2018 NAVIGATE Summit: Driven by Applications, Shaping the Digital Future


Digitalization technology is becoming a widespread, fundamental part of the society and economy, and integrated with every social and economic segment, providing us with an unprecedented opportunity to create a better future. To explore digitalization, the 2018 NAVIGATE Summit was held at Chengdu Century City New International Convention & Exhibition Center from March 30 to 31. The summit was sponsored by H3C Group, subsidiary of Tsinghua Unigroup, and was supported by the People's Government of Chengdu and the Sichuan Provincial Economic and Information Commission.

The summit, themed “Shaping the digital future”, invited important figures including Fan Ruiping, Sichuan provincial party committee member and Chengdu Party Secretary, Yang Xueshan, ex-Minister of Industry and Information Technology of the PRC and professor at Peking University, and Crawford Del Prete, Executive Vice President and Worldwide Products and Chief Research Officer. Thousands of representatives from the political and corporation world, experts in industries, IT experts and elites from other industries gather at the summit to discuss the cutting-edge technological innovation, industrial transformation and upgrading and ecological building in the new era of digital economy.

The Scene of 2018 NAVIGATE Summit

The Scene of 2018 NAVIGATE Summit

Key agenda of the summit includes two general meetings, over 20 industrial and technological leadership forums, and an over-10000-square-meter on-site display area and outside real-scene display area for the successful digitalized cases. Three themed display areas for technology, industry and ecological cooperation respectively show H3C’s industry-leading products and technologies, its prospective research achievements in popular fields, scene solutions that are closely related to customers’ demands, and the advantages the H3C’s partner corporations have. Besides, China City Digital Economy Index White Paper (2018) was released during the summit, offering a comprehensive and thorough analysis of the current digitalization conditions, trends and successful practices in 100 Chinese cities.

Setting the strategic position

The combination of digital technologies and traditional industries is creating a brand new future and infinite possibilities. As a necessity for the better survival and development in the digital era, digitalization is becoming a more popular choice for companies and organizations. According to the statistics from IDC, in 2017, 67% of the global top 1000 companies chose to set digitalized transformation as the company’s core strategy.

Zhao Weiguo, President of Tsinghua Unigroup

Zhao Weiguo, President of Tsinghua Unigroup

Zhao Weiguo, President of Tsinghua Unigroup, stated in his speech that: “The digital economy is becoming the new driving force of the global economic development and the new engine of the Chinese economic transformation and development. Confronted with the trend of digital economy, Tsinghua Unigroup set a comprehensive layout for product structure and technological system to meet the needs of the digital economy development. Guided by the strategies of independent innovation and international cooperation, we started with mobile chips, deepened the innovation with memory chip manufacturing, and connected with cloud computing and the whole ecology and the internet industry, successfully building a Tsinghua-Unigroup-style industrial chain of “from chips to the cloud”, promoting the building of “digital China”, and endeavoring for the Chinese chips and a powerful nation.”

Tony Yu, President and CEO of the New H3C Group

Tony Yu, President and CEO of the New H3C Group

The process of digitalization is complex, so how to learn about and handle the digitalization strategy? Tony Yu, president and CEO of the New H3C Group, said in his speech that: “The basic aim of digital transformation, is to practice the innovation of products, business and commercial models with the assistance of the strong linkable, converging and deductive ability in the digital world, and to provide better experience for customers at a lower cost and higher efficiency. This means that in the totally digitalized future world, a better digital innovation requires a better understanding of customers’ demands.”

Tony Yu also illustrated the theory of “three phases of digital transformation” in his speech from a specific business prospective in terms of the digital exploration, reconstruction and application. He pointed out that the corporations or organizations will promote digital transformations in phases according to priority levels, and only when all business has entered the third phase can we claim the arrival of a true digital era.

Leading the technological innovation

H3C launched various key products in the realms of technology and services during the summit, including ADNet 3.0, 400G data-center solution, Comware V9 network operating system, Oasis Internet of Things platform, safety cloud, cloud wall, Big Data AI engine, CloudOS 3.0 and InfoSight, etc., as well as constructing consultancy and solutions to technological services of the new smart city.

H3C perceives that digital technology is becoming the primary productive force for digital economy, and the continuous technological innovation has become the engine for the development of digital economy. In terms of digital technology innovation, H3C covers a wide range of business phases including digital infrastructure, digital platform solutions and digital application solutions based on ecological cooperation, as well as providing users comprehensive support in consultancy design, execution and delivery, operation maintenance service and education that is closely related to the real application scene. By 2018, H3C will also enter the Big Safety Security realm, and pays careful attention to technological hotspots like 5G, AI, docker and microservices, edge computing and blockchain.

Promoting the industrial transformation

The huge driving force brought about by digital innovation advances the reform and transformation of many industries. The summit invited senior staff from the government, operators, and leading companies in finance, corporation, education, medicine, energy and transport, to have in-depth discussions and opinion-sharing regarding the key issues in industries’ digital transformation. Among them, H3C held that they have accumulated rich experience of best practices through the long-term in-depth service for various Chinese industries, and they would continue to combine innovative technology and solutions with users’ demands to empower the digital transformation.

Building the new ecology

With the traditional ecological cooperation mode, manufacturers and their partners focus more on delivering products and services to customers, while the brand new digital ecology will break down the old barriers. H3C put forward the ecological strategy of “integrated platform and boundless ecology” during the summit, and would strive to help industries realize the goal of digital transformation and upgrading via “technology” and “ecology”. In the digital era, customers, partners and manufacturers will empower each other and to make continuous innovation to business modes. The traditional ecology needs to be redefined, and the boundless ecology that focuses on values will become the future.

Tony Yu, president and CEO of the New H3C Group, stated that H3C, as a leader of digital solutions, will devote to exploiting its comprehensive leading power, practicing its core strategy of “driven by applications and shape the digital future”, joining hands with customers and partners and creating an outstanding landscape for the digital future.