PSIA’S SODEC brings in $2.5-million worth of deals and leads for the Phil IT-BPO Industry


The business matching platform linked Japanese companies with Philippine IT/BPO service providers.

The recently concluded IT-BPO (Information technology-business processing outsourcing) annual trade mission to Japan with highlights at the Software Development Expo (SODEC), held last May 11-13 at Tokyo’s International Convention Center, brought in partnerships, service agreements, and leads worth $2.5 million for members of the Philippine Software Industry Association (PSIA). The PSIA delegation, supported by the Department of Science and Technology ICT Office (DOST-ICTO) and the Department of Trade and Industry Export Marketing Bureau (DTI-EMB), promoted Philippine IT-BPO services at Japan’s largest IT trade show, which was attended by 80,000 visitors and 1,500 exhibitors.

Japan, one of the largest IT markets in the world, has been increasing its software, IT and back-office outsourcing services to the Philippines. Philippine IT talent and work ethic, ease of communication in English and competitive cost are the key reasons cited by Japanese executives for their continuing partnership with Philippine IT-BPO companies.

The Philippine IT-BPO Services seminar on May 10 in Osaki, Tokyo, a day before SODEC, was formally opened by the Philippine Ambassador to Japan, His Excellency Manuel M. Lopez, followed by the welcome remarks of Director Senen Perlada of DTI-EMB. DOST-ICTO Deputy Executive Director Monchito Ibrahim discussed government support for the Philippine ICT Industry while PSIA President Jonathan De Luzuriaga shared insights on why Japanese companies should choose the Philippines as their go-to global partner to an audience of 125
Japanese participants.

In his welcome remarks, DTI-EMB Senen Perlada said, “Japan is considered by the Philippines as its major outsourcing partner/market. Japan’s software and ITO market offers significant
opportunities for Philippine- based software and BPO service providers considering the fact that Japan is the third largest IT market in the world.”

Matching Companies

Mr. Perlada also enthused about the great strides that the Philippines as a nation has made in the global outsourcing industry: “The Philippines is now ranked among top outsourcing destinations in the world of which nine cities made it to the 2016 Top 100 Outsourcing Destinations by Tholons. Metro Manila is ranked No. 2 and Metro Cebu in ranked No. 7; seven other cities in the Philippines are ranked within the global top 100, namely, Davao (66), Sta. Rosa, Laguna (81), Bacolod (85), Iloilo (90), Dumaguete (93), Baguio City (94), and Metro Clark (97).”

One of the highlights of the Philippine IT-BPO annual trade mission to Japan 2016 is a matching platform that actively links IT-BPO outsourcing companies with potential Japanese customers. A total of 96 business matching sessions took place on May 10, 2016 between 16 companies from the Philippines and 14 companies from Japan. This particular activity was instrumental for the $2.5million worth of deals and leads that the delegation members brought home with them.

The 16-company Philippine delegation that joined this IT-BPO annual trade mission to Japan were Adarna House Digital, Advanced World Systems Inc., Alliance Software Inc., ComposMentis, Inc., Cybertech Corporation Ltd., Green Advanced Tech Solution Corp., Ideyatech, KLabCyscorpions, Magpie, Pointwest Technologies Corp., SpiceWorx Consultancy, TopConnection.Asia, Toon City, Tsukiden Global Solutions Inc., Ubiquitous Technologies Philippines, Inc., and Valtes Advanced Technologies Inc.

Preparations are currently underway for SODEC 2017. To further enhance the strong trade relationship between Japan and the Philippines in the IT-BPO field, PSIA and DOST-ICTO have jointly signed the contract for this event.

For more information about PSIA and/or SODEC, call Shae Tarronas at any of the following numbers – Telephone: ​(+632) 817-2727 Ext. 109 | Mobile: (+63) 998-964- 2102.

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