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Hitachi Information Forum: Big data ‘challenges compliance’

Hitachi Data Systems set to shed light on managing the new compliance headache at upcoming Hitachi Information Forum

Johannesburg, SA, November 04, 2014 – Hitachi Data Systems Corporation (HDS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501) believes that the exponential growth in the amount of data in circulation is challenging sub-Saharan African organisations’ efforts to remain compliant.

Speaking ahead of the Hitachi Information Forum 2014 in South Africa this week, Cleo Becker, regional counsel for HDS Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East, Turkey and Israel, says organisations are struggling to get a grip on data compliance.

“IDC’s statistics point towards a rapid rise in business data, which is on a trajectory to grow at 40% to 50% year on year. Therefore, the volume of data that businesses need to store, manage and report on is becoming more difficult to administer. In addition, the types of data that need to be captured are increasingly complex, including instant messaging (IM), text, voice and social media interactions – so-called ‘unstructured data’ – and many businesses do not have sophisticated enough technology, tools and policies in place to manage this,” she says.

With potentially thousands of pieces of legislation impacting companies, peaking at over 100,000 legal requirements relevant to multinational companies, the regulation landscape is constantly evolving and varies across markets, says Becker.

Becker will address the Hitachi Information Forum at The Forum in Bryanston, South Africa on Friday 7th November, on ways to achieve compliance in an increasingly complex environment.

International Hitachi executives including Bob Plumridge, chief technology officer EMEA, Hitachi Data Systems, executives from Hitachi partner companies and world-renowned solo adventurer Riaan Manser will also give businesses new insights into innovation and breaking new ground.

IT executives, storage professionals and business managers will discover Hitachi’s holistic perspective on big data, the changing face of IT infrastructure, and how to build the on-demand data centre, with real world case studies will illustrate how companies are innovating with information.

Present at this year’s forum are sponsors including Brocade, ETS, Cathexis, Commvault, Hitachi, Symantec, ITgility, Virtual Instruments and Intel.


About Hitachi Data Systems

Hitachi Data Systems provides information technologies, services and solutions that help companies improve IT costs and agility, and innovate with information to make a difference in the world. Our customers gain compelling return on investment (ROI), unmatched return on assets (ROA), and demonstrable business impact. With approximately 6,300 employees worldwide, Hitachi Data Systems does business in more than 100 countries and regions. Our products, services and solutions are trusted by the world's leading enterprises, including more than 70% of the Fortune 100 and more than 80% of the Fortune Global 100. Visit us at www.HDS.com.


About Hitachi, Ltd.

Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 326,000 employees worldwide. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2012 (ended March 31, 2013) totaled 9,041 billion yen ($96.1 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 material & components, automotive systems and others. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at http://www.hitachi.com.