[Dongguan, China, April 2023] Huawei announced this month that it replaced its legacy Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system with one built in-house, the cloud-based MetaERP, over which it has full control. The decision to create its own self-sufficient enterprise management IT system  came after Huawei found itself cut off from major ERP suppliers in 2019, including U.S.-HQed Oracle, an industry leader in relational databases and management information systems. Being without major ERP suppliers made it much harder for the company to effectively manage its operations.

Recognizing Huawei’s partners at the MetaERP Award Ceremony

ERP is the most critical enterprise management IT system,  acting as the nervous system of a large organization, these systems provide a comprehensive and continuously-updated view of core business processes.. Huawei introduced the MRP (Manufacturing Resource Planning) II system in 1996, and later expanded to the ERP system with several iterative upgrades, which remained the core system underpinning Huawei’s enterprise operations and rapid development for more than 20 years. It supported Huawei’s efficient business operations, which generate hundreds of billions of dollars every year, across more than 170 countries and regions worldwide.

In 2019, when Huawei began facing increased external pressure and business challenges, the company decided to develop a completely self-controlled MetaERP system to replace the old ERP system. This has been the most extensive and complex transformation project Huawei has ever undertaken. Over the past three years, Huawei has invested significant resources and assigned several thousand people to this project, while also working with industry and ecosystem partners to overcome related challenges. This new, future-oriented, ultra-large-scale, and cloud-native MetaERP system has already gone live, replacing the old ERP system.

MetaERP currently handles 100% of Huawei’s business scenarios and 80% of its business volume. MetaERP has already passed the tests of monthly, quarterly, and yearly settlements, while ensuring zero faults, zero delays, and zero accounting adjustments.

At a MetaERP Award Ceremony, held at the company’s Campus in Dongguan, China, to recognize the individuals and teams who made critical contributions to this project, Tao Jingwen, Huawei’s Board Member and President of the Quality, Business Process & IT Mgmt Dept, said: “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 not only been able to build our own MetaERP, but also manage the switch and prove its capabilities. Today we are proud to announce that we have broken through the blockade. We have survived!”



Huawei has complete, full-stack control over MetaERP, which has been built with other Huawei systems like EulerOS and GaussDB. Huawei has also worked with partners to incorporate advanced technologies, such as cloud-native architecture, metadata-driven multi-tenant architecture, and real-time intelligence, into the MetaERP system, significantly improving service efficiency and operational quality. Huawei’s guiding principles are to build the simplest possible architecture with the best possible quality, delivering the best possible experience at the lowest possible costs. In a range of fields, including both ERP and PLM, Huawei will keep working with partners to build more efficient and secure core enterprise business systems that are not subject to any restrictions.

Sabrina Meng, Huawei’s Rotating Chairwoman and CFO, said: “We wouldn’t have been able to build MetaERP without the support of our partners. Innovation is only possible with an open mind, and thriving is only possible when we work together.”