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The platform of "Yiyuntong", a Zhejiang cloud service provider can slash 80% of the traditional costs which approaches 500 thousand yuan shelled out by small and medium-sized micro-enterprise to improve management levels and attract funds, technology and talents. Many enterprises achieve automation, intelligent control and energy efficiency by means of the control system developed by Hongxun Technology so as to stand themselves out in the cutthroat competition in injection molding machine industry.

The platform of "Yiyuntong", a Zhejiang cloud service provider can slash 80% of the traditional costs which approaches 500 thousand yuan shelled out by small and medium-sized micro-enterprise to improve management levels and attract funds, technology and talents. Many enterprises achieve automation, intelligent control and energy efficiency by means of the control system developed by Hongxun Technology so as to stand themselves out in the cutthroat competition in injection molding machine industry.

"Yiyuntong", Techmation and Ningbo Geely Auto D&R Co.ltd, are glowing stars in Ningbo software industry. It is their vigorous growth that vividly portrays the high-quality development of Ningbo software industry.

Since the issue of the Opinions on Further Accelerating the Development of Software Industry in 2007, Ningbo’s software industry is expanding its scale at an accelerating speed. There emerge more competitive enterprises with distinctive features. In 2017, Ningbo’s software and information service industry exceeded 50 billion yuan for the first time.

On September 26, according to the Municipal Economic and Information, Guidelines on Building Ningbo into a Distinctive Chinese Software City has been approved by the municipal standing commission. According to the guidelines, Ningbo will focus on developing the intelligent industrial software, embedded software, industrial Internet operating system software and information technology service. By 2020, the software industry revenues will have outstripped 100 billion yuan and become a strategic polar industry and driving force behind intelligent economy.

Ningbo, against the backdrop of the booming intelligent economy, will have a new business card - the characteristic Chinese software city!

Ningbo software industry has grown in the last decade in both quality and quantity.  

In 2007, Ningbo promulgated the Opinions on Further Accelerating the Development of Software Industry, making clear the direction of the development of software industry and putting forward development goals.

It is the issue of the Opinion that blows the horn of accelerating the development of the software industry in Ningbo and becomes a milestone for the take-off of Ningbo's software industry.

Over the past decade or so, Ningbo has given great support software and information service industry.

--policy guidance to create a favorable environment for industrial development;

--Attracting investment and professionalizing labor division.

--Expanding the "Ningbo Software Park" and gathering information services;

--building public technology service platform to enhance enterprise's innovation ability;

--Innovating ideas to attract and train IT talents.

"Software and information services industry is the foundation of the national economy. It is the soul of the new generation of information technology industry and the definition of software captures important features of the new era of development. Developing software and information service industry is of great significance to seize the opportunity of scientific and technological revolution and industrial transformation with the new information technology as their core, speed up the development of digital economy, build "digital Ningbo" and strengthen the intelligent economy. In recent years, Ningbo has stepped up investment in software and information services. With regards to talents, enterprises and parks, Ningbo relaxed market access for information services, and expanded service areas. The quality and quantity of software and information services in Ningbo have risen simultaneously. In 2017, the revenues of software and information services in the city amounted to 53 billion 250 million yuan. The software industry is becoming more and more service-oriented and platform-oriented. Information technology service income is 28 billion yuan, up by nearly 30% year-on-year; e-commerce platform service income is 12.23 billion yuan, up by 30.49%; service income growth rate is higher than the average growth rate in industry; service platforms including Yiyuntong, household appliances, business consultation, textile and clothing, industrial data cloud and other services, continue to grow.

The industrial sector has become the main growth point. The embedded software has grossed over 17 billion yuan, accounting for 32% of the total software and information service revenues, ranking the first in all software segmentations.

In the key areas of automobile, plastic machine, textile and garment manufacturing in Ningbo, a number of software enterprises, such as Geely Automobile Research Center, Junsheng Electronics, Haitian Drive, Cloud Bird Software, have grown rapidly. The software companies have set up 3 of the 4 key manufacturing service platforms in our city.

At present, Ningbo is actively constructing an integrated circuit integrated industrial chain including integrated circuit designs. The Ningbo Microelectronics Innovation Industrial Park, which covers an area of about 300 mu in Yinzhou District, has signed 12 projects to build an IC design industrial cluster. It is estimated that the revenue of integrated circuit design will increase significantly in the future.

