The New Age of Banking: Voyaging through Digital Banking Asia Summit 2024

The New Age of Banking: Voyaging through Digital Banking Asia Summit 2024 1200 630 Exist Software Labs

Pasay City, Philippines – Embarking on the New Age of Banking, Digital Banking Asia Summit 2024 emerged as a beacon of innovation and Asia’s flagship leadership summit for Bank CXOs and Fintech Disruptors. Held on March 13, 2024, at the esteemed Manila Marriott Hotel and co-presented by Escom, this landmark event brought together visionary leaders, industry experts, and trailblazers from across the Philippines. As Exist, Software Labs Inc. joined as one of its’ sponsors, supplementing the core vision of the event is incredibly certain, exploring the cutting-edge trends, challenges, and opportunities shaping the future of Banking and Financial landscape.

The Digital Banking Revolution

Discourse and Panel Discussions

1. Charting the Digital Transformation Landscape: Banking CEOs’ Top Priorities in Asia
Discussed by:

• Sumit Kumar – Managing Director and Partner at BCG
• Paolo Salcedo – Head, Virtual Banking at Maybank
• Greg Krasnov – CEO & Founder at Tonik Bank
• Nate Clarke – CEO at GoTyme
• Sushreem Jadhav – BFSI Practice Lead at Collabera Digital Philippines
• Colin Kum – APAC Market Director at Mambu

2. Customer Feedback and Continuous Improvement: Using Voice of the Customer (VoC) to Drive Innovation
Discussed by:

• Vicky Salas – Partner at SGV (Moderator)
• Dan Ramirez – Senior Vice President, Head of Transformation Office; Office of the Chief Operating Officer at ING Bank
• Lion Gacad – Chief Experience Officer at Gotyme Bank
• Mica Diaz de Rivera – UX Strategy and Design Head at Metrobank

3. The Role of AI and Machine Learning in Shaping the Future of Finance
Discussed by:

• Gilbert Trinchera – Partner at KPMG
• Sara Ann Venturina – Chief Data Officer at GCash
• Kenneth Catugas – Head of IT at ING Bank
• Esel Madrid – SVP and Head of Data Science & AI Center of Excellence at Security Bank
• Durjoy Patranabish – Vice President, Business Development at Tiger Analytics
• Vijesh Kishore – Chief Revenue Officer at SnapWork Technologies

4. Cybersecurity in Financial Services: Protecting Data and Building Trust
Discussed by:

• Mark Anthony Almodovar – Risk Assurance, Cybersecurity and Privacy Executive Director at PwC
• Marlon Sorongon – Chief Information Security Officer at Maybank Philippines
• Carlos Tengkiat – Chief Information Security Officer at RCBC
• Akbar Senior Motani – CEO at DPM
• Ryan Pahignalo – Head of Compliance and Monitoring Services at Digido Finance Corp.
• Hung Wong – Vice President, ICT Solution & Partnership at HGC Global Communications

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Explored Key Topics

1. AI, Data & Automation
The summit delved into the transformative power of artificial intelligence, data analytics, and automation in reshaping the banking landscape. Discussions centered on harnessing AI-driven insights to enhance customer experiences, optimize operational efficiency, and drive sustainable growth in the digital era.

2. Transformation for Traditional Banks
Amidst rapid digitization, traditional banks are navigating a paradigm shift towards agility, innovation, and customer-centricity. Sessions at the summit explored strategies for traditional banks to embrace digital transformation, foster innovation, and remain competitive in an evolving market landscape.

3. Cyber Security, Fraud & Identity
With the proliferation of cyber threats and financial fraud, safeguarding customer data and ensuring robust security measures are paramount. The summit addressed the latest advancements in cybersecurity, fraud detection, and identity verification technologies, highlighting the importance of proactive risk management and compliance.

4. Open and Embedded Finance
The rise of open banking and embedded finance presents unprecedented opportunities for collaboration and ecosystem integration. Industry leaders discussed the potential of open banking frameworks, API-driven innovation, and embedded finance models to drive financial inclusivity, accessibility, and innovation.

5. Diversity & Financial Inclusion
Promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion is essential for fostering a more inclusive financial ecosystem. Sessions at the summit explored strategies for advancing financial inclusion, empowering underserved communities, and leveraging diversity as a catalyst for innovation and growth.

6. Fintech & Partnerships
Collaboration between traditional financial institutions and fintech disruptors is reshaping the future of finance. The summit explored emerging fintech trends, partnership opportunities, and collaboration models driving innovation, agility, and customer-centricity in the digital age.

7. Payments Innovation
The payments landscape is undergoing rapid transformation, driven by digitalization, mobile technology, and changing consumer preferences. Discussions at the summit centered on payments innovation, digital wallets, real-time payments, and the future of frictionless transactions in the digital economy.

8. Seamless Experiences
In an era of heightened customer expectations, delivering seamless and personalized experiences is imperative for driving customer engagement and loyalty. The summit explored strategies for creating frictionless omni-channel experiences, leveraging data-driven insights, and delivering hyper-personalized services.

