Cloud computing services have become a game changer for every Small-Medium Enterprise (SME) in the current global business market, as it promises to help businesses work smarter. Indeed, the technology offers more flexibility, lower costs, and greater scalibility than traditional IT services.
On June 12, the National Information Society Agency (NIA), an affiliated organization of Ministry of Trade, Industry, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP) has announced that UNIST has been selected as a pilot project, entitled “The Smart Service Utilizing Big Data” to enhance the manufacturing competitiveness of domestic SMEs.
This project is a collaboration amongest Hyndai Heavy Industries (HHI), Korea ICT Convergence Network, and UNIST. Through this project, UNIST will provide user-tailored IT services, including data analysis system to manage manufacturing processes. This big data cloud service for analyzing manufacturing processes has been jointly developed by Cyberdigm Corporation and Prof. MinSeok Song at UNIST Business Process Intelligence (BPI).
UNIST has been largely contributing to Korea’s industrial R&D. Now, with the recent support from HHI and MISP, the institution is facing a very real future as a global leader.
Cloud computing services are easy to use and more importantly, if done correctly, they provide increased security and disaster recovery. As seen in the figure above, once the service users or oraganizations upload their manufacturing process data in the Big Data Cloud Service, the program provides feedbacks including performance by workers and processes, operating rates and process bottlenecks to the uploaders.
This means that an organization can use more or fewer servers, storage, applications, or services via a common network from anywhere without additional programs and equipment. Through cooperation, both HHI and UNIST hope to help SMEs gain competitive advantage by minimizing risk and reducing operating costs.
“This is very unusual for large corporations to collaborate with university researchers,” says Prof. MinSeok Song of Business Administrations at UNIST. “We hope that this project will promote shared growth cooperation between large enterprises and SMEs in South Korea.”