Huawei sets out aim to be leading enterprise cloud provider
31 August 2016 | Alan Burkitt-Gray
More than 85% of enterprise applications will be cloud-based by 2025, and all enterprise IT solutions will be cloudified, says the current CEO of Huawei.
Speaking to 20,000 industry leaders in Shanghai at the vendor’s first cloud conference, Ken Hu – one of three people who take it in turns to be CEO of Huawei – said that the company wants to become a preferred partner that enables digital and cloud transformation, while actively contributing to the cloud ecosystem through openness, collaboration, and shared success.
“Over the next five to ten years,” said Hu, “we will see all kinds of smart devices that automatically adapt to various use scenarios. All people and all things will have the ability to sense their surroundings, and devices will serve as entry points to the intelligent world. Optical and wireless networks will provide ubiquitous, ultra-broadband connections.”
All three rotating CEOs of Huawei are speaking at Huawei Connect, including Eric Xu and Guo Ping as well as Hu. Other main speakers include Brian Krzanich, Intel CEO, Vishal Sikka, Infosys CEO, and Thomas Saueressig, SAP’s senior vice president.
Hu spoke of “a digital brain [that] 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 said enterprises should start treating ICT as a production system instead of a support system, and proactively use technology to redesign their production processes. Second, enterprises should rethink talent, and equip their employees with basic ICT knowledge, particularly as it applies to cloud technology. Third, enterprises should think big and act small, making headway with tactical, gradual improvements that build lasting confidence in new technology and the success it brings.
“Cloud is changing everything,” said Hu. “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.”
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