TAIPEI, Taiwan, October 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The 2014 World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT) was hosted at Expo Guadalajara in Guadalajara, Mexico’s second largest city, from September 29 to October 1. The congress was attended by over 3,000 information technology professionals from all over the world. Taiwan’s information and communications technology delegation was organized by the Information Service Industry Association of R.O.C. (CISA), and included representatives from research institutions, renowned business entities and organizations in Taiwan in the fields of communications, research and development, and cloud computing software and hardware. “Taiwan ICT Best Practice” applications, which included successful cases of cloud environment R&D technologies, applications and services, were showcased at the 2014 WCIT Expo to international industry professionals. A Taiwan-Mexico ICT Best Practice Workshop was also held at the 2014 WCIT, at which Taiwanese delegates engaged in in-depth discussions with information and communications providers from both Mexico and other countries.
Over the past few years, cloud computing has continued to be a trending topic, and its developments and applications have reshaped the outlook of the information industrial value chain. A new information era in which software and services occupy the main battlefield has emerged, and in the face of these transformations and revolutions, government organizations from all over the world have entered the race to develop cloud computing policies. It is imperative that the information software and hardware industry transitions and upgrades to include high value-added software and services, because the implementation of cloud computing technologies and service applications is already a global trend for industry development.
The head of WCIT Taiwanese delegation and CISA Chairman Yvonne Chiu stated that, “In the face of global competition, Taiwan is already equipped with the basic advantages for developing cloud technology. We are in possession of expertise in hardware manufacturing technologies, innovative research and development, and we are also committed to the education and training of industry professionals on a massive scale. With the help of suitable governmental development policies and industry collaborations, Taiwan will definitely be a strong competitor in the global race of cloud computing and applications. We believe that our participation in WCIT, the Olympic games of the information sector, will bring greater visibility to Taiwan’s information industry and showcase our immense capacity for cloud computing technologies. We hope that our attendance at this global event will bring us further opportunities for international exchange and interaction in terms of professional technology.”
The Institute for Information Industry’s (III) Chief Technology Officer Warren Chen and Wen-Hsin Chan, Advisor of Science & Technology for the Department of Industrial Technology at the Ministry of Economic Affairs, spoke about “Developing Comprehensive Digital Agendas” and “Maximizing Benefits of ICT” at the 2014 WCIT discussion panels. In the seminars that were held on this topic, Chen and Zhan shared Taiwan’s experience in developing a highly successful ICT industry with industry professionals from around the world.
One of the most important events in the WCIT proceedings is the presentation of the WITSA Global ICT Excellence Awards, which are given by the World Information Technology And Services Alliance (WITSA) to outstanding organizations and individuals in the field of ICT that have been nominated by members of the Alliance. The awards commend recipients for their contribution to the field, and are often considered as the information and communications industry Academy Awards. Although there were many competitors for this year’s Global ICT Excellence Awards, with the help of strong recommendations from CISA, Taiwanese participants won first place in two separate categories for the first time. The Institute for Information Industry (III) was the winner in “Sustainable Growth” for its “Smart Energy Management System (III-SEMS),” and President Chain Store Corp. (PCSC) was the winner in “Private Sector Excellence” for the “ibon Lifestyle Convenience Platform.” The ” AppCross Digital Publishing Platform” developed by III was also awarded as one of the Merit Winners. These achievements fully demonstrate that Taiwan’s outstanding developments and applications in cloud technologies have gained the recognition and approval of international experts in the information and communications industry.