Peter Zhou, President of Huawei’s IT Product Line, is the public face of data storage technologies at the Chinese telecoms to IT giant. At MWC 2023, in between meetings with many of the 2,500 Huawei clients who made the trip to Barcelona, Peter described Europe’s buoyant market as one of the drivers behind 40% year-on-year growth in Huawei’s international on-premise data storage revenues.

In Europe, Huawei envisages continuing rapid growth as enterprises re-tool their private clouds to deal with accelerating cloudification.

“IT technology has been developing very quickly in Europe,” says Peter. “People here have accepted the case for cloudification quicker than in other regions.”

Peter adds: “For the future evolution of multi-cloud, we definitely believe that we need to continue innovating, particularly in data storage.”

Enterprises are investing in on-premise infrastructure in order to keep pace with runaway data volumes, mitigate security threats and cope with the rise of container-based and serverless application architectures.

At MWC, Peter spent much of his time discussing Huawei’s new multi-cloud storage solution, which supports intelligent cross-cloud data tiering, cross-cloud data visibility and enhanced data mobility.

“This is a must,” Peter says, referring to the last item on the list. “The data in data storage has to support data mobility, sharing between multiple clouds.”

“If we have an application in the public cloud, it must be able to access data in private clouds, rather than copying data from on-premise to the public cloud, which really isn’t cost-effective.”

For Peter’s on-premise offerings, the innovation agenda is also being driven by spiraling volumes of data, which accounts for Huawei’s aggressive focus on hardware size reduction, compression technologies and decreasing energy consumption.

Other on-premise solutions for enterprise data centers unveiled at MWC included an industry- first unified disaster recovery solution based on Storage & Optical Connection Coordination (SOCC) and multi-layer ransomware protection that integrates networking and storage to deliver 99.9% accuracy.

Huawei already offers a full enterprise storage portfolio, covering data production, backup and archiving, as well tiered solutions for hot, warm and cold data. At MWC, however, Peter’s on-premise division announced that it will be broadening its focus to include small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

This is part of a company-wide effort, involving the roll-out of more than 200 new products and services for SMEs including cost-effective primary and back-up storage offerings based around the OceanStor Dorado 2000 and OceanProtect X3000.

Peter doesn’t foresee an end to on-premise demand.

He says: “People may think the public cloud is expanding and that business in the on-premise data center is shrinking. People have that kind of worry. But the real results show that the facts are different.”

“In the beginning, people choose public cloud infrastructure, but then they become more rational in terms of the cost and the return. And they start to think about the future evolution of their technology needs.”

According to Peter, that’s precisely where European enterprises find themselves: investing in on-premise storage upgrades to future-proof their multi-cloud strategies.

“We think there’s a big change happening in Europe,” he adds. “The largest enterprises will be running multiple private clouds alongside multiple public clouds. That’s the reality.”

Find out more about Huawei’s MWC program here.

Data Management

In today’s era of economic uncertainty, enterprises must embrace digital transformation to stay relevant. By 2026, global spending on digital transformation is expected to reach US$3.4 trillion, and this trend is accelerating. For most enterprises, digital transformation encompasses the infrastructure needed to facilitate computing, storage, and networking, while digital technologies such as the cloud, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and advanced networks are critical enablers for future digital development.

To further the discussion on these technologies, Huawei hosted its 5th Industry Digital Transformation Summit at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2023 in Barcelona. The Summit acted as a platform that engendered meaningful conversations among global enterprise customers and digital industry leaders, and facilitated discussions on innovation and development in the realms of digital infrastructure and digital technologies.

Developing Tailored Digital Solutions for Industry Applications

As digital technology matured, so have the demands for tailored, scenario-specific digital solutions in various sectors. Solutioning requirements across industries, or even within industry verticals, often appear similar at first. However, to fully realise the benefits of digital innovation, organisations need to match specific scenarios to specific solutions.

At MWC 2023, Huawei showcased how it works closely with diverse global and local partners to provide a range of scenario-specific solutions for public services, healthcare, education, and electric power suppliers.

Despite having already launched more than 100 scenario-based solutions, David Wang, Executive Director of the Board, Chairman of the ICT Infrastructure Managing Board, and President of Enterprise BG, Huawei, emphasised the company’s continued commitment to deepen its roots in the enterprise market and go further in its pursuit of innovation.

