"For the first time in human history, a technology is shaping our personal lives just as much as it is transforming our businesses- that technology is software. There has never been a better time to be in the software industry than today," said Joey Gurango, president of the Philippine Software Industry Association (PSIA) as he welcomed some 330 executives from over 100 companies at what was also the first-ever Philippine software industry conference and expo tagged as SOFTCON.PH held last October 10th at the Dusit Thani Hotel, Makati City.
It's been an exciting couple of days meeting with a number of Philippine companies. I am reminded now why I had decided to work in what I would describe (or like to think) as the more modern sector, which is the software development services market.
I go to these meetings and I feel like I'm in another dimension seeing rows of desktops, piles of papers, a mini datacenter, highly walled cubicles, an old typewriter, fax machine, and the old school giant desk calendar. Vintage, right?
All too often, I hear the question, "how much will it cost to build this type of application?" With the proliferation of SaaS applications, you'd think companies were just about ready to move away from custom software development. They're not, however, things have changed:
My conversations with clients and travels around San Francisco and Silicon Valley have taught me a lot about the value of relationships between service providers and clients.
A recent research reported that "Australian organisations are set to continue outsourcing more of their technology infrastructure and software applications". The annual study by ITNewcom interviewed 60 executives at top IT spenders in Australia about their software outsourcing intentions and it found that 75% of organisations already outsource some of their applications, while 85% outsource some of their infrastructure.
“Innovation is taking place in all parts of the world,” said Jerry Rapes, Exist Global CEO. “We hear about new inventions in Japan to amazing apps in Silicon Valley. We see Tel Aviv rising as a startup hub in the Middle East, and watch tech communities in Germany, Australia, and Singapore build up.”
Posting $1.5 billion in revenues last year (2012), the Philippines’ IT outsourcing services sector is rapidly gaining recognition as one of the more dynamic go-to IT delivery destinations globally.
I attended two workshops recently (well the latter one was more of a social forum) and learned a great deal of stuff.
At the "Cracking the German Market" seminar, I found out that:
#1 Filipino Technology Innovators
We're an organization driven to achieve extraordinary feats. Born out of the passion to build brilliant Filipino engineers, we are devoted to pursuing the advancement of IT in the Philippines. Everyone on the team is multi-talented and superb at what they do. We take pride in our work and we're inspired by our fellow "Exist-ers".
In the hopes of making headway in the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the Philippine healthcare market, the Philippine Healthcare Insurance Corporation or PhilHealth launched October last year the first phase of its e-claims project dubbed the "Claims Eligibility Web Service" or CEWS.