Best of Software Developers
Web Philippines Inc. (WPI) was founded by Roger Chua in 1996.
Its annual revenue is about 3.5 million. It has developed
software applications such as image bank, procurement, ecommerce
store set up, content management system, document management
system, classifieds/resume management, restricted access system,
events calendar, and poll survey maker.
The company also offers website assessment; ebusiness planning,
design and development; and website management. It has developed
websites such as Kasal.com, Trabaho.com, Philam Group of
Companies, Wild Bird Club of the Philippines, Indonesian Embassy
in the Philippines, and PortCalls.
According to Roger Chua, WPI CEO, “Our main strength is online
marketing, branding, and e-business implementation.”
For Roger, there are 3 important lessons learned in handling
web/software development projects that companies should always
Sticking to schedules in order to meet your budget and client
Recruiting competent staff is important
Importance of documentation.
WPI receives subcontracts work from other software development
companies and sees that constant communication, regular
documentation, and the establishment of common procedures and
development methodology are key to a successful relationship.
Roger shared that WPI is also outsourcing work to other software
development companies. In addition to the above, consistent
hands-on verification of
previous work and attitude is important.
To survive, Roger believes that software development requires
size and scale. “It is very difficult for small firms to compete
in an increasingly competitive market without sufficient size.
It is difficult to justify training investments as the company
would be reliant on too few key personnel.”
For companies and individuals who seek to build a career or
niche in the software development market, Roger advises them to
continue learning, acquire knowledge, and sustain their passion.
“The biggest challenge in running a software development
business today is keeping up with relevant technologies,
maintaining focus, sustaining growth, and seeking out niches,”
Roger emphasized. “In short, being able to continuously innovate
and regularly roll out new services that will make you distinct