The Fujitsu Asia Conference in Ho Chi Minh City was held on October 13, 2015.
Last year, Fujitsu Asia Conferences were held in seven countries around Asia to discuss that region’s social issues and challenges. The first Vietnam Conference was held in Hanoi, and the second was held in Ho Chi Minh City.
Under the theme of “Human Centric Innovation in Action,” leading examples of innovation in society and industry as well as technologies for creating a better future in Southeast Asia were showcased during the Conference.
What Fujitsu Is Doing in Vietnam and Southeast Asia
Fujitsu Vietnam was founded in 1999 to supply services, solutions and hardware such as servers and scanners to the domestic market. In his opening speech, Fujitsu Vietnam President Sei Kudo noted that this year marks the 80th anniversary of the parent company Fujitsu, and stated his desire to continue providing the domestic market with the accumulated experience and expertise of Fujitsu, uphold its longstanding commitment to quality, and to use ICT to contribute to the development of Vietnamese society and promote the company’s corporate clients.
Next at the podium was Junichi Saito, Corporate Executive Officer SVP and Head of Asia Region of Fujitsu Limited, who spoke about the work of the Fujitsu Group in Asia describing Vietnam as a bridge between the cultures of northern and southern Asia, and emphasizing its importance as a strategic base for Fujitsu’s operations. Mr. Saito outlined future business strategies for Vietnam, in particular the need to accelerate efforts in the social innovation domain in areas such as farming and food security, health care and disaster prevention.
How ICT Can Help to Boost the Vietnamese Economy
The guest speaker at the Conference was To Manh Cuong, Vice President of Vietnam Posts & Telecommunications Group (VNPT).
Mr. Cuong emphasized the importance of ICT in Vietnam, describing his country as one in the process of transitioning from an agricultural economy to a knowledge economy and calling for greater investment in ICT infrastructure development to support this evolution. Recent initiatives at VNPT include plans for e-government, a healthcare ecosystem, and electronic parent notification systems for schools.
Next came the keynote speech from Mikito Kiname, Managing Director and Head of Marketing Unit of Fujitsu Limited, who cited a number of real-life examples as part of a discussion about creating new forms of value and new services that embody the principle of human centric innovation in action, the main theme of the Conference, and promoting innovation.
Prime examples of innovation around digital technology include a traffic monitoring system for expressways in Indonesia and a hydrogen station information management service in Japan, both of which utilize cloud-based location data via SPATIOWL.
Fujitsu is exploring ICT farming applications in Vietnam through initiatives such as the “Akisai” cloud, developed specifically for the food and agriculture sector in conjunction with FPT, Vietnam’s largest ICT firm. An agreement to develop projects in the field of smart agriculture has been reached and preparations are already underway.
According to Mr. Kiname, ICT has an increasingly important role to play in the key sectors of manufacturing, farming and healthcare. Fujitsu is committed to bringing together different industries and regions for the purpose of creating new forms of value and services, and also to working together with clients to drive innovation.
Key Challenges for Vietnam in the Areas of Healthcare, Security and Logistics
The second half of the Conference was given over to a panel discussion with a selection of expert commentators on the key issues of healthcare, security and logistics.
Former Deputy Minister for Health and Associate Professor Le Van Truyen Ph.D. talked about the problem of regional disparities within the healthcare system, and how mobile health providers can provide the solution.
Next up was Fujitsu Security Evangelist Taishu Ota, who pointed to the business risks associated with cyber threats, arguing that the potential for disruption to business operations is an issue to be tackled by management.
He described the FUJITSU Security Initiative, which is designed to mitigate risks and improve ICT safety and security for corporate clients. He explained that cyber security strategies are predicated on the threat of attacks from outside, and emphasized the importance of identifying malware at the early stage and preventing secondary infections. Mr. Ota concluded by arguing the case of more training for security personnel at a time of increasingly complex cyber threats, not least due to the advent of the Internet of Things.
The last speaker at the Conference was Ryuji Owada, Director of SG Sagawa Vietnam, with a presentation on the current state of the logistics industry in Vietnam. He explained how GPS and scheduling apps are starting to appear in the industry but without being utilized fully. According to Mr. Owada, SG Sagawa Vietnam strives to deliver Japanese standards of service in Vietnam. With consumers increasingly demanding better service, quality systems will be increasingly important. In addition, the introduction of stronger legal compliance requirements means that companies need to develop ICT systems providing instant access to a range of data such as employee breaks and attendance records, maintenance logs, fuel consumption and toll payments.
Conclusion of the Fujitsu Asia Conference
Ho Chi Minh City was the first Fujitsu Asia Conference in the new fiscal year. The key to solving issues in the Vietnamese economy and society will be to utilize ICT in many fields of society and business, such as healthcare, security and logistics, as well as pursuing collaborative innovation across industries, sectors and even national borders.
The Fujitsu Asia Conference will also be held in other parts of Asia including Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines. Fujitsu will continue to examine the latest developments in ICT in Southeast Asia and study leading examples of ICT being used to pursue the guiding principle of human centric innovation in action.
Note: Position descriptions in this article are current as of October 2015