Huawei woos developers with US$1 billion support plan

Mobile infrastructure giant intends to build a developer-centric platform called eSDK based on cloud, end-to-end development resources, agile development processes and tools, expert online support and a developer zone that supports social engagement among partners

Huawei woos developers with US$1 billion support plan

Huawei unveiled its open ICT developer ecosystem strategy, along with a Development Enabler Plan bolstered by a US$1 billion war chest to support developers, at its first Huawei Developers Congress (HDC) in Shenzhen, China today (19 October 2015).

Ryan Ding, Huawei’s executive director and president of Products & Solutions, told delegates: "Huawei has focused on ICT infrastructure, opened up its innovative and leading ICT solutions to developers, and built an open environment and enablement platform for the carrier and enterprise markets.

“The aim is to help developers create innovative services and rapidly respond to customers' business needs. Over the next five years, Huawei will invest US$1 billion to implement its Developer Enablement Plan, build a developer enablement platform, and jointly innovate with developers."

Ding also noted that Huawei has opened up to its developers ‘cutting-edge technologies’ such as cloud computing, Big Data, IoT, mobile broadband, SDN, and BYOD. In addition to technical cooperation and talent cultivation, Huawei will forge business partnerships with its developers.

Huawei announced that the company will build a developer-centric platform called eSDK based on the LEADS concept. This platform will help developers accelerate technological innovation and increase their efficiency in developing differentiated solutions. LEADS is the acronym for Lab as a Service, End-to-end, Agile, Dedicated, and Social.

“Huawei will provide Lab as a Service based on cloud, end-to-end development resources, agile development processes and tools, dedicated experts who offer online support 24/7, and a Developer Zone that supports social engagement among partners,” said Evan Xiao, president of Huawei P&S Strategy and Business Development.

Xiao also provided details on the five initiatives which are part of the company’s Developer Enablement Plan:

Innovation fund: Huawei will offer equipment, funds, and expertise for partners to develop innovative joint solutions.

Development support: Huawei will build an open platform and remote labs to enable developers to focus on their business and develop solutions efficiently.

Huawei certification: Huawei will certify the development capabilities and solutions of developers.

Talent training: Huawei will offer training to equip developers with capabilities in R&D, sales, and delivery.

Developer Marketing Fund: Huawei will offer funds to support solution ecosystem building, innovative solution marketing, and sales incentives of developers.

During the Plenary Session, Huawei also highlighted success stories with partners and its open capabilities in areas such as public cloud, Big Data, IoT, SDN, agile network, eLTE, and BYOD.

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