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CIO Workshop 2012: Shanghai ICT-Considerations of the Day

F.Y. Teng | July 23, 2012
The Vice Chairman of the Shanghai Municipal Commission of Economy and Informatization, Liu Jian, and the top considerations of his city as it moves toward becoming an iconic smart city in Asia.

Liu Jian, Vice Chairman, Shanghai Municipal Commission of Economy and Informatization

On the second leg of this year's CIO Workshop organised by the professional body IT Management Association of Singapore (ITMA) and global management consulting firm Accenture, held in Shanghai (July 19-21, 2012), the first main speaker of the day Liu Jian, Vice Chairman of the Shanghai Municipal Commission of Economy and Informatization presented his city's plans running through the next decade, as it transforms itself into a Smart City that's totally prepped for the future.

In his presentation-"Building Future-oriented Smart City"-Liu covered three topics: the main achievements of informatization development in Shanghai in the last four years; the overall considerations his executive planning teams have had to ponder as they went about putting together their smart city; and, the priorities they determined and now strictly follow as they continue to build it. In this (the second) part of our coverage of his keynote, Liu Jian delved further into the overall considerations to be borne in mind by Shanghai's leaders as they move forward in building their smart city, and how stressed the priorities of major tasks that lay ahead of them.

The new generation of IT, as exemplified by movements of development and deployment such as the Internet of Things, cloud computing and mass data analysis, have begun entering the operations of most, if not all, sectors and industries, and are doing so rapidly, Liu said. Infomatization used to be about digitisation and data networks, he said, but now it has to be about easy access and visibility, ubiquity and intelligence.

To prepare government, society and business for this new generation of IT, Liu said, the city's leaders made certain that in their 12th Five-Year Plan for the Economic and Social Development of Shanghai [released in January 2011], they stressed the need to execute "a strategy with informatization plays a pioneering and driving role in development and building a smart city with [highly advanced] digital, network and intelligent [capabilities]." He then detailed the key objectives Shanghai had to meet by the end of 2013, in the areas of information security, ICT infrastructure and breakthrough technological advancements, among others.


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