Microsoft OSS road show tells developers: head for the cloud

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014


MICROSOFT Philippines launched in Cebu last Monday its Open Source Software (OSS) Cloud Immersion road show, which aims to empower local developers in improving their applications as they bring innovations to the cloud.

Edison Tan, OSS specialist at Microsoft Philippines, said the road show is meant to make more developers aware of the importance of moving to the cloud to expand their reach.

The firm, in a statement, said the purpose of the road show is “to equip local developers with further knowledge and training on technologies that can help them improve their projects or applications especially in bringing these innovations to the cloud.”

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Tan introduced Windows Azure, an open and flexible cloud platform that enables “quick development, deployment and management of applications across a global network of data centers. It allows development of applications using any language, tool or framework.”

He said that with Windows Azure, developers can instantly run their existing applications and infrastructure, whether Windows or Linux, on the cloud with minimal or no changes to the existing code. Tan said they provide technology support for PHP, Python, Java, Node.js and Ruby, among others.

The company added Windows Azure is “engineered at its optimal to help developers maximize the use of the cloud and design their applications properly so they can save cost and time.”

Tan said its clients pay only for the actual usage of the service.

Amid the solutions built on the cloud, Tan reported there are still a lot of companies already engaged with OSS but are not ready to move to the cloud, which is the current trend in information technology (IT). These companies reportedly cited cost and the lack of awareness on the benefits of the cloud as common reasons.

But Tan said the shift to cloud is slowly growing among Filipino companies, even among micro, small and medium enterprises. Tan said the company sees a lot of young start-ups developing applications in health care, tourism, hotel management and accounting software. To strengthen their applications, developers can host their projects on the cloud, using solutions like Windows Azure, which also supports open source technologies.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 26, 2014.

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