Interview with Massimo Mazzocchini, Deputy General Manager of Huawei Italy.
We have carried out a series of interviews with the main ICT and digital companies in 2021, in the light of the theme of Recovery plan, the plan for the recovery, economic and social, of the European nations.
The Italian government called it the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR), Europe launched the Next Generation EU formula. We, in the headquarters that we are responsible for, the technological one, like to decline it as Next Generation IT: IT understood, both as Information technology, and as Italy.
Eight questions, whose answers allow us to highlight the position of society and to build an overall framework of participation of ICT realities in the growth of the country in the digital sense.
The starting context, therefore, is that of Recovery Plan. Of the 196 billion euros that will be able to invest our country, almost 49 billion will be destined to the digital transformation of the Italian society. But digital will also enter other sectors: health, education, infrastructure and the transition to energy and environmental sustainability. In all these areas, the role of the ICT will be central in 2021.
We address them on the basis of seven topics plus one: technologies for recovery plan, smart working, data driver, cloud, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, 5G. The eighth element is that ‘celato’ in the DNA of the society and clearly and distinguishably connotations the technological figure, the contribution that it will give to the national digital development.
Interview with Massimo Mazzocchini, Deputy General Manager of Huawei Italy.
In the context of the Recovery plan • Next generation IT, what are the technological levers that will be moved first, to achieve what goals?
The main lever is surely 5G as the enabling technology of other technologies related to it such as artificial intelligence, cloud and l’IoT. These technologies, applied in different sectors, from industry to health and education, have already progressively contributed to creating a world where everything is smarter and more connected. And the support they have been able to offer students and workers since the beginning of the pandemic has made their cruciality evident.
In the current scenario the fundamental objective is to trigger a post-Covid19 economic recovery process and digitisation is the only way to take to undertake a real path of growth and strengthening of the country from both a productive and an economic point of view.
The recovery plan focuses on digitisation, which involves the use of all these technologies to make the health sector more efficient and improve distance learning, but also to innovate the PA and make it closer to citizens through the creation of digital infrastructures. But this will only be possible if all the actors in the ecosystem of operators, vendors, startups, small and medium-sized enterprises, public administrations, work together to ensure the success of this joint effort and if the necessary skills are created to accomplish it.
Smart working will become structural: with what technological and organizational impacts, in terms of workflow?
Huawei started the process of digital transformation of its offices a while ago, in particular with the launch of the Huawei Cloud WeLink platform in early 2017. With more than 190,000 employees, more than a thousand offices worldwide and a complex business system, it was necessary to have an intelligent platform that could support the company’s effective growth and global operations.
This year, when the need to work remotely became more urgent, the platform, supporting video conferencing, instant messaging, email, internal process approval and knowledge sharing, was a powerful ally of all Hua employees In addition, the platform meets the highest standards of safety and reliability certified by more than 50 international bodies and can be used by companies of any type and size. For example, following the pandemic explosion in China, we have put Huawei Cloud WeLink free of charge at the disposal of the PMS, which thus could remain active during lockdown, as well as hospitals, government departments and schools to support communication
We are building a society that must learn to cultivate data from the time they are born. What will it be useful to do, especially on the PMS front?
The use of big data and artificial intelligence is today a great opportunity for companies to optimize their business processes and better orient decisions as well as to allow the efficiency of low value-added activities. However, SMEs currently choose not to benefit from this because of the investment they would require and because of the lack of skills. To encourage them, more easy access to funding and inclusion within an ecosystem would be needed where partners and skills can be found to exploit modern cloud-based solutions.
We need to help SMEs develop innovative business models and applications to optimize and integrate processes, applications and equipment, using new technologies and communication paradigms such as Big Data, cloud computing, the Internet of Things, mobile networks and those
In 2021 the cloud will be for everyone and everyone: does the multicloud become the new take-off runway?
The establishment of the cloud model has so far brought great benefits as it has enabled the main actors in the ICT sector to develop services and applications of artificial intelligence or Big Data & Analytics solutions that do not require prohibitive investments by companies that choose to use them for
To address a process of digital transformation, the multicloud is surely able to guarantee flexibility and excellent performance, beyond the level of digitalization of the company that adopts the platform. Here too, however, we need the right skills and know-how. That’s why Huawei has created, in partnership with Retelit, a multicloud platform that combines the best of public and private cloud services and connectivity to optimize infrastructure investments and support digital business. Moreover, thanks to this platform you can enable all the most innovative technologies like 5G and IoT for the launch of vertical services for Smart City (from remote health care to connected cars).