9. ESG and Sustainability
Embracing environmental, social, and governance (ESG) principles is no longer a choice but a strategic imperative for financial institutions. Sessions at the summit emphasized the role of sustainable finance, responsible investing, and ESG integration in driving long-term value creation and societal impact.


The Digital Banking Asia Summit 2024 served as a catalyst for innovation, collaboration, and thought leadership, setting the stage for a future where financial services are more inclusive, accessible, and sustainable. And with Exist Banking and Financial Services Solutions, you can effectively navigate these complexities of a rapidly evolving digital landscape, the insights, connections, and strategies forged at this summit that will undoubtedly shape the future trajectory of banking and financial services, not only in the Philippines, but across Asia Pacific region and beyond.

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How Does DevSecOps Improve Efficiency in Software Development?

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Improve Efficiency in Software Development: The Power of Your DevSecOps Journey

How does DevSecOps improve efficiency in Software Development? First of all, efficiency optimization when it comes to businesses is paramount in the value chain. Establishing workflows that ensure customers receive expected outcomes is essential. However, exceeding these expectations can distinguish between business success and mediocrity. One effective approach to achieving this is by streamlining operations through DevSecOps.

In our previous blog, we explored one of the primary benefits of DevSecOps: Faster Time to Market. To effectively compete with rivals, businesses must demonstrate agility in deploying new features for their products and services ahead of the curve. Yet, the ability to deploy swiftly hinges upon the efficiency of established workflows. DevSecOps plays a crucial role in enhancing operational efficiency.


The Four Drivers that Improve Efficiency in Software Development

There are four main drivers for increased efficiency through DevSecOps. 


  1. Shift Left Approach

First of all, DevSecOps practices the shift left approach which means shifting security practices to the left of the software development lifecycle. With DevSecOps tools and platforms in place, these address security issues within the development process then proactively and continuously address these. With this, teams can identify and mitigate risks sooner, reducing the likelihood of costly security vulnerabilities in the later stages.


  1. Automation

Another key driver in DevSecOps is automation, which finds application across various areas of the development and security process. One significant scenario where DevSecOps demonstrates its value is in testing. Traditionally, developers conduct testing manually to ensure software quality and functionality, involving the manual execution of test cases, recording results, and reporting defects. This process demands close coordination among team members. However, with DevSecOps, the integration of test automation tools streamlines this process. These tools can swiftly execute test scripts, facilitating regression testing and continuous integration. Additionally, test management tools automate the management of test cases, streamline reporting processes, and enable efficient tracking of defects throughout the development lifecycle. This would result in the reduction of manual effort and repetitive tasks.

  1. Continuous Monitoring and Feedback

Efficiency can also be achieved through continuous monitoring and feedback. DevSecOps promotes continuous monitoring of applications and infrastructure to detect and respond to security threats in real-time. By implementing monitoring tools and practices, teams can identify potential vulnerabilities and performance issues promptly, allowing for timely remediation. Additionally, feedback loops enable teams to learn from incidents and improve security practices iteratively. 

  1. Collaboration and Culture

Finally, DevSecOps promotes collaboration and culture between the development, security and operations teams. With cross functional teamwork, DevSecOps enables faster problem-solving, better decision-making, and more efficient knowledge sharing. 

Through these factors, all of these contribute to improve the efficiency in software development.

Impact of Automation in DevSecOps: Enhancing Organizational Efficiency and Collaboration

Now that we know what drives automation in DevSecOps, how does this impact the different roles in the organization? With the early identification and mitigation of security vulnerabilities,  these can reduce the risk of costly security breaches, regulatory fines, and legal abilities. Automation, on the other hand, reduces manual effort and associated costs. If these time consuming activities are managed, this results in faster time-to-market, enabling faster revenue generation and return on investment. With the integration of security practices throughout the software development lifecycle reduces risk of security incidents and data breaches. It is ensured that there is a proactive detection and response to security threats that might emerge and compliance to industry regulations and standards. And the most obvious, increasing efficiency through DevSecOps improves the operations in the business. Automation of deployment processes and infrastructure management streamlines activities, reduces deployment errors, and increases system reliability and availability. This shared responsibility between the teams fosters accountability for smoother coordination and alignment of objectives. Continuous integration and delivery (CI/CD) pipelines enable rapid iteration and deployment of software updates, enhancing agility and responsiveness to market demands and customer feedback.


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Transform Your Business with DevSecOps: Achieve Efficiency, Compliance, and Innovation

Overall, one of the best solutions that a business can do to improve its value chain is to adopt DevSecOps tools and practices because of the increased efficiency that it entails. The drivers of efficiency are the following: Shift Left Approach, Automation, Continuous Monitoring and Feedback, and Collaboration and Culture. With this, businesses can expect to experience the mitigation of risks, reduction of costs, ensured compliance, and faster delivery of new features or enhancements. 

In order for businesses to effectively incorporate DevSecOps into its work flows and culture, they need to get comprehensive assessment and implementation. With Exist Software Labs, you can entrust us to guide you through the whole process and train your team to improve your IT operations. 

