Father of Microsoft Dynamics AX, Hal Howard, Joins Hitachi Solutions

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Microsoft Dynamics AX Pioneer and Former Microsoft Corporate Vice President Dynamics ERP Research and Development Continues to Lead the Vision of Dynamics ERP with Hitachi Solutions

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"I believe Hal’s wealth of knowledge, passion for innovation and expertise will sharpen the competitive edge we bring to the market and to our customers.”

Hitachi Solutions is elated with the addition of Microsoft technology innovator Hal Howard to its executive team. Howard has transitioned from his recent role as Microsoft Corporate Vice President of Dynamics ERP Research and Development to Chief Technology Advisor for Hitachi Solutions America. Howard’s technical leadership and 10 years of experience with Microsoft building Microsoft Dynamics AX make him an exciting addition to the team.

“I am extremely excited and humbled that my good friend Hal has decided to join our team,” said Mike Gillis, President and Chief Operating Officer, Hitachi Solutions America. “As many industry analysts and leading software executives can attest, Hal has been immensely successful designing Microsoft Dynamics AX solutions. I believe Hal’s wealth of knowledge, passion for innovation and expertise will sharpen the competitive edge we bring to the market and to our customers.”

During his tenure at Microsoft, Howard affectionately became known as the “Father of AX” and cultivated a reputation for his wide depth of technical knowledge and charismatic personality. Howard has spent the last 10 years in various leadership capacities within Microsoft Dynamics, most recently as Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Dynamics ERP Research and Development. Howard has also been responsible for global innovation efforts for the Microsoft Dynamics portfolio of products, including Microsoft Dynamics AX, NAV, GP and SL.

As a strategic advisor for Hitachi Solutions, Hal Howard will collaborate with the global team to lead strategic initiatives to develop innovative and differentiated business solutions for Dynamics. Howard will continue his passionate work evangelizing Dynamics to end users and companies.

“I am thrilled to be a part of team Hitachi. The unique combination of intellectual property, expertise, and leadership at Hitachi Solutions positions us well to serve customers with the most complete solution offerings in the business applications marketplace. I look forward to working with the team and our customers to drive their next level of success within their industry,” Hal Howard, Chief Technology Advisor, Hitachi Solutions America.

Howard holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Mathematics, and Physics from Kentucky Wesleyan College and serves on the board of directors for the University of Washington’s Supply Chain Management Program.

Howard is a family man and wine enthusiast. He and his wife have two children. They collect rare wines from around the world and own their own wineries in Washington and California. In his spare time, Howard also enjoys playing golf, racquetball, poker, and other strategy games.

With global capabilities and regional offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, India, Japan, China, and the Southeast Asia region, Hitachi Solutions helps its customers successfully compete with the largest global enterprises using powerful, user-friendly, affordable industry solutions based on Microsoft Dynamics AX and Microsoft Dynamics CRM. To learn more, visit http://us.hitachi-solutions.com.

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About Hitachi Solutions America, Ltd.

Hitachi Solutions America is a recognized leader in providing Microsoft Dynamics AX and Microsoft Dynamics CRM based global industry solutions that improve business practices and provide measurable business results. Additionally, Hitachi Solutions America delivers innovative solutions around Business Analytics and Portals and Collaboration. Recognized as the Microsoft 2014 CRM Global Partner of the Year and the 2014 Dynamics Global Outstanding Reseller of the Year, Hitachi Solutions America’s proven track record includes thousands of solutions that America provides industry focus, enterprise software industry domain expertise, and proven tier-one people, processes, and tools. With global capabilities and regional offices in United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, India, Japan, China, and South East Asia, Hitachi Solutions partners with industry leading clients to understand their unique formula for success. For more information, call 949.242.1300 or visit: http://us.hitachi-solutions.com.

About Hitachi Solutions, Ltd.

Hitachi Solutions, Ltd., headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a core member of Information & Telecommunication Systems Company of Hitachi Group and a recognized leader in delivering proven business and IT strategies and solutions to companies across many industries. The company provides value-driven services throughout the IT life cycle from systems planning to systems integration, operation and maintenance. Hitachi Solutions delivers products and services of superior value to customers worldwide through key subsidiaries in the United States, Europe, China and India. The flagship company in the Hitachi Group's information and communication system solutions business, Hitachi Solutions also offers solutions for social innovation such as smart cities. For more information on Hitachi Solutions, please visit: http://www.hitachi-solutions.com.

About Hitachi, Ltd.

Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 326,000 employees worldwide. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2013 (ended March 31, 2014) totaled 9,616 billion yen ($93.3 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes infrastructure systems, information & telecommunication systems, power systems, construction machinery, high functional material & components, automotive systems and others. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at http://www.hitachi.com.

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