Like health, safety is increasingly a national direction. For the digital one, Italy is called to take a step forward. What will it do to accomplish it?
In 2019, with the implementation of 5G networks, network security became a priority issue and the discussion on national security entered the agenda of governments and European institutions correctly.
Huawei has raised IT security to its top priority since 2010 and since then we have invested heavily in research and development on cybersecurity by opening up 6 dedicated centres worldwide, the next will be opened in Rome in 2021.
We believe that the government’s regulatory framework is valid to guide the safe development of 5G networks, but it is also necessary to ensure market competitiveness and not to allow a technological issue to take on a geopolitical nature. The issue of security must be addressed with a collective commitment and a collaborative spirit from all the actors involved if the digital transformation of the world economy is to be accelerated.
Unbound by consumer applications, artificial intelligence no longer seems to be a How will we see it put to good use for the growth of the country?
During the emergency Covid19 artificial intelligence has proven to be a great ally in the fight against the pandemic and will in time revolutionize entire sectors, starting from the health sector. To cite one example, together with Yitu Technologies and AGS, Huawei has helped develop and make available to Italian hospitals the Smart Pneumatica Analysis platform. This is an artificial intelligence solution that can assist medical personnel in the analysis of the TAC, performing it quickly and reliably identifying the presence in the lungs of lesions compatible with those of pneumonia in order to evaluate the state of progress of the disease, possible damage and the right
In the field of education, boards equipped with intelligent conference systems and an artificial intelligence engine, such as the Huawei IdeaHub S 65 Linkboard, can be connected to a series of mobile devices and interact by drawing together,
Directed towards shared and important objectives and applied in key sectors of the country, from manufacturing to agri-food, from PA to services (financial, health), from transport to energy, to tourism and culture, artificial intelligence can improve the efficiency of the system
5G is on the way. How can you start by contextualizing it in the areas of recovery plan?
5G, remodeling services and interactions with users, is one of the turning points that will broaden the potential of cyberspace for our societies, economies and lifestyles, but it is not the only element of digital transformation. The digital services ecosystem will be complete with full use of technologies such as artificial intelligence, cloud computing, blockchain, big data and IoT that will give rise to vertical applications such as smart cities, virtual and augmented reality, new applications in healthcare,
The recovery plan sets the digitalisation target at the centre and several areas will benefit from the funds. First, we need to think about the innovation of PA that needs to be equipped with adequate digital infrastructures with the use of safe and efficient cloud systems. This type of equipment will enable the development of a real data management system for the provision of digital services and platforms to citizens and businesses.
Secondly, we must think about the competitiveness of our companies by trying to accelerate their digital transition process and facilitate their internationalisation, with particular attention to SMEs. To do this, it is necessary to develop an ultra-fast and low-latency 5G network that enables the different 4.0 technologies to spread innovation and new services and, consequently, increase productivity and trigger large-scale growth in all industrial sectors.
What will the action of Huawei in 2021 characterize?
Huawei renews its commitment to enable the digital transformation of the country, a process to which it contributes through investments in training and innovation on the territory through fruitful collaborations with universities in the field of research and development. Over the years, the Huawei Research Center in Milan has carried out research projects with 15 Italian universities and created with some of them 4 Joint Labs thus offering young local excellences in the ICT sector the possibility to carry out research and development activities in Italy and Italy. A model of public-private collaboration that has as its main objective to avoid the brain drain from our country. Huawei is also committed to developing the digital skills needed to carry out the transformation process undertaken by our country through programs and initiatives such as Seeds for the Future and Huawei ICT Academy, aimed at promoting a highly specialized training of both students and students.
In 2021 Huawei will also continue to support telecom operators in implementing 5G by providing the necessary technology and by committing to helping to achieve the ecosystem needed for the digitalisation of the country.
Huawei is the technology and partner of the companies present on the territory and public administrations as well as startup incubator in order to support the formation of a solid ecosystem for the development of solutions and services for tomorrow’s Smart City We have long cultivated a wide network of collaborations with the industrial world for the development of the economic fabric of the country that will lead to the creation of new skilled jobs, also thanks to 5G and the emerging technologies connected.