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Fujitsu: Centralised IT systems key to next-gen trends

Fujitsu execs say that new trends around cloud, IoT and analytics require centralised IT systems

Fujitsu: Centralised IT systems key to next-gen trends
Al Sabbagh: On average 67% of the total IT cost is used for ‘keeping the lights on'

Enterprises are not able to fully take advantage of new trends such as data analytics, cloud computing and the Internet of Things (IoT) because they do not centralise their IT systems, according to Farid Al Sabbagh, managing director and VP at Fujitsu.

Speaking at yesterday's Dubai leg of the Fujitsu World Tour 2015, Al Sabbagh said that centralising IT systems was a pre-requisite for achieving what he called "hyper connectivity" - the ability to take advantage of emerging trends to drive business value.

"On average and according to Gartner, 67% of the total IT cost is used for ‘keeping the lights on' - or, to run and maintain current systems," he said.

"This is not enough to prepare an enterprise to benefit from a hyper-connected market, preventing the development of new innovation that has the power to transform business efficiency."

The Fujitsu World Tour is a global event that takes place in 19 countries and will see over 10,000 delegates attend. The Dubai leg saw end users from the Dubai Police and Lulu Group give talks, as well as representatives from SAP, Microsoft and Intel, among others.

Ayman Abouseif, vice president of Product Marketing at Fujitsu, reiterated Al Sabbagh's comments, saying that, only by centralising IT systems can an enterprise truly protect itself and move into the era of hyper connectivity with confidence.

"In a safer and centralised environment, businesses can apply new technology to deliver deeper insights and value from information," he said.

"It's about seamlessly connecting multiple devices and data centers through the cloud - ensuring that the right information is available to the right people, at the right time, in the right place. It's about using technology confidently to help people do what they do even better."

To illustrate his point Abouseif referred to Fujitsu's work with Airbus.

"The manufacturer implemented Fujitsu's RFID solutions to develop a profile of any aircraft's spare part numbers, maintenance history and overall reliability. As a result, a manual check of seats and lifejackets that used to take 14 hours now takes 20 minutes in a plane - besides allowing easier tracking and replacement," he explained.

Meanwhile, Dr Adel Rouz, executive vice president of Fujitsu Laboratories, spoke of new paradigms in research, and used examples of how today's hyper-connected world presents opportunities previously unimaginable - such as CCTV cameras that can cut through fog and LED lighting embedded with information.

From Dubai Police, Captain Ahmed bin Fahed spoke of human centricity in the force's adoption of smart technology for Dubai - and how innovations are benefiting residents of the emirate.

"With 34 channels of communication, 57 online services and 79 mobile services, we are using mobile applications and smart solutions to serve customers more efficiently and make the citizens and residents of Dubai safer and happier as a result. This is all part of our social policing vision," he said.

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