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TM Forum CEO Nik Willetts keynotes Globe Innovation Forum

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TM Forum CEO Nik Willetts challenged communication service providers (CSPs) to capitalize on the value of digitalization and shared how companies can effectively transform digitally during his keynote speech at the recently concluded Globe Innovation Forum held in The Globe Tower, Taguig City.

Willetts, as head of the leading association driving digital business transformation in the communications industry, noted that CSPs today are failing to leverage the value of digitalization to their own advantage, most evident in the decrease of wireless and wireline revenues despite the upsurge of total industry earnings. For instance, although the total industry revenue increased from $3.3 trillion in 2010 to $3.8 trillion in 2015, wireless and wireline revenues declined from 58% to 47%. While total industry earnings is projected to climb to $4.4 trillion by 2018, wireless and wireline operations would only account for 45%.

To fully realize the benefits of the digital revolution, Willetts urged CSPs to embrace transformation in two directions, namely Digital Ecosystem Enablement (DEE) and Digital Services Provisioning (DSP). “Service providers must not only rely on traditional sources of revenue or on provider-controlled customer interaction but must also develop a highly-automated digital infrastructure where customers are able to self-serve in rich multi-play capabilities and provide digital channels that dominate customer interactions,” Willetts said.

He also stressed the worth of recognizing and confronting customer demand for holistic transformation of the entire business as telcos embark on their own digital transformation journeys. Emphasizing that Open Application Program Interfaces (APIs) are an essential element of digital transformation and rapid growth, he asserted the relevance of TM Forum’s suite of Open APIs, which are now being used to enable a range of business scenarios, including internally enabling CSPs to transform their IT and operational agility to become more customer-centric, and externally delivering a practical approach to co-creation and seamless end-to-end management of complex digital services. In step towards enabling digitally connected ecosystems across the industry, Globe recently signed the Open API Manifesto which is expected to result in better customer experience and improved cost efficiency.

 

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The Globe Innovation Forum (GIF) is one of the three major events that mark the annual celebration of the Globe Innovation Month. The forum is a two-day event where Globe employees can learn new and emerging technologies to strengthen the culture of innovation within the company. On its fourth year, with the theme, Beyond Technology: The Road to Digital Transformation, Globe once again joined hands with its trusted technology partners to bring cutting edge innovations and insights on how strategy, technology, and people can come together to create a Globe of Good thru stirring exhibits and activities, a thought-provoking plenary, and over 50 breakout sessions.

 

Globe Chief Information Officer Pebbles Sy-Manalang emphasized the company is keen on creating a culture of continuous innovation from within as this translates to strategies on how to best serve customers in today’s fast-changing digital world. “The ongoing digital revolution redefines how we provide relevant products and services that will allow our customers to harness existing technologies to their own advantage. And the challenge is to constantly reinvent ourselves so we can continue living up to our mission of creating wonderful experiences for people,” she said.

 

Globe Innovation Month also featured Mindbrew Sessions, a series of talks to keep Globe employees abreast with disruptive technologies delivered by thought leaders that shape today’s digital landscape. These thought leaders include Innovantage CEO Gian De La Rama, Ericsson Business Development Head Edwin Ubalde, Zalora CEO Paulo Campos, Grab PH Country Manager Brian Cu, Mynt CEO John Rubio, GXI CEO Abet Tinio, and Virtualahan beneficiary Gerry Gelle.

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In addition, the event also served as the launching pad of several interactive prototypes thru its Hack for a Nation, a 24-hour hackathon aimed at building mobile and web applications that would support nation building initiatives from a telco-oriented approach. Team OhMyGenie, composed of Jomar Luguit, Christopher Fernandez, and Rodrigo Aquino, Jr., bested over 40 other contenders and took home the grand prize of P75, 000 plus mentorship from Globe Telecom for developing a cloud-based platform that lets users outsource everyday task while at the same time providing job opportunities.

