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VMWare CIO Forum

Global leader in Cloud technology says that it is "enablement," not just technology that can initiate and complete digital transformation in organizations. 

(April 9-11, 2018, Singapore)

Smart wins big at Anvil Awards again

SMART Communications maintained its winning streak at the Anvil Awards, receiving top honors for the third straight year at the Oscars of public relations in the Philippines.

Microsoft and women in tech

Empowering women through technology can come in many forms. Microsoft with non-profits believes that immersion in coding is one way to do it. The company wants more women in tech.

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PLDT wins four Anvils

THE country’s leading ICT and digital services provider, PLDT Enterprise, bagged four wins at the 53rd Anvil Awards Gabi ng Parangal event held recently. 

DDoS attacks hit unintended victims

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VMWare CIO Forum (Singapore April 9 to 11, 2018)

Photo shows Bruce Davie, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, VMWare speaks to the media at the CIO Forum.

WITH enterprises and governments in Southeast Asia prioritizing digital transformation (DX) as a cornerstone in business growth and smart nation blueprints, DX was a key focus area at the VMware CIO Forum in Singapore. The event was attended by more than 120 c-suite executives from Southeast Asia and Korea. 

In partnership with the International Data Corporation (IDC), C-level executives had the opportunity to focus on the next progression of the DX journey to better understand, the scope and impact of DX and facilitate an in-depth analysis of DX investment relative to strategic enterprise priorities.

“At VMWare we are not Cloud providers, but rather Cloud enablers,” Callum Eade, Senior Director for SDCC (Software Defined Data Center), VMWare said. In saying so Eade also emphasized the importance of converting a company’s business vision into a technology vision in order to create a mindset and culture focused on DX.

VMware, Inc. showcased a comprehensive suite of solutions designed to accelerate performance and drive results from digital investment during the next stage of growth.

“These are not only a suite of products or solutions that we offer. We come to the customer listening to what they need, and oftentimes we find out problems they did not see or offer solutions that they did not even think of,” Eade narrates as he shared the story of Chitale Dairy Farm in India.

The 1,000-cow dairy farm generated thousands of liters of milk a day and its owner, a farmer named Vishwas Chitale grew his farm from humble beginnings but rather than make massive profit from the productive operations, decided to “give back to the community what they gain,” by contributing financially to the wellbeing of the community by supporting local schools and infrastructure.

“Chitale’s farm used VMWare to enable more productive cows and a more productive system that made a more productive town,” Eade said.

2017 is the year of digital impasse in APEJ. Also the event, IDC announced findings from their latest Digital Transformation study in the region, titled “IDC MaturityScape Benchmark: Digital Transformation in APEJ, 2018”. Conducted in 2017, the study found that organizations in Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan) (APEJ) have progressed from resisting digital transformation to exploring digital transformation initiatives. However, only 1.2 percent of organizations in the region meet the gold standard of being “digital disruptors.”

 “The Asia-Pacific region differs in technological maturity, but one thing is common – the recognition of digital transformation as a business catalyst. In order to enable digital transformation progress in the region, it is essential for organizations to integrate their existing products and services – without silos,” Duncan Hewett, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Asia Pacific and Japan, Vmware said.

The study found that majority of the organizations (86.5 percent) surveyed were still in the first three phases of maturity and indicated that they are not yet able to integrate their digital products and services across the business to provide a consistent experience for the user.

“IT environments in APJ are now a mixture of legacy infrastructure and public and private clouds, and that’s what we hear from some of our largest customers. VMware is committed to working with our customers to outline the strategic measures they need to address, enabling them for success and creating new possibilities for their businesses,” Hewett added.

Taking back control of a multi-cloud environment. As companies expand their use of cloud computing in a multi-cloud environment, they naturally experience increased complexity and risk associated with diverse infrastructures, management tools, and processes. VMware estimates that nearly two-thirds of the industry will utilize two or more cloud service providers in addition to their on-premises data centers.

VMware Cloud Services helps to manage the complexity and risk of multiple cloud environments and enable a unified experience from cloud to core to edge. By extending consistent operations from the data center to the cloud, VMware offers end-to-end visibility of cloud usage, infrastructure cost, network performance, detailed application monitoring and analytics, and enhanced security across the public cloud and on-premises environments. 