“We are ready to use leading technologies and dive deep into scenarios. Together with our partners, we will enable industry digitalisation, help SMEs access intelligence, and promote sustainable development to create new value together.” added Wang.

David Wang delivered an opening speech for the Industry Digital Transformation Summit


Huawei’s scenario-based approach is already transforming diverse industries, including education and finance. Some notable examples include:

Huawei Smart Classrooms

In traditional school systems, teaching resources tend to be unevenly distributed due to infrastructure and economic differences. Over the last five years, China invested over 1.7 trillion yuan to solve this imbalance, developing smart classrooms in 90% of the country’s schools.

Students from all regions, rural and urban, now have the same access to immersive learning and high-quality teaching resources via a national smart education platform. At MWC 2023, Huawei announced the launch of the Smart Classroom 2.0 solution, leveraging Wi-Fi 7 and intelligent edge devices to enable smart teaching practices through cloud-edge synergy.  The smart classroom solution has opened a world of equal educational opportunities to students of all backgrounds.

Intelligent Finance

Mobile payment is fast becoming a global norm: two billion people were using mobile payments worldwide, with a total transaction volume exceeding US$17 trillion, with an annual growth rate of 27% in 2021. But not everyone has access to a mobile phone or formal banking facilities. In Ghana, two thirds of the population lack a bank card, and 60% of people use feature phones rather than smartphones.

Recognising these challenges, Ghana Commercial Bank launched the mobile money platform G-Money which allows Ghanaians to use their mobile phones for deposits and money transfers; this attracted over 700,000 mobile money users. At the heart of Mobile Money is Huawei’s mobile wallet solution, designed to enable basic financial services on feature phones and smartphones, just one example of Huawei’s work with global partners to build payment and micro-finance solutions. Today, Huawei’s Intelligent Finance Solution is a trusted service provider for 400 million users worldwide, from street vendors in China to migrant workers in Ghana.

Collaborating with Global Partners and Helping SMEs Access Artificial Intelligence

To build effective solutions that enable digitalisation, Huawei leverages its global partnership ecosystem of more than 35,000 partners. Huawei works closely with these partners to constantly build stronger capabilities within the ecosystem, while cultivating a deep pool of ICT talent. To date, Huawei has certified over 750,000 ICT professionals and has collaborated with over 2,400 talent alliances.

Huawei is also focused on enabling SMEs, by making it easier for small enterprises to get access to a range of digital infrastructure, technologies, expertise, and Artificial Intelligence.

Holding True to Social Values

As societies worldwide grapple with the effects of climate change and the challenges of ensuring environmental sustainability, technology is playing a critical and growing role in mitigating human impact on the environment.

Digital technology has immense potential to promote sustainable development while creating greater social value through innovation and collaboration. Whether it’s ensuring biodiversity through digital solutions or achieving energy efficiency through better-designed ICT infrastructure and networks, Huawei is constantly pushing boundaries, developing solutions that help industries address the growing challenges of climate change and biodiversity loss.

Driving Technology Forward for the Future

Research and development (R&D) are the key to innovative new products, services, and business models, but to deliver genuine value, R&D must be deeply embedded in the organisation’s mission and culture. Huawei’s commitment to innovation and driving digital technology is evident in its consistent commitment to R&D: 54.8% of Huawei’s workforce is engaged in R&D, working on US$132.5 billion worth of R&D investments in the last decade. Today, Huawei possesses one of the largest patent portfolios in the world, with active patents across over 45,000 patent families.

At MWC 2023, Huawei launched its latest innovations:

A new series of smart campus network solutions, built on Wi-Fi 7 and 50G PON technologies.

The first data centre ransomware protection solution, powered by network-storage collaboration.

Huawei Cloud’s KooVerse unified cloud infrastructure and new cloud services, such as LandingZone and GaussDB, to help enterprises of all sizes embrace and leverage the cloud.

“Digital technology is the right place for us to help industries go digital. Huawei will focus on connectivity, computing, cloud, and other digital technologies. We will continue inspiring innovation to drive industry digital transformation.” said Bob Chen, Vice President of Enterprise BG, Huawei, at the summit.

In his keynote speech, Bob Chen outlined how digital technologies have impacted the development of the world’s economy, cultures, societies, and environment.


