The way things are going at the pre-qualification bidding of IT suppliers for the 2010 elections, I now have this uneasy feeling that the country will again end up with another botched attempt at automating the polls and in its wake lays another MegaPacific mess.
ZDNet's Philippine bloggers, Melvin G. Calimag and Joel D. Pinaroc, discuss key ICT developments in their country
Melvin G. Calimag
Melvin G. Calimag is currently the executive editor of an IT news website in the Philippines. Melvin has been covering the local IT beat for the last 13 years. He is currently a board member at the IT Journalists Association of the Philippines (CyberPress), and also serves as a charter member with the Philippine Science Journalists Association.
Joel D. Pinaroc
Joel has been a media practitioner since 1996, starting off as a reporter and eventually becoming editor of a pioneering IT trade newspaper in Manila. He is currently one of the content producers of a Manila-based developmental website.
In more ways than one, Sun Microsystems Philippines (SunPhil) is an "anomaly" among the large IT companies in the country. Let me try to explain this in light of the recent acquisition of Sun Microsystems by Oracle.
Unlike India which has launched quite a number of successful global IT firms, mostly in the BPO (business process outsourcing) sector, the Philippines seems to be content in merely hosting multinational companies in the country.A cursory glance at the composition of the largest tech firms in the country would reveal that the majority, if not all, of them are foreign-owned.
For Filipinos, the arrival of summer means going on a vacation, usually to the beach. As a kid, I always looked forward to the months of April and May, when we take a break from school and indulge in the biggest thrill of them all--playing nonstop.
By now, you must have heard about the news that several big and centuries-old newspapers in the U.S.
Something amusing, if not intriguing, happened last Wednesday when tech giant Intel held a press conference regarding its WiMax strategy in the country. At that briefing, Intel execs said that while they are pushing very hard for the technology, the decision to roll out a commercial WiMax service is still up to the local players, particularly telcos.
Dell Computer, the Texas-based computer maker, announced last Friday it is selling one of the only two company-owned call center sites in the Philippines to call center operator, Teleperformance.This could mean two things: Dell has been hit hard by the global economic crisis, and the BPO (business process outsourcing) officials may be right in saying the meltdown will actually be beneficial to the sector.
It's surprising to see how Meralco, the biggest electric distributor in the Philippines, has become an unlikely setting of a battle royale between telco giant PLDT and beverage behemoth San Miguel Corporation (SMC).I was at the PLDT press briefing a couple of weeks ago and personally saw how PLDT head honcho Manuel V.
Last week was quite eventful for the Philippine telecom sector when two of the country's biggest telephone operators revealed interesting figures and top-level personnel movements.Globe Telecom, owned by the Ayala family and Singapore's SingTel group, was the first to make the news when it revealed it was replacing its long-time president and CEO, Gerardo "Gerry" Ablaza, as part of a major management shakeup undertaken by its mother firm.
I'm not sure if the situation is similar in other countries, but the technology companies we've come to know as ISPs (Internet service providers) are in danger of becoming obsolete in the Philippines.William Bill Torres, the "Father of the Philippine Internet" and co-founder of Mozcom, and the country's first ISP, discussed this predicament during the recent APRICOT technical conference when he said ISPs are no longer what they used to be.