Our history is traced back over 150 years to the first telegraph service in Japan. The Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Public Corporation then took over the government-run business to support Japan’s telephone and communication services over the decades. In 1967, its Data Communications Division was established as an internal organization, marking the beginning of NTT DATA. In 1985, the company was privatized to become NTT, and in 1988, NTT DATA was spun off from NTT. We have since become a major player in the numerous developments of large-scale systems called “social infrastructures” that help progress social transformations. Today, we are a global organization that supports clients beyond the IT domain, providing end-to-end services and solutions ranging from business transformations to the operations that realize the transformations.
After the Global 2nd stage, we aimed for the goal of the Global 3rd stage of becoming a “Trusted Global Innovator.”
“Looking to the future”
When we entered the Global 2nd stage in 2017, we aimed to establish our local presence further, to grow as a global brand. This was based on the Global 1st stage, where we focused on expanding our global coverage mainly into the US and EMEA regions.
As of 2019, we aim for global and quality growth with unchanging beliefs and the courage to change, achieving this Global 3rd stage goal around 2025. Our unchanging belief: we want to create a future society together with our customers. For this, we will contribute to the advancement of SDGs by creating value based on long-term relationships with our customers, continuously improving our corporate value.
Our courage to change: we will accelerate digital transformation even further and enhance global synergies to maximize the value we provide to our customers.
Along with these, we wish to enhance our clients’ trust in us and, that is why we brought in the new group vision of being a “Trusted Global Innovator.”
30th Anniversary of NTT DATA, bringing in the new group vision of "Trusted Global Innovator".
This new vision states that:
We realize the dreams of our clients around the world through long-term relationships.
We develop evolving ecosystems with our clients through leading-edge technologies.
We enhance our creativity by respecting diversity.
Digital business design studio AQUAIR opened. The studio is designed to seamlessly realize client's digital business planning and demonstrate experiments. Visitors can experience the latest in technology and working styles.
Established the BeSTA FinTech Lab to create new financial services through the transmission of information, creation of new business ideas, and promotion of projects.
Global Strategy Period
“From Strengthening Alliance to Expanding Overseas Business”
To further grow our business in a globalized and rapidly changing world, it was time for us to establish a new NTT DATA Group as a “Global IT Innovator”.
With this new vision, the company strengthened alliances within Japan through cooperation with client’s IT departments.
Our strategy has been evolved from focusing on IT support for Japanese companies to developing a long-term strategy targeted at the world’s largest markets: North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific. At the same time, we have developed global business by aggressively expanding overseas business and developing technology abroad through M&A.
Completed the delivery of the CBM-NET System, the first core IT system implemented for the Central Bank of Myanmar. This helped streamline bank operations by systemizing government bond transactions, which were previously done manually on paper.
Launched a virtual reality baseball coaching system, developed in collaboration with Rakuten Baseball Inc. The system aims to raise the performance levels of professional baseball players by placing them in a virtual batter's box, experienced through a head-mounted display.
Started developing a large-scale and high-speed traffic simulation technology using big data. In 2014, an experiment was conducted for alleviating traffic congestion using GPS data. This was developed further in Exeter, UK, by building traffic simulation and traffic signal control technology into an end-to-end congestion management service, aiming to deploy this Smart City technology to more cities worldwide.
NTT DATA participated in the Digital Archiving of Vatican Apostolic Library Manuscripts project, preserving many ancient texts and manuscripts online.
The Corporate logo was redesigned to reflect the global nature of NTT DATA.
Transformation and Challenge Period
“Establishment of NTT DATA Communications Systems Corporation”
Spinning off from NTT, NTT DATA Communication Systems Corporation was established in 1988.
We became the largest information and communication service company in Japan.
In order to become a “value creator who generates energy from information,” we started our operation in the field of “Information Technology.”
We created new markets by developing systems in different fields such as public, financial and industrial, and then further expanded.
NTT DATA was the first company in Japan to introduce technologies such as Smart cards and virtual shopping malls. This is how we started to build the foundation of the “convenience” and “security” that we have today.
Developed an information system integration platform and “Target” system for the Tokyo Stock Exchange. This brought together features from the 6 existing information systems, creating a much more efficient flow, service, and overall operation.
Started an integrated ATM Switching Service, interconnecting CDs and ATMs for over 1,300 financial institutions in Japan. The service allowed withdrawals, balance inquiries and transfers amongst others, all online.
Completed the construction of the i-mode Gateway System "CiRCUS" for NTT. The system allowed 37 million i-mode users to access web and mail services.
Established a "3D Consortium" with Itochu Corporation, SANYO Electric, SHARP, and SONY, with the aim of expanding the development of 3D development by popularizing 3D devices and content.
