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Incoming minister without portfolio is eyeing the cloud

Staff Writer, with CNA

The government should learn a lesson from its failure to focus more on software and applications in its personal computer development history while charting its cloud computing technology promotion plan, minister-without-portfolio-designate Simon Chang (張善政) said yesterday.

Chang, head of search engine giant Google’s Asia-Pacific hardware operations, said that Taiwan must not repeat its error of overlooking software and applications in developing cloud technology.

“We should cautiously cope with such blind spots while positioning ourselves for the global cloud race,” Chang said during a working trip to Hong Kong.

Noting that mobile devices with cloud computing capabilities that allow people to access large amounts of Internet data anywhere and at anytime will be key to driving the technology sector in the future, Chang said Taiwan cannot afford to repeat its error of focusing on hardware production and should instead invest heavily both in hardware and software.

Local investment in cloud computing-related software and applications remains limited, he said.

Chang said he will diligently serve as the government’s “information and communications technology promoter.”

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