News release

Date: 29th June 2011

Hitachi Consulting UK Named Finalist for Compass Point in Public Sector Award at Microsoft World Partner Conference 2011

Groundbreaking Compass Point Project Delivers £2.1 million back office savings in the first year with an anticipated total shared saving of £30 million over ten years

LONDON, UK — June 29, 2011— Hitachi Consulting UK has been named as the only UK finalist in the Dynamics Public Sector Partner of the Year category at the Microsoft World Partner Conference Awards 2011 for its innovative work with Compass Point Business Services Ltd, which has already helped to deliver a £2.1 million in savings within the first year. The award also recognises Hitachi Consulting’s ongoing commitment to its relationship with Microsoft, its continued focus to deliver technology solutions, and Dynamics know-how.

Awards were presented in multiple categories, with winners chosen from a set of more than 3,000 entrants worldwide. The Microsoft Dynamics Public Sector Partner of the Year Award honors partners who have exhibited excellence in providing innovative and unique solutions based on Microsoft Dynamics to organisations in the public sector. This award recognises Hitachi Consulting (UK) for demonstrating industry knowledge and expertise, as well as consistent, high-quality, predictable service to Microsoft Dynamics customers. This partner also has shown business leadership and success through strong growth in new customer additions and revenue.

Hitachi Consulting UK is supporting Compass Point by providing the back office shared services infrastructure, the new joint shared services organisation wholly owned by South Holland District Council and East Lindsey District Council in Lincolnshire.

“Compass Point is the first Public Sector implementation of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 in the UK, and according to Compass Point’s own business plan, our solution is expected to deliver an estimated £30 million in savings to the two district authorities over the next 10 years,” said Steve French, Vice President, Enterprise Applications at Hitachi Consulting UK. “We’re delighted to receive this recognition for our work in the Public Sector. After many years of investment, Hitachi Consulting UK has developed proven and industry specific ‘best practice’ process methodologies to help achieve rapid implementation times, an integrated and optimised solution to help Public Sector organisations complete transformation programmes.”

“Seizing the opportunity to share and support ICT services is not just the logical response to funding cuts in an austere economy, but it is also the face of Public Sector service delivery and efficiency moving forward,” said Councillor Paul Przyszlak, Chairman of the Board of Compass Point Business Services. “It was therefore extremely important that we work with a company that has both technical insight, and a specific understanding of public sector requirements. We selected Hitachi Consulting UK because we felt they had the best vision for delivering modern and agile ICT systems with both the scalability and flexibility to accommodate the needs of different councils.”

“We are proud to recognise this outstanding group from our highly valued worldwide partner network as our 2011 Partner Award finalists,” said Jon Roskill, corporate vice president, Worldwide Partner Group, Microsoft Corp. “We applaud the unique perspective and creativity each of these companies brings to solving customer business and technology challenges. Our strong alliance partnership along with their commitment to customers plays an essential role in our mutual, long-term success.”

Hitachi Consulting UK is the trusted provider of choice to some of the UK’s largest Microsoft users and some of the most complex IT environments. UK Microsoft customers include UK Accreditation Service (UKAS), Co-op, easyJet, Experian Footfall and Luton Borough Council, to name a few.

The Microsoft Partner Awards recognise Microsoft partners that have developed and delivered exceptional Microsoft-based solutions over the past year.

Further information about the Microsoft World Partner Conference awards and event 2011 can be found at: http://www.digitalwpc.com/#fbid=cEMvthUoWPv
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About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi, Ltd.,
(NYSE: HIT / TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 360,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2010 (ended March 31, 2011) consolidated revenues totaled 9,315 billion yen ($112.2 billion). Hitachi will focus more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes information and telecommunication systems, power systems, environmental, industrial and transportation systems, and social and urban systems, as well as the sophisticated materials and key devices that support them. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at http://www.hitachi.com.

About Hitachi Europe Ltd.
Hitachi Europe Ltd.
is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., Japan. Headquartered in Maidenhead, UK, it has operations in 11 countries across Europe, the Middle East and Africa and employs approximately 460 people. Hitachi Europe comprises of nine business areas: air conditioning and refrigeration systems; digital media and consumer products; display products; industrial components and equipment; manufacturing systems; information systems; power and industrial systems; power devices and procurement and sourcing. Hitachi Europe also has three Research and Development laboratories and a Design Centre. For more information about the company, please visit http://www.hitachi.eu.

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