Microsoft says PH more open now to cloud adoption

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By Tom Noda Compared to the previous years, Microsoft Philippines said the country is more receptive now to cloud computing as many companies including government agencies are realizing its benefits, particularly on cost savings. [caption id="attachment_18512" align="aligncenter" width="605"]Microsoft Philippines server and tools business group lead Joel Garcia Microsoft Philippines server and tools business group lead Joel Garcia[/caption] Tovia Va?aelua, business group lead of Microsoft Philippines, said the country is ahead of other countries in Asia Pacific when it comes to embracing cloud computing — even faster than Australia and New Zealand. “Our country is in good stand in trying to understand of what the cloud can provide in terms of its benefits in the next three to five years,” Va?aelua said during his company?s announcement of the SQL Server 2014 solution held on Thursday, May 29 at the New World hotel in Makati City. The executive noted it is only in the Philippines that a regulatory body like the Banko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has taken the initiative of coming up with a cloud memo as included in its BSP Circular 808 called “Guidelines on Information Technology Risk Management for All Banks and Other BSP Supervised Institutions.” “Instead of waiting for the demand from banks, the [BSP] pre-empted it and jumped forward and issued the circular 808, the cloud memo,” he said. “Our legal teams in Asia were surprised because they’ve never seen a regulatory body do that.” The BSP is allowing banks to use private cloud technology to enhance performance and service delivery of financial institutions in the country. Va?aelua added: “We were the only country that saw a government entity move to the cloud within six months. A total of 2,100 seats from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) shifted straight into the cloud.” According to a new research commissioned by Microsoft that was conducted by IDC, a total of 2,000 mid-sized and large organizations in 20 countries worldwide state that organizations that approach to data could realize an additional 60 percent return on their data assets. The study also indicated that by putting in place a holistic approach to data that spans datasets, and analytics, businesses could realize a “data dividend” of roughly $278 billion in additional revenue, lowered costs and improved productivity over the next four years. Joel Garcia, server and tools business group lead for Microsoft Philippines, explained during the launch that “data is the currency for business today” and there’s a need for solutions that enable businesses to harness greater value from data. Garcia said Microsoft helps its clients by connecting data across their company, connecting it to the world’s data, enriching it through analysis, and delivering insights quickly to as many people as possible. “Our goal is to bring Big Data insights to a billion of people through secure, scalable and easy-to-use enterprise-class tools,” Garcia said. ]]>

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