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    Mapua UniversityHuawei scholarship tie up

    Huawei Technologies Philippines Inc. has announced its scholarship agreement with Mapúa University via a virtual launch ceremony.

    The pilot scholarship grant will cover full tuition that will benefit 3rd year to 5th year engineering students majoring in Electronics Engineering, Computer Science, Information Technology, and Computer Engineering.

    Mapúa has been a longstanding partner of Huawei, having delivered the storage course as part of the Huawei ICT Academy. In the past, graduating Mapúans also interned at Huawei, and Huawei participated in the university’s career fairs.

    Interested students may contact the Mapúa Scholarship Office throughout December and avail of the scholarship as early as the following term.  

    Globe taps AWS for digital transformation, better service

    Globe Telecom has tapped Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS) to accelerate its digital transformation and improve customer experience.

    AWS, an Amazon.com company, said Globe has moved majority of its technology infrastructure to AWS to accelerate its digital transformation and improve customer experience.

    Globe is drawing on AWS’s broad and deep portfolio of cloud services, including compute, databases, analytics, machine learning and customer engagement, to enrich the lives of Filipinos by connecting more communities to the internet to enable them access to digital finance, health care and education services.

    Globe has so far migrated carrier-grade and mission-critical applications, including contact center operations, customer analytics, network and service assurance systems, and infrastructure operations, monitoring and security, from its on-premises data centers to AWS.

    By leveraging AWS, Globe reduced the time required to provision new infrastructure resources from more than two months to less than two days, increased app performance by 15x, and reduced infrastructure maintenance and operation costs by 30 percent.

    Rakuten Viber closes out a stellar decade

    Viber, one of the world’s leading apps for free and easy communication, rings in 10 years of bringing a new kind of messaging platform to people across the globe, one that values its users’ privacy just as it values mobile technology.

    To mark a decade of lifetime connections, Viber tops off its celebration by giving back to the users who made it all possible, offering millions of gifts inside its Wheel of Fortune chatbot.

    Filipino Viber users who spin the Wheel of Fortune will get the chance to win 10 percent off discount from Lazada, 1GB mobile data from Globe Telecom, one-month subscription of iWantTFC, rewards from Share Treats, and a slot to their favorite music artist’s virtual hangout courtesy of MCA Music.

    Apart from launching the Wheel of Fortune, Viber earlier released Heroes of Viber, a mini-video series that brought its users to the spotlight by featuring 14 unique stories of how the app impacted people’s lives around the world.  Among the featured Viber heroes are Filipino superadmins KG Sison and Celina Payawal, whose Communities became two of the most popular ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Forum highlights Malayan Insurance relevant protection

    Instead of celebrating its 90th founding anniversary this year, Malayan Insurance Co. Inc. has pursued strategies and executed campaigns to innovate and improve the customer experience of its clients.

    Paolo  Abaya, Malayan president and chief executive officer,  said  “the key for business resilience would be innovation and execution of well-thought out plans, which has kept us in this business for nine wonderful decades.”

    At the recent YGC CEO Forum recently, Abaya said the local insurance industry will continue to remain resilient despite the uncertainties and risks that may come in the coming months. The non-life insurer’s willingness to adapt and innovate will be key factors for companies to thrive and grow.

    “In this business, only the strongest and most flexible survives, and our commitment to service as well as the Yuchengco Group of Companies (YGC) core values will continue to be the defining aspects that separate us from our competitors,” said Abaya.

    “Whether it’s about selling products, filing of claims, or collecting premiums, digital is the way to go,” Abaya said.

    “This has been the trend for the last decade, but the pandemic has catapulted the importance of digital systems right into the forefront of any business,” Abaya added.

    “We also have tie-ups with online payment platforms and we have been in constant communication with our clients and intermediaries to convince them to shift to our digital issuance and payment facilities,” he stated.

    TravelRevive opens in Singapore

    Singapore played host to TravelRevive, the first international travel tradeshow to take place physically in the Asia Pacific during COVID-19.

    Welcoming 65 international attendees from 14 countries, including the Philippines, TravelRevive is the first pilot tradeshow to trial the newly developed hybrid even’—that is, a blending of virtual and physical event elements while retaining the live aspect—and tradeshow prototype for safe business events, safe itineraries, and digital enablers in Singapore. It leads the way for the resumption of such events with rigorous protocols and innovative solutions, reimagining the future of MICE—meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions—in the current COVID-19 situation.

    “Following the disruptions inflicted by the COVID-19 pandemic, this event is a small but significant step forward for Singapore tourism, paving the way for a safe yet enjoyable travel experience for future visitors to Singapore,” said Ruby Liu, Area Director, Philippines, Singapore Tourism Board (STB).

    To best prepare Singapore for phased resumption of leisure travel, STB has also been working closely with industry stakeholders to establish a framework guide for tourism businesses, including travel agents, in developing safe itineraries, from virtual tours with hands on in-hotel activities to private museum visits and more.

    Among those who got first-hand experience of this model are four tourism delegates from the Philippines. The four-member team was able to try out a well-planned itinerary consisting of popular tourist spots, that were assessed and instilled with safety measures, such as Gardens by the Bay, Night Safari, and a Vespa tour, even.

    UnionBank to pioneer Data Science Factory model

    Union Bank of the Philippines seeks to leverage SAP Data Intelligence to create a new banking model that will support more customer-centric services.

    The bank aims to utilize digital technology to create the first known “Data Science Factory” model in Southeast Asia’s financial sector. This model will help UnionBank realize superior business management, improve how its internal processes run, and have a better end-to-end perspective of all its operations.

    “Being a digital bank means having more data. We need to ensure that there is strong governance behind our processes to ensure that the data-building has been validated and verified. We need to assure that whatever solutions or services we deploy are of the highest regard to fulfill our responsibilities to our customers,” said Dr. David Hardoon, senior adviser for Data and Artificial Intelligence of UnionBank.

    SAP Data Intelligence already provided the bank the necessities they need to create and integrate the digital model into their systems. It helps them innovate in exciting ways, but in a resilient, governed, and secure manner, added Hardoon.

    With the data solution supporting the bank’s new digital model, the data gathered will help in each customer account’s hyper-personalization. It supports them and the bank to better grasp their financial capabilities and understand the support they would need for whatever goal they want to achieve. Personalizing these accounts can also help the bank fulfill its responsibilities, such as providing loans or managing savings with ease while protecting its customers’ privacy.

    JobStreet now allows free job posting

    Online job portal JobStreet  introduces Lite Ad, a free and convenient job posting service for hirers. This feature is simple to use and will help hirers expand their recruitment to millions of talents visiting the platform monthly.

    Lite Ad gives registered JobStreet employers the opportunity to post a job ad with a 30-day validity period and access to the Philippines’ largest talent pool for free.

    JobStreet partnered with TM, a cellular service brand of Globe Telecom, to provide free access to its platform.

    Candidates who are TM users get free 1GB of data for JobStreet app or website when registering to EasySURF50, valid for three days. Jobseekers can now browse thousands of jobs available here and abroad.