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    Evolving together: Innovation and collaboration in the Digital Age with Exist Software Labs

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    Written by: Linda B. Bolido

    Through innovation, reliability, and client-centricity, Exist Software Labs, Inc. has established a reputation as a forward-thinking and dependable partner in the ever-evolving landscape of enterprise information technology (IT) solutions.

    Its 22 years of experience have given Exist the knowledge and expertise to navigate with ease and competence the increasingly complex digital world and provide clients with the support they need. Exist focuses on software development, business and IT processes, market expertise, and commitment to deliver comprehensive advantages to its clients and to put itself ahead of the competition.

    Founded in 2001, the company’s more than two decades of experience has affirmed its credentials as one of, if not the country’s digital enabler and technology driver for both established and emerging enterprises. As a pioneer in using Java Open Source Software in the Philippines, Exist has leveraged its experience working with global software engineers in building highly scalable, robust, and customizable applications.

    With close to 200 skilled employees and with their deep technical skills and industry experience and expertise, Exist’s software engineers are able to meet the differing needs of Philippine clients in diverse markets like banking and financial services, energy, healthcare, retail, and government with the help of industry partners. Moreso, Exist also penetrates other various industries of different business scales to provide customized solutions, systems integration, and other technical services that will sustain business operational resiliency.

    Another aspect of Exist’s continuous success and growth is its close collaboration with technology partners who are among the leaders in their respective fields. Together with its partners, Exist has been able to provide innovative business solutions that have helped its various clients bring their business to the digital age.

    Though faced with stiff competition from major global IT companies, Exist is able to overcome market challenges by offering cost-effective IT solutions that are well-designed to respond and adapt to clients’ specific, even unique, requirements.

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    Exist recently welcomed Hasura, revolutionizing data management by modernizing database interaction and simplifying API development for its Sales & Marketing, Engineering, and Infrastructure teams

    Exist continuously strives to satisfy changing company needs and maintain its lead in the industry by introducing and implementing enterprise software solutions that are relevant, responsive, scalable, and flexible so they can be readily and easily customized to meet the clients’ needs.

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    Technology experts, developers, and enthusiasts may also be interested to check out Exist’s cutting-edge IT solutions and open-source software, as well as their Exist Code Camp or ECC – a program for students who aim to pursue their careers in the IT industry. Nurturing these young aspirants will open doors of opportunity in Exist, thus providing fresh talents and a new generation of technology practitioners that will help the company in delivering cutting-edge innovations to its clients.

    Exist is eager to work with progressive companies and people who value scalability, customization, and all-encompassing benefits when developing IT solutions. Read more here.

    Lastly, we are thrilled to announce that Exist Software Labs has been named one of the 2024 Growth Champions in the Philippines. Ranked 6 in the software category and 20 overall, we are dedicated to pushing boundaries and achieving success! Know more here.

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    DevSecOps Philippines: How Enterprises Achieve Faster Delivery with DevSecOps

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    Unlocking Speed: Navigating the Path to Swift Delivery with DevSecOps

    As discussed in the previous article, we outlined the emergence of DevSecOps, the organizational changes necessary for successful implementation, and its benefits for enterprises. DevSecOps is a collaborative approach between Development, Operations, and Security teams, promoting seamless communication and faster, secure, and continuous release cycles throughout the software development lifecycle (SDLC).

    In this article, we will focus on one of the main benefits of implementing DevSecOps in a business: faster delivery or faster time to market. In today’s competitive landscape, businesses strive to release new products or features quickly to gain a competitive edge. DevSecOps enables organizations to deliver software solutions rapidly, capture market share, and establish themselves as industry leaders.

    Moreover, customers prefer companies that can address unmet needs and provide innovative solutions promptly. Read on further to explore the factors of DevSecOps that result in the reduction of time to market, the metrics for DevSecOps, and the advantages of reducing time to market for various areas of the organization’s operations. 


    Accelerating Market Entry: Key DevSecOps Factors Driving Time-to-Market Reduction

    Reducing time to market is a primary goal for businesses, achievable through the implementation of DevSecOps tools and practices. So, what factors under DevSecOps allow them to deliver faster to the market? Firstly, businesses can streamline development processes by integrating security practices across the software development lifecycle (SDLC), from planning and coding to testing and deployment. This integration enhances workflow efficiency and eliminates bottlenecks through automation tools, reducing delays and accelerating time to market.

    Moreover, DevSecOps enables early detection and resolution of security issues, emphasizing a “shift-left” approach to address concerns at the outset of the SDLC. By integrating security testing and vulnerability scanning into the development pipeline, teams can identify and address security issues early, preventing potential problems. Additionally, DevSecOps facilitates continuous monitoring of applications and infrastructure for security vulnerabilities and threats, with automated security tools providing real-time feedback to preemptively tackle security concerns and ensure software release security.

