Leading New ICT: An Open Innovation Era Defined by Developers

2016/08/09 • Bloomberg, Feature, New ICT • Views: 572

In the 21st century, the internet is pervading almost every aspect of life. Over the last five years, more than ever, innovative ideas and enterprises have emerged in the market, impacting not only industry but also our daily lives.

By Diana Yuan, President of Marketing and Solution Sales, Huawei Enterprise Business Group

Source : Bloomberg : Leading New ICT: An Open Innovation Era Defined by Developers

Innovative technologies underpinning many ideas and enterprises are increasing even faster than Moore’s law, and innovations around Big Data, cloud computing and the Internet of Things (IoT) are now central to the new digital era.

Rapid innovation is critical for organizations to keep pace with new market entrants, emerging technologies and changing customer expectations. To effectively respond to these new dynamics, the ICT industry has evolved from being hardware-defined to software-defined, and even developer-defined.

Now that the traditional industry chain has been challenged, the legacy relationship between upstream and downstream industry players is changing to become more partnership-driven.

To address evolving business needs and create new value across various industries, key industry players are increasingly forming partnerships, especially in the ICT industry. Partnering enables them to gain a deep understanding of industry-specific or cross-industry trends, and to keep pace with fast-evolving consumer behaviour.

ICT vendors now need to think expansively about how to build an open ecosystem to encourage developers and partners to work with us, and together drive the development of leading new ICT solutions.

ICT vendors normally have abundant capabilities to design and develop advanced solutions, but now need to work with other developers and partners to ensure their solutions meet vertical industry needs. For instance, if an ICT vendor designs and develops an entire ICT solution for the customer, the vendor has the infrastructure parts and basic ICT platform, but needs developers and partners for the specific customer management platform, customer operation system and applications, etc. As such, we need to build an open ecosystem ensuring our vertical industry solutions are remaining innovative and effective for customers.

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Embracing a developer-defined ecosystem

In the traditional development model, collaboration meant partners extended vendors’ basic capabilities. In the developer-defined ecosystem, partners are now demanding innovation from the vendor community based on end users’ requirements, and together they are delivering leading-edge solutions.

As a leading ICT vendor, Huawei leads the way in driving openness through its “1+1>2” partnership program to harness the value of our partners and achieve winning outcomes. One such example is the SAP-Huawei joint innovation center that was established in 2015, with locations in Shenzhen, China and Walldorf, Germany, to extend the SAP HANA solution into the cloud, “Industry 4.0” and IoT.

Huawei has been involved in a number of in-depth technological collaborations with global industry partners in IoT. Huawei and Intel are collaborating to introduce solutions that enable smart buses and promote the uptake of smart transport in Dubai.

Intel enables the solution with its X86 platform in Huawei’s IoT gateway designed for the smart bus solution. This allows a multitude of smart services, including in-vehicle video surveillance, emergency services communication, real-time health data analysis of the vehicle and multi-media services for passenger entertainment.

Open to innovation with open platforms

Staying closely aligned with partners, Huawei is focused on industry-leading and business-driven ICT infrastructure (BDII) strategy and solutions, which address emerging technology trends and help enterprises across diverse sectors transform ICT infrastructure for improved competiveness. BDII is the foundation for a better connected world where ICT and business development are inseparable: business is driving ICT development, and ICT is defining enterprise business models.

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As part of this strategy, Huawei is creating an open ecosystem offering a broad portfolio of ICT solutions for developers and partners worldwide, enabling them to develop enterprise-ready applications using tools and other support services.

The Huawei eSDK platform provides partners with open API and pre-integrated plug-ins for developers to easily integrate Huawei ICT pipeline products with upper-level applications to efficiently meet customers’ service needs and gain a differentiated, innovative competitive edge. The cloud government solution provider Esri uses eSDK open interfaces to accelerate project development that allows government customers to benefit from convenient, easily maintained cloud services.

Huawei’s Openstack-based FusionSphere cloud operating system provides an open, efficient and secure cloud infrastructure that seamlessly runs computing, storage and network resources from different partners to enable an agile development process for developers.

By providing a complete cloud offering across Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) in digital transformation, Huawei is helping enterprises transition to the cloud and providing superior, real-time customer service and business innovation.

Huawei has sponsored foundations, contributed to open-source code, used open source extensively in our solutions.

In 2015 Huawei became a Platinum member of the Linux Foundation. As a long-time major contributor, Huawei won a Gold membership position from the Openstack Board of Directors in January 2016. In the area of Big Data, Huawei has made significant contributions to the development of Hadoop and Spark, and continues to be a major driving force for implementation of large-scale Spark deployments.

Developer-defined new ICT innovation

Businesses and entire industries across all sectors are experiencing digital disruption, which is redefining customer expectations and reshaping industry boundaries. Companies that want to lead in this new era need to accelerate digital transformation through leading new ICT. In the new era, companies need to extend their technology and business capabilities through stronger collaboration, as no one can achieve digital innovation alone.

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The shift towards a developer-defined ecosystem has the potential to force greater fusion among the ICT industry — not only to drive innovative ICT, but also a more connected and digitalized marketplace, in which commercial and economic value is driven increasingly by information-based services.

Huawei is committed to working with developers and partners to create a customer-centric ecosystem that takes advantage of open ICT platforms to enable a path of innovation that unleashes new opportunities for vertical industry customers.

DianaYuenMs. Diana Yuan is the president of Marketing and Solution Sales Department of Huawei Enterprise BG, responsible for making market insight, market management and marketing and solution sales strategy for enterprise market; planning, design and verification of industry solutions; assuring market competitiveness and customer satisfaction of products and solutions. She has more than 10 years of experience in management, and the marketing and solution sales functions.

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