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On December 31, 2019, Liu Chuanzhi retired, and Lenovo will enter the post-Liu Chuanzhi era in a complete sense. Liu Chuanzhi, who spoke in business, led Lenovo, survived the difficult times, became stronger and bigger in the IT era, and missed opportunities under the idea of "trade and industry technology", as well as the problems left between Lenovo Holdings and Lenovo Group …
In the blockchain era, can you play better without Liu Chuanzhi's association?
Very few industries, such as blockchain, have such a large cognitive difference in people's minds. One is considered to be a CX industry, one is considered to be a strategic emerging industry; one is considered to be unable to land on air. It seems that all Internet companies have joined in …
For a long time, the propositions in the era of blockchain revolution have all relied on "association".
On December 20, the "China Blockchain Empowerment New Era Summit Forum" was held under the guidance of the China Science and Technology Industrialization Promotion Association and the Blockchain Professional Committee. The forum aims to promote a correct understanding of the relationship between blockchain technology and social development. To show people the opportunities that "Blockchain +" brings to life and the economy and society.
The organizer China Science and Technology Industrialization Promotion Association was established with the approval of the Ministry of Civil Affairs, and the competent unit is the Ministry of Science and Technology. The significance of this conference is extraordinary. It means that the association of blockchains under official control has shifted from temples and geeks to folk.
In addition to the mining machines, are there any blockchains that can be seen and touched by everyone? We went back to visit, and it was Lenovo who first put the association of blockchain on the products.
Since the wealth opportunity brought by a wave of bitcoin boom in 2017, the world of blockchain has been surging, and mobile phone manufacturers can't hold back-Lenovo S5, Changhong R8 blockchain mobile phones, candy blockchain genesis mobile phones …
On March 20, 2018, Lenovo's thousands of yuan-class mobile phone S5 finally came out after high-profile publicity. This thousand-yuan machine, which is not too prominent in terms of taking pictures and using experience, has obtained more than 300,000 appointments on the JD platform alone.
Obviously, everyone came for the concept of blockchain. S5 pioneered a secure space with dual domain isolation and global encryption-"Z space", which innovatively solves the industry problem of payment security, 17 patent escorts, full scene payment, no dead end protection, and comprehensive protection of user accounts, passwords and online shopping Security, and support the latest blockchain technology from the bottom, so that the future of Lenovo mobile phones is not limited to imagination. Lenovo's official interpretation is that this means that Lenovo has taken the lead in the intelligent direction of mobile business.
Lenovo particularly emphasizes that the S5 is a blockchain phone, and particularly highlights the Z-space part of Lenovo's self-developed system. Lenovo has opened up such a security protection function from the hardware level to the system level of the mobile phone system. Whether it is a user download application or mobile payment, there is Z space protection.
The booming concept of blockchain has made Lenovo earn an eyeball. However, the blockchain phone at this time was quickly questioned by public opinion as a gimmick.
Many people are disappointed to find that blockchain mobile phones have little to do with blockchain. People can only rely on "association" for blockchain products.
On April 16, 2018, Lenovo's Spring Smart IoT New Product Launch Conference was held in Beijing. Lenovo's senior executive Liu Jun and Mi Wei's founder Ma Dong, design aesthetics magnate Yao Yingjia, and Qi Wei said Ma Weiwei appeared at the conference with "we, "Not the same" for Lenovo's new products.
Lecoo's "Nugget Treasure" smart router S1 debuts-Lenovo claims that this smart router S1 can be mined. From blockchain mobile phones to blockchain routers, these are all major moves that Lenovo is determined to deploy in the blockchain field.
As a veteran PC and business computer giant, Lenovo began to show signs of decline in the mobile Internet era, the market growth stagnated, and it entered the mobile phone market again and again. At the vent of the blockchain, Lenovo has very good reasons to follow the lead. In July 2017, Lenovo Star, a subsidiary of Lenovo, had invested in the Blockchain project Shuji Technology; the blockchain platform PDX received a round A investment of 30 million yuan from Kunzhong Capital and Lenovo Venture Capital …
The blockchain industry is in a period of very uncertain applications. How to apply and land it is even more difficult for traditional hardware manufacturers like Lenovo.