    Furthermore, DevSecOps automates security testing and validation processes, including static code analysis, dynamic application security testing (DAST), and container scanning, ensuring consistent and efficient security checks without slowing down development. Automation extends to testing and deployment processes, enabling teams to deliver software updates quickly and frequently through continuous integration (CI) and continuous deployment (CD) practices, reducing manual effort and accelerating feature delivery. Lastly, DevSecOps fosters collaboration and communication among development, operations, and security teams, breaking down silos and promoting shared responsibility. By providing visibility into the entire development pipeline, DevSecOps enables teams to track progress, monitor changes, and collaborate effectively toward shared goals, leading to better alignment and faster decision-making.


    Accelerating Market Entry Key DevSecOps Factors Driving Time to Market Reduction

    Measuring SDLC Efficiency: Unveiling the Power of Four DevSecOps Metrics

    To assess the efficiency of one’s SDLC, Exist abides by four DevSecOps Metrics. These metrics act as quantitative measurements that factor in various deployment outcomes.

    The first metric is Lead Time for Changes. This measures how long it takes to deploy new features and functionalities upon code completion to production. The goal is to implement the changes within 1 day.

    The next metric measures how often you ship changes, which is tied to continuous delivery. This metric is called Deployment Frequency. The goal is to have multiple production deployments within a week.

    Another metric is Mean Time to Recovery, which measures the average amount of time to restore services during an outage. The goal is to restore services from disruptions in less than a day.

    The last metric is called Change Failure Rate. This measures the percentage of releases that result in downtime, degraded service, or rollbacks. The goal is to have a percentage of 15% or less of these incidents.

    These metrics provide valuable insights for businesses to understand their capabilities and areas of improvement in delivering faster time to market.


    DevSecOps Metrics

    The Significance of Faster Time-to-Market

    You might be wondering, what is the significance of reducing the time to market for specific areas of the organization? The first notable benefit would be an increase in revenue potential. Faster time to market allows the organization to introduce products and features to customers sooner, potentially boosting revenue streams and market share. CFOs can appreciate the positive impact on the bottom line and overall financial performance.

    Furthermore, being able to deliver products and updates more quickly than competitors can provide a significant competitive advantage. CIOs and COOs will value this advantage in staying ahead in the market.

    At the same time, accelerated time to market often means more efficient use of resources, including personnel, infrastructure, and budget. CFOs can optimize resource allocation, leading to improved financial efficiency.

    Finally, faster time to market enables the organization to respond more swiftly to changing market conditions, customer needs, and emerging opportunities. COOs can leverage this agility to adapt operations and strategies accordingly.


    The Significance of Faster Time to Market

    DevSecOps Driving Faster Time to Market Success

    In summary, one of the most important advantages of implementing DevSecOps in your IT operations is faster time to market. There are many factors that contribute to this outcome, including streamlined development processes, early detection and resolution of security issues, automation of testing and deployment, and improved collaboration and communication among teams. Faster time to market, enabled by DevSecOps, benefits CFOs, CIOs, and COOs by driving revenue growth, improving competitive positioning, optimizing resource utilization, enhancing customer satisfaction, accelerating time-to-value, and mitigating risks. 

    Empowering Secure Innovation: DevSecOps Consulting and Implementation Services (DevSecOps Philippines)

    At Exist Software Labs, we specialize in providing DevSecOps Consulting and Implementation Services (DevSecOps Philippines). Our team offers expert guidance to businesses seeking to adopt DevSecOps practices and tools effectively. With our comprehensive approach, we aim to help you streamline your development processes and enhance security measures throughout your software development lifecycle. By leveraging DevSecOps, we empower your organization to deploy software faster, enabling you to swiftly adapt to evolving customer needs and market conditions.

    If you’re ready to embark on your DevSecOps journey and accelerate your software delivery, don’t hesitate to contact us today. Let us partner with you to drive innovation and achieve your business objectives with confidence. Also, stay tuned to our upcoming blog post on the next benefit of DevSecOps.

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      DevSecOps Basics Unveiled: Empowering Security Success

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      The Emergence of DevSecOps

      Before delving into the nitty-gritty details of DevSecOps, it’s important to understand its origins. In traditional software development, a linear structure prevailed, with development and operations teams working in isolated silos. This approach resulted in communication inefficiencies, slower release cycles, and a higher likelihood of errors in production. As businesses faced the need for faster software releases, development and operations teams recognized the imperative for change to meet client demands.

      Eventually, the agile movement and the concept of continuous delivery came into play, emphasizing collaboration and customer satisfaction in software development, as well as automation in the software delivery pipeline. In 2009, a formalized methodology that combined these approaches emerged—called DevOps. DevOps, short for Development and Operations, aimed to dismantle the barrier between these two teams for faster, more collaborative, and automated software deployment.

      While DevOps addressed challenges in software releases, it lacked the security measures necessary to safeguard the entire software development lifecycle. The concept of “shifting left” gained attention, advocating for the integration of security practices early in the software development process, during the design and coding phases. This gave rise to DevSecOps—the collaboration of Development, Operations, and Security teams. This approach sought to break down silos, achieve faster release cycles, and integrate security throughout the entire CI/CD pipeline.

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      What is DevSecOps?

