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Technology companies continue to help the private sector and government thrive and survive in these difficult times.

PLDT Enterprise, the B2B arm of the nation’s largest fully integrated telecommunications provider, PLDT, is highlighting the benefits of deploying Internet of Things (IoT) technology to overcome the impacts of the pandemic on local businesses.

Jojo Gendrano, FVP and Head of PLDT and Smart Enterprise, said IoT technology is now becoming more important in enabling entrepreneurs to thrive in today’s dynamic business landscape, effectively meeting the challenges of the new normal.

“As we continue to feel the effects of the pandemic, businesses must be empowered by enabling a truly connected environment where they can overcome the challenges of distance and physical restrictions. We can do this by embracing technologies like IoT,” Gendrano said.

The IoT enables communication between machines through wired and wireless communication channels, allowing full control, visibility, transparency and security of Internet-connected devices.

“The deployment of the Internet of Things is essential, especially now that enterprises are struggling with mobility and physical restrictions, limited workforce, system security issues and reduced operational efficiency. Many organizations have been confronted with it, compromising their productivity. This shouldn’t be the case because we can manage these difficulties with the right solutions and the right technologies. We believe IoT can help solve all of these at once,” he said.

Leading Philippine IT solutions integrator Radenta Technologies Inc. recently launched the Radenta G Series to push hyperconnectivity and promote the concept of the smart office among government offices.

Radenta President and CEO Randall Lozano said the G-Series includes the Government Resource Integrated Planning System (GRIPS), the Government Emergency Response and Assistance System (GEARS) and the Government Reconnaissance and Intelligent Defense (GRIDS).

Lozano said a smart office allows for an effective and efficient remote work environment because data is accessible at the click of a button. Collecting and disseminating information is a breeze as it can accommodate many people and places.

As an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, Lozano said Radenta GRIPS handles the functional aspects of government. “It is a fully customizable, comprehensive and scalable resource planning system, developed and integrated specifically with the Philippine government’s process framework in mind,” Lozano told BusinessMirror.

“GRIPS runs on Microsoft Dynamics 365 Finance and Supply Chain Management, GRIPS has modules including Budget, Procurement, Inventory, Fixed Assets, Project Tracking, Accounting, HRIS and Payroll. It can be deployed on-premises, hybrid or full cloud,” Lozano explained.

To help the government promote transparency in its operations, Lozano said GRIPS adheres to the rules, regulations and guidelines mandated by the Department of Budget and Management, the Public Procurement Policy Board or GPPB, the Procurement Commission. Audit and the Public Service Commission.

GEARS is an emergency management and coordination system that functions as an emergency response to deliver professional services through 24/7 contact management and scheduled reactive work order management through multiple modes of communication.

Lozano said that GEARS has four knowledge-intensive units, namely finance and accounting, business administration department and financial planning to support employees in paraplanning and administration departments and practice the remote computer network management services.

Lozano said GRIDS establishes a compliance foundation that helps managers make informed decisions about compliance efforts to successfully implement industry standards such as Sarbanes Oxley or IT industry compliance. payment cards, and SLA-governed deliverables ensure full transparency and quality.

Meanwhile, Oscar Visaya, Country Manager of Palo Alto Networks Philippines, urged the corporate sector to deploy state-of-the-art cybersecurity measures to counter ongoing threats from cybercriminals.

“With nearly 1.76 million local cyberattacks reported in the first quarter of 2021, businesses in the Philippines must adapt to more advanced cyber risks and perennial threats. To stay ahead of these threats, the race is now on for companies to leverage new tools and implement a fundamentally new approach,” Visaya said.

“We introduced this new approach through our ML-powered next-generation firewalls by harnessing the processing power of the cloud to enable online deep learning. We believe this is how network security will evolve in the coming years,” Visaya added.

Palo Alto recently launched its PAN-OS 10.2 Nebula which collects, analyzes and interprets potential zero-day threats in real time using online deep learning, a first in network security. This translates to six times faster prevention and 48% more evasive threats detected, surpassing anything previously available.


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