In conversation with David Shi, Huawei Middle East

In conversation with David Shi, President, Enterprise Business Group, Huawei Middle East

Why is Huawei looking forward to participating at GITEX Technology Week?

We believe that GITEX presents an ideal opportunity to showcase to the region and to the world some of the most significant emerging technologies—whether in the area of enterprise connectivity, enterprise IT, telecommunications, cloud and AI, or consumer devices. And this year’s edition has special importance as it comes during COVID-19 times. There is a lot to be discussed when it comes to supporting various industries during and post COVID-19 to achieve recovery, stability, and socio-economic development.

What are Huawei’s biggest technology predictions for the next 5-10 years? 

We see a massive convergence of opportunities across five tech domains: connectivity, cloud, AI, computing, and industry applications. These elements have all come together to create unprecedented opportunities for the ICT sector but also enterprises and governments around the world. Over the next 5-10 years, it will be critical to focus on applying these technologies to help enterprises grow their businesses and help governments to achieve their strategic goals. By leveraging synergy across the five tech domains, Huawei will continue building a robust digital ecosystem that creates new value for industries.

How will the smart city of the future deliver improved experiences for citizens?

A smart city senses, processes, and delivers informed decisions that improve the efficiency of businesses and the well-being of the city's citizens, residents & visitors. Smart cities are, essentially, like the human nervous system, built using the latest ICT solutions to help industries and enterprises achieve intelligent upgrades that enhance their core competencies. This will deliver improved experiences for citizens, residents and visitors by creating more efficiency, accessibility, and sustainability.

What is Huawei’s approach to innovation, and how is it looking to deliver market-leading products and services?

Innovation has been fundamental to Huawei’s survival and development over the past three decades. And it’s with long-term R&D investment that we have been able to lead the pack in multiple technology domains. Looking to the future, Huawei’s innovation will transition as we move from an Innovation 1.0 era to an Innovation 2.0 era. In Innovation 1.0, we focused on innovations in technology, engineering, products, and solutions to address customer needs. In Innovation 2.0, driven by our vision, we will expand our efforts to seek breakthroughs in basic theories and develop new basic technologies.

In the network domain, for example, Huawei proposed the concept of intelligent connectivity, aiming to deliver a hyper-automated network that offers ubiquitous gigabit access and a deterministic experience. In the computing domain, we are committed to providing diverse computing power to customers by decoupling software from hardware to adapt compute to different processing needs. In the cloud service domain, we have already established 23 regions worldwide, attracting over 1.5 million developers, and will continue to grow those partnerships. In the AI domain, we are better integrating AI into the major business systems of governments and enterprises to build the core competency of these systems.

To do this, we look at the ICT ecosystem as a whole, taking into consideration how we can empower and develop a new generation of experts in this field.

How is Huawei supporting enterprises and governments in the Middle East through its technology and services? 

Huawei advocates openness, collaboration, and shared success. Through joint innovation with our customers and partners, we are expanding the value of ICT to provide scenario-specific solutions to create value for governments and enterprises. From deploying smart city solutions to building sustainable cloud platforms, we create bespoke solutions that meet the specific needs of our partners. Because of our robust innovation capabilities and truly end-to-end ICT offerings, we are able to do this better than anyone else in industries such as government, public utilities, finance, energy, transport, and more.

Which industry will be most impacted by digital disruption and why?

All industries will be impacted by digital disruption & there are opportunities for all industries to thrive, especially government, oil & gas, finance, transportation, education, healthcare, etc. Connectivity, computing, cloud, and AI are a lot like electricity 100 years ago, whereas industry applications are like home appliances and industrial equipment powered by electricity. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen digital transformation accelerated throughout all industries based on the need to stay connected while staying safe.

How will the pandemic affect the ways that organizations deploy technology?

The pandemic has accelerated digital transformation across the board. Entities throughout the public and private sectors have been prompted to move up their plans for digitalization in order to meet the unprecedented events of 2020. We expect to see this impact on future ICT planning for many governments and businesses in the years to come.

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