Started trial experiments on the use of RFID (wireless IC tag) in the food distribution field with Marubeni Corporation and The Maruetsu, Inc. In the trial, each item of food was attached with a wireless IC tag, so that the flow from shipping to the consumer could be understood.
Developed the "Xaica-α" the smart card that was able to be used both with contact and contactless. Due to the flexibility of the card, each card issuer could choose their own policies and security tied to the cards.
Obtained the Information Security Management System (ISMS) Conformity Assessment Scheme certification, awarded for NTT DATA's proper management of confidential information.
Performed a large-scale "cell computing" experiment, which utilized surplus CPU in Internet-connected PCs in both offices and homes. The trial used the power for research in fields such as biotechnology, space, and astronomy.
Obtained the BS 7799 certification, the international information security standard, a first for a Japanese company. This was awarded in recognition of NTT DATA's commitment to strong information security management.
Developed an authentication system with Mitsubishi Electric that combined a Smart card with fingerprint authentication technology. The technology had a high level of security and can be linked to other payment systems, allowing a large amount of potential business development.
Started a joint operation web ordering system for home appliances with SHARP, SONY Marketing, TOSHIBA, JVC, and HITACHI. The system was easy to install and allowed orders from several manufacturers.
Started the Integrated Data Center "EXFORT" service, providing hosting, management and service level guarantees. Operating with the same system as the iDC, this allowed testing before any operation took place, allowing a proper understanding of the system's capabilities.
ANSER started a money transfer service between accounts and banks on the Internet, reducing the burden of system costs through the sharing of equipment and software.
Designed and developed an electronic procurement system for the Malaysian government that connects all 24 ministries and agencies, supplying around 24,000 traders access to quick procurement through the Internet.
Obtained ISO 14001 certification, awarded in recognition of the promotion of environmentally friendly business, compliance with laws and regulations, and promotion of environmental measures both in and out of the company.
Established NTT DATA (China) Co., Ltd., aiming to provide system integration services to customers mainly in Beijing.
NTT DATA Communications Systems Corporation changed its name to NTT DATA Corporation.
Started development of a card payment terminal, "INFOX" and the information processing center "INFOX-NET", providing secure and flexible payment services.
Obtained ISO 9001 certification, awarded in recognition of the quality of services provided to customers by NTT DATA
Launched the interactive 3D virtual shopping mall "Machiko". This hosted over 30 client stores, allowing up to 200 visitors to come together to chat and shop online.
Started providing the service "Koufuri Kun" which notifies customers in advance of their utility charges, such as electricity, telephone, gas, and water bills. It was also possible to create links with accounting systems, improving the overall efficiency of payments.
Introduced Intrapreneurship, where all employees could propose management strategies and become project leaders for in-house projects.
Started sales of a wide-area disaster information system and EMIS (Emergency Medical Information System), which provided simultaneous communication to various parties in the event of a disaster.
Developed a "Virtual Mall" (virtual shopping mall), a first in Japan, which laid the foundation for future NTT technology.
Received the Deming Application Prize 1993, a first for the information service industry.
Procured 6 million smart cards at a time where the annual shipment was still only in the hundreds of thousands. This helped solidify the IC card market by making them cheaper and more widely available.
Established a branch office in the UK, the first expansion into Europe, with the mission to support systems developed for Japanese financial institutions.
Started The Tokyo Commodity Exchange and Tokyo International Financial Futures Exchange systems, creating an environment where trading participants could more easily obtain further business opportunities.
Established a branch office in the USA, the first foreign expansion for NTT DATA aiming to support NTT DATA's global activities from overseas.
NTT DATA Communications Systems Corporation spun off into a separate company from NTT, quickly becoming the largest information and communication service company in Japan
Developed a domestic standard S-type IC card in collaboration with 15 domestic companies.
“The Beginning of Data Communication Services”
Every history has a beginning. Our story begins in 1967, with the birth of modern “Data Communication” which is a combination of telecommunication technology and personal computer.
During this period Japanese economy was growing rapidly and so was Japanese technology.
Data Communication started operating in full scale in Japan.
In 1967, The Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Public Corporation, known as NTT, decided to establish the DATA Communications Bureau, known as NTT DATA, within in it.Since then we have led information service industry while developing our business mainly in social infrastructure and computer systems in Japan.
We succeeded in a number of large-scale projects such as “Zengin System” which enabled 705 banks in Japan to transfer money online. It was one of the most innovative technologies using data communication in 1973.
Credit And Finance Information Switching system “CAFIS service” launched in preparation for the rapid expansion of credit card use, becoming Japan's biggest cashless payment platform.
Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Public Corporation established the DATA Communications Bureau with the mission of promoting the use of computers in Japan while fostering the Japanese computing industry through the development of public, national, and technology leading systems.