Fujitsu’s inclusion in the 2015 Fortune Magazine “World’s Most Admired Companies” list is the result of the high scores the company received on multiple criteria. According to the list, Fujitsu not only performed well in terms of innovation, but also in the areas of social responsibility, use of corporate assets, management quality, and quality of products and services.
This is the third consecutive year that Fujitsu has appeared on the list of the world’s most admired companies. The list contains 349 companies, 14 of which are of Japanese origin. By promoting business activities which prioritize society, the environment and governance, Fujitsu strives to make a contribution to sustainable development as a global IT company.
World’s Most Admired Companies
The Fortune 2015 list was the result of collaboration between Fortune Magazine and consultancy firm, Hay Group. Surveys of 15,000 top managers, directors and analysts determine which names do and don’t make the cut. Those companies awarded highest scores from both inside and outside their sector are divided into nine categories, including management quality, quality of products and services, and innovation. Inclusion in the prestigious list can be particularly helpful to companies with regard to recruiting and developing top talent — an area of expertise for the Hay Group.
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It was in a corner of the ISC’15 exhibition show floor; not well-lit, just a semi-partitioned booth with some 50 chairs, a podium and a large LCD screen. It was a BoF (“Birds of a Feather”) session set-up, where the latest “Graph 500 List” was announced.
The Graph 500 List is a bi-annual supercomputer ranking, based on graph-related performance, which is becoming more important than ever in the “Big Data” field.
The latest July 2015 issue of the Graph 500 List was published on July 13th, during a BoF session at ISC’15: the “International Supercomputing Conference.” The ISC event consists of a five-day conference (Sunday to Thursday) and a three-day exhibition (Monday to Wednesday). Every HPC-related vendor showcases their state-of-the-art technologies while universities and institutes demonstrate their latest interesting research results, and explore the way to exascale supercomputing and beyond. At ISC’15, Fujitsu exhibited its original Sparc64 processor-based PRIMEHPC supercomputer family and their industry-standard PRIMERGY server-based HPC cluster solutions.
The Graph 500 BoF session was in the middle of Monday’s exhibition hours. With a packed audience, including the “K computer” project team, the chairperson opened the session with a background explanation and overview of Graph 500. After the (relatively long for involved people) introduction, the chairperson presented the top three supercomputers, from bottom to top. When he announced the second-place supercomputer, it was not the K computer! The project team members spoke in hushed tones with each other, followed by a sigh of relief, as they believed that, with the dramatically improved benchmark score, the K computer had taken first place.
The session closed at 6:30pm and the ISC 30th Anniversary Party began in earnest!
Press Release: K computer takes first place in Graph 500 supercomputer ranking
The speed at which workplace technology has evolved over recent decades has been startling, but we are now entering a period – and pace – of change that will put wholly new pressures onto business leaders.
It’s surprising to think about how recently the smartphone reached the mass market. By the end of 2018, the number of worldwide mobile users is expected to increase to over 6.2 billion. Roughly 84 percent of the world population will be using mobile technology by the end of 2018. Mobile devices in use, including both phones and tablets, will grow from 7.7 billion in 2014 to over 12.1 billion by 2018 – 1.95 devices per user1.
Technology has already changed the face of work across industry sectors by enabling relevant information to be shared with employees in real time, whatever their location. For example, building-maintenance officers employed by local councils can now be allocated jobs in their locality, submitting relevant information via smartphone apps before proceeding directly to their next job, a vastly more efficient work process2. At the same time, healthcare professionals are using mobile apps for many purposes, from accessing diagnosis and treatment information, to providing drug references at the point of care3.
For business leaders, enabling this innovation is already throwing up challenges around security, integration and data governance, among other things. But in the workplace of 2020, people will rely more than ever on a suite of advanced technologies and applications to perform their jobs at the level required. Enterprises have a huge task ahead to keep pace with this change.
Leading organizations are experimenting with a host of exciting new technologies that could make a dramatic impact in the workplace, such as wearables, the Internet of Things (IoT), virtual reality rooms, augmented reality, robotics and cognitive computing, to name but a few.
The value of the global cognitive computing market, for example, is forecast to grow from $2.5 billion in 2014 to $12.5 billion by 20194. Meanwhile, US consultancy Digi-Capital’s research suggests that the augmented reality market could reach around $120 billion in revenue by 20205.
If this projected rate of adoption of emerging technologies comes to fruition over the next few years, we will see work in all industries transformed. And while some of these new technologies will become almost universally applied across industries, in the same way that smart mobile technology has become ubiquitous today, others may remain specific to particular sectors.
For business and IT leaders, however, a common set of challenges will present themselves. They must ensure their organisations are agile enough to implement the most effective emerging technologies for their business ahead of their competitors, while designing human-centric systems that bring together the dimensions of people, information and infrastructure to optimize the capabilities and performance of each employee.
The White Book of Digital Workplace Evolution delivers practical, forward-looking guidance to enterprises as they develop their workplace IT infrastructure to support and grow their business. It looks at how business leaders can optimize these new ways of working, recognize specific implications relevant to their business and industry, and how they can best prepare their organizations for the evolving world of work.
A new innovation in medical technology is currently being trialed by Fujitsu which will help doctors save time when using CT scans for oncological research. Until now, properly monitoring the development of lumps has proven troublesome for doctors, as comparing scans based on varying data is difficult. Pulse and breathing can alter the position of physical characteristics, making image comparison very labor-intensive.
Lower Margin for Error
The innovative solution automatically compares images based on the position of neighboring blood vessels and other “reference points” in the body. As well as making it easier to compare CT scans, it also reduces the margin for error. The innovation saves doctors precious time comparing images, which can be put to better use elsewhere.
Available to Hospitals in the Near Future
Fujitsu Laboratories recently presented their initial findings at a medical conference held at Tohuku University in Sendai, Japan. Meanwhile, Fujitsu will be testing and fine-tuning the technology further, with the target of introducing a product which uses the technology to the market by spring 2016. This innovation by Fujitsu is set to signify a technological breakthrough in medicine, which will help make the work of doctors all over the world a lot more efficient.
An innovative High Performance Computing (HPC) cluster donated by Fujitsu and Intel started operation at the German Cancer Research Centre (DKFZ) in Heidelberg.
The new infrastructure based on Fujitsu’s PRIMERGY servers facilitates the Pan-Cancer Analysis of Whole Genomes (PCAWG) project and will help biologists and bioinformaticians at DKFZ and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) to analyze and share a wealth of cancer genomic data more efficiently.
“The Fujitsu-Intel infrastructure will significantly accelerate crucial computational analyses,” explains Roland Eils, who leads the project for the DKFZ.
In line with its vision of “Human Centric Innovation” Fujitsu gladly supports scientists in their research for a better understanding of the relationships between genomes and cancer diseases.
Read more on the EMBL news webpage