After toiling under the radar the past six years, InfoWeapons finally emerged and took center-stage at the inaugural Asia CEO Awards.
The company, which has been getting international recognition of late, was chosen by the Asia CEO Forum for its maiden “Technology Leadership Team of the Year” award. Launched only in 2010, the award is one of eight categories intended to recognize both local and foreign companies that have contributed to the promotion of the Philippines on the international stage.
The group, the largest trade and business aggrupation in the Asia Pacific region, cited InfoWeapons’ trailblazing work in leveraging IPv6 technologies to produce cutting-edge products that have brought accolades not only for the company but the Philippines as well. InfoWeapons bested other multinational technology firms like Accenture Philippines, Gurango Software, Morphlabs, and VOIM English. The feat turned not a few heads at the awarding ceremonies held at Dusit Thani Hotel in Manila.
"This award caps an extraordinary year for our company. Our products are now being shipped all over the world and our growing list of customers reads like the who’s-who in the telecom industry," says Lawrence E. Hughes, who chairs InfoWeapons.
He adds: “This Asia CEO Award is the first recognition coming from within the Philippines, which without knowing it, is host to one of only six IPv6 testing facilities in the world right in the small island of Cebu. I am proud to say that it’s being manned mostly by Filipinos, who are some of the best engineers and software designers in the world.”
Established in 2002 in Georgia, USA, InfoWeapons opened an R&D facility in Cebu in 2004. Shortly thereafter, it rolled out its flagship product, SolidDNS™, which went on to become the first and for awhile the only IPv6-Ready Gold certified DNS-DHCP appliance in the market. Unknown to many and even the local government of Cebu, this facility has already created products that are now being used by customers around the world and competing in markets against multi-national companies with billion-dollar budget for research and development.
Mr. Hughes, a veteran startup entrepreneur and formerly with VeriSign, says: "I've formed other companies in the past, but my InfoWeapons team is actually the best and producing better products than any of my previous ventures. We are recognized as one of the leading companies in the move to the Second Internet based on IPv6."
The Asia CEO Awards (asia-ceo.org) is an annual gala event that culminates in the recognition of enterprises and business executives. The search only covered companies doing business in the Philippines, but a broader, region-wide award is being planned. The black-tie event was attended by business leaders in and around the Southeast Asian region. Mr. Hughes and InfoWeapons CEO Luis O. Gopez accepted the award on behalf of the company.
The 2010 finalists in the eight categories included companies like Ayala Land, Banco de Oro, Glaxo SmithKline Philippines, Hyundai Asia Resources, IBM, Unilever Philippines and business leaders Erramon Aboitiz, Felipe Gozon, Fred Ayala and Manuel Pangilinan. The winners in each category are:
1. Banco de Oro - KPMG Executive Leadership Team of the Year
2. The Net Group - Entrepreneurial Leadership Team of the Year
3. Gawad Kalinga Community Development Foundation - Non-Profit Leadership Team of the Year
4. Manuel V. Pangilinan - Global Filipino Executive of the Year
5. Chandramogan Anamirtham - Jones Lang LaSalle Leechiu Expatriate Executive of the Year
6. Magsaysay Maritime - NorthgateArinso HR Leadership Team of the Year
7. Fluor Daniel Philippines Inc. - Finance Leadership Team of the Year
InfoWeapons (infoweapons.com) delivers future-proof technology solutions that are secure, intuitive and reliable. The company creates next-generation, fully IPv6-compliant networking appliance products such as SolidDNS™, SolidPBX™ and SolidWall™.
Since 2004, InfoWeapons has been assisting governments and enterprises shift to the Second Internet based on IPv6. The company has since formalized and structured its efforts, culminating in its IPv6 Forum Education Certification Program, which includes instructor-led training and hands-on laboratory sessions for software engineers, programmers and trainers.
The InfoWeapons Testing Laboratory, one of only six IPv6 Logo Program testing centers in the world, is authorized to test a product that supports IPv6 and certify that it is "IPv6 Ready" as set by the IPv6 Forum Ready Logo Program Committee. Both SolidDNS™ and SolidPBX™ network appliances carry the IPv6-Ready Gold Certification logos of the committee.