Huawei seeks developer innovation boost with $1B investment fund

Huawei announced it is making a pot of up to $1 billion (€883 million) available to developers over the next five years in a bid to boost development of innovative services it said will enable it to quickly respond to the business needs of its customers.

Ryan Ding, executive director and president of products and solutions at the Chinese infrastructure company, said the investment fund forms part of Huawei's Development Enabler Plan, which aims to assist developers to create new services and applications, and will also see the company forge business partnerships with its developers.

Speaking at the inaugural Huawei Developers Congress, Ding said that the company "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 company has opened the door for its developer partners to utilise technologies including cloud computing, Big Data, IoT, mobile broadband, SDN and BYOD, Ding noted. The company will now go further by launching a developer-centric platform named eSDK with the aim of helping developers to accelerate technological innovation and improve their efficiency when producing differentiated solutions.

Evan Xiao, president of Huawei products and solutions strategy and business development, explained that eSDK would be based on the company's Lab-as-a-Service, end-to-end, dedicated and social (LEADS) concept.

"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," Xiao said.

The company's innovation fund and its open development platform form two of five key developer initiatives it announced at the event.

Huawei also detailed: a programme to certify the abilities of its developers and their products; training in R&D, sales and delivery; and a marketing fund covering ecosystems, marketing and sales incentives.

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