The platform is applicable to a range of industries, including manufacturing, retail and hospitality
Huawei has detailed its vision of an all-cloud architecture that will help businesses accelerate their digital transformation projects.
Speaking at CeBIT 2017 in Hannover, Germany, the Chinese enterprise giant spoke about how even the most traditional of industries can boost the quality, productivity and efficiency of their businesses using big data and machine learning technologies.
Huawei says there are three key principles to this: the connections between people, things, data and applications; open cloud apps with open APIs and social technology that uses analytics for indsutry-specific services powered by data sharing between businesses and customers.
The rise of more automation and data exchange in the world of manufacturing technologies has led to the Industry 4.0 term to be coined, indicating a new industrial revolution where machinery is smarter and governed more deeply by interconnected systems and digital data. Huawei is a huge supporter of this concept and has used several major tech events to push the idea.
Wu Chou, CTO of Huawei’s Switch and Enterprise Gateway product line, said its platform is aimed at the public sector, financial and manufacturing industries but believes other sectors will benefit, citing a wide range of potential applications.
For example, Huawei’s ‘booth’ at CeBIT (which is actually more like a small campus than a booth) shows off software for airport navigation, smart positioning, automated information pushing, smart dressing mirrors and smart pay platforms.
There are also demos of automated hotel check-in systems, smartphone-enabled door unlocking, customer flow analysis for large shopping centres and big data analytics platforms for supermarkets to use to send out targeted product deals and information.
Through all of the use cases, Huawei’s key message was of a “whole journey, all digital” experience for customers, where its cloud infrastructure enables results to be delivered in real time.
“Digital transformation not only means applying new technologies such as cloud computing, SDN and NFV, but also involves reforming business models, operational modes and thinking patterns,” said Kevin Hu, president of Huawei’s Switch and Enterprise Gateway product line.
“The all-cloud network architecture will deliver ubiquitous connections, an open cloud platform and social technology industry applications to enterprises. In addition, it will simplify network resource management and enhance the value of network data.
“All of these factors will create an open network for enterprises to reap business benefits with tremendous potential.”
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