The Ares Virtual Roundtable

An exclusive online discussion for business leaders across the Philippines

Hosted by Dell Technologies, The Ares Virtual Roundtable offered an intimate online forum for business leaders from prominent firms across the Philippines. 

Our discussions are very much inclusive and involve all the wealth of experience from the senior peers.

Will Digital Help Us Thrive in this New Reality?

At the beginning of 2020, no one could have imagined the economic disruption that we were about to experience. And now, even the most optimistic predictions indicate that recovery will take a long time and it is likely that Business will never look the same again. 

A number of studies show that countries and organisations with better digital readiness have experienced less of a slowdown as they were able to quickly adapt their business models. Some of the factors which ease the adaptation process are having a more developed payment and business platform, a remote working culture and improved infrastructures.

Many companies have put temporary strategies in place to help their businesses survive, and are now evaluating what it will take to go from “doing it light” to “doing it right”.

  • What are some of the hurdles and challenges that business leaders are facing as a direct result of the global pandemic?
  • What measures are IT leaders implementing to overcome these challenges?
  • How can digital transformation help businesses survive the new normal? Which are the best business strategies for digital readiness?

10:20 am: Guests to check-in online
10:30 am: Welcome by The Ortus Club
10:40 am: Introduction of participants
10:50 am: Short address from Dell Technologies
11:00 am: Discussion instigated by the moderator and continued by the group
11:30 am: End of session

Rhett Ramos

Rhett Ramos

Asia IT Director, Allegro MicroSystems

Robert holds deep expertise in joint application development, outsourcing and project & resource management having worked previously for industries such as UnitedHealth Group. He has over 17 years of background in strategic planning, systems design and tactical operations that has eventually led him to perfect qualifications on the technical & business end. Rhett is described by many as an innovative and goal-oriented executive that thinks ahead when it comes to planning, developing and implementing leading-edge information solutions for business opportunities.

Dell Technologies helps organizations and individuals build their digital future and transform how they work, live and play. The company provides customers with the industry’s broadest and most innovative technology and services portfolio for the data era.

Thursday, 9th of July, 2020

10:30 AM (PHT)

Attended by:

CISO at Metropolitan Bank & Trust Philippines
CISO at Security Bank
CIO at PayMaya Philippines
CTO at Bank of the Philippine Islands
CTO at FWD Insurance
COO at Manulife
Chief of Digital Transformation at Security Bank
Chief Data Governance Officer at UCPB
Head of Infrastructure at Manulife
Head of IT Security at Philippine National Bank
VP at SM Prime Holdings, Inc.
VP of IT at BDO Unibank
Director of IT Operations at TELUS International
Director of IT at Philip Morris International

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Dell Solutions Provided by Intel®

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