(From left to right): Jubert Daniel Alberto, Head of Operations of IDC Philippines; Gerry Mauricio, CIO of Eton Properties; Ferdinand Poblete, Vice President for IT at Energy Development Corporation (EDC); and Ricson Singson Que, Senior Director at De La Salle - College of Saint Benilde.
In the future, IT functions will no longer be shouldered by the tech department alone, but the whole organisation.
This was one of the premises in the panel discussion at the CIO Summit Philippines 2016 on 22 September 2016 at the New World Hotel in Makati City. The panel discussion saw the participation of Ricson Singson Que, Senior Director at De La Salle - College of Saint Benilde; Ferdinand Poblete, Vice President for IT at Energy Development Corporation (EDC); and Gerry Mauricio, CIO of Eton Properties.
Poblete hopes that EDC will transform into an IT organisation in future, in which every employee is "adept at using IT tools and systems [necessary for] their daily work."
Agreeing with Poblete, Singson Que said: "I agree with Ferdie. Instead of hiring more IT people, we're pushing IT roles into the functional areas. So rather than getting [an IT person] to work on the Human Resource Information System (HRIS), we teach our HR colleagues how to use the HRIS on their own."
Mauricio said CIOs today are becoming a catalyst for innovation in the organisation. "[The role of CIOs has] evolved beyond being the ERP and the traditional data manager. We're always looking up to [new technologies that can be adopted]."
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