Huawei partners AwanBiru on cloud, AI technology

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HUAWEI Technologies Sdn Bhd has inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with AwanBiru Technology Bhd (Awantec) to drive and promote the adoption of cloud and artificial intelligence (AI) in its products and services for the public sector.

In a statement yesterday, both parties said the collaboration will drive the adoption of Huawei cloud products and services at both the federal and state levels, and among Malaysia’s statutory bodies, government-linked companies and commercial organisations.

Huawei will act as cloud and AI service provider, offering its cloud products and services such as infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), software as a service (SaaS), and anything as a service (XaaS), while AwanBiru will act as managed services partner, and drive demand and adoption for Huawei’s pro- ducts and services.

AwanBiru group CEO Dr Abu Hasan Ismail said this marks the first partnership with Huawei which will target customers with cloud and AI technology for the public sector.

Abu Hasan said this places AwanBiru at the forefront of cloud computing to address the government’s call to raise the country’s digitalisation capabilities.

“We will have the best talents and team, and utilise the best technology in collaboration with our global partners to provide multi-cloud management services. “This partnership will be judged by three things: How we work together as a team, the speed we hit the ground to take advantage of the new business landscape and finally, how successful we are in transforming our customers’ digitalisation ambitions,” he said.

Huawei Malaysia CEO Michael Yuan said as a global technology leader with a wide range of experience in cloud and AI, it is well suited to provide the technology and services needed to drive the digitalisation of Malaysia’s public sector.

“As we embark on a brand-new year, we look forward to lending our technological know-how to bring Malaysia’s public sector at both federal and state levels to greater digital heights. Cloud computing, as we know, is the backbone of digital transformation. Paired with AI, these technologies will introduce greater flexibility, agility and resilience to processes within Malaysia’s public sector,” Yuan said.

Under the MoU, both parties will jointly develop go-to-market plans and strategies, engage with end-users and propose new solutions, as well as attempt to understand the local market and its current needs.

Yuan said Huawei will also leverage its technical capabilities as a renowned hyper-scale cloud and AI service provider to advise on cloud and AI technologies, and share global best practices for cloud adoption and migration.

“I would like to express my gratitude for the trust given to lend our resources for this purpose. This strategic collaboration is a great way to start the year 2021, and we are honoured to be a part of Malaysia’s digital journey,” Yuan said.

Abu Hasan said Huawei’s years of experience in synergising both technology and talent lifecycle services will be advantageous to this partnership.

“We look forward to opening opportunities, training and building technical and competent talent teams here in Malaysia. We have built our reputation as a trusted partner of the government and we want to continue to do so when the nation embarks on its first cloud policy,” Abu Hasan said.