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Integrating IT Solutions for Blended Learning in the Philippines

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The pandemic has drastically altered education around the world. Students are taught remotely via a variety of digital platforms due to the unprecedented demand for virtual learning. With the sudden shift away from the classroom in many parts of the world, many people are wondering if the adoption of online learning will continue post-pandemic and how such a movement might affect the global education industry.

While many may have only heard about blended and/or distance learning during this pandemic, a software and IT provider in the Philippines claims that this approach has been a part of the country’s educational system for years.

A blended approach to learning is the design of a course that improves the teaching and learning experiences of students and teachers by combining face-to-face and online learning components. In many cases, “blending” results in better student experiences and outcomes, as well as more efficient teaching and course management practices.

Whereas many educational institutions want to participate in this technology-driven education, they face several obstacles, such as the use of legacy technology infrastructure. Nowadays, the flow of data has exceeded all limits, necessitating the establishment of a superior IT framework to support high-volume software installation and cutting-edge technologies. In processing an excessive amount of data, the server power and related accessories must be scaled and future-proofed to meet future needs.

To meet this digital demand, particularly in the administration of the institution, it is necessary to set up or upgrade their IT infrastructure in accordance with the existing framework. They can begin by implementing integrated ‘Smart Solutions,’ which are comprised of compact, flexible, and dependable high-end technologies.

One of the solutions proposed by the company is a fully integrated micro data centre solution, which can provide an intelligent and integrated infrastructure that allows IT departments to quickly deploy a data centre, even in tight spaces.

It is a solution that combines power, thermal management, and IT management in a simple, quickly deployable design, making it ideal for schools that need to quickly deploy IT infrastructure across multiple locations. It also allows IT managers to standardise processes and centrally manage applications and infrastructure remotely while still providing low latency computing, which is crucial for hybrid learning setups.

To help ensure the school’s critical data centre’s availability, the software company has innovated a range of uninterruptible power supply (UPS) and data centre infrastructure management (DCIM) solutions that allow IT Managers to monitor the school’s IT infrastructure even remotely.

The company’s full range of UPS, which, the company said, are future-proof, eco-friendly, and highly efficient, can help schools improve their IT network’s uptime. It can cover the IT infrastructure’s backup power needs, from small computer rooms at the network edge to enterprise and hyperscale data centres. With the company’s software optimisation, factory integration, and industry-leading deployment services, the software-based solution is also simple to deploy.

With its rights-based access and control, optional onsite intrusion, prevention, detection, and video surveillance, security risks are also reduced. Its secure remote IT management, online double-conversion uninterruptible power supplies, and next-day onsite emergency services also help to reduce downtime risks.

Aside from these solutions, the company intends to help the education sector by bringing together cutting-edge solutions to ensure the continuous operation, optimal performance, and scalability of data centres, communication networks, and other critical IT facilities.

The Department of Education (DepEd) had also recently mentioned that it would ensure learning continuity for millions of Filipinos as they implement different learning modalities created in support of the Basic Education-Learning Continuity Plan (BE-LCP).

More than a year since implementing community quarantines and safety protocols, blended, distance learning remains the new normal in the Philippines’ education sector. This hybrid approach is deemed crucial for ensuring that learning continues uninterrupted in the midst of the current global health crisis.

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Qlik’s vision is a data-literate world, where everyone can use data and analytics to improve decision-making and solve their most challenging problems. A private company, Qlik offers real-time data integration and analytics solutions, powered by Qlik Cloud, to close the gaps between data, insights and action. By transforming data into Active Intelligence, businesses can drive better decisions, improve revenue and profitability, and optimize customer relationships. Qlik serves more than 38,000 active customers in over 100 countries.

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CTC Global Singapore, a premier end-to-end IT solutions provider, is a fully owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC) and ITOCHU Corporation.

Since 1972, CTC has established itself as one of the country’s top IT solutions providers. With 50 years of experience, headed by an experienced management team and staffed by over 200 qualified IT professionals, we support organizations with integrated IT solutions expertise in Autonomous IT, Cyber Security, Digital Transformation, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Well-known for our strengths in system integration and consultation, CTC Global proves to be the preferred IT outsourcing destination for organizations all over Singapore today.

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Planview has one mission: to build the future of connected work. Our solutions enable organizations to connect the business from ideas to impact, empowering companies to accelerate the achievement of what matters most. Planview’s full spectrum of Portfolio Management and Work Management solutions creates an organizational focus on the strategic outcomes that matter and empowers teams to deliver their best work, no matter how they work. The comprehensive Planview platform and enterprise success model enables customers to deliver innovative, competitive products, services, and customer experiences. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with locations around the world, Planview has more than 1,300 employees supporting 4,500 customers and 2.6 million users worldwide. For more information, visit www.planview.com.

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SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.

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HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 

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IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider. We help clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity and service.

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