Not only is the rise of Cloud and mobility changing how whole societies operate, its changing how businesses are run and how we all compete internationally. So calls it Industry 4.0 - the fourth key change in business. The first being steam and water powered industry, the second electricity, the third being computer based automation, and finally the industrial internet.
"ICT has changed from playing a supporting role in the business, to being the core value of a company. We call this BDII - Business Driven ICT Infrastructure," he said.
After the long official definition, So summed it up thusly:
"Let me make it simple, the joint development of ICT infrastructure to enable core driving force of a focused business operation, by collaborating with different stake holders."
BDII can be divided into three different focuses: 1) All ICT needs to be business needs driven. 2) The product ecosystem, namely apps, needs to drive innovation. 3) The infrastructure needs to be up to scratch to deliver on these promises.
"We are the only company in the world to provide end-to-end business solutions," he said.
"Tell me any other company in the world that can do this?"
The company's focus on open standards means that if any customer doesn't like what Huawei or any other company is doing, they can switch with a minimal of fuss - So believes that standardisation is now more vital than ever, especially with the world of IoT around the corner.
Gartner Research's Michael Warrilow then took to the stage to outline the challenges the channel as a whole is facing. Australia is in the unique situation as an early and heavy Cloud adoptor. He says we are "actually doing Cloud too fast."
Too many companies have gone "all in" to the Cloud and are getting serious sticker shock - throwing legacy apps and infrastructure into the Cloud hasn't magically made everything better. A lot of older apps, long used to effectively unlimited data usage inside company datacentres, have never had to face up to the as-a-service demands of the Cloud - and companies are paying for it.
The channel has to rapidly adjust to the role of trusted advisor, overseeing this new age of outsourcing Warrilow calls "dynamic multi-sourcing".
"You are less the ICT provider, or doer, and now more the ICT broker," he said.
"Software defined is something you're all going to have to get used to, unfortunately."
Australia Information Industry Association CEO, Suzanne Campbell, CEO, had some hard words for the government's approach to ICT.
Currently the industry is worth 5.1 per cent of GDP, and contributes $79bn to the Australian economy a year, and employs 600,000 workers, or 5.2 per cent of the entire workforce.
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