[News] Hitachi Chooses US for Global Internet of Things HQ

Hitachi making a bolder move into the internet of things sector.

The Japanese conglomerate is now combining its three U.S.-based tech units; Hitachi Data Systems, Hitachi Insight Group, and Pentaho.

It will to create a new single company called Hitachi Vantara. The three component companies claim a number of high-profile clients including Disney, BMW, and Verizon.

The research director at IDC tells Fortune that with this major revamp, the new firm could compete against existing players in the IoT sector such as GE, Microsoft, Amazon, and Google.

Vantara will be a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, but will be independently managed.

HDS chief executive Ryuichi Otsuki and president Brian Householder will hold the same positions at the new company.

Vantara will be headquartered in Santa Clara, California.

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