BUSINESS Huawei completes switch from US products to in-house system in 88 overseas units


Huawei completes switch from US products to in-house system in 88 overseas units

Global Times

20:25, May 25, 2023

Chinese technology giant Huawei has successfully replaced internal software management systems it once sourced from US vendors with its own in-house version in 88 overseas subsidiaries, as the company continues to reduce foreign reliance amid prolonged US curbs.

A visitor uses his mobile phone while passing by the stand of Huawei during an industry expo in Beijing. (File photo: China Daily)

According to an article published on Huawei’s online community for its employees, the 88 overseas units in 75 countries were the first batch of Huawei's global branches to complete the switch to its self-developed MetaERP, covering business sectors including cloud computing, devices, and information and communication technology.

Huawei said it plans to accomplish the switchover in all of its more than 200 overseas units within the year.

ERP software is used by companies to manage key business operations ranging from accounting to supply chain management. It is widely seen as the most critical enterprise management IT system.

“The global switchover to MetaERP, and its ability to support the normal operations of Huawei’s diverse lines of business worldwide, will prove to be an all-around victory,” said the company.

In May 2019, the US Commerce Department added Huawei to a trade blacklist over alleged security concerns. The move has cut it off from a range of services and products, including ERP tools it largely purchased from US vendors.

Since then, the company has launched a transformation project to guarantee ERP continuity. After three years of efforts, the company successfully piloted the MetaERP system in Malaysia in September 2021, and applied it to key subsidiaries including Huawei Technologies in July 2022.

In January 2023, MetaERP successfully supported the company’s yearly settlements, representing a key victory for the system.

In late April, Huawei held an internal ceremony to celebrate the switch in Dongguan, South China, attended by the company's rotating Chairperson Meng Wanzhou.

“We were cut off from our old ERP system and other core operation and management systems more than three years ago. Since then, we have been able not only to build our own MetaERP, but also to manage the switch and prove its capabilities. Today we are proud to announce that we have broken through the blockade. We have survived!” Tao Jingwen, a Huawei board member and president of the quality, business process and IT management department, said during the ceremony.

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