Last October 23, 2013, Globe Business gathered important business leaders, executives and “captains of industries” in the 4th Enterprise Innovation Forum, which was held at Makati Shangri-La. Dubbed as the “most awaited and exclusive business event of the year”, it provided attendees strategies and ideas to maximize and instill the important of innovation in the industry.
The theme of this year’s EIF is to encourage attendees to go beyond the borders of their respective enterprises in order to remain relevant, stay agile and survive the ever changing business landscape with innovation as impetus. According to Nikko Acosta, SVP for Enterprise Group of Globe Business, “This years theme, ‘Transcending Business Boundaries,’ was a natural progression from the initial stagings of EIF:
- 1st EIF: Shaping the Future Business Landscape
- 2nd EIF: Transforming the future of Businesses
- 3rd EIF: Revolutionizing the Business
Nikko Acosta formally opened the forum with a wildly entertaining but very innovative presentation using augmented reality.
Globe Business invited 2 esteemed experts in enterprise innovation field, Professor Luke Williams and Dr.Martha Rogers. The former talked about disruptive innovation and how it can spark businesses. The executive director of Berkley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation challenged businesses operating in mature industries to consistently make bold moves, even at the peak of their success.
The latter – Rogers – expounded on the philosophy that “customer trust should now be part of branding strategies necessary for building a good experience as good product, fair pricing and excellent service.”
For the main plenary, Williams and Rogers were joined by distinguished top local industry leaders led by Globe president and CEO Ernest Cu, Shell Philippines Country Chairman Edgar Chua and Philam Life President and CEO Rex Mendoza, with seasoned international broadcast journalist Veronica Pedrosa moderating the discussions.
Soon after the panel discussions, Globe provided update to the recently launched interconnection of Globe with the Southeast-Japan Cable, which will provide extensive bandwidth as well as world-class inter-connectivity for the company. According to Gil Genio, “Head of Corporate Strategy and Business Development”:
“It (Globe and SJC) will also support local businesses as well as the company’s basic telecommunications services such as voice, data and internet.”
Afternoon breakout sessions featured topics on culture change, new workspace with mobility, tomorrow’s technolgy, the rise of analytics through big data discussed by thought leaders from key Globe Business parners Amdocs, Blackberry, ECI Telecom, F5 Networks, Huawei, Microsoft, Oracle, SingTel, Tata Communications and Tellabs.
There was also a special track,which tacked cyber security, which was discussed by Arbor Networks’ Jeff Buhl, Huawei Australia’s Peter Rossi and COmsec Consulting’s Moshe Ishare before select IT executives and members of the media.