What are the Benefits of Joining PSIA?
International Marketing: The PSIA International Marketing committee continues a branding campaign to market the Philippines as a choice destination for IT & Outsourcing. Strong partnerships with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the Business Processing Association of the Philippines (BPA/P), and the Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT) bring us to several annual international events which are the major lead-generating activities for member companies:
- SODEC in Tokyo, Japan
- CEBIT in Australia
- Microsoft World Partner Conference in USA
- HKTDC ICT Expo in Hongkong
- CommunicAsia in Singapore
- International Outsourcing Summit
- JavaOne in San Francisco, USA
- Oracle Openworld in USA
Networking Opportunities and Valuable Seminars. All members are invited to regular gatherings such as the exclusiveQuarterly PSIA General Membership Meeting, which provides a very good venue to meet and network with peers in the industry, as well as planning sessions and sometimes sports activities. PSIA also offers its members an Enablement Seminar Series, which seek to build up firm-level capability by offering distinguished resource speakers in areas of top interest to members such as Technopreneurship, Global Market Positioning, and Project Management.
Industry-Academe Linkages: The PSIA Capability Development Committee aims to continually provide a link between the industry and the academe such that we have more IT professionals working in the future to further the growth of the software industry. To do this, the committee has several initiatives like:
- Expanded Learning on IT Services (ELITES) for Teachers
- Teachers Industry Immersion
- Visits to high schools and colleges for IT career “evangelism”
- Collaboration with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and other government agencies in crafting relevant IT courses and curricula
- Skills Certification Programs
- Developers Connect (DEVCON), a local marketing event which gathers software developers and IT students alike.
PSIA Special Interest Groups: PSIA also focuses on developing initiatives and forums for specific industry concerns, examples of which are the:
- PSIA Japan Market Group, which works closely with the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) to better penetrate the Japanese market
- PSIA Technology Council, a group of experts on such programming languages as Java, Cobol, Oracles, C#, C++, etc. who represent PSIA in various technical panels
- SCOPE Consortium, an alliance of members into open source
Presence in National Outsourcing Expos. PSIA and its members are regulars in the annual e-Services of the DTI’s Center for International Trade Expositions & Missions (CITEM), an international expo aimed at attracting foreign investors to outsource to the Philippines, and the International Outsourcing Summit (IOS), a trade show mounted by BPA/P for the IT-BPO industry, which is now on its third year.
Government Subsidy. Since the start of the Training-For-Work program of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), PSIA has received thousands of scholarship vouchers worth roughly P95 million to assist member companies in the technical near-hire training of their human resources in any one of the following tracks: Java, COBOL, RPG, .Net, and Oracle. Since 2007, PSIA, through its accredited training institutions, has produced more than 3,000 IT graduates under the training program, with at least 80% employment rate.
Research and Database. PSIA conducts surveys and studies that aim to gather information across industry to determine trends and demands, as well as keep a skills inventory and database. In 2009, PSIA did an Industry Benchmarking Study that identified predictors of success and threshold competencies of software developers that may be used as benchmarks for recruitment and training across the industry. In 2010, PSIA started an industry-wide Software Skills and Inventory Survey with advisory firm, Tholons, which provided an overview of the make-up of the Philippine software industry. The results of these studies are references available to member companies.
Leads. Last but not the least, leads generated from various international trade missions and local business-matching events are shared amongst the members to help them find business partners and clients. As the recognized organization of software companies in the Philippines, PSIA serves as the main liaison between foreign investors and the local community. When the PSIA Board and Secretariat receive inquiries about the local industry and requests for business-matching, these are immediately forwarded to the PSIA e-mail group.