Huawei hosted its inaugural Talent Summit at the Shard Tower in London, December 2. Huawei executives outlined the company’s talent goals for more than 130 information technology and finance professionals from the UK, France, and Germany.
Vincent Pang, president of Huawei Western Europe, said in a statement, “Huawei is committed to building an ICT ecosystem with an ethos of ‘In Europe, For Europe.’ Huawei’s future will depend on our ability to attract and harness the right talent.”
Huawei hosted the Talent Summit to gain the attention of top tech and finance executives whom, in turn, might help it create talent teams.
Huawei has made an effort this year to expand awareness of its brand to engineers globally. In February it said it was creating internal teams to squeeze the most benefit out of the various open source groups it’s involved with in Silicon Valley. And these benefits are intended to extend throughout the company’s operations in the U.S., China, Eastern Europe, Russia, Israel, and India.
It’s unknown whether the company’s Talent Summit in London was planned before the Brexit vote earlier this year. Or perhaps Brexit doesn’t matter for the telecom equipment provider that wants to recruit top talent wherever it can, whether inside the European Union or not.
Juniper & Cisco
Several of the big telecom equipment makers, including Nokia, Ericsson, and Cisco have purged their ranks this year via layoffs. At the same time, Cisco and Juniper both made moves to improve the pool of IT talent for their software agendas.
To address the IT skills gap, Juniper announced the expansion of its OpenLabs, which offer hands-on IT training in seven global locations.
And Cisco revamped its CCNA Routing and Switching certification to reflect the radical changes within networks, which are becoming more programmable.