By Jade Dela Cruz Miguel
MANILA, June 26 (PNA) — The Philippine Software Industry Association (PSIA), in coordination with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), launched the first-ever SOFTECH.PH, the Philippine Software Engineering Conference that gathered all Filipino software engineers Thursday in Taguig City.
“The time is right for SOFTECH 2014 in the Philippines, a high-level software engineering and technology conference like no other. As a leading provider of software development services to the global market, this will certainly add to the wealth of Filipino software engineering talent,” PSIA President and Chairman of SOFTECH.PH.
The conference under the theme, “Building the Internet of Things”, aims to gather software engineers and educators which spans more than 60,000 Filipino software professionals across the country. The conference discusses the latest software engineering strategies and cutting-edge tactics in their field.
Around 300 delegates graced the event which comprised of business owners, C-level executives, and other senior managerial directors who are geared for a whole-day event filled with talks about software business, talent and startups.
SOFTECH.PH has invited experts to share their knowledge and experiences to budding software professionals through three different learning tracks which include live demos, question and answer segments and panel discussions focused on learning how to apply a “people-oriented approach” to Internet software projects; how to create Internet software solutions, and how cross-platform development tools make the Internet a very important asset for everyday living.
Being a highly technical conference as Gurango said, SOFTECH.PH is expected to be a gathering for geeks without matters pertaining to marketing and sales.
“SOFTECH 2014 will be a real geek-fest. No sales talk, no marketing jargon, no BS. Software engineering session, by software engineers, for software engineers,” Gurango further noted.
Meanwhile, Engr. Denis Villorente, DOST-Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI) director, said that there has been an improved delivery of government services through software.
Villorente further gave updates on Information and Communications Technology (ICT) governance announcing the partnership of DOST with the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), the National and Economic Development Authority (NEDA), and the ICT Office as DOST’s technical arm which is institutionalized by Medium-Term Information and Communication Technology Harmonization Initiative (MITHI) that would provide venues for government agencies to plan and prioritize their ICT initiatives.
Aside from the aforementioned update on ICT services, Villorente also noted the establishment of government cloud services which will become operational by February next year.
Villorente said that he hopes to see more participation coming from local ICT companies which would help government agencies in “identifying mechanisms and bridging gaps” in government transactions. (PNA)