October 6, 2008

Hitachi Consulting Launches New Database Optimization Solution Set

Hitachi Consulting, the business and IT consulting company of Hitachi Ltd. (NYSE:HIT), has launched Database Optimization, a new solution designed to help companies manage and maintain Microsoft SQL Server environments according to enterprise IT standards.

According to Drew Naukam, Vice President, Hitachi Consulting Microsoft alliance, "With this new offering we are helping companies better manage key elements of a SQL optimization campaign: Discovery, Rationalization, Security Optimization and Operational Excellence. Companies that engage with us to implement the full Database Optimization solution can bring standardization and improved management to their SQL Server environments."

The Database Discovery component of the Hitachi Consulting Database Optimization solution automates the discovery and analysis of SQL Server installations within corporate environments. The tool has been used to successfully help companies quickly and thoroughly evaluate the current state of their SQL Server environment and develop strategies for its efficient and cost-effective management.

"Special attention was needed in the area of information discovery," Naukam said. "Discovery tools available in the market currently are not comprehensive, so our team at Hitachi Consulting set about creating a more sophisticated set of tools to address those serious challenges."

The Database Discovery tools for use with SQL Server were designed by Hitachi Consulting's BI and Data Management team, led by Ryan Trout, director, Specialized Services, and Bryan C. Smith, manager, Specialized Services.

"Hitachi Consulting recognizes the need for companies to quickly realize improvements in their SQL Server deployments," said Trout. "With this innovative and proprietary suite of tools, we help customers maximize their investments in SQL Server by optimizing assets, consolidating environments, and addressing corporate risk."

Hitachi Consulting has filed for patent protection for the Database Discovery suite of tools, made up of Discovery, System, and server scanners, all for use with SQL Server. Using this suite of tools, Hitachi Consulting delivers a comprehensive assessment of SQL Server - the first step in optimizing the SQL Server environment.

"Hitachi Consulting customers, including a Fortune 50 retailer, a global chemical manufacturer and a major satellite provider have all benefited from the Database Optimization solution," according to Naukam. "Companies recognize the need to bring enterprise standards, management and rigor to their SQL Server environments. We have deep experience working with enterprises to achieve this goal."

As a recognized market leader with Microsoft, Hitachi Consulting was named Finalist in Microsoft Dynamics(R) AX for Partner of the Year 2008, won the Microsoft BI/Data Management Partner of the Year award in 2006, the Information Worker Solutions, Messaging and Collaboration award in 2007 and received the Microsoft Dynamics Partner of the Year award in 2005 and 2006. Hitachi Consulting serves on the Microsoft Business Intelligence Partner and Office Developer Advisory Councils and also serves on the Microsoft Dynamics, Convergence and ISV Partner Advisory Councils.

Hitachi Consulting is a Platinum Sponsor of the Microsoft BI Conference 2008.

To learn more about the Hitachi Consulting Database Optimization solution set, including Database Discovery for use with SQL Server, call 877.664.0010 or send an email to [email protected]

About Hitachi Consulting

As Hitachi, Ltd.'s (NYSE: HIT) global consulting company, with operations in the U.S., Europe and Asia, Hitachi Consulting is a recognized leader in delivering proven business and IT solutions to Global 2000 companies across many industries. We leverage decades of business process, vertical industry, and leading-edge technology experience to understand each company's unique business needs. From business strategy development through application deployment, our consultants are committed to helping clients quickly realize measurable business value and achieve sustainable ROI.

Hitachi Consulting's client base includes nearly 35 percent of the Fortune 100 and 25 percent of the Global 100 as well as many leading mid-market companies. We offer a client-focused, collaborative approach and transfer knowledge throughout each engagement.

For more information, call 1.877.664.0010 or visit www.hitachiconsulting.com.

About Hitachi, Ltd.

Hitachi, Ltd., (NYSE: HIT) (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 390,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2007 (ended March 31, 2008) consolidated revenues totaled 11,226 billion yen ($112.2 billion). The company offers a wide range of systems, products and services in market sectors including information systems, electronic devices, power and industrial systems, consumer products, materials, logistics and financial services. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at http://www.hitachi.com.

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