More Philippine companies exploring cloud computing : EMC

From its usual function in creating efficiencies and lowering the operation cost, many companies in the Philippines are now looking into IT as a strategic enabler to grow the business and giving better customer experience.

Based on the latest 2014 study conducted by EMC that surveyed 235 businesses and IT management and executives, a total of 78 per cent of CXOs or executives in C-Suite positions consider IT as a strategic lever to grow the business, now more than ever before.

The study also included technical architects, data scientists and storage infrastructure managers from a range of Filipino businesses.

“More companies are now open to embrace the next generation technologies including hybrid cloud solutions to develop new and effective ways to reach consumers and enhance customer service standards to stay competitive and achieve greater efficiency,” said Ronnie Latinazo, managing director of EMC Corporation Philippines, in the Redefine EMC Forum 2014.

The study showed the number of the organizations are increasingly moving to the cloud, with 67 per cent now agreeing that the public and the private cloud should be combined for improving security and agility.

Gaining from Mega Trends

A total of 64 per cent of respondents expect next-generation technologies such as mobile, social, cloud and big data to give their organization a competitive advantage.

And over the next year, the top three areas where these trends will have an impact on are: improving customer experience (51%), management of mission-critical business operations (41%), and building new products and services (38%).

Meanwhile, the top three business priorities when implementing new technologies in organizations from Philippines are: automating processes (51%), enhancing customer experience (45%), and delivering savings and finding efficiencies (44%).

Also, 73 per cent of respondents in the Philippines agree that their organization sees the increasing role of automation – such as software defined storage – as critical to business growth.

 Future of IT

Only 76 per cent of respondents in Philippines believe their organization has the right level of skills and knowledge to complete business priorities successfully.

Meanwhile, 46 per cent believe that getting IT staff trained to keep pace with the implications of technology megatrends will be a challenge for their organization over the next few years.

Although 78 per cent of companies see IT as a business enabler, the majority of companies, 72 percent, believe that spending for technology was outside of IT’s control – indicating there is still work for IT to do in gaining trust from decision makers.

However, 70 per cent believe that the model of IT department in the future will act as the in-house provider of on-demand services including platform-as-a-service and public and private cloud.

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  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
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Singapore Reporter/s

In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.