      So, what exactly is it again? It is a methodology or approach that underscores the significance of security considerations at every stage of the development process, encompassing design, coding, testing, and deployment. Its goal is to integrate security as an essential component of the development process rather than treating it as a separate phase. This involves close collaboration between security experts, developers, and operations teams to identify and address security vulnerabilities and compliance issues early in the development process. While both DevOps and DevSecOps are valuable approaches, DevSecOps is more comprehensive in tackling the modern challenges of cybersecurity.


      Implementing DevSecOps

      To effectively adopt DevSecOps, enterprises must grasp the three core pillars that underpin this methodology: People, Process, and Technology. Firstly, in the realm of people, the development, operations, and security teams need to redefine their ways of working, embracing shared responsibilities to foster close collaboration and integrate security throughout. Moving on to the process, security integration becomes paramount at every stage of the software development lifecycle. This entails incorporating security practices into planning, coding, testing, and deployment processes to ensure a continuous and secure development pipeline. Lastly, on the technological front, enterprises should leverage tools and automation for implementing security practices, including security testing tools, automated code analysis, and other cutting-edge technologies.


      What are the Benefits of DevSecOps?

      DevSecOps accelerates software delivery through streamlined development processes, including CI/CD pipelines and security tests, reducing time to market. Automation and collaboration enhance efficiency, minimizing manual errors. Integrating security measures at each development stage ensures software reliability and stability. Rigorous testing and continuous monitoring early identify and address issues for more robust applications.

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      Embracing a Secure Future with DevSecOps

      DevSecOps is vital for enterprises because it integrates security throughout the software development lifecycle, from design to deployment. By fostering collaboration and shared responsibility among development, operations, and security teams, it proactively addresses security vulnerabilities early on, reducing the risk of breaches and ensuring resilient software systems. In the face of evolving cyber threats, this provides an adaptive strategy for swift responses, regulatory compliance, and the efficient delivery of secure software. Overall, its primary importance lies in seamlessly embedding security into development processes, enhancing resilience, and cultivating a proactive security culture.

      In summary, DevSecOps seamlessly integrates security into development workflows, fostering collaboration, automation, and proactive security measures, ultimately resulting in faster delivery, increased efficiency, reliability, and improved security for software applications.

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      In this article, we are just scratching the surface. Stay tuned for our upcoming blog posts, where we will delve deeper into each benefit. If you’d like to explore further, feel free to contact us directly for our DevSecOps Consulting and Implementation Services

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      Strengthening Disaster Resilience: Catholic Relief Services hands over Gawad Kalasag Management and Information System to Office of Civil Defense, Powered by Exist Software Labs

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      Exist present at the Office of Civil Defense last Nov. 21, 2023

      Gawad Kalasag Managemement and Information Systems Hand Over

       In photo (L-R): Exist Director, Tech Services Dennis de Vera, Exist VP-Operations Jonas Lim, OCD Asec. Bernardo Rafaelito, OCD OIC-PDPS Dir. Harry Barber, USAID-BHA Humanitarian Assistance Officer Rachelle Gallagher, CRS Country Head Jonas Tetangco and CRS Marcelle Rubis.

      QUEZON CITY – The Catholic Relief Services together with USAID formally handed over the Gawad Kalasag Management and Information System (GKMIS) – Web Application Development to the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) last Tuesday, 21 November 2023. 

      The GKMIS aims to help the OCD consolidate data from LGUs into one platform to help implement their disaster risk reduction programs, projects and concerns efficiently. The platform enables the OCD, in particular the National GK Secretariat, the Validation and Selection Committee, and the National GK Committee to encode evaluation scores and generate assessment results in a data visualization dashboard. The National GK Secretariat is expected to use the system for database-related tasks. 

      The GKMIS web application will be hosted on a cloud platform, utilizing Amazon Web Services (AWS) as the designated service provider and boasts of high availability and scalability. It features a public page and navigation to different modules and has a preview map of the Philippines with data from Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (LDRRMO) Assessment and tables and charts from the LDRRMF and LDRRMP data. This groundbreaking project has been made possible in collaboration with Exist Software Labs and marks a significant stride towards enhancing public services. 

      Ceremonial Handover

      The handover took place at the Office of Civil Defense in Quezon City, Philippines. 

      CRS Country Representative, Mr. Jonas Tetangco together with USAID’s Humanitarian Assistance Officer, Ms. Rachelle Gallagher and OCD’s Asec. Bernardo Rafaelito and Dir. Jose Harry Barber, together with Exist Software Labs Vice President for Technology, Mr. Jonas Lim and Tech Services Director, Mr. Dennis De Vera, came together to symbolize the transfer of responsibilities and expertise. The handover featured speeches from key stakeholders, expressing gratitude for partnership and emphasizing the shared commitment to strengthening the nation’s resilience against natural disasters.

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      About Gawad KALASAG (GK) Search for Excellence in Disaster Risk Reduction and Management and Humanitarian Assistance

      GK is the nation’s highest honor for excellence in disaster risk reduction and management. It has played a pivotal role in highlighting and elevating the standard of disaster resilience programs. This prestigious prize gains a technological edge from the use of a customized management system, which streamlines the collection, processing and distribution of information.

