Huawei says it wants digital inclusion, build developers’ ecosystem for computing at Huawei Connect 2019
Huawei Connect 2019 conference brought together industry peers from the Middle East and globally to discuss the evolution of the ICT sector
During the fourth annual Huawei Connect conference, the company reaffirmed its commitment and plans to drive digital transformation on a global scale.
Huawei’s Deputy Chairman, Ken Hu, called for individuals and organizations to join Huawei in addressing issues related to healthcare, education, development and the environment, with the ambition of using its TECH4ALL platform to help another 500 million people benefit from digital technology in the next five years.
Huawei Connect 2019 was held under the theme of ‘Building a Fully Connected, Intelligent World’, and saw industry peers gather from September 18-20 to discuss some of the sector’s biggest topics. These included digital development, artificial intelligence and the expansion of cloud services in a connected world.
The conference comes at a time when spending on digital transformation in the Middle East, Turkey, and Africa region is predicted to cross the $25 billion mark this year – according to IDC –as more organizations experiment with technologies to spur innovation and boost customer experience.
"Digital technology is reshaping the world. We want it to benefit everyone and we want digital inclusion for all. We want to protect vulnerable groups and make ordinary people extraordinary. This is the unique value of technology. Digital inclusion will need the joint efforts of businesses, governments, and society at large. Currently, we have just made the first step. We welcome more people and organizations to join us." Ken Hu, Huawei’s Deputy Chairman.
During the event, Huawei announced several new AI and cloud solutions that will contribute to the company’s vision for digital inclusion, and help its customers and partners in the Middle East and beyond to embrace digital transformation.
The event also saw several senior representatives from Huawei and its partners deliver keynote speeches, including Hou Jinlong, President of Cloud and AI Products and Services at Huawei; Dr. Helmut Michael Ma, President of Intelligent Computing Business Dept at Huawei; Patrick Zhang, CTO of Cloud and AI Products and Services at Huawei; Jack Jia, General Manager of EI Product Department - Cloud BU, Huawei; Bazmi R. Husain, CTO of ABB; Li Jianhang, COO of Tongfang, and Liu Wenhuan, Chairman of Wuhan Deepin Technology.
During the event, Huawei announced its latest strategy for the computing market, which will focus on four key areas: architecture innovation; investment in all-scenario processors; clear business boundaries, and building an open ecosystem. The latter will see Huawei invest US$1.5 billion in its developer program with the aim to expand support to five million developers, enabling worldwide partners to develop the next generation of intelligent applications and solutions.
Intelligent product strategy and new +AI products unveiled
Huawei also unveiled its next-generation intelligent product strategy and new + AI products for the enterprise market. The increasing scale of interconnectivity and maturing intelligent technologies are bringing disruptive changes to enterprises around the world. By adding AI capabilities to the next-generation of ICT products, Huawei strives to constantly lead innovation and help customers address a new round of digital transformation challenges to achieve business success.
Its latest solutions include a three-layer AI architecture based on the Engine AI Turbo product series, the iMaster NCE autonomous driving network management and control system, and the industry’s first iMaster NAIE network AI platform. In addition, Huawei also released a new-generation OceanStor Dorado intelligent all-flash storage based on Kunpeng and Ascend processors, Huawei OptiXtrans DC908, the industry's first intelligent data center interconnect (DCI) product, and more.
Huawei Releases Developer Program 2.0 for Developer Ecosystem Construction
Huawei announced an investment of USD 1.5 billion over the next 5 years as part of its Developer Program 2.0, with the goal of partnering with enterprises and individual developers to build the computing industry ecosystem. The leading ICT solutions provider also unveiled the Kunpeng Developer Kit and ModelArts 2.0 AI development platform for software development on the Huawei Kunpeng and Ascend computing platforms.
Developer Program 1.0, launched by Huawei in 2015, has 1.3 million registered individual
developers and works with over 14,000 enterprise developers to innovate products and solutions to create value for customers. Developer Program 2.0 will focus on building an open computing industry ecosystem based on Kunpeng + Ascend computing processors; establishing an all-round enablement system; promoting the development of industry standards, specifications, demonstration sites, and technical certification system; building industry-specific application ecosystems and region-specific industry ecosystems, and sharing Kunpeng and Ascend computing power, making it available to every developer.