Huawei today is a trusted partner to over 700 cities as well as 267 Fortune 500 companies around the world. Looking to the future, Huawei will continue to build on its strengths in the digital enterprise segment, grow with customers and partners, and lead innovation in digital infrastructure.

Learn more about Huawei’s latest innovations and how the company creates new value together with global partners here.

Digital Transformation

During MWC 2023, Jason Cao, CEO of Huawei Global Digital Finance shares Huawei’s latest progress in digitalising financial services.


The financial services industry (FSI) today is poised for disruption. According to IDC, changes in consumer behaviour arising from the global pandemic, consumer perceptions, technological innovation and an inclination towards During MWC 2023, Jason Cao, CEO of Huawei Global Digital Finance shares Huawei’s latest progress in digitalising financial services.‘everything digital’ are expected to drive rapidly accelerating transformation in the sector. There is also a fast-growing push towards green solutions and sustainable finance, from legislative and regulatory requirements as well as investor and consumer sentiments.

In response to these changes, significant new trends are gaining ground within the industry. Organisations are increasing their use of cloud, digital technologies, and artificial intelligence (AI) to develop innovative new solutions for customer experience and personalisation, analytics, and payments, among others. Adoption of these technologies is, in turn, evolving financial services’ customer experience (CX), enabling it to move from physical interactions to digital yet personalised experiences, while customer relationships shift from transactional to engagement-focused relationships that benefit from end-to-end, consistent cross-channel customer services.   

As the FSI sector approaches a tipping point in digital transformation, organisations will need to undertake key changes to stay relevant and competitive in this fast-moving landscape.

Six changes to make finance smarter and greener

Speaking at MWC 2023, Jason Cao, CEO, Global Digital Finance, Huawei, described six changes that have the greatest potential to “accelerate changes and drive innovation” within the FSI sector.

Accelerating the Shift from Transactions to Digital Engagements

Business models must shift from a mindset of serving on-demand transactional needs through ‘financial’-centric applications, toward digital engagement via ‘lifestyle’-centric, daily apps.

Take one of the largest commercial banks in Thailand as an example. It deployed a lifestyle super-app alongside its existing financial super-app in a ‘platform + ecosystem’ model, which resulted in growing the 16 million transaction-focused users to 200 million customers across the region. Many are new-to-bank, enjoying a high degree of engagement as they use the super-apps on a daily basis. We see a similar success in Myanmar, where one of the country’s largest banks launched its mobile payment super app in 2018. By 2021, there were nine million app users, with 310,000 merchants and 45,000 agents benefitting from the app’s mobile payment system.

Accelerating the Transition of Core Banking Functions to Cloud Native

The successes among the Southeast Asian banks conversely highlight a challenge for digital infrastructure: rapid growth of customer base and transaction volumes demand rapid scalability. Applications need to be modernised, and core systems and data migrated to cloud native to be ready for these requirements.

In 2022, Postal Savings Bank of China (PSBC), a bank with 650 million retail customers, transitioned from a monolithic core banking system to a cloud-native architecture using Huawei’s cloud and GaussDB. The new system easily handles over two billion daily transactions, with up to 55,000 transactions per second at peak. An Indonesian bank also built its cloud-native digital banking system to achieve scalability for ten times its existing customer base. As Cao noted, the bank’s customers “grew by 1,000 times in three years” on their cloud-native infrastructure.

Accelerating infrastructure evolution to “MEGA”

As infrastructure evolves, the respective advantages of cloud, storage, computing, network and optical systems can be integrated and optimised as a system. Huawei approaches this through the MEGA framework, combining multi-domain (cloud-network) collaboration, user experience, Green ICT infrastructure and an intelligent autonomous driving network. This infrastructure framework offers rapid cross-vendor configuration, low-latency and end-to-end automation capabilities, while reducing energy consumption by up to 80% per TB.

Technology is transforming finance in many ways, presenting more opportunities for both financial institutions and consumers


Accelerating democratisation of data analytics and AI

Organisations in FSI are increasingly applying data analytics and AI in marketing, fraud detection, credit scoring, and operations. Data and AI have enabled institutions such as China Merchants Bank (CMB) to protect 3.2 billion transactions since 2016, while another major commercial bank in Shanghai is able to detect abnormalities in financial events with 99.99% accuracy. AI is also driving higher conversion rates through improved interactions and reducing mean time-to-resolution for customer queries.

