Fujitsu Forum 2016 round-up
Balancing the need to tackle encroaching digital disruption, while taking advantage of digital transformation, with a human-centric approach, Fujitsu set out its stall for the near future at its annual forum in Munich.
The company had said that it will focus on investment and innovation in key digital areas such as cloud, the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity, to help organisations navigate the challenges and opportunities of digital transformation.
“New digital technologies and services based on the cloud, big data, mobile services and the Internet of Things are turning market dynamics on their heads and creating entirely new customer requirements,” Duncan Tait, Fujitsu
“Digital disruption is changing our world,” said Duncan Tait, SEVP and head of EMEIA and Americas, Fujitsu. “New digital technologies and services based on the cloud, big data, mobile services and the Internet of Things are turning market dynamics on their heads and creating entirely new customer requirements.”
“Fujitsu is responding by partnering with our customers to co-create a new digital world.”
Tait said, that Fujitsu “will provide powerful demonstrations of how this co-creation approach is enabling Fujitsu customers to take advantage of disruptive market forces to gain a true competitive advantage. With digitalisation driving sweeping change across all elements of business, the Fujitsu approach of co-creation is enabling our customers to maximise their possibilities and push through boundaries.”
To that end, the company made a number of key announcements.
The company’s cloud services, announced last year, are rolling out to more territories with a greater geographic spread of data centres to support sovereignty requirements.
“Continued momentum in the rollout of Fujitsu Cloud Service K5, a key element of Fujitsu’s cloud enablement and digital transformation strategy,” said Fujitsu.
Public and private cloud
The K5 PaaS public and private sector cloud services now give a wider choice of regions and local data residency to meet legislative requirements, facilitating the management of sensitive information, while allowing users to take advantage of new ‘Fast IT’ and cloud technologies.
There is also a new cloud-based IoT platform. The Fujitsu Cloud IoT Platform, underpinned by the Cloud Service K5, aims to simplify and accelerate the design, delivery and management of robust, high performance IoT-based enterprise solutions. Fujitsu says it eliminates the complexity of traditional IoT deployments, and makes business intelligence data from multiple sources easily accessible for integration into all business areas and mainstream business processes.
Fujitsu is taking cybersecurity in this new landscape of disruption and transformation very seriously with the creation of a new cybersecurity business in the Europe, Middle East, India and Africa (EMEIA) region. The company launched the new business to help businesses strengthen their resilience against cyberattack as part of a new, globally-integrated security offering. Fujitsu says it is aiming to protect customer assets and underpin business continuity through providing continuous system monitoring to strengthen resilience against any form of online threat or attack.
The company said it is increasing its focus on Artificial Intelligence (AI) Solutions, such as its new healthcare solution designed to improve clinical decision-making, following a successful field trial with San Carlos Clinical Hospital in Madrid.
This solution, developed on the back of in-depth research into applying advanced data analytics for healthcare applications, deploys Fujitsu Laboratories’ state of the art anonymisation technologies and Fujitsu’s data analytics technologies, tailored to meet the specific needs of the local Spanish healthcare sector. The technology will form the basis of a new Health Application Programming Interface (API), to be deployed in the Fujitsu cloud or delivered locally in a private cluster or cloud.
Dr Joseph Reger, CTO, EMEIA, Fujitsu said that with an increased attack surface due to mobile, IoT and the ever more sophisticated threats being faced, AI will be vital to combat cybersecurity threats.
“Having created a hyperconnected world, it has a huge attack surface to protect. We cannot cope with the attacks without help from deep-learning. AI is not useful, it is a necessity in this context.”