VMware also recently unveiled a new set of products and services, including VMware Hybrid Cloud Extension Service for Private Cloud, a SaaS offering that provides application mobility and infrastructure hybridity across different vSphere versions, on-premises and in the cloud. The expanded VMware Cloud Provider Program and new VMware Cloud Services enable organizations to manage, secure, monitor and automate cloud infrastructure and applications by providing a unified approach for end-to-end visibility into cloud usage, costs, and network traffic. – by Raymond G.B. Tribdino.

Originally published in Malaya Business Insight.

Smart continues winning streak at Anvil Awards

The Anvils is known locally as the "Oscars of Philippine PR"

Photo shows Smart representatives led by Chief Financial Officer Chaye Cabal-Revilla (center), SVP for consumer business market development Oscar Reyes Jr., and public affairs FVP Mon Isberto–receive the Anvil awards last March 23 at Shangri-La Fort.

SMART Communications maintained its winning streak at the Anvil Awards, receiving top honors for the third straight year at the Oscars of public relations in the Philippines.

In a ceremony held recently in Taguig, Smart won the Grand Prix Award for having the highest number of Gold Anvils this year. The company also got the Grand Anvil recognition for SHINE OS+ (Secured Health Information Network and Exchange), an electronic medical record system that enables health facilities to provide faster and better service to their patients. The Grand Anvil is given to the most outstanding public relations program of the year.

The Anvil Awards has been conducted annually for 53 years by the Public Relations Society of the Philippines.

Smart received Gold Anvils for the following corporate social responsibility, employee engagement, and customer service programs:

SHINE OS+, an open system that allows developers to create plugins addressing the various needs of health workers. Among the plugins created are a system that automates the sending of reminder SMS to diabetes patients, and a plugin that enables nurses in Nepal to collect health surveillance and preparedness data during and after disasters.

Learning as One Nation, an effort to help improve the Department of Education’s Arabic Language and Islamic Values Education (ALIVE) program in General Santos and Sarangani. Smart is helping develop an app that teaches Arabic language and values, while promoting independent learning among ALIVE students through the Dynamic Learning Program created by Ramon Magsaysay Awardees Dr. Christopher Bernido and Dr. Ma. Victoria Carpio-Bernido.

School-in-a-Bag, a learning package donated to public schools in remote areas without electricity. The donation includes a solar panel, mobile devices, digital educational content, teacher training, and monitoring.

TNT Tropang Ready Caravan, which inculcates disaster preparedness among college students and encourages them to promote preparedness in their respective communities

Smart Saturdays, a program where employees pay a participation fee to watch blockbuster movies with their families and colleagues. The participation fees are then used to donate School-in-a-Bag units to underserved schools.

Smart Chatbot, a tool on Facebook Messenger that enables Smart customers to view their billing statements and remaining balance, subscribe to promos, purchase eLoad, and request to chat with an agent

Meanwhile, Smart’s Silver Anvil awardees are Smart Bro’s Bond Like Never Before campaign which encourages parents to use mobile technology to bond with their children, Doon Po Sa Amin Storytelling Caravan which promotes local storytelling for Filipino children, the Paskong Pinoy yearend celebration for employees, the PLDT Group’s efforts to transform its corporate culture to support its digital pivot, the Smart Communities Facebook page which provides information about Smart’s CSR programs, and Smart Millenniors which engages the youth to guide their elders on the use of mobile devices and the internet.

The Silver Anvil list also includes Smart Paywall, a web tool that helps Smart Bro customers avoid unwanted mobile internet charges; Smart TechnoCart, a donation package similar to the School-in-a-Bag that targets more urban communities and contains more devices; the SWEEP (Smart Wireless Engineering Education Program) Awards which encourages students to create innovations solving real problems; the TNT App and TNT Online Store which make it easier for TNT customers to complete transactions; and TNT Tropa Trip, a nationwide summer road show promoting the Choose Your Tropa Apps promo. 

How STEM can make Pinays game changers, tech leaders

Women in science and technology seem few compared to men. Microsoft wants to change that.

Photo shows a young student learning code using the game Minecraft.

Many of the major scientific and technological breakthroughs were made by or discovered by women. Ada Lovelace for example, is known in the information technology world as the first programmer using code. She developed an algorithm intended to be executed by the first modern computer known as the Analytical Engine. Madamé Marie Curie her findings on radioactivity. Three women, mathematician Katherine Johnson, aerospace engineer Mary Jackson and human computer and mathematician Dorothy Vaughan helped map the crucial formulas needed to get a manned spaceship into earth’s orbit preparatory to the moon landing. Their exploits made into a movie called “Hidden Figures.”