      Role of Exist Software Labs

      Gawad Kalasag Managemement and Information Systems Hand Over The Office of Civil Defense chose Exist Software Labs Inc for its capability to deliver all features in terms of their reference and cost efficiency.  Exist will implement a comprehensive management information system solution designed to streamline various aspects of governance, from citizen services to internal operations. The project encompasses a range of innovative technologies that are poised to elevate the overall efficiency and effectiveness of the local administration.

      Moving Forward

      The event closed with a significant handshake from representatives as a new era in disaster resilience technology is being brought in with the GKMIS. This collaboration of technology innovation, political control, and humanitarian commitment paves the way for a time when communities are better equipped to deal with natural calamities.

      The GKMIS Web App Database System powered by Exist Software Labs will provide the infrastructure needed to store, manage, organize and utilize data effectively in the context of disaster risk reduction and management. Start your data management journey with us and become a data-driven organization.

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      Bringing Innovation to Banking: A Journey Through Tech Fusion 2023

      Bringing Innovation to Banking: A Journey Through Tech Fusion 2023

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      Makati City, Philippines – In a dynamic fusion of technology and banking, Tech Fusion 2023 ignited sparks of innovation and ushered in a new era of financial technology last September 21, 2023. Hosted at the Microsoft Philippines Office in Makati, this exclusive event brought together prominent figures from the banking industry, top executives, and decision-makers to explore the transformative power of DevOps, Cloud Migration, and API Management. In collaboration with Crayon and Microsoft, Exist Software Labs, Inc. unveiled a world of possibilities for the BFSI (Banking, Financial Services, and Insurance) sector.

      Charting a New Course

      Tech Fusion 2023 was not just an event; it was a voyage into the heart of digitalization in banking. The journey explored three main areas:

      1. DevOps Dynamics: Time-to-Market Accelerations with Confidence

      The first leg of the journey examined how DevOps practices can dramatically accelerate time-to-market for banking solutions while instilling confidence in the process. Attendees learned strategies to balance speed and quality, ensuring robust software delivery.

      1. New-Age Competition: Modern Infrastructure and Cloud-Native Architecture

      In the second phase, the discussion revolved around modernizing infrastructure and embracing cloud-native architecture. Experts elaborated on the pivotal role of microservices, containerization, and serverless computing in building scalable and resilient banking applications.

      1. API Quest: Navigating the Infinite Possibilities of Banking Innovation

      The final stretch explored the infinite possibilities of banking innovation through API Management. Attendees gained insights into how API technology simplifies banking transactions and integrates diverse applications into a unified platform, fostering financial inclusion and transparency.

      Exist Awarded as Crayon’s Partner for Banking Solutions in the Tech Fusion 

      The event commenced with a warm welcome from Willex Perez, Exist’s Co-founder & VP of Sales & Marketing. He expressed his enthusiasm for collaborating to enhance efficiency and satisfaction in banking through digitalization.

      The highlight of the day was the official launch of Exist’s Digital Banking Solutions, known as the Exist Banking and Financial Services (EBFS) Business Unit. Jemelyn Ambrosio, BFS Business Unit Head, unveiled the digital banking roadmap, which depicted the evolution from traditional to digitally mature banks.

      Following the presentation, Crayon Philippines recognized Exist Software Labs, Inc. as their primary partner in Banking Solutions in the Philippines. Carlos Sevilla, Crayon Philippines’ Channel Sales Director, presented this recognition to Exist.

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      Panel Discussion

      The heart of Tech Fusion 2023 beat within the panel discussions. Seasoned experts from diverse backgrounds shared their experiences and insights:

      • Randy Cabredo – Solutions Area Specialist for Azure, Microsoft
      • Chester Guerrero – Head of Production Security, Maya Philippines
      • Carlos Sevilla – Channel Sales Director, Crayon
      • Jonas Lim – Vice President of Technology, Exist Software Labs
      • Dennis De Vera – Director of Technical Services, Exist Software Labs

      These panelists wove together their experiences and domain expertise to create a rich tapestry of knowledge. They delved into innovations and real-world implementations, answering participant questions and unraveling the intricate world of digitalization. The Tech Fusion event illuminated the path to a future-ready digital banking landscape through DevOps, Cloud Migration, and API Management.

      While enjoying lunch, attendees seized the opportunity to network with technology experts and engage in enlightening conversations with fellow banking leaders. It was a moment to connect, share ideas, and envision a digitally transformed future for the BFSI sector.

      Crayon’s Digital Transformation Insights

      After the lunch break, Crayon’s Business Development Manager, Gab Villanueva, took the stage to share valuable insights on digital transformation. This added yet another layer of knowledge to the event, further enriching the participants’ understanding of how technology can drive financial institutions forward.

      A Fusion of Knowledge, Innovation, and Fun

      Tech Fusion 2023 was not just an event; it was an experience filled with knowledge, insights, fun, and new technologies. Banks across the Philippines can now leverage the wisdom shared during this event to embark on their own journeys of digital transformation, ultimately benefiting their customers and securing a competitive edge in the rapidly evolving BFSI landscape.

