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Huawei Cloud Promotes a Program to Accelerate the Digitalization of Spanish SMEs

Digitalization poses significant challenges for Spanish SMEs, with only 26% adopting cloud technologies compared to 78% of large companies. At the Huawei Cloud Summit Spain 2024, Huawei launched the Digital Pioneer program to aid over 500,000 SMEs in their digital transformation. Huawei’s cloud services aim to reduce costs, optimize resources, and provide comprehensive training and technical support.




Digitalization is one of the main challenges currently facing companies, and especially small and medium-sized Spanish companies. The adoption of cloud technologies plays an increasingly important role in the daily operations of companies in all sectors. But many still encounter access barriers.

“78% of large companies in Spain have already adopted the cloud , while only 26% of small and medium-sized companies have done so,” recalled the former Secretary of State for Digitalisation and Artificial Intelligence, Carme Artigas , during her speech at the Huawei Cloud Summit Spain 2024 held in Madrid on Thursday.

The Chinese technology company took advantage of the event to present its Digital Pioneer program with which it seeks to support Spain’s objective of helping more than half a million small and medium-sized companies to accelerate their digital transformation.

Cloud will provide guidance to optimize and coordinate the resources needed to accelerate the digitalization and growth of startups and SMEs and provide comprehensive training tailored to the needs of startups, including thematic training camps and seminars for entrepreneurs, senior managers and developers.

Despite the progress made in digitalization in recent years, there is still a long way to go. “Four years ago we were the tailgate of Europe and SMEs had not adopted the cloud. Thanks to programs like the Digital Kit, more than one million SMEs have adopted the cloud and they represent ten percentage points more than the European average,” he highlighted.

The Asian company also presented productivity tools such as a hybrid cloud services platform, a distributed cloud database, a large-scale language model (LLM), its updated MetaStudio content production platform and its data analytics platform.

“We want our clients to be able to disrupt their business in a highly efficient and scalable way and at the best possible price,” Eduardo Galán de Andrés, principal engineer at Huawei Cloud Europe, explains to El Independiente . The company provides direct and rapid technical support in the cloud area , but also helps to redefine business processes or remodel the applications that companies use.

Huawei Cloud can reduce operating costs

Although Huawei Cloud has a diverse portfolio of clients – from small businesses to large companies – it focuses especially on sectors such as media and entertainment, tourism companies and the healthcare industry.

” We have cases of clients who, with our help, have managed to reduce their operating costs by 20% ,” explained Galán. One of them is TravelgateX, a technology company that provides software for the tourism industry. “Huawei is deployed all over the world and provides us with scalability, a lot of stability and reliability,” explains the CEO and founder of the Mallorcan company, Pedro Cámara.

The company – a cloud native since its creation in 2012 – has among its clients large travel agencies, tour operators , hotels and airlines. In addition, it manages 7 billion searches a day (accommodation, ticket prices…) and needs cloud services to support all that level of traffic.

“We switched to Huawei because they treat us like a customer and not just another number. In addition, they help us a lot in the execution of new projects and, before there are problems, they send us resources to the office so that we can discuss with their technicians what solutions we can implement so that the service is increasingly optimal,” he says. The company believes that it will be helpful to have this supplier in view of its incipient landing in China.

Collaborator network

For its cloud technology services, Huawei also works in collaboration with other partners that help it provide the services required by its end customers. One of the Chinese company’s partners is the Catalan IT company Sosmatic , which joined the Asian technology company’s network of collaborators thanks to a couple of Chinese clients with businesses in Barcelona.

“Although we were already working with other cloud solutions from other players, due to the nature of these clients we started looking and we realized that Huawei Cloud had a fairly strong vision in Europe and we decided to explore that possibility,” explains David Casas, CEO of the Catalan IT company Sosmatic.

Within the Huawei Cloud, the firm acts as an integrator. One of their clients asked them to upload critical health-related files to a cloud that “would give them a lot of confidence and total guarantee.” “The challenge was to find that solution and know how Huawei could help us as integrators when we started working with them,” he explains. “Since then, we haven’t stopped,” he reveals.

In this sense, Casas highlights the rapid evolution of cloud technology. If two years ago he barely accounted for 8% of his company’s turnover, right now it already exceeds 20%. “It is growing a lot and they are services that are considered recurring,” he remarks.

Galán, for his part, specifies that the strong point of Huawei Cloud is its flexibility and that clients ” do not need to make a large financial outlay to have access to the latest technology .” “Technology adapts both in cost and scale and we help democratize access to services that until recently were impossible for small companies to access,” he concludes.

Huawei Event: Promoting public-private collaboration

The event, held at the Civitas Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid, was attended by dozens of industry experts and business leaders, who shared the latest technological developments and future trends.

“I would like to highlight that Huawei’s firm commitment to the digitalization of Spanish society goes far beyond the business sphere. I hope that this edition of the Huawei Cloud Summit serves to further promote public-private collaboration and that together we continue to build a future better digital for everyone in Spain,” said the CEO of Huawei Iberia, Andrés Yin Hui.

Likewise, the general director of Huawei Cloud Spain, Robbie Wang, highlighted the company’s commitment to the transformation of the local industry. “We are providing cutting-edge technological innovation and industry knowledge to Spain, contributing to the development of the country’s digital strategy,” he concluded.


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