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Startups to established enterprises around the world are now increasingly looking into the Philippines as strategic go-to software delivery center. "As the overall performance of the Philippines inches up higher, more businesses are considering the Philippines as first-option for their software development outsourcing initiatives," said Jerry Rapes, CEO of Exist, a company that provides consulting services and software development with focus on Java and Ruby on Rails solutions. In the latest annual ranking of the top 100 global outsourcing destinations by Tholons, Manila (NCR) has overtaken New Delhi while Cebu has edged out Dublin due to significant investments and expansions in the country's IT-BPO space. "We have plenty of tech talent — English-proficient and amazingly collaborative individuals — not just in the capital of Manila, but also in IT hubs around the... (more)

Globe and Morphlabs Unveil Dynamic Infrastructure Services

Jesus Romero, Head of Globe Business at Globe Telecom proclaimed that a "tidal wave is coming". Increasing demands for applications, enterprise consumerism, and big data are transforming the IT landscape. In a speech at the Own Your Cloud product launch, Romero disclosed that "Globe is a pioneer in cloud delivery not just in the Philippines, but in Asia Pacific for bringing to market a state-of-the-art Dynamic Infrastructure Services (DIS)" designed to provide rapidly scalable computing power and resources to businesses. The service runs technology developed by Morphlabs, an awa... (more)

IT in Healthcare

E-health initiatives are now found in 68% of the ICST policies in the Asia and Pacific region, as stated by the United Nations Economics and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, Information Communication and Space Technology (UNESCAP-ICST). In the Philippines, local hospitals and clinics see IT systems as both a challenge and an opportunity. By improving the quality of healthcare and medical information accuracy, these systems allow the country’s healthcare providers to meet the increasing demands not only of the local market but also the international market. Value for IT... (more)

Building Next-Generation Tech Leaders

I spoke to Mike Lim, VP for Engineering at Exist, who by the way is currently enrolled at the prestigious Kellogg-HKUST Executive MBA program, about this and here's my non-verbatim summary of our short exchange: Give people the opportunity to lead, even with small projects. Assign him/her a role, instead of giving tasks. This will give the person room to be creative and innovative. This'll give him/her a chance to demonstrate what he/she can be capable of. It's not having the title of a "manager". One can be a mentor to another, give inputs and share his/her experience to a peer,... (more)

Open Source - Community-Inspired Software Development

The World Is Flat author Thomas Friedman said that "the most disruptive force of all" is that of the increased ability for people anywhere in the world to collaborate. In his book, he re-told the story of how Behlendorf had founded the Apache Software Foundation (ASF), a big self-organizing community of software developers. Apparently Behlendorf wasn't the only one working on the project he was working with so he started to collaborate with the other programmers to -- simply put it -- get things done faster. This collaboration eventually gave birth to ASF. ASF's focus is on open ... (more)