 

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Innovation: An Enabler of Sustainability #SAP, #Globe share How #Technology Helps Ensure Sustainable Future   

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Nowadays, more and more consumers and businesses take on sustainability as a strategic imperative to unlock competitive and growth opportunities. In a recent report, PricewaterhouseCoopers noted that 43 percent of CEOs in the Philippines included climate change and environmental damage in their strategic risk management activities.

But what does innovation have to do with sustainability? How does it help enable companies to become more sustainable?

In the recently held Globe Innovtalks, in collaboration with SAP SE (NYSE: SAP), Simone Pigason, Head of Digital, Resilient, and Sustainable Supply Chain of SAP Southeast Asia, and Ivan Curada, Cloud Engineer at Globe’s Information Systems Group (ISG), shared how innovations can help Philippine businesses pursue sustainability in today’s world.

Innovation in Supply Chains

Nowadays, most greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions originate from businesses’ supply chains. A 2020 study by non-profit charity CDP revealed that emissions from the supply chain are about 11.4 times greater than those from operations, making up at least 92 percent of the whole GHG emitted by a business.

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Simone Pigason noted that digitalizing supply chains help organizations reduce their carbon emissions to become more sustainable. What’s more, this enables supply chains to be agile, productive, and connected, thus resilient to future disruptions.

“The global health crisis has shown businesses the importance of having resilient supply chains. And as various disruptions still happen globally, resilient supply chains are a must to provide consumers consistently with the goods and services they need,” said Pigason.

Pigason added that SAP has two sustainability enablers that allow businesses to track their sustainability efforts.

First, the Sustainability Control Tower automates the report of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) impacts and GHG emissions of businesses. Operating in a single dashboard, it also keeps track of emission levels from various areas. Through the Sustainability Control Tower, businesses can see what parts of the Philippines have the most carbon emissions.

Secondly, the Plastics Warrior is a gamification process by SAP, which motivates consumers to recycle more. Aside from notifying supermarket shoppers about their plastic use, it utilizes advanced analytics to learn about a retail company’s plastic waste. With the help of Plastics Warrior, businesses can enable Filipino citizens to recycle more.

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Innovation in the Workplace    

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According to Curada, Globe generates at least 4,000 memos each month, with an average of five pages. If these are printed on paper, it consumes around 20,000 sheets or 40 reams per month. Recent research by Benoit Cushman-Roisin and Bruna Tanaka Cremonini revealed that 16.67 reams of paper are produced from a single tree, which takes years to grow.

To minimize paper consumption and enable faster approval processes, Curada explained how Globe digitalized its memos through its own system called memo.ph. This system drastically cut paper use in the company.

“This serverless application digitalizes our memo approval processes to allow us to save at least two trees every month. It also offers templates to make memo creation as easy as possible while using an open-source library, so you are not paying for any license to make this application possible,” added Curada.

Pigason could not agree more about utilizing technology in innovating the workplace.

“To become more sustainable, organizations must be able to digitalize their traditional processes. All these solutions and applications prove how technologies can help build a sustainable future in today’s world,” she said.

Visit the SAP News Center. Follow SAP on Twitter at @SAPNews.

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#MerryGCash: Up to P300,000 now up for grabs in the last draw of GCash’s Lucky Load promo #GCash

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Get ready to greet the new year with a bang as GCash is giving buy load users a chance to win up to P300,000 in the last draw of its Lucky Load promo, which gives customers a chance to win a portion of a weekly pot prize by purchasing load and playing their earned tickets.

 

In the past weeks from November 21, 2022, thirteen buy load users have already won thousands of pesos, making their Christmas holidays a merrier experience, indeed!

 

GCash customers just need to keep on using the Buy Load feature until December 28, 2022, so that they get one ticket entry for every P50.  Participants should bear in mind that the number of tickets will be rounded down. For example, if the load amount is P70 or P99, this will only earn you one ticket entry. So, why not spend some more and save that load for when you need it?

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Once a GCash user gets the ticket, they can select 6 icons from a roster of 30 icons. After picking the six icons, the user can submit the ticket entry. To win, a player must have six matched icons, in no particular order, to the winning draw.

