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‘New ICT’ Drives Innovation

We have entered a new era of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in which business and technology are experiencing a ‘survival-of-the-most-agile’ evolution.

Today, we have the technology to query electricity consumption, account balances, and pay the bill from our mobile phones. Video-on-Demand (VoD) services enable television viewers to share their favorite programs via the WeChat ‘Shake’ function that is designed to find new friends in your immediate vicinity. Smart home functionality allows remote control of televisions, air conditioners, and water heaters through mobile Apps that accept inputs from ‘speech-to-text’ servers.

May the ‘Active Force’ Be with You

New ICT is an open, customer-driven ecosystem in which developers are redefining expectations for agile infrastructures centered on cloud-pipe-device collaborations designed to quickly adapt to change.

Over the next five to ten years, industry will enter a critical period of digital transformation. A report released by the International Data Corporation (IDC) shows that by the end of 2017, CEOs from 67 percent of 2,000 global enterprises will regard digital transformation as their strategic core.

The Transformation and Reconstruction of Banks in the Digital Era, a Deloitte white paper, describes a new expectation for banking customers: anytime, anywhere connectivity with access to tailor-made services based on predictive analytics. And, because new competitors are entering the market, legacy banks are being forced to implement fresh products, services, and customer support programs with unprecedented speed.

The Bank of Beijing has built a digital platform that leverages the advantages of omni-channel collaboration that not only emphasizes ‘online’ services but also supports its ‘offline’ physical outlets by meeting their requirements for customer registration and risk assessment monitoring.

Changes in the banking industry are only the beginning. Industries across all market verticals are experiencing digital transformations enabled by the new ICT. History shows that only 10 percent of enterprise service departments participated in ICT construction in 1970. Recent surveys show that participation in 2014 was at 53 percent and project an increase to 80 percent by 2020. A 2014 IDC survey of 2,492 global enterprises indicated that CIOs were most concerned with how to upgrade their ICT infrastructures to meet changing business requirements.

Once a support system designed for operational efficiency, ICT today is a production system for driving value creation. An example from the healthcare field is the use of cloud computing and Big Data technologies for data collection and analysis for DNA sequencing services to determine customized drug treatments.

In 2015, Huawei Enterprise launched the Business-Driven ICT Infrastructure (BDII) program to encourage close business collaboration and joint innovation efforts between Huawei and our partners.

“At Huawei Enterprise, BDII is a guiding principle for us to enable the new industrial revolution. BDII consists of three core components — to think with a business-driven mindset, facilitate joint innovation, and focus on ICT infrastructure,” says Yan Lida, President, Huawei Enterprise Business Group. “As part of building BDII, Huawei will continue to focus on developing ICT infrastructures with an open structure to provide enterprises with differentiated, cutting-edge products and solutions to drive their business transformations.”

Developer-Defined Ecosystems

The new ICT industry has evolved from hardware- and software-defined to developer-defined, where customers are in their best ever position to impose an influence on the advancement of their business platforms.

New modes of cooperation are reshaping a business landscape in which no single vendor can or will dominate the market. To compete effectively, Huawei must continually enhance and expand its open system capabilities and support the growth of developer-defined ecosystems that deliver commercial value for their customers, partners, and vendors. Developer-defined ecosystems create business innovations for customers and solution innovations for partners. This strategy presents a win-win scenario for all.

  • Joint Exploration of Business Values

In the traditional development channel, ‘collaboration’ is defined as partners extending vendors’ basic capabilities. In the new ecosystem, partners are better positioned to demand innovation from the vendor community based on end-user requirements in ways that optimize the joint delivery of leading-edge solutions.

ICT vendors possess the advanced technology necessary for infrastructure development but often lack domain expertise in specialized vertical markets — for instance, a vendor with mature solutions in the healthcare industry may be unfamiliar with regulations in the financial industry.

The Huawei ‘1+1>2’ partner program is designed to complement the advantages of each party to 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 fields. Another important cooperation pact is with China’s Sobey Digital Technology, where Huawei is providing an IaaS-layer solution to optimize middleware and upper-layer service software to offer an efficient, convergent, private omnimedia private cloud solution for media industry customers.

Currently, Huawei is participating in the following partnerships:

  • Strategic partners: SAP, Accenture, VDF, and Hexagon
  • Solution partners: 300+, including Microsoft, Alston, Siemens, and Honeywell
  • Channel partners: 6,300+, including Synnex, Digital China, Array Network, and Indra
  • Service partners: 1,600+, including ICT Plus and Sequence

In addition, Huawei has established the ‘Smart City Industry Alliance’ and ‘eLTE Industry Alliance’ to promote the development of industry standards and demonstrate the principles of ‘Openness’ and ‘Being Integrated.’

  • Using Open Platforms

Huawei leads in the exploration of new markets by providing an open ecosystem for technology and platform development. In 2015, Huawei became a Platinum member of the Linux Foundation. A longtime major contributor, Huawei won a Gold Member position from the OpenStack Board of Directors in 2016. In the Big Data field, 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.

The Huawei eSDK platform provides partners with standard interfaces and pre-integrated plug-ins for developers to easily connect Huawei ICT-pipeline products with upper-level applications to efficiently meet customer service needs and gain a differentiated, innovative competitive edge. For example, GIS mapping software provider Esri uses eSDK open interfaces to accelerate project development that, in turn, allows government customers to benefit from convenient, easily maintained cloud services.

Highly flexible and collaborative, the open capabilities of Huawei’s new ICT ecosystem are devised to attract more partners and meet customers’ service requirements.

Collaboration Drives ‘New ICT’

Market competition motivates enterprises of all sizes to expand and advance, as delays of even a few months can mean life or death for entire product lines or online services. Enterprise ICT infrastructures must be able to support the rapid changes that come with high-stakes markets.

Safe cities, omni-channel banking, smart power grids, and the IoT are large-scale examples of the rapid digitalization of governments and enterprises alike.

In all cases, each sector needs ICT-based cloud computing to support their transformation to modern business practice.

Tencent — the host of China’s largest Internet user group — needed to add new ICT infrastructure in three short months to support peak traffic. Huawei delivered a containerized, custom Modular Data Center (MDC) solution that reduced the deployment cycle from 600 days to 60 days.

Shenzhen Media Group (SZMG) used Huawei’s Big Data solution to build a large pool of virtual computing and storage resources that reduced the time needed to migrate HD video materials by over 15 times, from 48 minutes to 5 minutes. The result of this dramatic increase in efficiency is a solid foundation for the SZMG news business to leap further into the future.

Cloud computing technologies enable enterprises to collect, store, and manage the vast amounts of interaction data used by Big Data technologies to explore and extract value from the information. The cloud-pipe-device architecture of modern ICT systems is enabling enterprises to collaborate with their integration partners to define the IoT era in which everyone and everything is connected.

By David He

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