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Leading New ICT: An Open Innovation Era Defined by Developers

For many years, enterprises have deployed technology to improve efficiency, enhance products, and drive new business models. Leading new Information and Communications Technology (ICT), such as the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing, and Big Data analytics, now presents major new challenges and opportunities for enterprises across industry sectors.

The banking industry, for example, is undergoing profound change from digital disruption. Banking customers now expect anytime, anywhere connectivity with access to personalized services, forcing banks to speed up the delivery of new digital products and services.

In this new era, speed of innovation is critical 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 now to developer-defined.

In this environment, all players across the ICT supply chain are expected to create value by addressing evolving business needs in various industries. With their deep understanding of consumer behavior and industry-specific and cross-industry trends, software and application developers are increasingly on the frontline of these industry changes.

Rather than relying solely on traditional channel models, ICT vendors need to think expansively and work with developers and partners through an open ecosystem to drive the development of leading new ICT solutions.

ICT vendors have the technology capabilities to develop advanced infrastructure but often lack specific vertical industry expertise or knowledge. For instance, an ICT vendor may have mature infrastructure solutions that have gained tremendous traction in the healthcare industry and is looking for growth in the financial sector but is unfamiliar with regulations in that industry. By joining forces with a collaborative community of developers, ICT vendors can connect with a vast pool of knowledge, expertise, and ideas to develop innovative solutions that meet the specific needs of customers.

Vendors such as Huawei are partnering with developers throughout the global ecosystem to create ICT solutions and platforms that enable enterprises to enhance core offerings, introduce new applications, or expand into new markets.

Embracing a Developer-Defined Ecosystem

Developer-defined ecosystems create business innovation for customers and solution innovations for partners, delivering win-win scenarios for everyone. But transitioning to this new era requires a change in the way ICT vendors and partners work together to drive the development process toward more innovative and diversified business solutions.

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

Openness is in Huawei’s DNA, and its ‘1 + 1 > 2’ partner program is designed to harness the expertise of each party to achieve winning outcomes. One such example is the SAP-Huawei joint innovation center, which was established in 2015 with locations in Shenzhen, China and Walldorf, Germany to extend SAP HANA solutions into the cloud, Industry 4.0, and the IoT.

Huawei has been involved in a number of in-depth IoT technological collaborations with global industry partners. For example, Huawei and Intel are collaborating to introduce ‘smart’ bus solutions in Dubai to promote the more efficient use of public transportation.

Intel’s x86 platform in Huawei’s IoT gateway designed for the smart bus solution will allow a multitude of intelligent services, including in-vehicle video surveillance, accurate passenger tracking, emergency services communication, real-time vehicle health analysis, and multimedia services for passenger entertainment.

The ultimate goal of IoT deployments is to reduce costs and resource consumption, enable more effective engagement with people in the community, and enhance performance and public well-being.

Opening the Door to Innovation with Open Platforms

Huawei provides an open ecosystem and a broad portfolio of ICT solutions for developers and partners around the world, enabling them to create enterprise-ready applications with Huawei tools and support.

The Huawei enterprise Software Development Kit (eSDK) platform provides partners with open Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) and pre-integrated plug-ins for developers to easily integrate Huawei ICT pipeline products with upper-level applications. This platform helps partners to efficiently meet customer service needs and gain a differentiated competitive edge. For example, cloud government solution provider Esri uses eSDK open interfaces to accelerate project development, thereby bringing government customers the benefit of convenient, easily maintained cloud services.

Huawei’s OpenStack-based FusionSphere cloud Operating System (OS) builds an agile and secure cloud infrastructure that seamlessly runs computing, storage, and network resources from different vendors.

By providing a complete cloud offering that includes Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) solutions, Huawei helps enterprises transition to the cloud and implement superior, real-time customer service and business innovation.

Huawei is a significant contributor to international open source communities that are driving the transformation of traditional enterprises and industries. Huawei has a long history of sponsoring foundations, projects, and conferences that promote leadership across the ecosystem.

In 2015, Huawei became a Platinum member of the Linux Foundation, and in 2016 was elected as a Gold Member Board Director for the OpenStack Board. In the area of Big Data, Huawei has made significant contributions in the development of the Hadoop project and continues to be a major force for the implementation of large-scale Spark deployments.

Developer-Defined ICT Innovation

Businesses and industries across all sectors are experiencing digital disruptions that are redefining customer expectations and reshaping industry boundaries. The leading companies in this new world need to accelerate digital transformation through leading new ICT and extending their technology and business capabilities through strong collaborations that are focused on achieving true innovation.

The shift towards a developer-defined ecosystem has the potential to force greater fusion in the ICT industry, not only to drive innovative ICT but also to create a more connected digital 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 customer-driven ecosystems with its open ICT platforms that unleash new opportunities for every industry.

By Diana Yuan

President, Marketing and Solution Sales, Enterprise Business Group, Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.