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For the past weeks, the prize of P150,000 has been divided equally among all users with the corresponding number of matched icons. And since there were no winners during the 4th weekly draw, the prize was added to the pot of the final draw.

 

If there’s still no winners during the last draw, the remaining pot prize will be raffled off to 500 lucky winners on December 29, 2022. Winners will be posted on the GCash official Facebook page on or before January 10, 2023

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Thanks to GCash, anyone can get a chance to enjoy even better holidays with more money to spend on shopping, travel, or some self-care, that’s why it’s important to buy more load to earn more tickets and have more chances to win up to P300,000.

 

The GCash app is available for free on the Google Play Store, App Store, and HuaweiApp Gallery. For more information, visit www.gcash.com.

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Vertiv Offers Scalable Busbar Power Distribution System for Data Centers and Other Dynamic Environments #Vertiv

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Vertiv Powerbar iMPB enables uninterrupted additions, upgrades and service without using floorspace

a global provider of critical digital infrastructure and continuity solutions, continues the expansion of its power distribution portfolio with the availability of Vertiv Powerbar iMPB, a modular busbar system designed to enable seamless, on-demand power upgrades in dynamic data center environments. Available in both copper and aluminum conductor offerings, the Vertiv Powerbar iMPB family features capacities from 160 amps to 1,000 amps and delivers reliable overhead power distribution, with the inherent benefit of also maximizing cooling airflow. The system is ideal for use in almost any size or style of data center, as well as laboratories, distribution warehouses, adaptable manufacturing plants and other dynamic environments. The Vertiv Powerbar iMPB is available in North America, Latin America, Asia – including Australia and New Zealand, India, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

 

The busway system allows businesses to cost-effectively optimize and adapt power distribution infrastructure over time, maximizing availability through continuous power delivery to critical loads. User-friendly tap-off boxes with breaker protection can be placed anywhere along the busway and isolate active IT loads and nearby branch breakers to ensure continuous power delivery. The adaptive busbar comes with a simple sandwich-style joint pack construction that makes installation secure and easy, with no special tooling required. The Vertiv Powerbar iMPB includes a variety of capacity and connection configurations to allow for adjustments and upgrades with minimal outside support and no loss of power to critical loads. 

Vertiv Offers Scalable Busbar Power Distribution System for Data Centers and Other Dynamic Environments #Vertiv

“As more and more devices are added and higher rack densities become commonplace, space is at a premium in today’s data centers,” said Phil O’Doherty, managing director, E&I at Vertiv. “The power infrastructure must keep pace, which means being scalable and quick to deploy. The Vertiv Powerbar iMPB delivers on all fronts with a modular, easy-to-install system that is compact and flexible enough to meet constantly changing demands.”

 

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The VertivPowerbar iMPB is UL 857 and IEC 61439-2 compliant, and the lightweight aluminum busway track chassis has an IP2X/3X safety rating with integrated finger-safe capabilities and ground-first/break-last design to ensure maximum safety while servicing. With both copper and recyclable aluminum conductor options, the busbar can be configured to meet the conductivity and safety requirements of any installation.

“Today’s dynamic IT environments require enterprises to be more flexible and scalable in managing IT equipment. The Vertiv Powerbar iMPB solves our customers’ power distribution and uptime needs without the need for complex cabling. Not only does it provide savings in the long term, but also simplifies data center design and deployment, and eases cooling airflow,” said Arunangshu Chattopadhyay, director, AC Power and power distribution, at Vertiv Asia.

The Vertiv Powerbar iMPB, a mature offering from Vertiv’s E&I brand, will supersede the previous Vertiv™ Liebert® MBX busway product that was available in North America and EMEA, and is compatible with the previous offering. The Vertiv Powerbar iMPB solution complements the Vertiv™ E&I switchgear range to provide a complete power distribution solution.

 

For more information about the Vertiv Powerbar iMPB and other data center power solutions, visit Vertiv.com

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