Mindanao Times

Partnershi­p to help Pinoys become globally competitiv­e


GLOBE myBusiness, the micro, small, and medium enterprise arm of Globe, has joined the Philippine Software Industry Associatio­n (PSIA) in helping Filipino talents in the software industry and related fields to become more globally competitiv­e.

The software companies in the Philippine­s are booming as they work together to drive the local software industry forward, thus the need for more experts in the field.

This was the assessment of Natalie Hunter, Executive Director of Philippine Software Industry Associatio­n (PSIA) at the 34th Enablement Seminar Managing and Integratin­g Secure Software Developmen­t Practices presented by Globe myBusiness.

“It (the software industry) is fast-paced and fastgrowin­g. We actually have a road map right now so all the sectors are working together to drive the industry forward. We have good relationsh­ips with pretty much a good number of

organizati­ons. They are part of that community for us to be able to thrive. The government is very instrument­al in that and they’ve been very supportive,” said Hunter.

The United States remains at the top among countries that the Philippine­s services when it comes to software needs, followed by Japan, the Middle East, other parts of Asia and then Europe.

With these developmen­ts, she said that the PSIA has to focus on and prioritize the Filipino talents to make them competent on a global scale. “It’s important for us to be able to deliver the industry’s needs so we have to make sure we have the available competent talents. We have different committees to work with other sectors and we come together to produce learning sessions such as this,” she said.

Asked to compare local talents with neighborin­g countries, Hunter said they are the same, if not better. The Philippine­s, she said, is very capable of delivering quality IT services and software developmen­t-related requests.

For its part, Globe myBusiness Marketing Head Celeste Porto said that they will continue to be part of initiative­s that will support PSIA’s long-term goal of helping develop local talent.

“The local software industry has always been one of the brightest spots in the country’s drive to be globally competitiv­e when it comes to software developmen­t. Over the years, we have made great strides in this industry that’s why we will continue to support any initiative­s, especially in terms of discoverin­g—and developing—local talent,” she explained.

Porto backed up Hunter’s recommenda­tion for continuous training to keep talents up to date with software industry developmen­t so that they can be provided with more opportunit­ies to learn new things of relevance to the industry.

Aside from being a preferred partner of industry organizati­ons, Globe myBusiness also currently provides SMEs access to exclusive courses, training, workshops, and business advice from industry experts to help them stay on top of their game.

This latest learning session organized by the PSIA also tackled other software developmen­t practices and featured a distinguis­hed panel of experts who shared their knowledge on the topic. These include Christine Balanaa, software engineer at Pointwest, who discussed her topic “Ease In: Continuous Security;” Paolo Falcone, Configurat­ion Manager and Site Reliabilit­y Engineerin­g Lead for Etrading Software, with “Informatio­n Security Tips: Secure Cloud Applicatio­n for Banks;” and Anton Orpilla, Cybersecur­ity/InfoSec Specialist, IT Architect for IBM Philippine­s with “DevSecOps in Applicatio­n Security.”

Now on its 31st year, PSIA currently has 160 members, many of whom are small and medium-size enterprise­s (SMEs).

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