Taking a close look at the software industry landscape, Yinzhou District and Hi-tech Zone occupy half of the revenues, and in 2017, the two places achieved software business profits of 28.5 billion yuan.

Ningbo enterprises strive forward in digital economy

At present, the software and information service industry has become a pillar industry for many cities. It is also an important part of the “3511” industrial system in Ningbo, and the scale and economic benefits are growing rapidly with improving competitiveness. However, compared with the major domestic cities, the software industry in our city still needs enhancing.

From the perspective of industry scale, although the software and information service industry in our city has maintained double-digit growth for more than 10 years, the scale is still small. Compared with the software industry such as Shenzhen, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Guangzhou and Chengdu, Ningbo still has a long way to go.

  In terms of the number of enterprises, in 2017, the number of software and information service enterprises in the city has reached more than 800, but the scale of enterprises is generally small. One of them has income of more than 1 billion yuan and 17 enterprises have income over 100 million yuan. Therefore, the room for improvement is large.

From the perspective of development mode, the development of software features in Ningbo is more significant, but the core technology innovation capability is still insufficient. At present, the software and information service industry in our city has formed intelligent manufacturing software and system integration industry in automobiles, plastics, electric power, petrochemicals, textiles and clothing. Several fast-growing software companies also appears, such as Ningbo Geely Automobile Research and Development Co., Ltd., Junsheng Electronics, Hongxun Technology, Haitian Drive, Yunbird Software, and Haoyu Intelligent, etc. However, most of the software companies in our city are engaged in the development of industrial application software, lacking the core technologies and key products of independent intellectual property rights, and have little reputation and influence at home.

  “Accelerating the development of software and information services industry is urgent to continue.” The relevant person in charge of the Municipal Economic and Information Committee said that software and information service industry can not only optimize the production process, improve production efficiency, promote process innovation, but also significantly improve product quality and reduce production and transaction costs. It is of great significance to promote Ningbo’s industrial transformation and upgrading and intelligent economic development. Each  process has unlimited business opportunities and contains enormous catalytic energy. These energies will drive the construction of “Digital Ningbo” and promote the high-quality development of Ningbo’s economy.

Value-, capability-, and intelligence-oriented: software in ningbo focuses on its characteristics

Cities have been making great efforts to build themselves into national software cities. Under such circumstance, what card should Ningbo play? According to Ningbo Municipal Economic and Information Technology Committee, Ningbo, as a major manufacturing city, will strive for the fame of National Software City in the future as well, and its trump card hinges on the characteristics its software boasts.

It is understood that one of the important tasks of the city to create a distinctive national software city is to cultivate and develop a number of characteristic industrial clusters.

The first step is to devise a batch of software used in key areas. By paying attention to key industrial aspects such as product design and development, production control and management, market circulation, and sales service, we are to develop management-and-control software that aides intelligent manufacturing, embedded system software that serves intelligent devices and terminals, and application software that includes industrial  Internet operating system and other industrial apps. Our goal is to guide software companies to connect with traditional manufacturing, and foster a group of service enterprises specified in industrial software driven by demand and boosted by application.

The second step is to develop a number of integrated circuit design and test enterprises. Established by emulating the national base of radio-frequency integrated circuit, those enterprises, with the help of two integrated circuit industrial base in Beilun and Yinzhou district of Ningbo, lay emphasis on design and test of application chips that serve intelligent manufacturing, intelligent terminals, and Internet of things. All is done to augment the use of integrated circuit in high-end industries.

The third is to refine the quality of traditional software. Centering on building a digital Ningbo, we work to ramp up the application of information technology in fields like port logistics, medical health education, financial security, energy and environmental protection. We aims at making application software specified in a certain industry more intelligent, Internet-based, service-oriented, and platform-based, thus forming a number of operation service providers and platform service providers that are domestically competitive in intelligent city application, industrial Internet of things application, and industry application software.

The fourth is to establish a new developing era for software and information service in cloud computing, artificial intelligence, Beidou application, and the Internet of things application.

In addition, Ningbo will endeavor to establish national advanced industrial parks, build collaborative teams within enterprises, and improve industrial independent innovation. Along with deepening integration and application of Internet plus, concentrating professional software talents, upgrading industrial developing prospect, as well as strengthening information security, this city is determined to create optimal opportunities for software and information service industry.


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