Women definitely have a place in science and technology. And to forward this idea, technology leader Microsoft, in celebration of the International Women’s Month, launched the #MakeWhatsNext campaign, aimed at encouraging young women to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

“We want to change the way young women view STEM by letting them envision how technology, science, engineering can be tools used to solve global challenges; how their interests today could turn into a job of the future,” Dr. Daiana Beitler, Philanthropies Director, Microsoft Asia said.

DIGIGIRLZ 2018. To effect this initiative, Microsoft gathered over 200 female Filipina learners from various schools for DigiGirlz 2018—designed inspire young women to pursue careers in the field of STEM.

 “The Philippines is one of the most gender equal countries in the world and is in fact the only Asian country in the top ten of the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap report in 2017. With DigiGirlz, Microsoft seeks not just to further improve gender equality in the country, but also to empower women to do and achieve more with technology,” Hans Bayaborda, Managing Director, Microsoft Philippines explained.

The program aimed to; 1) Increase awareness about what we, together with our partners, are doing to reduce the gender gap in STEM; 2) Influence audience to believe that STEM can lead to exciting and meaningful career paths, by enabling them to tackle big challenges impacting people and the world; 3) Empower audience with resources to learn about computer science and STEM career paths.

“We’re inviting girls to explore their passions further and gain insights from LinkedIn on how to make their dream job a reality. To make it happen, we are introducing all girls, including those from underserved communities, to female role models from different industries as well as hands-on, purpose-driven experiences where STEM concepts are linked to real-life situations,” Beitler said.

GIRLS WILL CODE. Isabel Sieh is 15 years old. She is proficient in Java, C++ and is starting out with Python. These are programming languages that may be alien to many, but is slang to her. At her age she is considered as the youngest programmer in the country. Sieh shared the story of how she founded her company, “Girls Will Code” when she was 11. She spoke of how her love for coding opened the door for other young girls to break the barrier and pursuit a career in STEM. Her company, encourages young women to code debunking most of the myths surrounding the field.

The 200 female learners in attendance had the chance to hear other stories of prominent female figures in various fields at the Asia Pacific College. Deputy Speaker of the House of Representative Sharon Garin enlightened the young girls as she shared her experiences working in a male-dominated environment. She reminded the students to be brave, to talk louder, study harder and never let gender become a barrier in achieving more. 

“Education is the key to make women free,” she said in the hopes of inspiring the young minds.

Women from Microsoft also shared their own personal stories of empowerment. Microsoft Philippines’ OCP director Eileen Ong encouraged more girls to not be bound by gender stereotypes and pursue a career in STEM. 

Clarissa Segismundo, Microsoft Education Programs Lead, shared the value of taking risks, of the difference between learning-it-all and knowing-it all, and of the importance of finding your purpose.

The plenary also covered the importance of inclusion and diversity; how technology is making waves to equalize people with disability. The message? DigiGirlz of today who will become the women of tech tomorrow, will carry the torch to invent something that will eventually benefit the world.

(LESS THAN AN) HOUR OF CODE. In addition to the plenary, the young women were invited to envision their careers, acquire new skills, and see the jobs of tomorrow related to STEM through coding sessions, soft skill workshops, and interactive demos on AI, Coding, and HoloLens. They experienced hands on coding by doing Minecraft’s Hour of Code with most learners finishing the coding session in less than hour!

“The stereotype that only men can excel in the tech and engineering industries is wrong. In this digital age, the future career opportunities will be in STEM, and we have a responsibility to encourage and support young women to follow this path. By choosing a career in STEM, young women and men will achieve their true potential and help change the world,” Wendy Johnstone, Microsoft General Manager, Marketing and Operations concluded.

To learn more about #MakeWhatsNext, visit To find out more about Microsoft Philanthropies’ initiatives in the Philippines, search for microsoft-philanthropies. – Raymond G.B. Tribdino


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PLDT Enterprise Win Four Anvils

The "Oscars" of Philippine Public Relations

Photo shows: Anvil winners. PLDT executives pose with the prized PR trophies.