Accelerating real-time data analysis to unleash data value

China Merchant Bank (CMB), a leading retail bank with assets under management of over 10 trillion yuan, practices a ‘data for everyone’ strategy. The transition from T+1 to T+0 real-time data import, multi-tenant data warehouses, and elastic scalability are the basis of the strategy. Over 40% of the company’s employees are active users on the bank’s analysis platform. As a result of this quick and convenient access to data and analytics, real-time decision making, and real-time risk control within 20ms can be realised.

Accelerating toward a cutting-edge AI brain

“ChatGPT has shown the feasibility of generative AI applications,” highlighted Cao, “and everyone can use it,” further raising the bar for in-depth, accessible AI applications. One of China’s largest banks has, since 2017, been steadily building up their AI capability. Today the bank’s AI brain can serve over 1,000 scenarios and provide over 10 million intelligent services.

Powering digitalisation through innovation

A deeply embedded culture of Research and Development (R&D) is the key to innovation. According to Cao, “innovation is in Huawei’s DNA,” with over half of the company’s employees being R&D employees, and more than 10% of revenue is spent on R&D. In 2021 alone, US$22.4 billion was deployed for R&D, representing 22% of annual revenue. David Wang, President of the Enterprise BG, Huawei, stated the company will “continue to lead innovation in digital infrastructure, and adapt technologies to different scenarios.”

Huawei Intelligent Finance Solution Framework provides green and autonomous infrastructure, intelligent business engine, and super App platform for digital interaction and scenario innovation.


This consistent investment in innovation has made Huawei a key technology partner for global FSI institutions. The company counts more than 2,500 financial institutions from more than 60 countries as customers, including 50 of the world’s top 100 banks. Huawei also works with over 150 global partners to develop solutions and provide comprehensive services to their customers.

By working closely with partners and customers across the world, the company aspires to Shape Smarter, Greener Finance Together. Huawei will be hosting its 11th Huawei Intelligent Finance Summit in early June to unveil and showcase more innovations.

Learn more about Huawei’s approach to Intelligent Finance here.

Cloud Native

Huawei’s Enterprise Business Group (EBG) arrived at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this year with a proposition fit for the times, emphasizing the value created by digital transformation across multiple industries and use case scenarios. Huawei has developed more than 100 scenario-based solutions, covering over 10 industries. EBG’s strategy of ‘Weaving Technologies for Industry Scenarios’ paid off — the business has been growing rapidly with Huawei’s overall revenue reaching about 636 billion Yuan in 2022.

On day two of the mobile conference, four of EBG’s senior executives took part in an hour-long panel discussion in front of journalists and partners. Their aim: to explain how EBG is playing its part in Huawei’s larger effort to help industries go digital as technology plays an increasingly important role in economy, culture, society and environment.

Huawei’s Enterprise Business Group is the one of Huawei’s three major divisions, sitting alongside its carrier business and its consumer electronics unit. EBG’s core business is the infrastructure that enables digital transformation and “scenario-based technologies” created in collaboration with a fast-growing partner ecosystem. To better meet customer needs, EBG has established business units (BUs) dedicated to certain industries such as Government Public Services, Digitalization BU and Digital Finance BU which integrate resources to efficiently serve and create value for customers, helping industries digitally transform.

To date, Huawei’s enterprise group has worked with more than half of the Fortune Global 500. Moreover, 54.8% of Huawei employees are engaged in Research and Development (R&D), which over the last decade has been supported with US$132.5 billion investment. Bob Chen, EBG Vice-President, also announced the new Small and Medium Enterprise business strategy at the MWC, which will see Huawei step up investment in this market to support these businesses as they seek to transform. EBG is also transforming its organization, channel, and IT equipment to extend its breadth in the SME-dominated markets.  Six distribution product R&D teams have been set up and more than 200 new products and solutions will be released to the SME market this year. Huawei will continue to work with partners to help more SMEs achieve digital transformation and business success.

For all of these numbers though, this was a panel discussion frequently dominated by the qualitative impacts of digital transformation. Chen cited technology deployments that have revived regional economies, limited the devastation caused by forest fires and brought high-quality teaching resources to impoverished rural neighborhoods. According to Chen, digital technologies now play an essential role in “driving the development of the economy, culture, society and environment towards an intelligent world”.

