Open source software are applications released on a license that encourages sharing, collaboration and building on the works of others.

With developers using open-source components, building on top of these components and making money from it there’s definitely good business in open source.

As a lot of companies are adopting and using open source as a means to save cost, they, they don’t contribute and extend open source software. That’s a niche where Cebu software developers and engineers can come in; invest in development within the global open-source community.

Especially on the business case for cloud computing, the term for utility computing done over the Internet, Cebu’s potential can be huge; its development very fast in achieving what could be staggering figures for the island province IT-BPO sector.

Cloud computing reduces the operational costs for companies as it reduces a company’s reliance on hiring and building an internal IT department, with equipment and personnel. Also, cloud computing reduces obsolescence because companies no longer have to deal with upgrades since their cloud service provider does it for them.

The earthquake and tsunami in Japan provided a testament to the resilience of cloud computing. Telephone and mobile phone networks went down; power lines went down, however the Internet in Japan didn’t go off-line.

What happened in Japan is a strong testament that if business operations are based in the cloud, there’s no worry in regards to business continuity in the face of disaster. Because when the data centers in Japan failed, data traffic has been to US centers.

Cloud computing makes sound business sense. Cyclical business processes like processing taxes and payroll make sense being moved to the cloud.

There is an opportunity for cloud computing in the Philippines. Most of the industries here are growing and everyone is leveraging on technology to be able to scale, to be able to do things faster, to be more efficient, and to be less costly. And that’s certainly within the cloud model.

There is cause to be cautious as everybody wants to go to the cloud; the problems are it may not be for everyone and it’s not a very easy transition. Do due diligence and know what it is and what it can do for one’s company operations. Don’t just go and buy the next cloud solution even if one has the resources. Test it. Use a public cloud. See how it can help grow and scale then organization before starting investments.

Venture capitalists have also started to take notice of Cebu-based start-ups. Cloud computing democratizes access to technology, which is a great thing for startups. Before, a staging server, a development server may be required but through cloud computing, these server equipments can be just rented. One pays only for what one needs and what is used.



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