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Fierce Competition in the Government Big Data Market: Who Will Survive?

International Data Corporation (IDC) analysis revealed fierce competition for many powerful vendors in China's 2018 government big data market. This competition is expected to climax in 2019 and 2020. So, the question is: Who will be the last vendor standing?

Government Big Data Is a National Strategy

Data sharing among government departments creates convenience and saves time, which are two of the biggest benefits delivered by "Internet+" government services. As big data elevates toward strategic importance for China, accelerating digital infrastructure construction; promoting data resource consolidation and sharing; and protecting data security become core tasks for governments at various levels.

Gaoqing County is a great example of big data innovation. In its Smart City project, the government dismantled information barriers, enabled data sharing, and improved service efficiency. As the county's partner, Huawei provided a future-ready strategy, cutting-edge technologies, and a powerful overall solution.

Huawei's dominance over China's government big data market was further highlighted by IDC's latest report, IDC MarketScape: Evaluation of Government Big Data Management Platform Vendors in China – 2018.

Information consolidation and application is important for governments developing big data capabilities. Daily work routines generate innumerable amounts of data. Rapidly obtaining this data and using it to benefit society are the top challenges for governments that want to provide "Internet + government" services.

In the Gaoqing Smart City project, Huawei drew a "1 + 2 + 4 + N" blueprint for the county's government, where 1 refers to one center (the Smart Gaoqing Cloud Computing Center); 2 refers to two networks (an enterprise Long Term Evolution (eLTE) wireless trunking network and an Internet of Things (IoT) private network); 4 refers to four platforms (a big data platform, a geological information cloud platform, a converged communication and video platform, and an IoT platform); and N refers to various applications for governance, citizen services, and industry development.

Using big data technologies, government data is collected from all sources and applied to services to improve work efficiency. Government data includes every aspect of municipal administration and citizen life, and can be divided into many categories, such as environmental, urban construction, city management, statistics, and citizen livelihood. Given the short period of development, government big data applications must still overcome many difficulties, such as data collection, sharing, and cross-domain application.

Government digitalization inspires other industries. Successful big data implementation helps governments shift functions and engenders substantial benefits and convenience. According to IDC, government big data platforms are cloud upgrades, and their construction better reflects the value IT infrastructure holds for service and application architectures.

Huawei has focused on government big data for many years. With a solid technical foundation and continued investment, Huawei earned a significant edge in the market, and delivered more than 350 success stories with 22 state ministries (e.g., China's National Information Center and General Administration of Customs); 18 provincial governments (e.g., Beijing and Shandong); and 310 city- or county-level governments (e.g., Xiangyang, Yichun, Longgang, Gaoqing, and Lanzhou New Area).

All or Nothing

HUAWEI CLOUD is an important part of China's government big data market. Included in the IDC report are 10 leading vendors like HUAWEI CLOUD and Alibaba Cloud. IDC evaluates each vendor from three aspects: products and solutions; market and commercial performance; and corporation operation and management. HUAWEI CLOUD is listed in the report's leaders' quadrant and ranks first in products and solutions as well as market and commercial performance.

This is not the first time HUAWEI CLOUD received a "thumbs-up" from industry observers. In the report IDC MarketScape: Evaluation of Government Cloud Vendors in China – 2017, HUAWEI CLOUD leads the way in current capability, future strategy, and market performance.

HUAWEI CLOUD's innovative capabilities and overall performance in big data solutions are also well received. HUAWEI CLOUD's FusionInsight solution earned an increased position (higher than any Chinese vendor) in Gartner's 2018 niche players' quadrant. Additionally, IDC's report IDC MarketScape: Evaluation of Big Data Management Platform Vendors in China – 2017 placed FusionInsight at the top of its leaders' quadrant.

According to IDC data, China's big data solution market was worth more than CNY38.8 billion in 2018. IDC further predicts that the market will grow at a compound rate of 17.3 percent over the next five years.

As big data application scenarios become clearer and additional infrastructure is built in the coming years, more mature software will be developed and more application scenarios will be discovered, posing higher requirements on data quality, data management, and data application.

Adapting to these changes, HUAWEI CLOUD will debut more innovative big data solutions (based on its flagship FusionInsight solution) to explore more application domains and scenarios, especially in Smart City construction.

For example, the HUAWEI CLOUD big data solution can intelligently manage government data throughout the entire process and provide standard, tool-based governance models and inspection rules to automatically monitor data.

In the meantime, based on its full-stack solution capabilities, HUAWEI CLOUD provides province-wide convergence of multi-cloud management, services, applications, resources, and data, effectively achieving the goal of a "1 + N + M province-wide cloud." In addition, based on a deep industry understanding, Huawei provides one-stop solutions and professional services like consulting and planning, technical solution design, standard system development, and data governance.

To implement "Internet + government" services, local governments across China are accelerating big data construction and removing barriers between processes, departments, and regions for efficient data flowing and sharing. Huawei's full-stack solutions can resolve big data infrastructure, application, and service issues, and enable big data sharing and in-depth insights, which is why HUAWEI CLOUD is in the leading market position.

Big data brings new challenges to governments like improving decision-making and governance, or unleashing the value of data resources for the benefit of society. Data analytics and asset management are the keys to implementing government big data, and HUAWEI CLOUD offers mature solutions and services in this regard.

An Ideal Partner for the "Internet + Government" Transformation

HUAWEI CLOUD leads the way in government big data applications because of its wide coverage and diversity in big data solutions. HUAWEI CLOUD has partnered closely with customers to make and execute integration strategies in a coordinated manner.

Zhao Xinguo, Deputy Director of the General Affairs Office for the Gaoqing Smart City project, attributes the project's success to three reasons: 1) elevating the importance of the project to a top level, 2) a powerful execution team, and 3) partnering with an industry-leading vendor like Huawei.

The project has now transformed the Gaoqing government into something vastly different:

  • Huge amounts of data are shared throughout more than 90 departments.
  • Hundreds of villages can find their locations in the geological information platform, enabling visualized governance.
  • More than 380 health care institutes are interconnected to bring high-quality medical services to numerous towns and villages.
  • The project has truly become a model for other governments, and Huawei has been a crucial partner in the entire process.

    IDC predicts that the big data market will grow stably in China over the next five years, owed partly to government policies, and partly to the rapid development of new technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI), 5G, blockchain, and edge computing.

    Technical convergence and scenario-specific applications will accelerate big data platform construction. Data governance, Data-as-a-Service (DaaS), data security, and data value will demand wider attention. Based on this prediction, Huawei will maintain its innovative efforts — especially in key fields like data management and integration; commercial intelligence and analytics; and analysis and performance management applications — to help governments build big data platforms and help society move toward an interconnected future.

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