CeBIT 2015: Huawei, SAP collaborate on IoT
Firms to create innovation centres in China and Germany to accelerate IoT innovation
Huawei and SAP yesterday signed an MoU to create a co-innovation lab focused on advancing research on the internet of things (IoT) and providing new solutions.
Announced at the CeBIT trade show in Germany, the lab will be split across two countries - one in Shenzhen, China (where Huawei is based), and one in Waldorf, Germany. The idea is for the two firms to collaborate technologically to bring advanced IoT solutions to market.
During the signing ceremony, the two firms said that the ultimate aim would be to accelerate the trend of Industry 4.0 - a concept that envisions ‘smart' factories and production lines that are powered by IoT technologies. Industry 4.0 will see automated manufacturing processes, debugging and system failure recovery for maximised manufacturing efficiency and cost-effectiveness, the two companies said.
"Huawei values our win-win partnerships with SAP, a global leader in enterprise applications and software. Together, we are striving to develop a model of China-Europe cooperation. The establishment of the SAP-Huawei joint innovation efforts and partnership on Industry 4.0 and IoT is marking a new milestone for our strategic alliance," said William Xu, chief strategy and marketing officer at Huawei.
"With extensive experience and expertise in ICT infrastructure, Huawei is committed to collaborating with SAP to leverage our respective technologies and market capabilities to develop differentiated IoT and cloud solutions. These solutions are designed to help global enterprises across different sectors deploy new technologies easily and quickly."
This is not the first partnership that Huawei and SAP have entered into. The two companies have worked together on SAP HANA, whereby the in-memory computing platform is run on SAP-certified Huawei hardware. The pair have also collaborated on a contact centre solution, big data offerings, and smart city technologies.
With this latest partnership, the companies said that they wanted to integrated Huawei's IT infrastructure and connectivity solutions with the HANA Cloud platform, as well as other SAP applications and analytics tools.
"Huawei and SAP complement each other: Huawei offers extensive experience in ICT infrastructure while SAP, amongst others, focuses on the development of an open platform and enterprise software," said Bernd Leukert, member of the executive board, Products & Innovation, at SAP.
"Our collaboration will be based on SAP HANA Cloud platform to create value for our customers in the era of Industry 4.0 and IoT. We believe that technological collaborations that integrate our companies' expertise will enable us to create enriched enterprise solutions and bring even greater value to customers in China, Europe and emerging markets."