Hitachi Consulting, a unit of Japanese technology giant Hitachi, provides business management and information technology consulting services. It groups its offerings into four main areas: business intelligence and performance management; corporate management; customer and channel; and supply chain. The firm, which serves 25% of the Global 100 and operates from more than 15 offices in the US, Europe, and the Asia/Pacific region, practices in a variety of industries, ranging from aerospace and defense to consumer goods to utilities. Clients have included Coldwater Creek, Raytheon Aircraft, and Toyota. Hitachi Consulting was founded in 2000 when Hitachi bought a consulting arm of accounting firm Grant Thornton.
Traditionally strong in North America and Asia, Hitachi Consulting has been working to expand its presence in Europe, mostly through the use of acquisitions.
The company's newest offices have been opened in Germany, Portugal, Spain, and the UK. In early 2011, Hitachi Consulting bought Sierra Atlantic, an outsourced product development and IT services provider. The deal improved its geographical presence by adding development centers in India and China. A short time later, the company acquired Madrid-based Aptivo Consulting, an information technology advisement firm that owns a presence in Spain and Portugal. In 2009 Hitachi Consulting added to its UK operations with the purchase of Edenbrook Ltd., an IT consulting firm specializing in Microsoft and Oracle.
In April 2009, Philip Parr was promoted to president and CEO, replacing D. Michael Travis, who had held the post for six year. Parr was Hitachi Consulting's COO and had held other management positions in the company. Travis is now COO and a board member of Hitachi Information & Telecommunication Systems Global Holding Corp. – less