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Government can assist small industries with cloud computing: ITRI

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Taipei, Nov. 24 (CNA) The Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), Taiwan's leading technology research institute, suggested Monday that the government help small industries with "cloud computing" to lower costs and promote their products to the world.
Cloud computing is a Web-enabled software solution that involves delivering hosted services over the Internet. It allows clients who have no knowledge of or expertise in technology infrastructure to complete common business applications online that are accessed from a Web browser.
ITRI President Johnsee Lee said at a venture capital forum that with the trend toward innovative technology growing stronger after the global financial crisis, low-priced products, Internet services and other innovative technologies have become the focus of markets.
Lee argued that developing such innovative technologies requires government help, citing Taiwan's solar energy industry as a good example of achieving a sizable application environment and a complete supply chain with government support.
Upbeat about the business opportunities arising from innovative technology, Lee said low-priced innovative products, such as netbooks, mobile phones, and India's Tata Nano cars have become the focus of markets, as well as Internet services like Facebook, online shopping and cloud computing.
Because consumers now care more about price, efficiency and energy saving, the changing pattern of consumption and falling demand will force the restructuring of value chains of various industries, a trend suppliers in such value chains should be aware of, Lee said.
(By Chou Pin-chun and Fanny Liu)