Monday, August 13, 2018

Shopee Goes Cashless, Offers 72 hours of Free Shipping in Time for the Grand Launch of Shopee Gadget Zone

To make online shopping quicker and convenient for all users in the Philippines, Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, is launching credit card payments on August 13. On the same day, Shopee will also celebrate going cashless with the grand launch of Shopee Gadget Zone, its new in-app portal featuring Lowest Price Guaranteed on a diverse assortment of premium tech products from top brands. Shopee users can enjoy 15% discount when paying with credit card up until Sept 8.

In addition, credit card holders from banks including the Bank of Philippine Islands (BPI), Citibank, Philippines Savings Bank (PSBank), Philippine National Bank (PNB), Robinsons Bank, and Maybank can enjoy 15% off on Shopee’s Bank of the Day promotions starting August 20.

Jane Lim, Director of Shopee Philippines said, “Credit card payments will provide users safer and faster transactions on Shopee, matching our promise to bring a convenient online shopping experience tailored to the needs of Filipinos. We are thrilled to launch credit card payments with the grand launch of Shopee Gadget Zone, which has been well-received since its inception. More users can now buy their favourite tech products at even better prices and with this launch, Shopee takes another step towards becoming the top online shopping destination in the Philippines.”

Pay by credit card to save even more at grand launch of Shopee Gadget Zone!

At the same time, the grand launch of Shopee Gadget Zone will feature superb deals across four electronics categories, namely TVs, mobile phones, laptops and tablets, and tech accessories. Users can enjoy Lowest Price Guaranteed with up to 99% off a wide assortment of premium products from leading brands including Apple, Samsung, Philips, and many more. To offer users even more incredible deals, Shopee will also run five exclusive flash sales on August 13 with a mind-blowing 99% off dream electronic products including the Apple iPad, Xbox One S, Xiaomi Redmi 6A and many more.

Shopee Gadget Zone is Shopee’s dedicated in-app portal devoted to all things tech, featuring  different tech products from TV, tablets, accessories, consoles and mobile phones from leading brands like Samsung, Oppo, Vivo at Lowest Price Guaranteed. Users can also find the newest flagship phones in the market like the Samsung Note 9, Oppo F9 and Find X, Honor Play and the hotly-anticipated Xiaomi Pocophone F1. In addition, Check out #ShopeeGadgetZone to see who’s joining the hype on the most exciting tech sale ever!

In addition to the launch of credit card and the grand launch of Shopee Gadget Zone, Shopee will also be holding its monthly Orange Day sale from August 13 to 15 featuring waves of flash deals across different categories, ₱80 deals, all day vouchers, exclusive bundles with up to 90% discount, and 72 hours of free shipping.

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Friday, August 3, 2018

Microsoft Brings Digital Transformation to the C-Suite

Microsoft is leading the discussion on digital transformation in the Philippines. The tech leader held several C-level roundtable discussions on the impact and necessity of digital transformation in today’s modern business environment. These discussions were attended by CEOs, CTOs, CFOs, CMOs, and CHROs from industries such as banking, professional services, retail, education, real estate, power & utilities, and telecommunications.

Microsoft is committed to helping leaders understand the economic implications of digital transformation in the society. Digital Transformation is emerging as a key driver of sweeping change across industries globally. More than a mere buzzword, it now has the capacity to significantly improve business revenue and create broader social good,” said Christian Lim, Chief Operating Officer of Microsoft Philippines.

At the CEO Round Table event, Microsoft took a closer look at the economic impact of digital transformation in the Philippines. Andrea Della Mattea, Area President (APAC) for Microsoft, reported that the impact of digital products and services to the economy of SEA nations will skyrocket from 6% to a staggering 48% by 2021. This growth will result to an economic increase of more than $60 billion. But more than the rise of revenue and decrease in costs in businesses, digital transformation also has the capability of improving consumers’ lives and bringing about social good.
The highlight of these discussions was the different perspectives and insights from organizations like Union Bank, PhilCare, and Rustan Coffee Corporation, to name a few. UnionBank executives: Edwin Bautista, Director, Chief Executive Officer, Henry Aguda, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Transformation officer and Arvie De Vera, First Vice President, Head of Fintech Group, shared the secret to the success of their work on digitizing finance. Aiming to resolve the problem of financial inclusion, UnionBank called in futurists and tech experts to helpreach out to remote communities and give them access to financial tools.

