Leading the Innovation Curve
Nobody could have imagined that, just six years after the Enterprise Business Group (EBG) was formalized within Huawei, Gartner, a world-leading technology research firm, would name Huawei as a ‘visionary’ company for their enterprise switching and wireless products. It has not been easy to gain mindshare of enterprise CIOs and other CxOs due to the vast sea of competitive options in the global marketplace. Still, Huawei has reached a pinnacle of recognition for their innovation that some companies can only dream of achieving.
Huawei has shown its ability to shape and transform the market with innovative products. Gartner analysts report that Huawei not only has demonstrated sustained execution in the marketplace but will also have clear, long-term viability. In addition, Gartner gave kudos to Huawei’s central strategy of providing End-to-End (E2E) campus networking and Software-Defined Networking (SDN) through its Agile Network solution.
In the book, Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies , authors Jim Collins and Jerry I. Porras note that so-called visionary companies take leadership roles in their industries, offer innovative products and services, and consistently outsmart rivals. Great companies not only maintain leadership but also constantly experiment. Let’s see how Huawei has fared with other industry analysts and publications.
Fast Company, a highly regarded U.S. business and technology magazine, ranked Huawei the world’s 13th most-innovative company in 2016. According to the publication, Huawei is one of only a handful of large technology companies that dedicate more than 10 percent of their revenues to R&D.
“To be recognized by Fast Company for our efforts in innovation is truly an honor,” said Ryan Ding, Executive Director and President of Products and Solutions. “At Huawei, we’re committed to building a better connected world, and innovation is one of our core principles. This recognition is a positive affirmation that the innovation we’re trying to provide globally — building better societies, and connecting the unconnected — is being recognized.”
The monthly magazine notes that Huawei also commits 45 percent of its employees to R&D and cooperates with global innovators through its 16 R&D centers and 36 Joint Innovation Centers in countries including the U.S., the U.K., Germany, Sweden, France, Italy, India, and China.
Among Huawei’s facilities is the Paris Aesthetics Research Center, where French luxury brand designers work with Huawei’s engineers to align future fashion trends with technology. Huawei’s newest R&D center is the Max Berek Innovation Lab in Wetzlar, Germany. At this lab, Huawei and premium camera maker Leica are jointly researching technologies to improve the image quality of mobile device cameras. Huawei also has more than 10 open labs in China, Europe, and other locations, where it works with more than 600 partners. At the same time, Huawei has launched a USD 1 billion developer enablement program to support partners and application developers.
Huawei ranked 72 in the ‘Best Global Brands 2016 Rankings’ released by Interbrand, a San Francisco-based global branding agency. This is the second consecutive year Huawei has climbed up Interbrand’s list. In 2014, Huawei became the first mainland Chinese brand to be recognized as a ‘Best Global Brand.’ In this latest report, Huawei moved up 16 spots from its ranking in 2015. What’s more, Huawei’s brand value, approximated at USD 6 billion, increased by 18 percent compared to the previous year. Interbrand’s annual report recognized Huawei as one of the fastest rising brands in the technology sector. Huawei’s significant progress is based on various innovative products, services, and solutions that can help build a better connected world.
Additionally, Huawei’s innovations have been recognized by the following organizations:
Huawei’s enterprise business has reached a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of more than 30 percent thanks to increasingly more industry customers realizing added business value with Huawei products and solutions. Standout products include:
Huawei’s enterprise investments and contributions also extend to professional groups. It has become one of the most influential companies in the OpenStack consortium and has set new directions for the Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), container, cloud management, and large-scale data center domains.
The ICT solutions provider helped establish several key industry alliances on NFV/SDN and NB-IoT to bring together industry players. In May 2015, ICSA Labs presented Huawei with the ‘10-Year Excellence in Information Security Testing Award’ — demonstrating that Huawei’s product security capabilities have been recognized in the industry.
By the end of 2015, Huawei had become a member of over 300 standards organizations, industry alliances, and open source communities — holding more than 280 important positions. It is a board member of IEEE-SA, ETSI, WFA, TMF, OpenStack, Linaro, OASIS, and CCSA. In 2015, Huawei submitted over 5,400 of 43,000 total proposals.
There is no question that Huawei has come a long way; however, not everyone may realize the strides that Huawei has made to become a global player. Its success has extended from the carrier market, to the enterprise domain, and now the smartphone market.
Rising from humble beginnings, Huawei is a force to be reckoned with on the world stage. With focused strategies and effective execution, Huawei’s strong global position has paved the way for the company to continue as one of the most innovative and visionary companies to ever emerge from China.