Historically, Huawei has thrived on big visions and big projects. Jason Cao, CEO of Huawei Global Digital Finance, highlighted that mobile and intelligent financial services are more and more popular, and the core fields are highly digitalized. Huawei strives to accelerate technology application in six fields, including shifting from transaction to digital engagement, developing cloud-native applications and data, evolving infrastructure to MEGA, industrializing data and AI application, enhancing real-time data analysis, and moving towards a cutting-edge AI brain. In this way, we help financial customers accelerate changes, innovatively improve productivity, and make productivity visible, and speed up evolution towards the future.

Cao was one of two vertical sector specialists on the panel. The other was Hong-eng Koh, Huawei’s Global Chief Public Services Industry Scientist. With an MBA from Leeds University in the UK, Koh rose to play a leading role in Singapore’s e-Government program and spent 16 years in government roles at Oracle before joining Huawei.

Instead of driving revenue and profit, Koh told the audience that the public sector has to use what he calls “people-centric services” to remove the friction from the relationship between citizen and state. “For example, a businessman wants to open a restaurant. . . Regulations require him to transact with numerous government agencies to get the necessary permits. Digital transformation can help make this reluctant businessman more willing [to accept digital channels].”

Koh took the audience on a four minute summary of the way in which digital government can, and should, enable “digital economy and digital society”. Stops along the way included government-owned broadband and cloud services providers in Nigeria and UAE, an intelligent university campus in Macau and e-government systems in Spain and Sweden.

Much of this work is achieved in collaboration with EBG’s 35,000-strong partner ecosystem, represented on stage by Haijun Xiao, President of Global Partner Development and Sales. Xiao’s worldwide brief is vast: 25,000 sales partners, 8,000 solution development and services partners, 2,400 training courses, and ICT academies working with 2,200 universities.

Here, too, discussions about value are noticeable. EBG has invested significantly in its partner ecosystem in recent years, signaling continued commercial momentum and increasing maturity. Xiao knows the value of his partners, and wants to keep them onside. “We adopt mutual benefits through open collaboration,” he says. “We adopt fair, just, transparent and simple partner policies.” This year, Huawei is building end-to-end capabilities from R&D, marketing, sales, supply, and service systematically, centering on “partner-centricity”.

In Huawei’s corporate calendar, the congress is one of the last big public events to take place before the privately-held company reveals its annual financial performance. Chen hinted at what we’re likely to hear in the near future: continuing rapid growth at EBG. EBG will be working with partners to help more SMEs go digital and succeed in 2023.

This year’s theme of the value generated by digital transformation is designed to perpetuate that track record of success in what seem likely to be more uncertain times.

Find out more about Huawei’s MWC program here.

Mobile World Congress

GSMA’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2023 in Barcelona—the largest and most influential event for connectivity—is expected to attract over 80,000 attendees from 200 countries and over 2,000 exhibitors. This year’s event will explore themes of 5G acceleration, immersive technology, open networks, fintech, and ‘Digital Everything’, encompassing intelligent solutions, Internet-of-Things, Industry 4.0, and how every industry and enterprise stand to benefit from these immense opportunities in the digital space within a global digital ecosystem.

At MWC 2023, Huawei Cloud will showcase its goal of unleashing new digital value through Everything-as-a-Service, a framework designed to enable and connect diverse local and global partners—whether individual developers, small enterprises, or multinational corporations—to maximize the potential of the cloud. Everything-as-a-Service brings together Infrastructure-as-a-Service, Technology-as-a-Service, and Expertise-as-a-Service in a unified approach to provide a complete range of digital solutions within a comprehensive ecosystem of partnerships.

“Huawei Cloud delivers everything-as-a-service to help carriers accelerate their application modernisation and jointly develop the enterprise market to unleash digital productivity,” says Jacqueline Shi, President of Global Marketing and Sales Services, Huawei Cloud.

Visitors can also expect new key releases such as:

Pangu AI Models – pre-trained foundation models with billions of parameters, which have been used in over 100 scenarios across more than 10 industries such as healthcare and energyLanding Zone – an end-to-end solution that provides cloud resource management, and access control capabilities, which mapped to the business architecture of large enterprises Cloud on Cloud – a digital solution that enables carriers to quickly obtain Huawei Cloud capabilities through resale, dual brands, or self-build brands, and allows businesses to build and operate their own cloud services

When combined, the offerings allow partners to leverage Huawei’s deep know-how stemming from 30 years of experience in ICT innovation, recognised by Gartner’s 2022 Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure and Platform Services for its Ability to Execute and Completeness of Vision.

