Nippon Telegraph and Telephone: NTT DATA launches an innovation center in six countries.

TOKYO – August 19, 2022 – NTT DATA, a global leader in digital services and IT services, launched an innovation center at six sites around the world in August 2022. These local centers, located in countries where customers are highly sensitive to the latest trends, will focus on advanced technologies with the potential to become mainstream within five to ten years, aiming to generate new business through joint R&D with these customers.

The initial organizational structure will include Strategy Headquarters, which formulates technology strategy, and local centers in six countries (Japan, United States, Italy, Germany, China and India), which consist of around 100 experts, mainly researchers, consultants and engineers. Technology themes will be established for each center based on the strategy of the strategic headquarters. Through joint R&D with leading companies, as well as cooperation with universities and startups, these centers will be among the first to accumulate information on cutting-edge technologies in their regions. This information will then become elements for the next technological strategy.
NTT DATA is currently pursuing technology assessment and customer proposal initiatives in cutting-edge areas such as quantum computing and the metaverse. The center aims to expand its organization to 300 experts by the end of fiscal year 2025, in order to acquire world-leading capabilities for the use of cutting-edge technologies.

Background

Recently, social issues have become more and more complicated, such as global pandemic, war, climate change, etc. At the same time, rapid advances in technology have transformed the way people live. Digitization has been embraced across industries and continues to disrupt business models. Technological innovation is increasingly needed to solve social and business challenges.

As the role of IT in society and business evolves, value is found and discovered in new forms of technology offerings.
To enhance its competitiveness amid such fierce global competition, NTT DATA has included in its new medium-term management plan to strengthen the use of cutting-edge technologies to generate new business value, which focuses on technologies that are expected to emerge in the next five to ten years. .1 To achieve this goal, NTT DATA launched the Innovation Center in August 2022 as an organization bringing together innovation professionals scattered around the world. Its main objectives are to acquire world-leading capabilities for the use of cutting-edge technologies and to pursue joint R&D with innovative customers.

Fig. 1. Main area of ​​focus of the innovation center

Fig. 2. Innovation Center Activity Policy

Role of the innovation center

The innovation center will focus on cutting-edge technologies in emerging fields, which are expected to become mainstream in the next five to ten years, with the aim of establishing a cutting-edge research and development team. The center will present proposals, conduct joint R&D and create use cases with innovative customers who want to actively use advanced technologies at global sites around the world.

Strategy Headquarters:

  • Formulate medium and long-term technology strategies for the business group and coordinate with local centers to implement these strategies.

  • Select target technology themes from many candidates accumulated by local centers and promote R&D according to technologies and market trends in each region.

Local centers:

  • Focus on technology evaluation and customer proposals. Composed of experts in R&D, prototype development and various fields.

  • Based on the policy of the headquarters of the strategy, explore the potential of cutting-edge technologies, build relationships with innovative customers around the world, and pursue joint R&D.

Strengthen relationships with universities and startups to assess cutting-edge technologies and widely accumulate information on cutting-edge technologies in each region.

Main themes (as of August 2022)

The Innovation Center will focus on the following technology themes.
* Themes can be added/modified as needed based on technology selection results.

  • Japan (NTT Research Lab technologies): genomes, metaverse, quantum computing

  • United States (technologies related to customer contracts): Digital humans, smart city planning

  • Italy/Germany (computing, simulation technologies): quantum computing, metaverse

  • China (hardware-related technologies): remote sensing technology (LiDAR), metaverse

  • India (*India will develop framework as prototype development center)

The future

For fiscal 2022, the Innovation Center will strengthen its global collaboration network and accumulate expertise in cutting-edge technologies, with the goal of building partnerships for joint R&D with innovative customers. By 2025, NTT DATA aims to generate more than 50 medium and long-term R&D project partnerships.

Remarks

  1. See the press release “New medium-term management plan of NTT DATA Group” (May 12, 2022)
    https://www.nttdata.com/global/en/-/media/nttdataglobal/1_files/investors/financial-results/2021/fy2021_pre_4q_04.pdf?la=en&hash=73B890986F99AEF8FFB5714C36E49C4F0C2F5F5E

  2. Proof of Concept (PoC) is a simple trial to demonstrate the feasibility of a new idea concept.

  • The names of companies and organizations mentioned in this document are trademarks or registered trademarks of those companies.

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