During the warm-up phase, Lenovo's official Weibo released a warm-up copy and poster of "LECOO Digging Gold Treasure", which mentioned: "TA accumulates dust in the corner, I'm struggling to help you mine", and the poster also appears "Gold nugget" pattern, with the words "You professional power consumption, I part-time mining".
This blockchain router was jointly developed by Lenovo and newifi new router. The newifi "gold mining area" was a very popular blockchain project in China at that time. Users could use the idle computing resources at home to enjoy the network to accelerate their new life. Users can earn points for other Lenovo services and products.
This operation method actually uses the combination of the characteristics of the blockchain and the newifi fog calculation. The newifi fog calculation can make the idle bandwidth of home users work. The blockchain is responsible for counting the bandwidth contributed by each user and ensuring this. Numbers cannot be tampered with, so that users across the entire network affirm their contributions.
The newifi fog computing network acceleration node has been distributed to various countries and regions around the world. Router users are distributed in nearly 50 regions around the world. There are also popular overseas countries such as the United States, Singapore, Vietnam, Europe, South Korea, Germany, and the Middle East. newifi New routes have also been launched.
Obviously, Lenovo cooperates with the new newifi routing on the blockchain. What they like is the practice of the new newifi routing on the blockchain.
To start the exploration of blockchain applications, Lenovo continues to add weight to the blockchain.
Following the blockchain mobile phones and blockchain routers, on June 5, 2018, Lenovo released new products-particle mining cloud and particle wallet. Particle Mine Cloud is a data storage and data sharing smart all-in-one machine tailored for families. The principle of "mining" is also the sharing of bandwidth and storage space; particle wallet is a mobile phone "mining" mode. Downloading apps, playing games, chasing dramas, etc. can get extra rewards. The emergence of the particle wallet has really made the combination of blockchain and mobile phones a real application scenario.
In February 2019, Lenovo stated at the IBM Think 2019 conference that it will apply blockchain technology from upstream suppliers to manufacture products to downstream business partners or customers, thereby increasing the credibility and reliability of the entire product supply chain. Security; In April, Lenovo and IBM reached a cooperation. IBM will assist Lenovo in the introduction of blockchain technology in the customer service process to help monitor the software and hardware supply chain used in its data center.
Use blockchain technology to allow companies in the supply chain to share data and achieve business collaboration-Lenovo has been on the road to exploring the application of blockchain technology in the supply chain field.
In May 2019, Lenovo established a supply chain collaborative application working group and served as the leader unit in the "Trusted Blockchain Initiatives" led by the China Academy of Information and Communication Technology. Abstraction and standardization of common problems in the supply chain system of the company, and radiating technology and solutions to the entire industry, the country and the world.
The supply chain is an end-to-end system. It is an organic whole with specific functions formed by the interaction and interdependence of several enterprises or organizations. The supply chain revolves around core enterprises and connects suppliers, manufacturers, sellers, logistics service providers, financial institutions and end users as a whole through the control of business flow, information flow, logistics, and capital flow.
A blockchain network is a distributed network architecture composed of blockchain nodes, and each node is connected through a peer-to-peer protocol. From a physical point of view, the supply chain network and the blockchain network are network structures formed by participating members interconnecting each other, and the real business network based on the supply chain is completely coincident with the blockchain network. From the perspective of value transfer, if the supply chain business can run on the blockchain, the smart contract of the blockchain node will realize the entire process of supply chain value transfer. It can be seen that the blockchain can perfectly support the end-to-end coupling of the supply chain, enterprises can build their own supply chain business based on the blockchain nodes, and blockchain smart contracts can complete the value transfer of the supply chain.
In the application of the blockchain to the supply chain, it is possible to give priority to areas or scenarios in which special division of labor, multiple parties, and high degree of service in the supply chain are given priority.
As an efficient data collaboration platform among enterprises, the Lenovo blockchain platform can provide a new model of data-driven business for enterprise customers, helping enterprises achieve intelligent transformation.
In Lenovo's blockchain supply chain solution, transaction collaboration and privacy protection based on data sharing are the two main points. The Lenovo blockchain supply chain solution provides protection for user identity, transaction data and status, and contract execution based on technologies such as cryptography and a trusted execution environment, ensuring the privacy of user identity and the calculation, storage, and storage of user data throughout the data life cycle. Security in all aspects of transfer and so on.
