Friday, December 27, 2002

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Thanks for sticking with us all this time here in Infotech! We hope for a better 2003. Our Cebu correspondent Jherlie Cheng will be moving back to Manila this 2003 so expect her to post articles here soon.

Happy holidays to all! May your 2003 be great!

Wednesday, December 11, 2002

I.T. industry remains optimistic for 2003

December 11, 2002 - In the face of the downturn of the I.T industry worldwide, chief executives of several local ICT companies remains to be hopeful and positive that the market will have greater and better business operations for 2003.

The recent report by the research firm International Data Corp. (IDC) said that 2002 is the worst year for the entire industry. Nevertheless, the ICT Year-Ender Forum Program gathered by the top executives of some of the biggest IT and telecom sectors here in the country projected that the I.T industry will have fast advancement in terms of technology that will drive consumer demands next year.

Both CEO's from Oracle Philippines, Mr. Bernard Yu and Sun Microsystems Philippines, Mrs. Cynthia Mamon agreed that companies should be more practical and realistic in their business decision-making, enterprises should think more of the Return on Investments (ROI) and Total Costs of Ownership (TCO). Lastly, companies should strive to add value to the technologies.

For Globe Telecom, Mr. Jesus Romero, VP for Communications, said that the growing market for next year will be the wireline data. Globe, through GlobeQuest, has invested at least 100 million pesos for its Internet data center business. These data centers will provide clients with a complete set of services including co-location, server hosting, local area network-based Internet, e-mail messaging, business continuity and recovery services and storage services.

While on the telecommunication or wireless sector, Mr. Mon Isberto, VP for Public Relations, Smart Communications said that 2003 requires more creativeness and imagination to provide absolute wireless applications and solutions. And Nokia Philippines product manager, Mike Smith, said that the company aims to make the hundred-millions cellphone users to use multimedia messaging (MMS), he noted that growth could be gained from the continued progress of MMS in providing value-added content to mobile phone users.

Monday, December 02, 2002

Ecommsite Brings Home Two Awards at the Webby's

December 02, 2002 - Ecommsite Solutions cheered as they won two awards at The 5th Philippine Web Awards night last Friday at the Dusit Hotel. They kept their fingers crossed as the presenters announced the winners for “The Best Website” in the “Media” and “Community” category. That night, Juice.ph and Sysads.org—both developed by Ecommsite, would go home with the Media and Community trophies respectively.

Under the Media category, Ecommsite Solutions had in fact three entries, namely: Juice.ph, 5andup.com and Gameplan23.com. But in spite of that, the company remained mindful of their competition. "In all honesty the competition was really tough ; all the other sites were good. I guess Juice.ph was chosen not only for its excellent design but also because of its user-friendly layout and informative content," said Patricia Ann Rodriguez, Creative Director of Ecommsite Solutions. "We owe the success of this website to the designers and developers of Ecommsite from past to present," she added.

“Ecommsite contributed a lot to the success and has been very cooperative with Sysads.org since day one” said Meric Mara, Chief Technology Officer of Ecommsite and Webmaster of Sysads.org. He added: “the company provided the layout design, web hosting, and assisted in contributing content to the site and moderating the discussion threads in the site’s message board. But still, Sysads.org will not be what it is today without the support of the Systems and Network Administrators out there who value the open exchange of technical knowledge made possible by the Internet.”

To make the community more dynamic, Sysads.org will continue to provide technical information and tools to assist administrators in their daily task. They also plan to partner with other organizations to expand the network and organize free training. Lastly, they plan to set up a special section on the site that would recognize and promote Filipino talents in the field of information technology.

Reviewers and judges of the Webby Awards rated the nominees based on four criterias: Content, Design, Usability, and Functionality. Although there were a lot of worthy entries this year, the company believes that their edge was the talent of their people—the team that developed and designed the award-winning websites.