The FINANCIAL — At Huawei Connect 2017, Huawei and the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) unveiled the ‘IIC-Huawei Ecosystem OpenLab’, announcing that through deep cooperation, both parties will promote the development of an industrial Internet ecosystem.
IIC is a world-leading industrial Internet organization that is dedicated to helping achieve digital transformation through the promotion of an industrial Internet. IIC’s testbed program is one effective method to construct an industrial ecosystem. Huawei and IIC have common targets and interest points in the industrial Internet domain. Both parties plan to establish industry labs (first in Huawei Suzhou) and establish testbeds that are based on a Smart City Ecosystem Lab and an Urban Railway Ecosystem Lab to begin cooperation in the smart city and transportation domains. After that, they plan to move on to energy, manufacturing, and other industries, conducting replication and promotion with OpenLabs around the world, promoting the development of an industrial Internet ecosystem.
Based on Huawei Enterprise BG’s ‘Platform + Ecosystem’ strategy, Huawei has set out its global OpenLab plan. The strategy’s core is based on R&D innovation with partners and customers, differentiation, and leading industrial solutions to create an open, flexible, secure, and agile platform to drive digital transformation, according to Huawei.
Huawei Enterprise BG Industrial Marketing and Solutions President Yu Dong said, “The ecosystem OpenLab is an important cooperation point between IIC and Huawei OpenLab. IIC has extensive experience in the industrial Internet domain, testbed verification and promotion of industrial Internet solutions, and abundant practice in constructing the ecosystem. Huawei OpenLab has abundant software infrastructure and expert personnel, providing an ideal platform for the testbed’s testing and verification; it has also accumulated partners from all domains. Huawei hopes to conduct innovative research in the industrial Internet domain along with IIC and join numerous industry partners in constructing a complete industrial chain and rich solutions.”
IIC CTO Stephen Mellor pointed out that, “Huawei OpenLab works on solution innovation, the way to construct an industrial ecosystem, and IIC’s testbed model is in line with this mentality. Huawei is also a core member of IIC. We believe that OpenLabs can support IIC’s testbed program in a wide range of fields. We hope that in the future we can cooperate in all aspects and jointly drive the construction of an industrial Internet ecosystem.”
Up until the end of June this year, Huawei had already opened 7 OpenLabs focused on enterprise customers: they are in Suzhou, Munich, Mexico, Singapore, Dubai, Johannesburg, and Bangkok. The plan includes investing 200 million USD in the next three years so that by the end of 2019 the number of enterprise customer-oriented OpenLabs around the world reaches 20.
So far 197 of the Fortune Global 500 companies, out of which 45 are in the top 100, have chosen Huawei as their digital transformation partner.
HUAWEI CONNECT 2017, Huawei’s flagship event for the global ICT industry, was held at the Shanghai New International Exhibition Centre from September 5-7. The theme was ‘Grow with the Cloud’. Huawei explored how to realize new growth through digital transformation together with its customers and partners at this global platform for open collaboration.