As Microsoft gears up to host another series of C-level roundtable discussion this August, it remains focused on supporting business leaders in their journey towards shaping better opportunities for business and society through innovation.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Microsoft joins DICT in Empowering the Filipino Through Digital Transformation at National ICT Summit 2018 in Davao City

“Empowering the Filipino through Digital Transformation”. That is the theme of this year’s National Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Summit held in Davao City. The summit is the culminating event of a month long celebration of ICT in the Philippines.

Since 2008, June of every year has been celebrated as ICT Month by virtue of Proclamation No. 1521, series of 2008. This is in recognition of the power of ICT as a strategic tool in governance, in delivering government services, and in driving economic growth.

The National ICT Summit was well attended, with over 500 government executives, ICT managers and practitioners, local government officials, academics, the private sector, students, and ICT industry players participating in the event.

Gracing the event was none other than President Rodrigo Roa Duterte who was guest of honor and speaker at the two-day summit.”

President Rodrigo R. Duterte with the delegates of the NICT Summit 2018. In the photo are keynote speakers from Microsoft Philippines, Joanna Rodriguez, Public Sector Director and Atty. Raul Cortez, Corporate, External and Legal Affairs Director. (Photo courtesy of CIOFF Foundation, Inc)

A faster and more efficient Government

In today’s digital world, it’s clear how huge ICT’s role is in the development of government services. Throughout the entire month of June, the DICT showcased projects that harnessed ICT to improve the efficiency of government processes that positively impact the Filipino public. From seminars, conferences, fora, focus group discussions, to technical trainings, there was no shortage of activities that presented and discussed emerging ICT technologies, products, services and new paradigms.

At the summit, the DICT showcased how ICT transforms the way government flagship and mission-critical projects such as the bold "Build, Build, Build" Program and the "Ambisyon Nation 2040" are efficiently implemented, monitored and managed.

To empower the Filipino, the government is looking to ICT to improve access to accurate information and develop more efficient services. This is through complementing government ICT plans, programs, policies, guidelines and standards affecting processes and the delivery of information and services to the people.

Digital transformation, cybersecurity, and AI

Also present at the National ICT summit was Microsoft, a digital transformation leader who presented global best ICT practices, emerging technology solutions, tools and paradigms that will allow the Philippines to leap-frog development stages.

In a keynote presentation, Microsoft Philippines discussed the economic impact of digital transformation, the hidden costs of cybersecurity, the future that is artificial intelligence, as well as the value of ICT in the development of the country. 

“ICT remains a core component in the transformation and development of the Philippines. As the world moves toward a more digital way of life, so must our country. Technology is the great equalizer, and the key towards reaching our full potential,” said Christian Lim, Country COO - Microsoft Philippines.

As the country embraces digital technologies, Microsoft urged attendees to be vigilant and reminded them of the value of cybersecurity -- in terms of economic loss and loss of trust. Similar to the Comelec breach in 2016, breaches can come from anywhere, so it is extremely important the government’s data is secure.

Moreover, AI is a technology that is becoming more pervasive and can be a big contributor to the Philippines’ digital transformation. In particular, Microsoft highlighted conversational AI, such as chatbots, and how it is already making waves around the world. In fact, AI is already being utilized to serve local communities in other Asian nations like China and Japan.

Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio testing the virtual reality features of the Hololens as showcased by Ellinov, a Microsoft partner. Microsoft Philippines leadership team was present as well to welcome the Mayor. (Photo courtesy of CIOFF Foundation, Inc)

“Microsoft is all about empowering people and organizations with technology. So it goes without saying that we are staunch supporters of the administration and the DICT’s mission to empower Filipinos through digital transformation,” said Lim. “Through the digital transformation of our government processes, we don’t just address operational inefficiencies, but create meaningful economic impact as well, leading to further development of the Philippines.”