Monday, October 18, 2021

A change in mindset ‘needed to make full transformation’

CEBU should adopt a digital mindset before it can make a full digital transformation, information technology (IT) and telecommunications players said.

During the Transformation Summit on May 6, Monday, panelists saw the need for a change in mindset among Cebuanos in embracing digitalization in their daily lives.

Mitch Locsin, first vice president and head of PLDT Enterprise, said Cebu is always in their plans when it comes to advancement in connectivity.

“Cebu was the next hub wherever we move. As you know, most of our fiber footprint is here in Cebu after Manila. We already have one data center and we’re about to launch our second data center. It tells you that ICT is booming in Cebu with (business process management) and the other enterprise businesses here,” Locsin.

Locsin reiterated that even small and micro enterprises (SMEs) are now looking into innovations for their businesses.

“Even the SMEs, a lot of them are adapting to cloud technology already. It also includes solutions and with the upcoming 5G, which is going to be launched this year. Cebu will play a very big role in that aspect,” he said.

Butch Velasquez, product marketing head of Globe Telecom, said companies in Cebu are already thinking ahead.

“Cebu is fast becoming an IT hub. Your thinking is really advanced. It competes not just regionally but also internationally,” he said.

Aseem Roy, country head of Wipro Philippines, also called for the scaling up of the academe in terms of courses related to IT.

In his talk, Wilson Ng, president of Ng Khai Corp., encouraged those who offer digital solutions to brick and mortar businesses to know what solution the market really needs.

“If we are selling solutions, we should understand how people adapt to innovation,” he said.

“Companies and people who are innovators have better results,” he added. (JOB)


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