Future of Philippine Technology
Technology in the country is a necessity. That’s right, Philippine technology is a necessity. Companies must develop a culture of readiness among employees to reap its benefits and become a useful instrument in achieving success.
Come to think of it – can you go on life without technology? Maybe you’ll wonder if it is even possible. Since humans started using more percent of their brain and maximized the use of technology in different aspects of life, everything became better and easy. For several reasons, the evolution of technology is beneficial to humans. It has made every home better, and at the medical level, has treated sick people and saved many lives.
Thanks to the invention of the computer, communication has been enhanced. And because businesses are able to communicate easily and effectively globally, people have their jobs. It is also much easier to do research – so people can self-study.
Technology in the Philippines
If there is one thing we can thank the colonizers for, it is influencing us to be curious about science and technology. The Spanish colonizers were the ones who introduced formal education. They also founded a number of science institutions. The study of medicine in the country started to be a priority in the Spanish era, especially in the later years.
However, there are studies that prove the natives of the archipelago have already been practicing science and technology, even before the country was colonized by the Spaniards. This is when our ancestors started to understand the therapeutic and medicinal properties of plants. They didn’t need anyone to tell them medicine can be extracted from herbs. They do this along with the knowledge of the alphabet and calendar. Also, with numbers, weighing, and measuring systems.
Later on, after learning about science and technology by themselves and with help from the Spanish colonizers, Filipinos learned about agriculture from the Americans. It was a period inclined towards food processing, agriculture, medicine and pharmacy. There was no sign of industrial technology yet, though. This was because of the free trade policy with the United States. Basically, it nurtured an economy geared towards trade and agriculture.
Expectations for the future
At the moment, the Philippines is still somehow behind other countries when it comes to advancement. However, this does not stop leaders in the field of science and technology to do their best to keep up.
According to the latest Technological Readiness Ranking published by the Economist Intelligence Unit, we have climbed to the 55th spot out of 82 economies. The country has bagged a score of 5.5 – putting it to the 55th place along with Jordan, Colombia, Kazakhstan, Sri Lanka, and Serbia. To add, the Philippines is the 4th most tech-ready economy in Southeast Asia. Indeed, we have improved on preparedness for technological change in the coming years.
Technology in the workplace
As for the workplace, trends in the digital workspace will definitely have an impact on everyone. Both employees and employers need to be technologically ready and responsive to this new culture to stay relevant whatever industry they are. Sadly, studies say most organizations are not doing enough to help their employees cope with digital trends at work. Around 47% of respondents in the study communicated a lack of initiative among their employers in equipping them with technological knowledge. Might as well take note of this if you work in the HR department or a member of the senior management.
If only companies in the Philippines would realize the importance of keeping their people updated in the areas of science and technology, the Philippines would surely show improvement in all aspects. Among the steps employers should follow are: increasing the use of mobile and cloud technologies for documentation, virtual offices and new working styles, and realizing the need for a digitally savvy workforce.
Without a digitally-skilled workforce, it could take a very long time for a company to keep up with everyone else when it comes to digital transformation. Companies should focus on functionality. After all, technology aims to drive employees’ productivity and make work processes more efficient by helping companies improve their products and services. Do you have the right hardware and software solutions for your teams’ use?
Technology in the country is no longer an option – it is a necessity. However, companies must first develop a culture of readiness among their employees to reap its benefits. Only then will technology become a useful instrument in achieving success in the Philippine workplace.