FIRST TO POST. SMA takes a groufie with the audience as he introduces AGORA to Aboitiz team members at the
Taguig Christmas Party last December 9. Check out the photo on the @AboitizCareers Twitter page.
FIRST TO POST. SMA takes a groufie with the audience as he introduces AGORA to Aboitiz team members at the Taguig Christmas Party last December 9. Check out the photo on the @AboitizCareers Twitter page.

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SMA opens the door to AGORA

AEV Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Sabin M. Aboitiz (SMA) incited the A-People to a new of kind of revolution, one that aims to embrace the digital workplace as a better way to deliver the Aboitiz Group mission of creating long-term value for all stakeholders.

Below is the speech delivered by SMA at the launch of AGORA or Aboitiz Group Online Resource App during the 2016 Christmas Party held on December 9 at the Shangri-la The Fort and was aptly themed “Tech the Halls”.

 


 

Agora will be our platform to creating our digital culture. It is mobile, social, and on the cloud. Information can now be accessed, anytime anywhere. It equips us with the tools to collaborate within our teams and across the group.

 

Good evening, my fellow A-People.

We envision Aboitiz to provide the same happy experience to our internal and external customers and stakeholders, an experience that creates impactful touch points all throughout the customer experience. This is really the way to go.

Disruptive technology is here; it’s unfolding and advancing every day, altering the way we do things both at home and at work. Look at how UBER, Netflix, and other big companies digitized the business landscape to provide a better customer experience.

The Philippines has the highest adoption rate of Facebook in the world with over 50 million users. We are a country of 100 million people with over 100 million mobile phones. We are now in an era where smartphones, computers, and tablets are treated as a commodity. Our new window of the world is our mobile phone and social media sites like Facebook and Instagram. It’s a different and ever changing world today.

So, as we always ask in Aboitiz, “Is there a better way?”

Well, we want an environment for all generations to communicate and work collaboratively. Let’s put it this way: soon, if you don’t go on Facebook, you won’t be able to communicate.

The Aboitiz demographic population has tremendously changed over the years. Today, 50 percent of the Aboitiz population are millennials and digital natives, who grew up around technology, who think differently, and are used to finding solutions with a click of a button. These digital natives are bringing these tools to work and helping drive a new culture of collaboration and teamwork.

It can be challenging for the millennials to work for an environment that is not digitally connected. It is crucial that we all can easily adapt, in other words, we hear you.

But who said this is only for millennials? All of us need to be connected, have easy access to information, work collaboratively with limited resources, and achieve efficiency in less time.

So tonight, we are launching the very first groupwide initiative on digital transformation – our intranet portal. Welcome to “Agora”.

 

Agora home page (AEV version)
Agora home page (AEV version)

 

In ancient Greek cities, Agora is an open space that served as a meeting for various activities. It connotes assembly of people as well as a physical setting. To the Greeks, Agora is regarded as a typical feature of their daily lives where they do religious, political, judicial, social, and commercial activities.

Similar to how it was described, Agora will be our platform to creating our digital culture. It is mobile, social, and on the cloud. Information can now be accessed anytime, anywhere. It equips us with the tools to collaborate within our teams and across the group.

 

PAVING THE WAY TO A DIGITAL WORKPLACE. Agora will be our platform to creating our digital culture. It is mobile, social, and on the cloud. Information can now be accessed anytime, anywhere. It equips us with the tools to collaborate within our teams and across the group.
PAVING THE WAY TO A DIGITAL WORKPLACE. Agora will be our platform to creating our digital culture. It is mobile, social, and on the cloud. Information can now be accessed anytime, anywhere. It equips us with the tools to collaborate within our teams and across the group.

 

Little by little, we will see changes in how we work, how we serve our customers and how we provide better products and services. We will continue to bring new insights such as big data and analytics. I know you are all active Facebook and

I know you are all active Facebook and Instagram users given the number of likes in your Mannequin Challenge videos. My challenge to you now is how can we bring the same level of enthusiasm and engagement in building an Aboitiz Digital culture? How can we make Digital part of your readings, meetings, and conversations?

We leave the answers to you. Get curious about it. Share ideas, learn from each other, gain new perspectives, and upskill ourselves along the way.

It’s about challenging the status quo, putting to work the Aboitiz values of Innovation and Teamwork, embracing the change, and constantly finding better ways.

Good evening and enjoy the rest of the night.