From left to right: Adatos Managing Director Drew Perez, CloudSigma CEO and Co-Founder Robert Jenkins, Philippine Software Industry Association President Jonathan de Luzuriaga at the 2015 Philippine Cloud Summit . (Picture credits to IPC)
Industry experts gathered at the 2015 Philippine Cloud Summit to discuss the growing role of cloud technology and data analytics on local enterprises.
The event was organized by the cloud computing and data center firm IP Converge Data Services, Inc. (IPC) at Makati Shangri-La on Wednesday (7 October 2015). It highlighted "The Enterprise Cloud Journey" and was divided into two parts: the morning consisted of talks for C-level executives and a workshop in the afternoon for technical leaders and managers.
According to IPC President Rene Huergas, the trend of businesses adopting cloud technologies is growing. He said "that no business should be left behind," and "leaders must be able to make calculated and well-informed business decisions on the fly."
President of the Philippine Software Industry Association Jonathan de Luzuriaga discussed the digitalization of businesses through cloud applications and the importance of software in business operations. The software industry is estimated to be worth US$15.5 billion, he said, and added that it may be the "next OFW phenomenon." However, he emphasized that the software industry could only prosper if the country focused on investing and developing ICT programs and educating its people to be ready for a digital economy.
The conference also saw the CEO and Co-Founder of CloudSigma Robert Jenkins tackled the significance of "Elastic Infrastructure" a phrase refer to cost-efficient and on-demand technology, that could benefit businesses. He further stressed the importance of understanding the demand and supply of such an infrastructure from an IT point of view, and how Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) can improve the financial health of a company.
Jenkins also addressed the security aspects in the use of cloud computing, saying that security must be tackled in a requirement-basis and a layered approach including encryption and the security side of physical data centers.
Drew Perez, managing director of Big Data Analytics provider Adatos, talked about the role of data science on business growth and the importance of understanding the "'why'" and "'what's next'" of big data.
Jenkins facilitated the workshop on "Creating Secure AppDev Environments in the Cloud" which covered creating cloud server, uploading developer tools, configuring the applications to securing data and network while Perez headed the workshop on "Data Science 101: The Art of Analytics" which showed data analysis using a cloud-based analytics tools and data visualization technologies.
Huergas concluded the event and said the IPC would be a catalyst to accelerate the cloud adoption in the Philippines adding that cloud computing would be the future for every enterprise and would soon be considered the industry standard moving forward.
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