Unleashing the Potential of the Cloud through Ecosystem Building

Cloud adoption is booming as enterprises identify technology as a key driver of business success. AI-enabled services and powerful scalability options are among the benefits being leveraged by organizations as they drive digital transformation projects. IDC forecasts global cloud spending to exceed US$1.3 trillion by 2025, and by 2027, experts predict that cloud adoption will have become mainstream, with nearly 90% of organizations implementing some degree of cloud strategy.

However, for many enterprises, particularly start-ups and Small-Medium Enterprises (SMEs), the infrastructure investment, technological know-how, and specialised skillsets required for the transition to the cloud are potentially prohibitive.

Huawei Cloud addresses this by focusing on building shared excellence and developing the cloud ecosystem, with aims of building a partner network, empowering developers, and providing an application distribution platform for developers and customers in an ecosystem that is accessible to all.

Guided by the principle “to go fast, it is best to go alone; but to go far, we must go together”, Huawei launched its new partner network in June 2022 in its effort to go and grow with partners. This comprises two cooperation frameworks, GoCloud and GrowCloud.

GoCloud aims to broaden partner competencies on Huawei Cloud. Supported by Huawei’s developers and solutions architects, partners can re-engineer their applications and architecture to cloud-native, as well as build new products, solutions, and services on Huawei Cloud. On the other hand, GrowCloud focuses on driving depth, helping existing partners expand their customer base and grow revenue streams, premised on the idea of shared success.

This is complemented by KooVerse, Huawei Cloud’s global distributed cloud infrastructure designed on a unified architecture, provides partners with computation, storage, and networking as a service. The platform offers secure, stable, 50 m/s latency networking capabilities via more than 2,000 carrier networks, making it accessible to partners in over 170 countries in 78 Availability Zones, spanning 29 regions across the world.

The recent opening of a Centre of Excellence in Singapore, the European Cloud Hub in Ireland, and the launch of the Indonesia Region further attest to the rapid growth of Huawei Cloud’s global network while underscoring the emphasis Huawei places on the “In Local, For Local” principle which respects local business culture and supports local industry in every region they operate in.

Experts tout 2023 to be the year when new AI-powered tools and services make their presence felt across industries. Giving businesses a head start in the AI space is the cloud-native database GaussDB, which offers high-performance, high-availability, and secure real-time data lake capability to maximise enterprises’ data value.

Huawei Cloud also focuses on three core AI technologies, namely large pre-trained Pangu models that can be used to accelerate AI development and operationalisation, Opt Verse AI Solver designed to deeply integrate AI with operations research, and knowledge computing that uses AI to extract, express, and compute knowledge. Four DevCloud pipelines, comprising MetaStudio for digital content production, ModelArts for AI development, CodeArts for software development, and DataArts for data governance, offer developers, data scientists, and AI scientists the means to share, collaborate and work efficiently as a team from any location, within the same platform.

Beyond the technological aspect, SMEs and start-ups will need deep partnerships that can enrich their offerings to go further. With Huawei Cloud, they can connect with partners they need to thrive, such as system integrators and hardware providers, from among the developers and service providers within the ecosystem.

In turn, developers can connect with clients through the ecosystem while using the platform’s Technology-as-a-Service resources to streamline development and submit their offerings through the KooGallery, the Huawei Cloud marketplace.

The Right Partner to Build the Right Cloud Foundation

Jacqueline Shi delivering keynote speech at MWC 2023


Since its launch, the Huawei Cloud ecosystem has grown in capability and offerings, with more than 4 million developers and 41,000 partners making up a rich and diversified ecosystem, and over 10,000 offerings released in KooGallery.

Huawei Cloud’s ecosystem continues to welcome global partners to share in its vision of a rich, diverse, and prosperous ecosystem that can unleash digital value through leveraging “Everything-as-a-Service.” The ecosystem offers enterprises and organizations, regardless of size and resources, the chance to realise the true potential of digital technology and the cloud. Huawei Cloud’s global infrastructure, innovative edge, and deep expertise make it the ideal partner for those who want to go far.

MWC 2023 will run from February 27 to March 2 in Barcelona, Spain. Huawei Cloud will launch a series of innovative product solutions to support digital transformation and enhance the cloud journey for enterprises.

