Technology adoption and transformation plays a vital role in boosting the competitiveness of local businesses and industries particularly the micro, small and medium enterprises sector. This is the message of Acer Philippines’ TECHonomy Forum, held in Cebu for its second stop after a Manila launch.
“MSMEs have significantly contributed to the country’s economy by creating jobs and opportunities at the grassroots level,” said Carren Garcia, Acer Philippines senior commercial sales manager. “We believe, the best way we can support the growth and expansion of this sector and other industries is to introduce to them the benefits of technology transformation.”
In the latest national statistics from the Department of Trade and Industry, Central Visayas has the fourth most number of MSMEs in the country with more than 50,000 enterprises. These provide jobs for more than 200,000 workers according to the Philippine Senate.
“Cebu has sustained its economic growth not just because of tourism, but also due to its immense capacity to incubate businesses driven by a creative and dynamic talent pool,” said Garcia. Garcia said the TECHonomy Forum aims to support Cebu’s economy by offering a “value-adding thought leadership platform. Here, local businesses and stakeholders can exchange knowledge and ideas on the benefits of digital transformation and innovation.”
With the adoption of automation and data sciences as an industry standard in the coming years, digital transformation has become an urgent necessity for businesses. Acer Philippines underscored its commitment to help Cebu CEOs and entrepreneurs through TECHonomy in overcoming the challenges of innovation and technology adoption.
“Technology has leveled the playing field for everyone,” said Gibson Lin, global chief trainer for Acer Cloud Technology. “The best businesses are now the ones who actively utilize innovations like cloud and Internet of Things to gain customer insights and streamline operations among others. Our thrust is to enable businesses to unlock new possibilities through the infusion of software, hardware, and services.”
Hosted by Acer Philippines and Microsoft Philippines, the TECHonomy Forum 2017 is the first forum of its kind in the country that tackles the role of technology in economics.