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Openness, Collaboration, and Shared Success

Huawei believes in the power of dissolving boundaries to work more closely with the world. Together with our partners, we are working hard to build a symbiotic business ecosystem that thrives on shared success.

Building a Better Connected World

Huawei's vision of Building a Better Connected World is one that we share with all of humanity. Our world is in the process of evolving from a digital world to an intelligent one. Historically speaking, enterprises in traditional value chains establish core competency by owning and controlling vital resources. As industries converge and consumer demand evolves, however, in-house strengths are no longer enough to maintain a competitive edge. Effective use of external resources will become increasingly important, and in order to succeed, enterprises have to become more open and flexible, future-proofing their business based on strengths derived from the industry ecosystem.

In the cloud era, ICT has grown from a single industry to an indispensable tool that enables the digital transformation of all industries. Vertical integration across the value chain is no longer a viable option, and the time is ripe for the ICT industry to establish a new, more cohesive ecosystem. Huawei aims to help build and participate in just such an ecosystem: one that is open, robust, flexible, and prosperous – an ecosystem that will enable the success of all industries as they engage in digital transformation.

Ecosystem in Practice: Three Guiding Principles

Placing special emphasis on openness, collaboration, and shared success, Huawei is ready and willing to play our part in cultivating a productive industry ecosystem. We have three guiding principles:

The first is to make the pie bigger for everyone involved. Growing the industry and enlarging the market is far more important than increasing the size of our own share.

The second is that managing cooperation is more important than managing competition. Huawei will not compete for profit with our partners, and will maintain a long-term commitment to openness, collaboration, and shared success.

Our third principle relates to benefit sharing. Through well balanced benefit sharing, Huaweiaims to consolidate the strength of as many people and companies as possible to fend off uncertainties in the intelligent world to come.

Huawei contributes to ecosystem development by focusing on practical action, forming industry organizations, and actively participating in them. We establish industry alliances to grow the industry together with our technology partners.We establish strategic business alliances to ensure the business success of customers around the globe. We proactively engage in open source communities to promote collaboration and innovation. And we actively invest in enablement platforms for developers. Through these initiatives we aim to involve more players in joint innovation, thereby bringing prosperity to the ecosystem, paving the way for customer success in digital transformation, and accelerating the monetization of new technology solutions.

Dissolving Boundaries and Exchanging Ideas

Building an open ecosystem requires regular exchange of ideas with the outside world. In order to achieve this, we are actively dissolving our organizational and intellectual boundaries.Huawei builds Centers of Expertise (COEs) in areas of concentrated resources to support the evelopment of a more open and innovative R&D system. Through these centers, we proactively engage with external experts, scientists, international organizations, and industry associations. Our approach to open innovation is to build capacity by establishing a presence in talent hotspots. For example, we develop core competencies in places like Europe, where local innovation, design, basic research, marketing, core manufacturing, and financial resources can be effectively integrated into Huawei's global value chain. 

In March of 2010, we launched the Huawei Innovation Research Program (HIRP), which funds innovative research in universities and research institutions, with whom we tackle major issues at the forefront of information and communications technology. As of late 2016, two Nobel Prize laureates, more than 100 fellows from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), and thousands of expert scholars from around the world have taken part in HIRP. The program has involved over 300 universities in more than 20 countries, and has sponsored over 1,200 innovation research projects.

In the digital and intelligent world, Huawei aims to serve as the "soil and fertilizer" of the ICT ecosystem. In this role, we are committed to supporting an open, diverse, and symbiotic environment that will push the industry forward and promote ongoing social progress.