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Huawei kicked off its Huawei Connect 2022 tour in Bangkok as it embarks on a world tour. The massive exhibition brings together ICT leaders, experts, and partners to unleash digital productivity, build stronger digital ecosystems, and promote the digital economy.

CIO Editor Andrea Benito visited the exhibition and sat down with Derek Hao, President of Global Marketing, Huawei Enterprise Business Group, on why the key to accelerating digital transformation is matching the right technologies to the right scenarios.

Asia Pacific is leading the shift toward digital-first business process and will generate more than 30% of revenue from digital products and services by 2023, IDC predicts.

It’s not hard to see why; the degree of uncertainty created by the pandemic around workforce availability, and customer preference shifting towards online has created a set of powerful catalysts for change.

Connecting technology with transformation

Huawei Connect 2022, themed “Unleash Digital”, kicked off in Bangkok in September. The key message from Huawei was that to ensure successful digital transformation, the right technology must be selected for each scenario.

During the second day keynote on Innovative Digital Infrastructure Accelerates Digital Transformation, Bob Chen, Vice President of Huawei Enterprise Business Group, emphasised the importance of finding the right technology for the right scenario, further citing how “data is at the core of digital transformation and Huawei provides full-stack products and product portfolios to support end-to-end data processing.”

Data the key to deeper digital transformation

During our conversation, Derek Hao, President of Global Marketing, Huawei Enterprise Business Group shared that while many businesses have implemented basic workflow in a digital equivalent, fewer have taken full advantage of the data available to them to inform their processes.

According to Hao, data is key to deeper transformation and a cornerstone of Huawei’s strategy to help customers more comprehensively transform their business processes.

“Huawei believes that the way to deepen digital transformation and drive continuous innovation of industries is to ‘find technologies for scenarios’, which requires combining technologies. Data is, after all, the core of digital transformation. That’s why intelligent industry upgrades must be based on data,” Hao observes.

“To meet the requirements of different industries and specific scenarios, Huawei provides customers with a wide range of full-stack products and portfolios, covering full-stack data ingestion, transmission, storage, computing, analysis, and more, which effectively support E2E data processing,” he says.

Sector-specific solutions on display

Huawei has developed initiatives to help specific industries digitise and will be in showcasing them at Huawei Connect 2022. In the Bangkok edition, the exhibition demonstrated digital transformation cases across different industry sectors, divided into three key zones:

Industrial Digital Transformation showcased innovative applications and industry solutions in different scenarios including Education, Ports, Roads, and Electricity.

Innovative Digital Infrastructure showcased Huawei’s latest innovations across data centres, campuses, digital sites, and WANs, four types of product portfolio solutions provided by Huawei.

HUAWEI CLOUD and Eco-partners showcased HUAWEI CLOUD’s successful practices in technological innovation and ecosystem development.

Understanding customers’ challenges

According to Huawei, one of its key focuses is to work closely with customers to first understand their unique challenges, which will allow its technology subject matter experts to match the right technology solutions for different scenarios.

Huawei recently worked closely with a municipal government in an Asia Pacific country to understand its problem space and identify a series of issues in its environment, including isolated IT systems, lack of virtualised management rules, inefficient O&M, and slow response.

This enabled Huawei to build a centralised cloud platform for the customer, leveraging the HUAWEI CLOUD stack, which migrates multiple services to one cloud and ensures resources can be requested by multiple departments at the same time, improving office efficiency.

Huawei was also able to deploy a multi-data centre disaster recovery and backup system to ensure service continuity.

The result has been much-improved efficiency and stability for the systems, allowing the government workforce to improve its productivity.

Go digital in the changing environment

To assist partners with solution design, Huawei has developed more than 100 scenario-based solutions with partners covering over 10 industries.

While the pandemic is slowly resolving, the world remains a very different place from what it was before COVID-19. A set of fundamental assumptions that underpinned global trade and economies have shifted. As the world charts the uncertain path ahead, one thing is certain: businesses will have to comprehensively transform their processes toward digital to survive and thrive.

“We look forward to working with more customers and partners to dive deep into scenarios and jointly innovate to upgrade infrastructure, unleash digital, and build a fully connected, intelligent world. In the future, we are still confident in the digital development of the Asia Pacific,” says Hao.

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