Fujitsu World Tour 2017 Paris-Event Report

Fujitsu World Tour 2017, which spans 22 countries in total, is an opportunity for Fujitsu to showcase its cutting-edge technologies as well as how its ICT solutions help customers grow their businesses. The June 29, 2017 event in Paris, France attracted more than 800 participants. The Fujitsu Journal team reports on the developments at the event, which started with an opening speech by Tatsuya Tanaka, President of Fujitsu Limited.

About Fujitsu World Tour

Fujitsu World Tour 2017, the world tour's tenth iteration, will visit 25 locations in 22 countries. This year's theme is "Human Centric Innovation: Digital Co-creation," which offers visitors opportunities to witness first-hand how Fujitsu is driving digital transformation in conjunction with clients and partners.
This year, the World Tour has expanded to cover Asia for the first time, and we are expecting record total global attendance of around 14,000 people.
Positioned in the middle stretch of the tour, Fujitsu World Tour 2017 Paris took place on Thursday, June 29, 2017 in Paris, France. The many enthusiastic participants were treated to sessions and exhibits at the venue "Le 104."

To Strengthen Digital Business in France

Fujitsu World Tour 2017 Paris kicked off with an opening speech by Tatsuya Tanaka, President of Fujitsu Limited.
First, President Tanaka talked about Fujitsu's global strategy: "In the digital era, Fujitsu will lead innovation by focusing on the four core technologies of cloud, IoT, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and cyber security."
He next referred to the relationship between Fujitsu and France, the nation where this event took place: "Fujitsu is making a five-year investment of more than 50 million euros (about 6 billion yen) to support digital innovation in France. The goal of this project, collaboration with the French government, is to develop new services and to acquire novel technologies. Through this project, Fujitsu aims to increase its number of partnerships with leading technology companies, research institutions, and startups in France; to strengthen its digital business; to significantly increase its business scale; and to expand its presence in the country."

Specifically, the project involves the following initiatives.

1. Establishing a Center of Excellence (CoE)

Fujitsu will establish a CoE, which is a team of experts who specialize in AI. This CoE will work with Fujitsu Group's research and business development units involved in AI to introduce technologies and services (in the fields of machine learning, deep learning, and natural language processing) that spur innovation into customers' businesses.
Fujitsu will offer the solutions and services generated by the CoE through FUJITSU Digital Business Platform MetaArc in order to serve customers in France, the EMEIA region, and around the world.

2. Joint Research in Artificial Intelligence

Fujitsu and Inria (French National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automatic Control) will set up a joint AI research program. The joint research will combine Inria's science with Fujitsu's technologies and will accelerate the development of new AI learning technologies based on cutting-edge mathematics and computer science, with an emphasis on interpreting IoT data, which poses many challenges for existing technologies. The results achieved through this joint research will swiftly be applied to the "Human Centric AI Zinrai" platform (Fujitsu's AI offering framework) and will serve to contribute to customers and society.

3. Strengthened Collaboration with Startups

Fujitsu will work with research institutions in France to create efficient scale-out object storage to facilitate international data sharing.
Also, in November 2016, Fujitsu entered into a partnership with Bpifrance, France's public investment bank; Fujitsu continues to move forward in identifying and strengthening collaboration with promising French startups.

4. Contributing to Digital Human Resource Development

The CoE will provide opportunities to participate in actual development projects to startups housed at the Drahi X-Novation Center, where the CoE is located. It will also welcome talented students and interns from Ecole Polytechnique, who will be offered the chance to participate in research based on real-world business deals. These efforts will actively contribute to the fostering of digital human resources in France.

The Digital Co-creation Experience through Exhibits and Breakout Sessions

The demonstration area showcased Fujitsu's cutting-edge solutions and technologies for enterprise digital transformation (including security, IoT, AI, and work style innovation), and case studies on co-creation with customers.
Visitors experienced Fujitsu's digital co-creation initiatives through a guest presentation by Gilles Cochevelou, CDO (Chief Data Officer) of Total S.A., a major French oil company, as well as one-on-one expert talks on topical themes, such as IoT and digital transformation.

From August, Fujitsu World Tour will go to Africa, the Middle East, North America, South America, India, and other countries. We hope that people around the world will visit our World Tour event.