Acer to host first cloud partner forum in Taipei


TAIPEI — Taiwanese computer maker Acer Inc. (宏碁) is inviting partners to its first cloud forum in Taipei on Wednesday to discuss the opportunities presented by its cloud strategy and Internet of Things (IoT, 物聯網) technology.

In sharing the latest developments of Acer’s Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC) strategy and its future direction, Acer is calling on potential partners to join the BYOC alliance to create value and share the rewards of the future, the New Taipei-based company said Monday in a statement.

“Acer will establish a mechanism that creates value and balances the interests of all stakeholders,” said Acer founder and honorary chairman Stan Shih (施振榮).

The keynote speakers of the Acer BYOC Forum include J. C. Hsu (徐敬全), general manager of new business development at MediaTek Inc. (聯發科); B. J. Woo (金平中), vice president of business development at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC, 台積電); and Elliot Garbus, vice president of Internet of Things solutions group at Intel Corp.

These speakers will share their thoughts on IoT development and trends from the perspective of upstream chip manufacturers, according to Acer.

Acer presented its BYOC solutions in May this year at the opening of its BYOC Experience Center, which showcased cloud solutions for both individuals and businesses.

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 to combat a shrinking global PC industry that is being hurt by the popularity of mobile devices.

Acer said BYOC applications are currently available in the fields of health care, connected homes and integrated communications.