leader, HFS Research

“…By bringing together OT and IT and focusing on Hitachi’s priority industries, including manufacturing, financial, transportation, energy and resources, mining and agriculture, and infrastructure, Hitachi Vantara can bring its data and infrastructure technology story in-line with the equipment and operational technology of these industries to rely upon.
Hitachi Vantara doubles down on a data architecture that bridges OT and IT, Nov. 2022

Paige Bartley, Senior Research Analyst, 451 Research, part of S&P Global Market Intelligence

“…Hitachi Vantara’s strategy with the Lumada DataOps portfolio leverages a stack frequently rooted in enterprise-scale storage infrastructure, targets the data management complexity associated with the overlap of IT and OT, and applies an extended array of professional services to support customers in their digital transformation efforts. The result is a broad collection of customer success stories that speak to the complexities of data-driven objectives in a hybrid and diversified architectural era.”
Hitachi Vantara’s data management strategy emphasizes the intersection of IT and OT

Stewart Bond, Vice President, Data Integration and Intelligence Software, IDC

“…Hitachi Vantara’s Lumada portfolio offers a range of capabilities at the application level of leveraging data: data integration, data catalog, intelligence, and analytics. Lumada supports development and deployment of data pipelines in the traditional IT domain with DataOps and in the OT and IoT domain with industrial DataOps and can provide a bridge between through data and metadata integration for delivery of end-to-end pipelines that can cross the OT-IT chasm. The Lumada Data Catalog, part of its Lumada DataOps portfolio, provides the intelligence required to ensure that the data is trustworthy and governed and maintained at the highest quality, hence ensuring that the data in the pipeline is the right ©2022 IDC #US49862122 4 data for processing in the right context and that it is being leveraged appropriately by understanding where private and sensitive information exists.”
Hitachi Vantara: Unleashing the Potential of a Data-Driven Enterprise

The past year was rife with global challenges, from supply chain constraints, the post-pandemic business landscape, pressing environmental concerns, and geopolitical chaos. As companies wended their way through the myriad of disruptions and unexpected business challenges, most ended the year a little more introspective. We certainly did. And that made us more convinced that our mission to propel the data-driven enterprise was the right one. Hitachi has earned a strong reputation for our ability to assist customers in their broad and often complex effort to achieve their business outcomes. So for us, opportunities abound, from improving business performance to advancing corporate social responsibility. As we begin this new year, all of us at Hitachi Vantara and across our partner ecosystem are committed to bringing this mission to life for customers.

Denise Rueb is Director, Global Analyst Relations, Hitachi Vantara.