Acer set to triple cloud ser­vice users to 15 mil­lion

The China Post - - TAIWAN BUSINESS -

Tai­wan’s Acer Inc. ( ) is aim­ing to triple the num­ber of its cloud users in 2015 as the world’s fifth-largest PC maker re­sponds to a shrink­ing PC in­dus­try by mak­ing soft­ware and of­fer­ing online cloud ser­vices.

Mav­er­ick Shih, pres­i­dent of Acer’s Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC) and tablet busi­ness group, said the com­pany has seen the num­ber of in­di­vid­ual users of its free cloud ser­vices jump from 5 mil­lion last year to nearly 10 mil­lion so far this year, and the fig­ure is es­ti­mated to reach 15 mil­lion by year-end.

“I’m driv­ing our team to achieve the ag­gres­sive tar­get,” Shih said on the side­lines of an Acer cloud devel­oper con­fer­ence on Wed­nes­day.

He forecast a sig­nif­i­cant boost to the cloud user num­ber in the year-end hol­i­day shop­ping sea­son, when Acer is ex­pected to ship a huge vol­ume of PCs and mo­bile de­vices pre-loaded with its BYOC ap­pli­ca­tions.

Also, the New Taipei-based com­pany is dis­cussing an agree­ment with a U.S.based PC ac­ces­sory sup­plier to pro­mote Acer’s BYOC ap­pli­ca­tions on Web-con­nected PC ac­ces­sories, which would help Acer tap into users of other PC brands, Shih said.

An­nounced in May 2014, the BYOC is a sys­tem for users to put to­gether cloud ser­vices that man­age mu­sic and photos across Acer PCs and mo­bile de­vices.

The new busi­ness is part of the PC ven­dor’s at­tempt to trans­form it­self from a hard­ware com­pany into a “hard­ware plus soft­ware plus ser­vices” busi­ness amid slow­ing de­mand in the global PC in­dus­try.

Re­search firm In­ter­na­tional Data Corp. (IDC) on Wed­nes­day forecast that world­wide PC ship­ments will fall by 8.7 per­cent in 2015, steeper than its ear­lier es­ti­mate of a 6.2-per­cent de­cline.

The prospect of PC ship­ment growth would be un­likely through­out 2016 due to eco­nomic is­sues, free up­grades of the Win­dows 10 op­er­at­ing sys­tem and a rel­a­tive dearth of newer mod­els in the short term, the re­search firm said.

IDC ex­pects PC growth to re­sume in 2017, led by the com­mer­cial mar­ket, while con­sumer vol­ume would con­tinue a small de­cline through the end of 2019.

CNA

Tai­wan Secom Co. ( ) Vice Gen­eral Man­ager Max Chu ( ) ex­plains the com­pany’s ser­vices that in­cor­po­rate the In­ter­net of Things (IoT,

) and cloud com­put­ing pro­ces­sor tech­nol­ogy to lo­cal media, yesterday. Tai­wan Secom Co., bank­ing upon the IoT’s busi­ness po­ten­tial, aims to in­vest and de­sign an ex­hi­bi­tion cen­ter in Neihu, Taipei City, to al­low clients to ex­pe­ri­ence ser­vices first hand, rang­ing from “in­tel­li­gent cities, busi­ness cen­ters, build­ings and house­holds.” The ex­hi­bi­tion cen­ter is sched­uled to make its de­but in hy­per­mar­kets in Septem­ber.

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