MANILA, Philippines – Software companies have expressed support for Philippine initiatives to adapt open source technology.
Big names in the software business, including IBM, Microsoft and Sun Microsystems, are participating in the Philippine Open Source Summit (POSS) which opens Monday, June 23, and ends tomorrow, June 24, in Cebu City.
Some 500 delegates from across the world are expected to participate in the two-day summit which coincides with the Cebu Business Month activities.
Once considered as “competitors" of open source, many of the large multinational software companies have also started to integrate open source software in their solutions.
“Open Source is a hot topic, both to the public and with many customers. It offers both potential benefits such as cost savings and flexibility, and potential challenges such as support and maturity," said James Velasquez, Country General Manager, IBM Philippines.
In the last decade, IBM Corporation has been developing solutions around open source, including Linux, Apache, Eclipse and other open source projects.
Sun Microsystems also supports the open source initiative with its OpenSolaris project. Sun Microsystems Philippines has been offering free training and seminars to local developers to spur local software development using open source.
For its part, software giant Microsoft is likewise opening its arms to open source. Microsoft Philippines platform strategy manager Abet Dela Cruz will participate in a dialogue in the summit regarding the collaborative nature of the technology.
Summit organizers and supporters of open source worldwide believe that a community of users, stakeholders, and developers will contribute to developments in open source technology.
Open source has become successful because of community involvement and participation especially in operating systems such as Linux and Apache, and internet browser Mozilla Firefox.
The summit aims to help local business see the benefits of integrating open source in their information technology (IT) systems.
“We believe that open source technology can effectively address the IT concerns of business enterprises here in the Philippines that require world-class solutions to compete meaningfully in today’s hyper-competitive marketplace," POSS summit director Bonifacio Belen said in a statement.
Winston Damarillo, a venture capitalist and executive chairman of Exist Global, will provide and overview of how Philippines and other Asian enterprises are leveraging open source software to cost-effectively enhance processes and competitiveness.
Damarillo, a successful technology entrepreneur, has founded several open source startups, including Gluecode Software and Logicblaze. These two startups were later acquired by IBM and Iona Technologies (NASDAQ: IONA), respectively.