Intelligent Wave’s Future
The value of a company can be measured by the extent to which it helps and is a benefit to society.
When Intelligent Wave was established 30 years ago, no true technology-based software industry existed in Japan. Since then, information technology has spread across all industries and now underpins every major business.
I believe that through our work over three decades, we have achieved our aim of creating a company that develops and provides outstanding, reliable new technologies, thus helping to build excellent infrastructure.
As the Internet of Things (IoT) becomes a reality and devices are networked to each other (forming device-to-device networks), the IT industry must help build a new social structure while developing even better technologies. In the IoT world, as many as 10 trillion robots, sensors, and other machines and devices may become interconnected. We are embarking on a new industrial revolution.
Human beings and robots share three common components: a brain, sensors (humans’ five senses), and actuators (hands, legs, and other movable parts).
Actuators grew more powerful during the first Industrial Revolution in the mid-18th to 19th century. The mechanization of factories and the invention of the steam locomotive and automobile increased the speed of movement, the loads that could be carried, lifting power, and other capabilities, thus dramatically changing the social structure.
The computer revolution expanded the power of the brain in two ways: processing power (CPU) and storage capacity (memory). Later, the invention of the Internet extended people’s networks geographically, and was called the era of the “Internet of People.”
IoT will extend the senses. It will enable us to use real-time data collected globally through sensors that surpass the five human senses, such as sensors that can detect radio waves, infrared rays, ultraviolet rays, X-rays, radiation, and various electromagnetic waves other than visible light. In Europe, it will become compulsory from October 2015 to equip automobiles with the in-vehicle “eCall” system, which captures the level of impact and other data at the time of a serious collision and automatically reports the data to the nearest emergency center. Such projects will appear one after another in the near future, affecting all businesses and spawning new industries. The IT industry will surely launch the next industrial revolution.
Intelligent Wave has built up trust by providing reliable network technologies for processing large volumes of communication data in real time and accurately, particularly in the financial industry, such as credit card transactions and banking and securities services. By providing these technologies to a broader range of industries in future, we will provide a solid foundation for the new social structure.
However, as digitization progresses in every field, the risk of cybercrime, as well as the potential scale of damage caused by cybercrime, will increase. We therefore have a duty to reinforce cybersecurity while contributing to the development of the new social system.
To play these dual roles while creating the foundation for building even more complex infrastructure, we need a global partnership to allow us to cover a broader range of business. Accordingly, we have formed a capital and business alliance with Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd., which will facilitate joint projects that take advantage of the respective strengths of the two companies. While exploring the new possibilities of this alliance, we will also pursue leading-edge technologies and products, seek more partnerships, and focus on developing the skilled human resources required to change the social system.
The development of business requires human, material, and capital resources, but in today’s society, human resources are particularly important. Although this tendency can be seen in all industries, the importance of human resources is particularly evident in the IT industry, where productivity of systems is rising dramatically. In the IT industry, the key issues are how to gather a group of individuals with high value and what social value a company―as an aggregate of excellent individuals―can offer.
The higher a company’s social value, the greater the customer satisfaction. Customers are willing to pay for that value. When such revenues are large enough, the company can create a good work environment, with good pay and various incentives to motivate and satisfy employees. Meanwhile, dividends that reflect the company’s performance and improved corporate value will increase shareholder satisfaction. Intelligent Wave seeks to create a “chain of happiness” that benefits everyone concerned with our company. I believe that by achieving this goal, we will increase the significance of our company.
I am confident that our company will grow rapidly and steadily over the next 10 to 15 years in line with the dramatic growth of a changing market.
We will continue to expand our business while raising our social value and creating a permanent “chain of happiness,” rather than seeking immediate revenues and profitability.
The future of Intelligent Wave is bright. We look forward to your continued support for the company.
1 Kazuhiko Adachi, the founder of the company, is often affectionately called “chairman” by people even outside the company, and also as his honorific title by everyone within the company even after his resignation as Chairman of the Board of Directors in September 2011.
2 Intelligent Wave, established on December 27, 1984, celebrated its 30th anniversary in December 2014.