World population is growing at a rate of around 75 million per year, putting extreme pressure on global resources, including food. This is one of six key megatrends that Fujitsu identifies as the global challenges that are shaping business and society. So it is fitting that the first winner of the new SELECT Global Innovation Award is making effective use of Fujitsu technology to optimize food production.
Fujitsu’s vision of society is to empower people to innovate so that lives are enriched by ICT to enable a more prosperous and sustainable future. In October, Fujitsu was ranked highly among the channel partner community, for facilitating our partners and customers to create new connections between people, information and technology. We call this Human Centric Innovation, and regularly share customer stories that bring this concept to life. We created the SELECT Global Innovation Award in recognition of the outstanding role our channel partners play, and help share more of these inspiring stories.
In our radically changing world, underlying IT technologies can be optimized and used to help businesses to respond and grow. However, many enterprises are struggling to find the right path to digital transformation.
My colleague, Veerle Limbos, heads up the company’s global channel business, pointing out that: “Part of Fujitsu’s roadmap for growth is enabling its 16,200 and growing SELECT Partner Program Members to better support enterprises’ innovative use of Fujitsu’s products, services and solutions. This new SELECT Global Innovation Award acknowledges partners’ contribution to innovative use of integration, mobility, big data, security, cloud, integrated computing, and software-defined connected infrastructure solutions.”
Italian partner Gruppomega, a leader in the design and construction of turnkey technological systems for industrial, commercial and public buildings, took first prize in the SELECT Global Innovation Award for its support of the Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria Saf@med project to analyze food production and sustainable use of resources for the region of Calabria, Italy. Gruppomega will receive EURO 10,000 for sales development funds to be used in joint marketing with Fujitsu.
Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria: Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life
In recent years, the Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria, Italy, has grappled with this topic by undertaking research relating to agricultural technologies. Its Saf@med project, which analyzes food production and the sustainable management of resources, will benefit not only the Calabria region at the southern tip of Italy, known for its agriculture, fishing and traditional food products, but also make an important contribution to the international scientific community.
When equipping the university to support this research, the opportunity was taken to update its data center to make it more flexible in responding to the evolving needs of various departments. Gruppomega, a Fujitsu SELECT Expert Advanced Server Solutions partner, recommended a hyperconverged system.
Salvatore Cipriano, account manager at Gruppomega explains: “We decided to offer integrated systems – specifically, FUJITSU Integrated System PRIMEFLEX for VMware EVO:RAIL – based on our customer’s wish to consolidate and rationalize existing IT data center resources to achieve a drastic reduction of man-hours devoted to maintenance, not to mention significant savings in terms of energy consumption and cooling. For Gruppomega this has meant additional services for the design, construction and maintenance of the infrastructure, being part of the project and advising the customer right from the very beginning of its definition.”
Santo Marcello Zimbone, General Director at the Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria says: “The infrastructure created for the Saf@med project puts the Mediterranean University at the cutting edge in terms of facilities and infrastructure for food and agriculture research.” His colleague, Dr Melchiorre Monaca, Servizio Autonomo per l’Informatica di Ateneo, Università Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria, adds: “Fujitsu and Gruppomega were able to understand our needs and meet our requirements, offering us a solution that was quick and easy to implement.”
Do take a look at this short video if you’d like to learn more about the project.