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Reinventing businesses with industry cloud

2017-01-03 By Yan Lida, President of Enterprise BG, Huawei

    Key takeaways:

  • The industry cloud is the engine of the next industrial revolution.
  • It enables business-driven digital restructuring.
  • The industry cloud must be a platform where the ecosystem converges.

Industry Cloud is more than Industry + Cloud; it’s a dramatic convergence of technology and business that will enable business-driven digital transformation.

LEADS is here

Unlike the technology focus of Cloud 1.0, Cloud 2.0 is business driven. It positions cloud as a core technology for digital transformation and will serve as a catalyst for industry innovations where companies focus on creating value rather than saving costs. Leading companies in all industries are exploring how to reinvent traditional business processes, production techniques, and business models using the latest digital technologies.

Smart cities: People-centric and service-focused, smart cities are built to serve the needs of residents, companies, and governments, using IT like cloud computing and big data to integrate information across sectors.

Banking: Banks used to focus on managing bank accounts, meaning customer resources and information were fragmented and siloed. Today’s banks are putting the customer first with Finance Cloud and big data technology.

Healthcare: The healthcare industry is shifting from a focus on illnesses to a focus on people. Healthcare Cloud will enable better connected healthcare models that will link people, medical services, and data so that information can be shared. Medical resources will transcend time and geography, and everyone will be able to access higher quality and more comprehensive healthcare services.

Media: The media is shifting its position from producer to producer-consumer. New ICT architecture like Media Cloud is forming always-online, open media platforms that enable massive amounts of content and resources to be pooled and shared in real time.

Cloud, networks, and smart devices are forming new ICT infrastructure where data is a vital economic resource, as important as people, capital, and physical assets. 

But, what is the essence of Industry Cloud? After all, we can't change the nature of each industry; as Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei puts it, “Bakers still have to bake, builders still have to build.” But, Industry Cloud will converge technology and business in a way that will promote business-driven digital transformation.

What are the key elements of Industry Cloud?

The digital enterprises of the future will need to form new architectures for their ICT infrastructure to support the generation, transmission, and processing of the data that will underpin all company processes.

No single technology can support digital transformation alone – collaboration between cloud, data pipes, and devices is required. When industries go digital, the value of cloud won’t come from the cloud alone, nor will the challenges facing devices be solved at the device level. 

In the cloud era, data will be an enterprise’s core asset. Huawei's knows that data is industry-specific, with data generated from different sources used for different purposes. So, the value of data can only be truly realized within a specific industry context. That's why Huawei has always followed a path of close collaboration with customers and industry app developers.

So, what do we need to consider when deploying Industry Cloud?

First, we must ensure smooth migration to the cloud, so that companies continue to deliver a consistent, uninterrupted, and secure experience. As they address this challenge, companies will need the support of a professional cloud team that offers one-stop services. And they will need the capacity to operate and manage cloud themselves, to ensure secure operations as they innovate new services.

Second, enterprise digital transformation is a complex project involving a wide range of hardware and software systems, so enterprises cannot transform alone. The right platform will help them avoid complexity in underlying hardware and software systems. They can then concentrate on improving and innovating services.

Enterprise digital transformation will be like the transition from feature phones to smartphones. It involves creating a platform that’s open, elastic, secure, reliable, and flexible to support the many different applications of a company. Only this kind of platform will draw in the large numbers of app developers needed to form the new, vibrant, creative ecosystem necessary for a company's digital transformation.

Leading New ICT

Ren Zhengfei believes that, "Over the next two or three decades, humanity will evolve into a smart society. The depth and breadth of this change will be beyond anything we could ever imagine." As companies move into the cloud, they will need trusted partners. A powerful platform will help them to address future challenges and uncertainties.

In early 2016, Huawei Enterprise BG launched its new strategy: Leading New ICT. This strategy reflects our vision and goals for the digital transformation of industries. Through technological innovation, Huawei will build an open, elastic, flexible, and secure platform that enables collaboration between cloud, data pipes, and devices. Based on this platform, Huawei will build a sustainable ecosystem. To do so, we’ve set up five OpenLabs in different countries that are open to industry customers and serve as centers for joint innovation, R&D, verification, and experience. Huawei has also established 36 joint innovation centers with our industry-leading customers. 

We’re committed to building an open, collaborative ecosystem of shared success. We’re committed to becoming the best partner in the Industry Cloud era. And we’re committed to helping our customers achieve business success. 

Industry Cloud is more than Industry + Cloud: it’s a convergence of technology and business that will let us reinvent business together. 

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