Last March 21-23, 2012, Microsoft Philippines hosted an event in Manila dubbed as Who Dunn I.T, 2012, with the theme "Best Practices. Innovation. See How Professionals do I.T.” Its aim was to showcase some of the computer programs developed by Filipino software developers. The event attracted an estimated 50 Philippine startup companies, developers, and IT students
Tim Vergel de Dios, Microsoft Philippines Audience Marketing manager stated that “The Filipino community definitely has the inherent potential to become world-class innovators. Local developers and IT (Information Technology) professionals have demonstrated their skills in solving challenges and sharing their best IT practices, which other people may learn from and adapt in their own ways.”
Microsoft spearheaded the event to “bring together the best local IT talents and skilled developers who are vital in creating programs, software and solutions that aid businesses alike to have cost-effective productivity operations, ” De Dios further stressed.
Among the locally developed software programs that were showcased were ClarusCIS (Clinic Information System) and ClarusPHR (Patient Health Record) by Rhema Software Solutions Inc. These programs make it possible to easily track and monitor medical records of patients. It will be done in digital format and will allow users to save on paper. Patient’s records will then be accessible through any computer device.
ClausPHR wants to provide a holistic health care solution to the medical community. It also aims to protect the environment by reducing the amount of paper used in the medical industry, according to Adrian Ricky Torres, Managing Director of Rhema Software Solutions Inc.
The two programs allow for the easy transfer of information so that patients can consult with any doctor by simply uploading data from his or her ClarusPHR to the doctor’s ClarusCIS. At the same time, any doctor could also add information to the patient’s medical records for reference in the future.
My Geo Desk, the software developed in Davao city by Accelerate Desk Business Solutions was also featured in the event. It provides fleet tracking solution by using Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) technology.
This software can show a vehicle’s current location, speed, vehicle usage, and route through Google Maps. It also has a low-battery warning and an emergency alert that gives off a warning when the vehicle or the driver is in danger. Useful for Taxi and logistics companies and any organization that has a fleet of vehicles that has to be tracked.
My Geo Desk developer Simplicio Jison Jr. praised the event since it helped him meet other IT professionals in the country and he was able share ideas and practices with them. Jison further stated that “Microsoft technologies fit the needs of the IT community and this empowers us to become globally-competitive in the field of IT.”
Microsoft Philippines also demonstrated their latest innovation software at the WHO DUNN I.T. 2012 event.
The participants were welcomed by John Bessey, Managing Director of Microsoft Philippines, who gave the opening talk at the WHO DUNN I.T. 2012 event. He stated in an interview that Microsoft aims to showcase all locally grown technology solutions to provide inspiration to other software developers and in the process, create innovative solutions.
This event is actually part of Microsoft’s national plan of Citizenship that is geared “to increase productivity capacity of businesses by giving them access to innovative and locally-developed software best adapted to their specific needs,” according to a Microsoft press release.
With the success of Who Dunn I.T, 2012, De Dios revealed that “it won’t be a surprise if the next groundbreaking computer technology could be labeled "Made in the Philippines". It will be interesting to see if the Philippines will really come up with a groundbreaking computer technology in the near future.