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Huawei Multiplies Partnerships With Software And Service Providers

Chinese telecommunications and networking equipment company Huawei Technologies is partnering left, right and center at CeBIT as it seeks to more firmly establish itself in Europe. Huawei derives around one-tenth of its revenue from enterprise products but the company has bigger ambitions for this segment. Germany is a major manufacturing power, and one of the focuses of the CeBIT trade show is the modernization of its industries through what the Germans call “Industry 4.0,” a move to increase interoperability and real-time monitoring in manufacturing and distribution systems. “IT drives the transformation of the traditional industries, so this is a big opportunity for us,” said Yan Lida, President of Huawei’s enterprise business group. Huawei has a large stand in Hall 2 and is also exhibiting in a corner of SAP’s booth in Hall 4, alongside Lenovo and Hewlett-Packard. The three companies are showing server configurations tailored for hosting SAP’s enterprise resource planning software. During CeBIT, Huawei signed a research partnership with SAP, under which it will host SAP engineers at its headquarters, and send some of its own researchers to work with SAP. “SAP is our global strategy partner,” said Yan.

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