Hitachi Goes with webMethods

Taps integration platform for enterprise-wide integration initiatives

Tempe, AZ  July 19, 2002  Electronics manufacturer Hitachi has turned to webMethods for an integration platform to serve as the integration backbone of its information and telecommunication business divisions.

As a global manufacturer of computers, semiconductors, consumer products, power and industrial equipment, Hitachi's business strategy is focused on competing in the rapidly changing, global economy. The company's Information Business Group has embarked on the integration project to integrate internal enterprise application systems.

After evaluating integration software, Hitachi tapped the webMethods integration platform to integrate enterprise applications across multiple business divisions with the goal of enabling information and business processes to be shared across the company and with external business partners.

Hitachi signed a reseller partnership agreement with webMethods in December 2001, whereby Hitachi Ltd. and Hitachi Systems & Services agreed to provide integration solutions to the Hitachi Group. Hitachi Systems & Services is acting as the systems integrator for this intra-company project, planned to be completed in October 2002.

"This project is very important for Hitachi, and the webMethods integration platform has been selected through careful evaluation and selection process," said Koichi Kunimasa, chief information officer of the Information Business Group. "The webMethods integration platform offers a flexible and scalable solution, ensuring we are not limited in the selection of future applications or integration strategies."

Hitachi, Ltd., headquartered in Tokyo, had fiscal 2000 sales of about $68 billion.