Digital transformation takes spotlight in CXO summit in Cebu

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The digital transformation journey of local companies took center-stage in the first MSI-ECS CXO Innovation Summit held recently at Mactan Shangri-la Hotel and Resort in Cebu.

IBM Philippines chief technologist Lope Doromal Jr. discussing blockchain during the event

The conference, organized by tech distributor MSI-ECS, gathered the top tech brands and their officials who dispensed valuable advice and guidance to local CIOs (chief information officers) and chief technology officers (CTOs) for their digital transformation strategies.

Among those who spoke at the conference were Lope Doromal Jr., chief technologist at IBM Philippines; Herns Hermida, business group lead for cloud and enterprise business at Microsoft Philippines; Nap Castillo, manager for systems engineering at Fortinet Philippines; and Arnie Alvarez, modern data center lead at Dell EMC Philippines.

Alvarez, an old-hand in the local IT industry, said during his presentation that the Internet is disrupting every industry but a lot of opportunities are also emerging. ?For businesses, it is important to fail fast so you can move on and develop your core competencies,? he said.

Also at the confab, MSI-ECS president and Jimmy Go revealed that the enterprise market in the Philippines continuous to grow even as the consumer tech segment appears to be slowing down.

?The cloud computing space is particularly expanding very fast as more local firms are now adopting cloud solutions,? Go told members of the media who trooped to Cebu to cover the summit.

This is the reason, according to Go, why MSI-ECS has decided to put up its own state-of-the-art data center in its main office in Pasig City. The data center, which is scheduled to be launched in the next few days, is a telco-agnostic facility that will cater to the booming market for cloud computing solutions now preferred by local clients.

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