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How cloud computing will benefit the Philippnes and other ASEAN countries?
By Yrda Veanssa Sy Fernandez - 8 Oct 2017,3:30am

How cloud computing will benefit the Philippnes and other ASEAN countries?

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Microsoft has released the 4IR: 4ASEAN and 4theFuture to give the Filipinos a full grasp of the case studies about cloud computing conducted by the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore.

Cloud computing is computing on the Internet. Cloud computing is fast becoming the norm for businesses and organizations in ASEAN that want to remain competitive compared to their peers in China and the West. Compared to conventional computing, it offers many benefits such as considerable savings because it has no any requirement of expensive capital investments for servers, maintenance, and replacements. It also has unlimited computing power and flexibility that allow users to scale up or down depending on their needs.

Cloud computing democratizes access to technology, as users can pay for only what they use. It protects the users from the loss of data through more robust disaster recovery and ensures automatic software security updates. Furthermore, the cloud allows for greater collaboration among teams and better control of documents while giving employees flexibility to work from anywhere.

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These case studies conducted by Microsoft references to the Fourth Industrial Revolution. They look at key data about the readiness of these nations to adopt widespread cloud computing as well as potential barriers to digital transformation. The case studies presented look at cloud solutions and best practices of other nations, some of the advanced countries like Japan, United Kingdom, and the United States, that can work for ASEAN.

 “Cloud computing is at the heart of the current technology revolution and digital transformation going on in ASEAN. This is why it’s imperative to look into the trends and best practices of other nations so that we can adapt more readily to the what is increasingly digital global economy,” said Dr. Astrid S. Tuminez, Reginal Director for Corporate, External, and Legal Affairs for Microsoft Southeast Asia.

Undersecretary for Special Concerns of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), Ret. Gen. Eliseo M. Rio Jr., has cited the problems on the current speed and usage of the Internet in the country in this public plenary event.

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Dr. Eduardo Araral, Vice Dean of Research for the cloud computing in the Philippines; Dr. Reuben Ng, Assistant Professor for the cloud computing in Singapore and; Dr. Vu Minh Khuong, Associate Professor for the cloud computing in Myanmar and Vietnam, all from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in National University of Singapore, authored the A Cloud for Doing Good: A Technology for All in ASEAN have also presented and explained in the event their findings of their case study on each of the ASEAN country assigned to them.

“It is wonderful to celebrate ASEAN’s 50th anniversary this year. It is clear that cloud computing offers considerable opportunities for both governments and businesses in the region. This study should spark a lively conversation on the barriers that ASEAN member states need to overcome so that new technologies can do, be used more to empower citizens, grow national economies, and ensure that ASEAN stays vibrant region for its next 50 years. Microsoft is committed to doing its share to empower everyone with a secure, responsible, and inclusive cloud,” added Tuminez.

To download the paper entitled A Cloud for Doing Good: A Technology Revolution for All in ASEAN, visit the Microsoft Philippines News Center.