Hitachi Consulting and Canon Information and Imaging Solutions, Inc. Form a Strategic Alliance to Advance Digital Innovation

DALLAS and MELVILLE, N.Y., Sept. 12,  2018 /PRNewswire/ — Hitachi Consulting Corporation, a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd, and a leading provider of digital and IoT business solutions, together with Canon Information and Imaging Solutions, Inc. (“CIIS”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Canon U.S.A., Inc., today announced a new strategic alliance to deliver digital solutions to customers throughout the Americas.

Working together, Hitachi Consulting and CIIS will leverage their respective strengths to integrate imaging into digital solutions that will help clients reduce costs, accelerate innovation and create new revenue streams. 

The alliance strengthens the delivery capabilities of both companies and builds a go-to-market partnership for the collaborative creation of client solutions. For example, CIIS imaging technology can be applied in Hitachi Consulting video analytics for security in smart city projects and manufacturing clients’ video and image analytics for predictive failure and maintenance.  

“Our alliance with CIIS will improve Hitachi Consulting’s suite of digital solutions and provide our clients with the opportunity to efficiently and reliably deploy imaging capabilities,” said Hicham Abdessamad, president and CEO of Hitachi Consulting.  “With the new CIIS alliance, Hitachi Consulting further strengthens its capabilities to help clients work toward innovating faster, increasing operational efficiency and realizing measurable, sustainable business and societal value.”

Hitachi Consulting has pioneered innovative methods by capitalizing on video data to provide real-time analytics that work toward improving a business’s bottom line and operational effectiveness.  For example, by tracking and analyzing employee movements, a video system can identify quality issues at the source, which can help increase the overall productivity of the line and improve employee health and welfare.

A variety of CIIS solutions can support business process optimization efforts across multiple industries. For example, healthcare delivery can be improved by using imaging at remote points of care. Imaging can also help increase energy and environmental efficiency and streamline manufacturing operations.

The two companies will collaborate to create innovative offerings around data mining and business intelligence of Accounts Payable (AP) automation process flows, statistical monitoring and other high-value business functions.

“We are excited to bring together Hitachi Consulting’s leadership in leveraging data as a strategic asset with CIIS’s advanced image-related technology,” said Kevin Sato, President and Chief Executive Officer of CIIS. “With our new alliance, Hitachi Consulting and CIIS will bring valued services designed to aide our mutual customers in digitally transforming their most critical business processes.”

Hitachi Consulting is collaborating with CIIS on its AP Invoice Automation solution, which enables digital imaging capture of travel and expense receipts for improved and automated expense reporting and processing. Hitachi Consulting will also become an American reseller of CIIS’s AP Automation solution, to bring customers more efficient processes for AP invoicing and travel and expense orchestration.