Acer to offer software and services too
Dubai, January 15, 2014
Acer has unveiled significant changes in its approach to the ICT Industry, transforming itself into a key "hardware, software and services" player.
The new vision will enable Acer customers to seamlessly integrate their PC and mobile devices for accessing data — anytime, anywhere — through Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC).
Acer will also enhance its own designed apps for BYOC to improve the customer experience.
Acer chairman and CEO Stan Shih said: "We are embarking on this transformation based on our existing core capabilities. On the one hand, with our PC and mobile devices we have sufficient strength and scale. In addition, more than a decade ago, Acer announced the BC (Basic Computer) and XC (Specific Usage Computing) concepts, as well as the Mega Infrastructure, Micro Services idea to launch e-services; so it can be said we have already sown the seeds for cloud technology long ago. This was further developed two years ago when we acquired iGware (renamed Acer Cloud Technologies) to focus on developing the cloud business."
Acer will combine its strength and scale in PCs with the foundations and core competence in cloud technology, to become a hardware plus software and services company. In the future all Acer PC and mobile products will be designed in line with this vision, allowing users to build their own cloud on Acer devices, the company said.
BYOC services are provided through apps and Acer will therefore continue to enhance the content services of existing apps.
In the past Acer only sold hardware, which meant that after the sales transaction, the service provided by Acer was limited. In future, the sale of an Acer notebook, tablet or smartphone will be just the start of an experience which offers enhancements and services through BYOC.
Thus, BYOC will be the bridge to Acer's transformation into a hardware, plus software and services company, it said.
Acer will in the future provide software and services to consumers and enable them to build their own cloud on their devices, such as music, photos and other types of clouds. These self-built clouds, based on an Acer Open Platform, are reliable, easy to use and can be shared anytime, anywhere. In the future PCs with cloud will be more convenient to use and customers can expect more and even better services to come, the company said. – TradeArabia News Service