      As the sun set on Tech Fusion 2023, the banking industry in the Philippines looked forward to a future illuminated by innovation, collaboration, and the limitless potential of technology.

      Tech Fusion 2023: Shaping the Future of Banking, One Innovation at a Time

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      GIGA Summit 2023: Preparing the Philippines for the Big Energy Transition

      GIGA Summit 2023: Preparing the Philippines for the Big Energy Transition 512 383 Exist Software Labs

      The Philippines is at the cusp of a major energy transition. With its abundant renewable energy resources, the country is poised to shift away from fossil fuels and towards a cleaner and more sustainable energy future.

      Organized by Meralco Power Academy and held on September 11-13, 2023, GIGA Summit 2023 brought together key stakeholders and energy industry players from the government, private sector, and civil society to discuss the challenges and opportunities of the energy transition in the Philippines

      Preparing the Philippines for the Energy Transition

      Nixon G. Hao, President of Meralco Power Academy, emphasized the importance of investing in education and training to develop the workforce needed to support the country’s shift to renewable energy.

      He began his talk by discussing the challenges facing the Philippine energy sector. He noted that the country is heavily reliant on imported fossil fuels, which makes it vulnerable to price fluctuations and supply disruptions.

      Deputy Administrator of the Meralco Power Academy Ernesto Silvano Jr. mentioned that the energy transition is a critical challenge and opportunity for our country. “We are one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to climate change, and we need to transition to a clean energy economy to protect our people and our planet…” he added.

      The viewpoints presented by these industry experts only emphasize the urgent requirement for cooperative endeavors and financial commitments in education and training to strengthen the country’s ability to withstand challenges and ensure long-term sustainability in the energy sector.

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      Philippines’ Position in the Energy Transition Roadmap

      The Philippines is committed to an energy transition roadmap that targets a 35% share of renewable energy in the power generation mix by 2030 and 50% by 2040. This is ambitious, but achievable, given the country’s abundant renewable energy resources.

      The Philippines is already making progress towards its energy transition goals. In 2021, renewable energy accounted for 22% of the country’s power generation mix, up from 20% in 2020. This increase was driven by the growth of solar and wind power.

      The Philippine government is supporting the energy transition through a number of policies and initiatives, including:

      The Philippine government is also working to create a more enabling environment for the development of renewable energy, by streamlining the permitting process and improving the transmission and distribution infrastructure.

      GIGA Summit 2023 Event Spotlight

      The event hosted by Meralco Power Academy provided a platform for energy stakeholders to engage in conversations regarding the current landscape and prospects for the Philippines’ significant energy transition. Below are key highlights from the event:

      Day 1 highlighted the global energy demand that is set to increase, with renewable energy being crucial. The Philippines should harness its renewable potential, prioritize energy efficiency, and bolster the electricity grid for renewable integration.

      Day 2 of the GIGA Summit 2023 centered on crafting a sustainable energy future for the Philippines. Key areas included renewable investments, financing efficiency projects, smart grid development, electric vehicle integration, and ensuring an equitable shift to clean energy.

      The final GIGA Summit 2023 day delved into energy’s future, focusing on innovation and transformation. Experts explored transformative technologies like energy storage, blockchain, and AI. Digitalization is already reshaping the energy market, enhancing efficiency and competitiveness. Future energy work demands new skills in renewables, efficiency, and digitalization. Innovation is paramount, requiring investments in research and a supportive innovation environment.

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      What sets us apart is our commitment to energizing this transition actively. We are dedicated to helping energy companies, by providing expertise in energy system solutions and the Internet of Energy. Furthermore, we enable data-driven decision-making, empowering you to make informed choices that align with sustainability objectives and regulatory compliance. This collaborative effort signifies a transformative partnership that holds the promise of a greener and more sustainable energy future for everyone.

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      catalyzing digital Transformation: Exist Software Labs Participates in Sun Life Global Solutions' Spark Innovation Series on Cloud & Data Federation

      Catalyzing Digital Transformation: Exist Software Labs participates in Sun Life Global Solutions’ Spark Innovation Series 2023 on Cloud & Data Federation

      Catalyzing Digital Transformation: Exist Software Labs participates in Sun Life Global Solutions’ Spark Innovation Series 2023 on Cloud & Data Federation 1300 972 Exist Software Labs

      In photo (L-R): Event host Associate Director – Business Development  Yvette Seno, Engineering Manager Joseph Dindo Siasoco, Head of Portfolio Management Ada Mae David (Sun Life Global Solutions), Exist Director of Technical Services Dennis de Vera, Exist Vice President of Technology Jonas Lim, Exist President Michael Lim and Event host and Senior Project Manager Kiko Angeles

      At Bonifacio Global Center on August 29, 2023, Sun Life Global Solutions held another edition of Spark Innovation Series, with the session focusing on Cloud and Data Federation. With an objective of updating their employees on the latest innovations in Cloud technology in the Financial Industry, Sun Life invited technology innovator Exist Software Labs (Exist) to discuss cloud data federation and data modernization.

      Kiko Angeles and Yvette Seno opened the program as masters of ceremonies from Sun Life Global Solutions. Exist representatives Michael Lim, Jonas Lim, and Dennis De Vera, Jr. graced the event.

