MANILA, Philippines, March 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Mary Rose "MR" dela Cruz, Chief Operating Officer at Stratpoint( http://www.stratpoint.com ), has been elected as a member of the 2014 Board...
MANILA, Philippines, March 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Mary Rose “MR” dela Cruz, Chief Operating Officer at Stratpoint( http://www.stratpoint.com ), has been elected as a member of the 2014 Board of Directors of the Philippine Software Industry Association (PSIA). PSIA is a nonprofit organization that promotes the growth and global competitiveness of the Philippine software industry and represents the biggest alliance of software development enterprises in the Philippines.
MR was elected to the Execom as Treasurer and will chair the committee on Information and Research. She will also be working hand in hand with other members of the board to support PSIA’s capability development committee that aims to increase the skills and capabilities of Filipinos in software engineering and product development.
“This year marks my 25th year since graduating from computer science in U.P. Diliman so I thought this is an opportune time to try to give more back to both the academe and the industry that has nurtured me all these years,” said COO dela Cruz.
“With my current experience working for a U.S. venture-backed company and involvement with investors like Dado Banatao and his colleagues at PhilDev foundation, I hope to serve as a conduit for the PSIA and our colleagues in Philippine academe to PhilDev and other Silicon Valley professionals in their network. Hopefully, we can get more PSIA companies involved in the R&D efforts being planned and increase our global impact,” dela Cruz added.
Last year, MR was recognized as the 2013 Professional Degree Awardee for Computer Science by the University of the Philippines Alumni Engineers (UPAE). Each year, the UPAE selects alumni from the UP College of Engineering who have distinguished themselves in their respective professions. The formal awarding ceremony was held during the UP College of Engineering Alumni homecoming last November 9, 2013.
MR is a magna cum laude graduate of Computer Science at the University of the Philippines. She has a Master’s Degree in Computing from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. She has managed and delivered complex global I.T. projects in industries such as financial securities, insurance, banking, telecommunications, and transportation. She spent 14 years working at Headstrong in various roles such as project manager, technical architect, and head of delivery for the Manila Global Delivery Center. At Stratpoint, she is in charge of the company’s operations.
The Philippine Software Industry Association (PSIA) is a nonprofit organization that aims to promote and make the Philippines competitive in the global software market. It is the recognized association of Filipino software innovators and a network of small to medium-sized software companies. PSIA represents the biggest alliance of software development enterprises in the Philippines.
UPAE is an organization that aims to involve alumni engineers and encourage the members to actively participate and contribute to the advancement of the organization. Recipients of the Professional Degree Awards category were nominated based on the general criteria and requirements set by UPAE. Each nominee must have attained national and international recognition in his/her respective field of profession or career.
Stratpoint Technologies, Inc. (http://www.stratpoint.com) is an IT and software engineering firm based in the Philippines, with 15 years of experience partnering with companies on their web and mobile application development. The company specializes in web and mobile app development, UX design, and machine-to-machine (M2M) technology solutions. It has specially developed unique expertise as a startup accelerator, working closely with tech startups in the U.S. and other countries, by providing a dedicated development team based in Manila.
Stratpoint is a registered PEZA (Philippine Export Processing Zone Authority) corporation fully owned by Narra Venture Capital (http://www.narravc.com) and supported by Tallwood VC (http://www.tallwoodvc.com).