Software solutions provider eyes partnership with LGUs

Software solutions provider SAP Philippines sees opportunities for linkages as more and more local government units (LGUs) in the Philippines intend to go digital.

Global software solutions company SAP Philippines is exploring partnership opportunities to help usher in digital transformation among LGUs in the Philippines, BusinessWorld reports.

Blockchain technology alongside artificial intelligence, augmented reality, and Internet of Things are some of the technologies the company said LGUs can “tap to improve management of infrastructure, business processes, health care, and activities such as elections.”

In an interview with BusinessWorld, SAP Philippines Managing Director Edler R. Panlilio discussed how building “smart cities” will goad the bigger government to prioritize digital transformation.

“[I]f we can transform many of these local government units, our belief is it’s a catalyst for the bigger government to also transform. Kasi when they see that all of these units that we are governing nag-transform na tayo hindi pa (When they see all these local government units have transformed and they still haven’t), they might be forced to do it,” Panlilio said in the interview.

BusinessWorld also alluded to the company’s 2017 whitepaper that showed the causal relationship between government’s digital transformation and improvement of people’s lives.

“Successfully embracing the opportunities from new technologies and implementing the right initiatives will be the foundation of staying competitive and to become more efficient and effective in the future of government,” BusinessWorld quotes said report.

Panlilio echoed similar sentiments in the same interview mentioned earlier.

“What are the outcomes that you want to see? Basic services being rendered in an efficient way. Proper governance of public funds. Proper visibility of every government regulation as it flows down from that agency to citizens,” Panlilio said.

SAP Philippines is a subsidiary wholly owned by SAP AG, a company based in Germany which is a provider of applications and services. Through the years, SAP Philippines has enabled local companies to improve the way they do business by utilizing practical software solutions and new technologies.

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