Hitachi launches ANZ storage consultancy

Team of five to focus on five key areas

Hitachi Data Systems today launched an A/NZ business consulting practice to assist organisations in maximising the value of their storage investments.

In a statement, Hitachis said the business consulting practice offers strategic planning and operational best practices that diffuse the economic, risk and management overheads associated with storage growth and complexity.

The practice focuses on five key areas, including: data lifecyle management; storage economics; service management; consolidation and virtualization; business continuity and risk.

Team leader and consulting director is Michael Cunningham, who has been with the company for five years.

In his previous role, Cunningham built the professional services practice from a standing start to a contribution of greater than 13 percent of local revenues.

He will be supported by four consultants including Paul Louis, a former CIO who has held senior positions at Dimension Data and Software Spectrum.

Another consultant is former infrastructure architect and program director for Accenture, Paul MacPherson, along with Greg Cetinich who worked on large scale storage projects during his time at Nestle and IBM.

The final member of the team is Paul Bicknell who has 20 years experience in the defence industry, having held leadership positions in logistics, maintenance, warehousing and supply chain operations for the Australian Defence Forces.

He recently developed the Defence Information Infrastructure Plan for broad publication to defence, industry and other government agencies.

Headquartered in Japan with 384,000 staff worldwide, Hitachi Data Systems had revenues totalling $86.8 billion in fiscal 2006.

Its customers include nearly 60-percent of Fortune 100 companies.

- with Sandra Rossi

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