THE country’s leading ICT and digital services provider, PLDT Enterprise, bagged four wins at the 53rd Anvil Awards Gabi ng Parangal event held recently. 

The Industry Solutions Launch campaign, which won under the Public Relations Program Category, was awarded for enabling enterprises to find the best digital solutions specific to the industries they operate in. 

Under the Publications Category, PLDT Enterprise’s business lifestyle magazine HOT JOE was awarded for its features on product innovations, industry partnerships, and thought leadership articles authored by PLDT executives, as well as contributors from partner companies and clients.

PLDT Enterprise also received recognition for its LGU Campaign—under the Specialized Public Relations Programs, Advocacy Campaign Category—which sought to improve and modernize the capability of local government units through the deployment of pertinent and relevant technologies to different LGUs throughout the Philippines. 

Lastly, the group was also awarded for the 2016 MVP Bossings Awards, PLDT SME Nation’s annual celebration of the country’s most inspiring business leaders and pioneers. The final award won under the PR Tools Category, focusing on Exhibits and Special Events. 

PLDT Enterprise’s award-winning programs and campaigns underline its fearlessness and ingenuity in the face of disruption and digital transformation, to provide customers with excellent services and solutions.

“Every year, we reiterate that these awards are more for our customers than for ourselves. This year is no different. It is our goal to serve our customers better through every program and campaign in order to create meaningful connections with them,” SVP & Head of PLDT and Smart Enterprise Business Groups Jovy Hernandez said.

The annual Anvil Awards is organized by the Public Relations Society of the Philippines (PRSP) and aims to give recognition to organizations and companies that have produced outstanding public relations programs and tools. This year, the PLDT Inc. took home a total of 13 trophies for its communications programs under PLDT Enterprise, PLDT Home, and the PLDT-Smart Foundation. 

DDoS attacks may have hit you

You may have been hit but not know it

Over a quarter of businesses that have been hit by a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack don’t think they were the intended target, highlighting that businesses can’t afford to be complacent when it comes to today’s threat landscape. According to research* from Kaspersky Lab, 27% of respondents said being an innocent bystander was the most likely reason for DDoS attacks on their organization, suggesting that all businesses are in the firing line, even when they are not on the hit list.

The continued threat of DDoS attacks and the value that they bring to those that deploy them – from halting company operations, through to accessing confidential information or demanding a ransom – means that all businesses are potential targets. Despite this, organizations are still showing signs of cyber-complacency, with 28% not using specialized anti-DDoS protection because they believe they are unlikely to be targeted by DDoS attacks.

However, this complacency is misplaced. Of the companies that experienced a security incident within the last 12 months, 44% blamed a DDoS attack as being a contributing factor to that incident – up from a quarter (25%) in 2016. This shows the impact of these types of attacks in today’s workplace and the need for organisations to proactively defend themselves against them.

It’s not just unintended attacks that firms must be ready to ward off at a moment’s notice. Nearly a quarter (23%) of businesses believe a competitor was behind a DDoS attack on their organisation – most likely for espionage or disruption purposes; 24% believed it was used as a distraction tactic to hide another attack from IT staff, and 24% believe that a DDoS attack was designed to specifically disrupt their operations.

“A worryingly large proportion of businesses are still displaying an ‘it won’t happen to me mentality’ towards DDoS attacks, which they simply can’t afford to do in today’s threat landscape,” commented Alexey Kiselev, Project Manager on the Kaspersky DDoS Protection team. “The number of attacks, combined with the range of targets that have been discovered over the last 12 months, has shown that no business is safe from cybercriminals and, as such, organisations must be prepared to take responsibility for their cybersecurity. When it comes to protecting critical data and keeping operations up and running, there is simply no room for complacency.”

With the financial consequences of DDoS attacks ranging from fighting against the attack itself, to a loss of revenue or business opportunities, it’s certainly better to be safe than sorry. That’s where Kaspersky DDoS Protection comes into play, providing a fully-integrated solution with advanced intelligence capabilities to protect businesses of all sizes from the most complex and high-volume DDoS attacks. More information can be found here.

*The IT Security Risks research is an annual survey conducted by Kaspersky Lab in conjunction with B2B International. In 2017 we asked 5,274 representatives of small, medium (50 to 999) and large businesses (1000+) from 29 countries about their views on IT security and the real incidents that they have had to deal with.