SAP Philippines in talks with LGUs for smart cities (Business World)

A GLOBAL provider of enterprise application software is eyeing to tap local government units as a strategy to encourage the national government in starting a digital transformation of its systems.

SAP Philippines Managing Director Edler R. Panlilio said in an Apr. 12 interview they are now talking to local government units as part of developing smart cities in the country.

“We have a smart city initiative, and smart city is more geared towards local government units…. Because (local government units) are the units in government that are more agile to take digital transformation. They will be fastest because mas controlled ‘yung process nila (because their processes are more controlled),” he said.

“[I]f we can transform many of these local government units, our belief is it’s a catalyst for the bigger government to also transform. Kasi when they see that all of these units that we are governing nag-transform na tayo hindi pa (When they see all these local government units have transformed and they still haven’t), they might be forced to do it,” he added.

In its 2017 white paper “Transforming Government for the Digital Era To Improve Citizens’ Lives,” SAP said governments must “radically transform” to enable itself to spur growth in its respective economies.

“Successfully embracing the opportunities from new technologies and implementing the right initiatives will be the foundation of staying competitive and to become more efficient and effective in the future of government,” it said.

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Business World

25 April 2019

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