Samsung Philippines was voted as “IT Company of the Year” by the IT Journalists Association of the Philippines, also known as Cyberpress, during its recent IT awards ceremony in Taguig City.
Cyberpress cited Samsung for launching a number of hit products that allowed the company to dominate the consumer tech market,
The South Korean firm, which rolled out this year popular devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the Samsung Note II, beat tech behemoth IBM Philippines by the slimmest of margins to take the crown.
IBM Philippines celebrated its 75th anniversary this year and was an early front-runner in the race. Known by the moniker “Big Blue”, the company brought in this year Sam Palmisano, its former CEO and chair in the Philippines, and opened two new offices in Davao and Clark, Pampanga.
Although it narrowly lost out to Samsung as the country’s top tech firm, IBM’s first female local chief was named “IT Executive of the Year” by the Cyberpress. Mariels Almeda Winhoffer, who is in her first year in office, was recognised by the IT scribes for deftly leading the company in a number of initiatives, particularly in building up the Philippines as the social analytics hub of IBM.
The Department of Science and Technology’s (DOST) “Project Noah” was adjudged as “IT Product of the Year”, a pioneering programme that contributed in saving thousands of lives in a year that saw devastating typhoons pummel the country.
Payroll Hero, a Filipino start-up that is making a name in the international scene, was selected as “IT Start-up of the Year.” Payroll Hero uses employees face as primary biometric to avoid bundy punching and ghost employees. These clock-in pics are further given a mood rating to establish an array of business intelligence to companies corollaries between productivity and mood.
The passage of the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, which set off a wave of protests from Pinoy netisens, was the runaway choice as “IT Story of the Year”.
Honored as this year’s “Lifetime Achievement Awardee” for his meritorious contributions to the local and global IT industry is Silicon Valley-based Filipino tech icon Diosdado “Dado” Banatao.
Banatao, who is currently chair of PhilDev Forum, pioneered a number of PC technologies such as the graphics accelerator chip that are still being used in the high-tech industry. His brother, Victor, received the plaque in his behalf.
Also during the awards night, members of the Cyberpress raised more than P40,000 for victims of Typhoon ‘Pablo’ by auctioning off three major raffle prizes (iPhone 5 from Globe Telecom, iPad Mini from Bazinga, and an Olympus digicam from Metrobank). Chinese phonemaker ZTE, through its local distributor MSI-ECS, also donated 50 phone units for the typhoon victims.