IBM Phils: PH is ready to go beyond outsourcing

Friday, June 05, 2015

IBM Philippines pledged to bring more jobs in software development support services this year, saying it is time the country went beyond business process management (BPM).

Luis Pineda, president and general manager of IBM Philippines, believes the country can handle deep-skilled work because of a highly trainable talent pool.

He noted that during the early stages, the industry struggled to attract high-value outsourcing services because of the lack of maturity and confidence of human resources. However, with industry players and the academe providing soft and technical skills trainings, the country is now capable of handling knowledge-based support services.

IBM is preparing the next generation of talent through the IBM-Ched collaboration for Smarter Analytics Education.

At present, IBM has partnered with various institutions across the country to ensure competitive and highly-qualified IT graduates for the industry. In Cebu, the firm has existing partnerships with the University of San Carlos, University of Cebu, University of San Jose-Recoletos, and Cebu Institute of Technology-University.

“India and China are more advanced in the software development category because of their ecosystem’s maturity. However, the Philippines is also catching up. If we will be able to build the skills of our talent pool, then we will be able to provide jobs for them,” said Pineda.

IBM’s vision is to make the Philippines become the Global Center for Smarter Analytics.

Pineda was in Cebu early this week for IBM’s Cebu office inauguration at the 2Quad Building in Cebu Business Park.

IBM has moved to its new location to accommodate the significant headcount growth in the IBM Global Delivery Center. It, however, declined to disclose the number of employees they will be hiring as a result of the expansion.

Pineda said the company is committed to accelerate its transformation on the back of the three major technological shifts taking place today —big data and analytics through cognitive computing; cloud; and engagement (in social, mobile and security).

“We are investing with speed in these new imperatives,” he said.

“IBM’s point of view is that businesses need to integrate these new era of technologies with core systems to stay ahead of the competition and drive the next wave of business growth,” Pineda added.

The firm reaffirms its commitment to the country by establishing the first Philippine System and Technology R&D Laboratory in collaboration with the Department of Science and Technology for collaboration in weather prediction, disaster management, genomics, and smarter agriculture.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 06, 2015.