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In future I would like to become a master architectect of storage systems.

入社動機

When I was student at university, I was already fascinated with brand "Hitachi", because Hitachi was a big company that made 'almost everything', as small as a light bulb to huge size bullet trains and excavators, from home appliances to super computer. Even in my country, Hitachi is a flagship brand representing high standards of 'Made in Japan' quality.
My university major was computer architecture and I wanted to work in a company where I can research and develop computer systems. Seniors from my university, who were working with Hitachi, introduced me to the Hitachi Data Storage Systems and the relevant work at Yokohama Research Lab. They also told me about the work culture and life at Hitachi.
All of this fit in my expectations and decided to join Hitachi. And after almost 4 years of working with Hitachi, I can say that it was a good decision.

仕事内容

I work as a researcher for data storage systems. Primarily my job is to research about storage systems related technologies and propose new technologies to improve Hitachi's data storage systems. Such as, to improve data read-write performance, to strengthen data protection techniques, to add new storage virtualization features, etc.

In a competitive world, a strong collection of Intellectual Property (IP) in an important asset for any company, so I also write Patents about the new technologies I propose. Depending on the storage system development phase, I also make detailed technical specifications about implementation methods of the proposed technology. If required I also provide assistance in product development by writing program code or making prototypes of new features.

Currently I am working on Hitachi’s File Storage System and researching about software techniques for implementation of different features of Hitachi’s proprietary file system, while maintaining the data read write performance. I am also making prototypes of the techniques I proposed.

仕事の面白さ・<br />醍醐味について

I always liked reading about new trends and technologies in computer systems, and I am happy that this has become a part of my job at Hitachi. I also find it fun to work along with the best minds in the industry, because discussions with my colleagues always result in more knowledge and better ideas.

Although my work profile is ‘researcher’, but at Hitachi I get the opportunity to experience different phases of a product development. I am happy that apart from doing research, I could learn and contribute more by making the technical specifications, making prototypes and final programs for the storage systems of Hitachi. Such diverse work pattern helped me to avoid a potential apathy from a single monotonous work.

仕事で苦労する<br />点について

At the time I joined Hitachi, my Japanese language skills were not very good. I found it very difficult to work in an office environment where primarily Japanese language was used. I thought I could never be an efficient employee because reading and understanding various documents alone took a lot of time and energy.
However, soon after I joined Hitachi I was provided with a mentor (a senior coworker) who took care of my various problems, helped me in translation and building my Japanese language skills and guided me for two long years.
Work assigned to me was also adjusted to my pace, and wherever possible the work assigned to me was in English language, which I felt more comfortable with.
With such tremendous support from my coworkers and managers at Hitachi, I gradually improved my Japanese language skills (even passed JLPT N1 language test) and today I can read and understand documents/email written in Japanese language with much ease and efficiency.

印象に残っている仕事やエピソード

I was a part of the team that researched and developed the storage virtualization feature of Hitachi's new block storage system, Virtual Storage Platform G1000 (VSP G 1000). It was my first experience of working on such a huge project where tens of teams work on different modules, and yet work in close synchronization with each other.

I learnt that teams were partially dependent on outcome of the work of other teams, so a delay/change in result of one team may impact the work of other teams, and it may turn into a chain effect which may have significant impact on the oerall product development timeline.

I also noticed that people working on VSP G1000 understood their responsibility to make sure that other relevent teams are well informed about the objectives, progress and results of their work. It was a good experience to learn about how such big projects are managed.

今後の目標

In future I would like to become a master architectect of storage systems. This is my 4th year at Hitachi, working on storage systems, and still there are many storage related technologies left that I would like to learn. I also want to be able to predict the storage market trend, so that one day I could lead the strategy for Hitachi's storage system. I want to make it sure that our products meet customer expectations of quality, performance and features.

オフの過ごし方

オフの過ごし方

During off days or weekends, I like to do some exercise and running. Meet my friends and have dinner together.
Japan has many tourist places/attractions and beautiful greenlands/mountains, so I also often visit such places or join some outdoor activity.

一日のスケジュール

9:15 Arrive at office
9:15〜9:45 Check email and reply. Check today's schedule and make note of things to do
9:45〜10:45 Read relevant papers, techincal blogs, patents etc.
10:45〜12:30 Do the currently assigned work (research, survey, testing, prototyping etc)
12:30〜13:15 Lunch break
13:15〜15:00 Do the currently assigned work (research, survey, testing, prototyping etc)
15:00〜15:20 Read technical documents, reply to emails
15:20〜17:15 Make research reports, write patent, write presentation documents etc.
17:30〜19:00 Do the currently assigned work (research, survey, testing, prototyping etc)
19:00〜 Go back home. If some deadline is approaching or have some more work, stay in office till 21:00

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