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'Change of thinking' crucial to big data development: vice premier

'Change of thinking' crucial to big data development: vice premier

Taipei, Sept. 17 (CNA) The key to the development of big data lies in "a change of thinking," Vice Premier Chang San-cheng (???) said Thursday at a forum with Viktor Mayer-Schonberger, the co-author of "Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think." Embracing a big data mindset is also important, Chang said, while praising Chunghwa Telecom Chairman Rick Tsai (???) for his efforts to promote big data in various business sectors. Also at the forum, Tsai said that through big data analytics, Chunghwa Telecom has yielded some positive results in cost reduction and he hopes the company can leverage big data to generate business value. Chunghwa Telecom has numerous mobile phone subscribers, broadband access users and media-on-demand service users and this type of information constitutes big data, Tsai said, adding that the company has set up a big data division with less than 100 employees and big data will become a business sector in the company in the future. However, Tsai acknowledged there is still a long way to go before the company can successfully convert its big data division into a thriving business. Taoyuan County Magistrate Cheng Wen-tsan (???) who also attended the forum said that if large pools of government data, such as disaster prevention, vehicle identification systems and other administrative resources can be brought together, the value of big data could be fully realized. Meanwhile, Mayer-Schonberger commended Taiwan's achievements in the open data arena, saying that in less than three minutes after a magnitude 5.5 earthquake jolted eastern Taiwan at 9:09 p.m. Wednesday, he found great deal of information about the earthquake by using the Internet search engine Google. (By Esme Jiang and Evelyn Kao)


Updated : 2021-09-20 06:37 GMT+08:00