A MARKET leader in application software encouraged the local government units (LGUs) in Davao Region to utilized technology that could help them improve their processes and ease the delivery of services to their communities.

With the goal of establishing Smart Cities, SAP Philippines introduced the SAP S/4 HANA, an enterprise resource planning (ERP) software that can consolidate data in real-time and can be immediately used in decision-making.

Virna Naomi Venturanza, SAP Corporate Affairs, said the system can expedite government processes such as easily accessing data to prepare reports.

“If you have an ERP System, it really cuts the processes. Imbes na magsusulat ng report, ido-download nalang tapos magde-decide nalang siya (Instead of writing the reports, you will just be downloaded it and decide),” she said.

“The leaders can make more strategic decisions kasi your operations and processes are smarter. Mas nail-lessen ‘yung mga manual process, so ‘yung mga people makakafo-focus sila sa ibang tasks needed to run a city (The leaders can make more strategic decisions because the operations and processes are smarter. The manual process will be lessened so the people can focus on other tasks needed to run a city),” Venturanza added.

Edler Panlilio, SAP Philippines managing director, said that S/4 HANA must be put in place for local governments to achieve these smarter operations.

He said the software will also allow the storing of big data and integration of other technologies like artificial intelligence and blockchain.

“Blockchain is also something that you can put to the LGUs like when you start tracking assets at certain milestones from the design phase, production phase, down to the operational phase, you are able to detect those milestones. It is being used in banks also,” he said.

Panlilio said the easily accessible data collected by the software can help government leaders in the efficient delivery of services such as in health and education.

“These data are being converted into insight for the administrators or city managers to use in trying to let us say improve the health coverage of constituents or probably provide education cluster in an LGU create more instructional materials to students,” Panlilio said.

He said interested LGUs can avail of the software’s cloud on a subscription basis.

Since the software requires internet connectivity, Panlilio said they are aligning their initiatives with internet providers in the country. (RAG)