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I recently attended the 2015 Fujitsu Forum in Munich and as with previous years, it proved to be a stand out occasion where our existing and  prospective customers, colleagues, industry and research partners and media came together to experience the latest offerings from Fujitsu.

Munich is a wonderfully vibrant city and the perfect location for Fujitsu to showcase the very latest in cutting edge information and communications technology.

This year’s Forum kicked off with the launch of Fujitsu’s digital enablement platform, MetaArc which enables customers to digitalise their business. This important development will help us to enhance our customer offerings and ensure they have the ability to digitise their business.

The platform is a new set of Cloud solutions, Big Data and ‘Internet of Things’ technologies that will have broad implications for Hybrid IT. Fundamentally MetaArc allows organisations to strike a balance between maintaining legacy systems while adopting new technologies, thus ensuring that our client partners can evolve and that we at Fujitsu are working with them every step of the way.

The ability of this new technology to strike a balance between old and new systems mirrored much of the discussion and the debate at Forum. Our customers are facing an unprecedented rate of change with numerous challenges posed by the disruptive nature of digital solutions.

This is challenging the traditional business model and Fujitsu is well positioned to help customers transform their business to grow their revenues while addressing these challenges posed by new market entrants as well as their traditional competitors.

Our ambition at Fujitsu is to deliver ‘Human Centric Innovation’, ensuring that the needs of people are met through the services and solutions we offer. This theme was evident throughout the two day event.

As CEO of Fujitsu Ireland I was proud to showcase a prime example of how Fujitsu is putting Human Centric Innovation into action via the KIDUKU Project. This healthcare research initiative sees Fujitsu Ireland collaborating with CASALA and Insight@UCD to provide monitoring services and assisted independent living for senior citizens and patients who live in smart houses.

Located in Dundalk, the project uses approximately 110 in-home ambient sensors, along with body wearable sensors, to collect a vast array of data relating to a person’s daily routine. This data can be interpreted by medical professionals allowing for monitoring, diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

There was significant interest in the project at the Forum and we were delighted to connect with our global colleagues, partners and customers to discuss the broad potential of the technology.

Man wearing heads-up displayThere were many other highlights at the event such as the discussions around the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence to name but a few.

Fujitsu Forum is becoming an increasingly recognised annual high point in the ICT calendar and I was proud to be able to show our Ireland customers the true breadth of our Global capabilities.

It was a great opportunity to demonstrate how Fujitsu are at the vanguard of the ICT industry, and how our people are leading the way.

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Tony O'Malley

Tony O’Malley is CEO of Fujitsu Ireland and Chairman of the Fujitsu Ireland Limited board. He is leading the delivery of Fujitsu’s innovative ICT services to the public and private sectors.

As CEO, Tony is committed to creating value for customers and putting into practice Fujitsu’s vision to create a Human Centric Intelligent Society.

He also oversees significant research programmes in Ireland in collaboration with Fujitsu Laboratories Japan, in particular addressing Data Analytics and Healthcare systems for assisted living.

Tony sits on the Dublin Chamber of Commerce Council and is a member of the Insight Centre for Data Analytics Advisory Committee.

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