      Exist’s journey towards Cloud Adoption and Data Federation

      Exist President Michael Lim started the discussion at Sun Life event by providing valuable insights into Exist’s journey as a technology company. He presented the significant milestones of Exist Software Labs over the past 22 years, which inevitably touched on the brief history of cloud adoption. Dennis de Vera, Exist Director of Technical Services, supplemented this conversation highlighting the transition from traditional infrastructure to cloud services, and the subsequent innovations in infrastructure and data.


      Dennis, in his presentation, provided an overview of Exist’s history of cloud adoption. Figures 1 to 3 above served as visual milestones, illustrating the transformation as regards cloud adoption. In Figure 1, Dennis described the initial stages of cloud adoption, where Exist began its journey by moving applications and databases to the cloud. This marked Exist’s crucial shift from traditional on-premise infrastructure to the cloud, a decision that would prove to be helpful not only to Exist, but to other organizations as well.

      The move to cloud services was not merely a change in infrastructure but a strategic pivot that enabled Exist Software Labs to tap into the vast potential of cloud computing. Cloud services provided scalability, flexibility, and cost-efficiency, allowing the company to expand its offerings and deliver value to clients in innovative ways.

      As Dennis explained under Figure 2, applications were broken down into specific cloud services, which not only optimized performance but also enhanced security and resource allocation. This granular approach to cloud utilization empowered Exist to offer clients more tailored solutions, aligning with their specific needs and requirements.

      Exploring the Pros and Cons of Cloud Adoption

      Dennis’ insightful discussion on cloud adoption stages and their associated pros and cons highlighted the evolving nature of cloud technology. While each stage offered distinct advantages and challenges, cloud adoption Figure 3, marked by innovation in infrastructure and data management, serves as the solution to address the shortcomings of earlier stages.

      As organizations continue to embrace the cloud, they must recognize the need for ongoing innovation to optimize their operations fully. By investing in cutting-edge technologies and data management strategies, they can harness the true potential of cloud adoption while minimizing its drawbacks. In this dynamic technological landscape, innovation is not just a choice but a necessity for organizations seeking to thrive in the cloud-centric future.

      Benefits of Embracing Cloud and Data Federation

      Exist’s Vice President for Technology Jonas Lim presented the benefits of Cloud Data Federation – including enhanced collaboration, efficiency, and decision-making. Implementing this approach provides a centralized data view, leading to informed decisions and increased competitiveness for businesses.

      Data/Database Modernization: The Key to Business Excellence

      Dennis and Jonas also highlighted the potential for data management to speed up innovation and growth, as they explained the significance of adapting to evolving data landscapes and leveraging modern technologies.

      The Citadel of Security: Safeguarding Data Heritage

      With the fast modernization of data, security became a crucial point of discussion, with a focus on protecting sensitive data. Dennis enlightened Sun Life Spark Innovation Series’ attendees about comprehensive security measures and compliance frameworks by simplifying security and making it more effective.

      Dennis also explained the importance of “zero trust policy” by protecting assets anywhere with central policy. Implementing this approach provides a centralized data view, leading to informed decisions and increased competitiveness for businesses.

      Moving Forward – Sun Life Spark Innovation Series Takeaways

      The discussion at Sun Life Spark Innovation Series came to a close with the floor being opened to the audience for questions. Attendees left with a key takeaway: that as the world continues to evolve and as the need for new technologies increase, Exist marches on, providing solutions to help its customers thrive – demonstrating its continued commitment to drive growth and innovation for the years to come.

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      Exist takes POS Systems and retail solutions to new heights at NRCE 2023

      Exist takes POS Systems and retail solutions to new heights at NRCE 2023 1300 972 Exist Software Labs

      Exist Software Labs (Exist) returns to this year’s National Retail Conference and Expo (NRCE) held at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City on August 10-11, 2023.

      Exist unveiled its new Anahaw Mobile Point-Of-Sale system (mPOS) at NRCE, which embodies the capabilities of its desktop counterpart, but is portable enough to be used in small spaces; such as kiosks and booth setups.

      The global technology innovator also showcased pioneering retail solutions such as Electronic Shelf Labels (ESL), Samsung’s self checkout kiosk, integrated data analytics using EXSight and Tableau, and ERP/accounting system integration using Odoo.

      Explore Exist Retail Solutions - developed to align with contemporary retail business demands, with a special focus on equipping you with a competitive advantage

      Tailored for medium and large retail enterprises, Exist Retail Solutions offers complete integration and is highly scalable and flexible, providing contemporary retailers with all-encompassing functionality. Products and services range from POS hardware and software, inventory and merchandising management, CRM, reporting and analytics, as well as accounting and financials management.

      For the past 29 years, the National Retail Conference and Expo (NRCE) – spearheaded by the Philippine Retailers Association (PRA) – has stood as the premier platform for the nation’s foremost retailers, shopping center developers, and suppliers.

      Did you miss us at NRCE 2023? Drop us a message to schedule a personalized demo and get firsthand experience of Exist Retail Solutions