By USANEE MONGKOLPORN
Every company will integrate its core business with the cloud, and will be on the look-out for cloud solutions that best suit them, Ken Hu, Huawei’s rotating chief executive officer, said during the “Huawei Connect 2016” event in Shanghai last week. “Cloud is changing everything,” he said. “We view change as a process of rebirth. For any business in the Cloud 2.0 era, change brings hope. And through action, we can create the future.”
Enterprises that were born in the cloud led the development of the first cloud era, disrupting industries around the world, he said, adding that he believed the next 10 years would be the era of Cloud 2.0, marking the rise of countless industry clouds.
China’s largest telecommunications company held “Huawei Connect 2016” from August 31 to September 2 under the theme of “Shape the Cloud”, with the aim of exploring cloud-era trends and how different industries can achieve digital transformation by developing cloud technology and contributing to the cloud ecosystem.
This forms part of Huawei’s plan to jump into the information and communications technology industry, apart from the telecoms industry.
Around 20,000 ICT industry leaders and experts from over 120 countries and regions gathered for event, which marked the first time that Huawei had publicly given a comprehensive look at its cloud strategy.
Hu explained that the company aimed to position itself as the enabler and driver of an intelligent world to become a preferred partner that enables digital and cloud transformation, while actively contributing to the cloud ecosystem through openness, collaboration and shared success.
The CEO said the company was focusing to invest in three key strategic areas in the future: devices, network and cloud. He compared devices to “feelers” that give all things the ability to sense their environments, while networks will connect everything, and the cloud will be the source of intelligence behind all things.
“Over the next five to 10 years, we will see all kinds of smart devices that automatically adapt to various use scenarios. Optical and wireless networks will provide ubiquitous, ultra-broadband connections.
“In the meantime, interconnected computers spread across the planet will aggregate vast amounts of data, forming a ‘digital brain’ in the cloud. This digital brain will evolve in real time, and it will never age, providing intelligence that can be called upon at any time by people and machines via high-speed connections and devices,” he told his audience.
Diana Yuan, president of marketing and solutions sales at Huawei Enterprise Business Group, said Huawei was currently working closely with partners to develop innovative ICT solutions, and helping global customers to drive digital transformation and lead the trend.
The company is focused on customer-centric solutions and strong partnership enabling customers to achieve business success, she said.
To accelerate these shifts, Huawei has established 10 interconnected Open Labs around the world to facilitate fast dialogue around business models, market needs and technology solutions in various markets, she added. Huawei and its global strategic partner Accenture issue enterprise-cloud solutions together.
They jointly provide verified enterprise SAP and Oracle cloud solutions, which are based on the Huawei FusionCloud solution for global enterprise customers’ core applications to provide one-stop service.
In the past two years, experts from Huawei and Accenture have worked side by side to develop enterprise cloud solutions to help clients reduce large capital investment in IT and meet flexible and scalable system requirements, Yuan explained.