The Lenovo supply chain blockchain solution also builds DevOps that integrates ecology and operation and maintenance. Through the webpage, you can operate the channel of the blockchain network, smart contract deployment, and other functions.It can also realize full automation from development, testing, deployment to operation and maintenance. Process.
At Lenovo ’s 2019/2020 Kickoff Conference, Lenovo Group Chairman and CEO Yang Yuanqing pointed out that Lenovo has grown against the trend in the previous fiscal year, and has maintained rapid growth in its data center business, software-defined infrastructure, and annual revenue. Doubled; Hyperscale data center business, we are the fastest growing manufacturer in the world; High performance computing, ranking first in the world …
Yang Yuanqing proposed that Lian wants to be a leader and enabler of intelligent change. Behind this is Lenovo's 3S strategy. The 3S strategy is the top-level design established by Yang Yuanqing-Smart IOT, a smart IoT device. The data it generates is the basic fuel for intelligent transformation; Smart Infrastructure, intelligent infrastructure, which is intelligent Transformation provides computing, storage and network support; Smart Vertical, industry intelligence, provides intelligent solutions and services for various industries.
Compared with the controversial blockchain phone, router is a major innovation in Lenovo's layout of the blockchain field.
This block chain promoted by Lenovo is characterized by gold mining points based on blockchain technology, which can play a role in value transmission in the Lenovo Internet of Things ecosystem.
Lenovo's official expression is to hope that through the new brand, the five strong forces of Lenovo's own products, channels, services, AI and capital will be used to empower partners, and look forward to working with Lenovo and newifi new routes to create better quality for consumer users. Smart IoT products and services.
This echoes the layout of Lenovo's blockchain in the supply chain and is integrated into Lenovo's intelligent ecosystem.
However, Huawei, Tencent and Ali are also doing the corresponding layout. The United wants to win, and there are tough battles to fight.
Lenovo has had a highlight moment to win a tough battle. From the "reselling" electronic watches, refrigerators and other products at the beginning of the business, to Ni Guangnan as the company's chief engineer, he led the development of the first-generation Lenovo Hanka and successfully launched it. Lenovo's own brand PC was also launched in 1990. Over the years, Lenovo has even competed with overseas giants on behalf of domestic brand PCs.
That was in 1994. Ni Guangnan proposed that Lenovo should take a technological route and develop and innovate the "Chinese chip" to benchmark the overseas "chip" technology offensive. However, Liu Chuanzhi, who was then the president of Lenovo, did not agree. He believed that Lenovo did not have the technical reserves and capital strength at the time and could not support the demand for chip research and development.
In this regard, whether the development route is "technology, industry and trade" or "trade, industry and technology" has become the first inflection point facing Lenovo since its establishment. Of course, the choice of the "Trade and Industry Technology" route made Lenovo fruitful at the time: not only allowed the market share of its own brand PC business to continue to expand, it even successfully acquired IBM's global PC business in 2004, and became a global PC business. Overlord.
Since then, Lenovo's R & D expense ratio has been below 5%. Lenovo has also been criticized for "lack of core technology." On December 31, 2019, Liu Chuanzhi retired, Lenovo will enter the post-Liu Chuanzhi era in a complete sense-whether it is Lenovo Group's 3S strategy or Lenovo's industrial layout.
Lenovo has publicly stated that it will transition to a technology-based company and will continue to increase R & D investment in the future. However, the implementation of Lenovo's blockchain application is only on the way. Relatively speaking, Baidu's formation method seems to be more complete.
At the time of 2020, Xiao Wei, general manager of Baidu Blockchain, introduced Baidu's plans for the implementation of blockchain technology and scenario applications. First, the basic direction of the alliance chain is the core, which will bring the ability of the alliance chain. do the best. Secondly, trusted computing and blockchain are used to solve the problem of data circulation and data invisibility. Thirdly, some distributed identity applications will be explored, as well as vertical applications such as copyright and supply chain finance. . The first two are big technical directions, and the latter are some scene applications.
Once relying on a blockchain phone to engage in gimmicks, investment, and layout of the blockchain vent, the relationship between Lenovo and the blockchain has gradually passed the stage of relying on "association". However, the situation remains uncertain.