Hitachi Consulting and Macrospect Bring Real-Time Big Data into Business Planning and Consolidation (BPC) Decision Making

   Hitachi Consulting and Macrospect Bring Real-Time Big Data into Business
               Planning and Consolidation (BPC) Decision Making

New SAP HANA-based BPC solution Enables Customers to Leverage Operational Data
in Financial Planning Cycles Yielding Tangible Business Results

PR Newswire

DALLAS, June 4, 2014

DALLAS, June 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Hitachi Consulting, a subsidiary of
Hitachi, Ltd (TSE: 6501), a leading provider of IT consulting and management
consulting solutions and services, along with Macrospect today launched a new
service that makes it fast and easy for corporate financial executives to use
Big Data in real time to increase revenues, cut costs, and make smarter faster
resource allocation decisions within the current period, among many other
benefits.

The two companies offer businesses a transformational Business Planning and
Consolidation (BPC) solution based on SAP HANA, an ultra-fast in-memory
analytic database system. Macrospect is a certified SAP partner and a leader
in BPC implementations. Hitachi Consulting brings to the team global
capabilities in SAP-based business intelligence and analytics technologies.

The new BPC solution enables financial executives to integrate operational
data in their planning cycles while utilizing more complex real-time data to
improve financial planning, budgeting and forecasting. Using Big Data
technology gives them a much more powerful tool for making better, faster
business decisions based on real-time analysis of operational and financial
data.

For instance, a recent process manufacturing customer achieved a 90 percent
improvement in run times and responsiveness using the Hitachi
Consulting/Macrospect BPC solution while integrating massive volumes of data
from its core operational systems with financial planning data.

True business transformation

BPC is an Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) discipline that streamlines
the planning, budgeting, forecasting, and consolidation processes of a
business. The Hitachi Consulting/Macrospect solution stands out from other BPC
offerings thanks to its ability to create an integrated process for sharing
information across business functions to improve planning and operational
efficiencies. The solution aligns sales, finance, supply chain and other
business teams to provide a comprehensive planning view of the enterprise.

It also allows businesses to use more up-to-date data in much larger volumes
to drive decisions for smarter business planning, according to Patrick Bolin,
vice president of Hitachi Consulting. "The in-memory computing capability of
our HANA-based BPC solution analyzes information in real time that previously
had been too large or complex for traditional systems," he said. "We have
invented a new kind of platform for incorporating real-time financial data
into our customers' everyday decisions."

The Hitachi Consulting/Macrospect solution includes everything needed to help
businesses get up and running with BPC successfully. The companies offer
flexible SAP HANA deployments to fit almost any business budget, including
on-premise, hosted and managed cloud-based services. In addition to hardware
and software integration, the companies offer customized services that include
visioning workshops, implementation plans and rapid proofs-of-concept.

"We have seen a strong desire from our customer base over the last 8 years to
have this type of advanced analytical capability, but it just wasn't possible
prior to the recent advances in IMC technology," stated Randy Marvel, CEO of
Macrospect. "We have vetted our approach with current customers and have
received strong validation of our solution from a well-known analyst firm. We
are very excited about joining with Hitachi Consulting to go to market with
this innovative and transformational solution," said Marvel.

About Hitachi Consulting Corporation

Hitachi Consulting is the global management consulting and IT services
business of Hitachi Ltd., a global technology leader and a catalyst of
sustainable societal change. In that same spirit — and building on its
technology heritage — Hitachi Consulting is a catalyst for positive business
change, propelling companies ahead by enabling superior operational
performance. Working within their existing processes and focusing on targeted
functional challenges, we help our clients respond to dynamic global change
with insight and agility. Our unique approach delivers measurable, sustainable
business results and a better consulting experience. For more information
visit: www.hitachiconsulting.com

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About Hitachi, Ltd.

Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations
that answer society's challenges with our talented team and proven experience
in global markets. The company's consolidated revenues for fiscal 2013 (ended
March 31, 2014) totaled 9,616 billion yen ($93.4 billion). Hitachi is focusing
more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes
infrastructure systems, information & telecommunication systems, power
systems, construction machinery, high functional materials & components,
automotive systems, health care and others. For more information on Hitachi,
please visit the company's website at http://www.hitachi.com.

About Macrospect

Macrospect is a trusted and experienced technology consultancy and SAP partner
specializing in EPM for HANA. Through the combination of business acumen and
technology expertise, Macrospect successfully assists our clients in achieving
higher performance by turning financial and operational data into more
transparent and actionable information. For more information visit:
www.macrospect.net

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SOURCE Hitachi Consulting

Website: http://www.hitachiconsulting.com
Contact: Jeanne Clizbe, Hitachi Consulting, 571-432-8898,
pressinquiries@hitachiconsulting.com
 
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