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International IT-BPM Summit ushers new era of growth

Manila, Philippines – The Philippines can expect more growth from its ‘sunshine industry’ as the Information Technology and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP) launches the seventh annual International IT-BPM Summit, themed Harnessing information, Powering nations, Connecting the world, to be held on October 5 – 6, 2015 at the Marriott Hotel, Manila, Philippines.

Forecasted to surpass OFW remittances in the next two years, the local IT and business process management (IT-BPM) industry still proves to be the largest and fastest growing industry in the Philippines, increasing by 15% to 18% every year. Last year, it earned $18.9 billion, while revenue for 2015 is pegged at $21.2 billion, and $28.9 billion for 2017. By the end of 2014, the industry employed 1.03 million Filipinos.

The Summit is regarded as the premier platform for IT-BPM knowledge sharing and networking. It gathers stakeholders including top level business executives, allied industry representatives from property, consultancy, marketing and telecommunications firms; government officials and industry associations from all over the globe to discuss the next steps in addressing new challenges by utilizing the latest innovations to sustain the growth of the industry both locally and worldwide.

“The Summit’s theme declares the very essence of what the industry has become to the world,” said IBPAP president and CEO, Jomari Mercado. “The magic of this industry stems from the ability of our local talent pools to harness information to power nations and connect the world–which is truly a sign of our times. The digital age has given businesses and organizations the opportunity to tap the best available resources around the world through the industry.”

Attendees can expect to immerse in discussion about tech trends in the industry, such as how automation and cloud robotics are shaking up its traditional business models, how employers can deal with the evolving demands of the digital workforce and how the Internet of Things is shaping the future of enterprises. They will also get to take away what goes into business continuity planning in times of calamity and learn about the social impact of the industry around the globe, among a diverse set of topics relevant to today’s IT-BPM industry. The Summit will also tackle the industry’s government support in light of the 2016 Philippine presidential elections and how this can affect the risk perception of the local industry to its investors.

“The topics will feature speakers of the highest expertise in their respective fields in business, technology and management, providing the delegates with top-of-the-line presentations and productive panel discussions with real-life examples, as this year the Summit is all about mentorship,” Mercado added.

The Summit expects delegates from other rising IT-BPM destinations including Bangladesh, Bhutan Scotland, South Africa, and South Korea, among many others, who will share their experiences and best practices with their own IT-BPM industries.

About the International IT-BPM Summit (IIS)
The International IT-BPM Summit is regarded as the premier platform for stakeholders of the information technology and business process management (IT-BPM) industry to explore trends, exchange insights and immerse in a rich networking experience. Key representatives of the industry, its allied industries, and global government organizations are assembling for the Summit’s seventh year to harness the power of information and this one-of-a-kind opportunity for knowledge sharing and mentorship, to refine local development strategies and sustain the industry’s growth and expansion worldwide.

About the Information Technology and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP)
The Information Technology and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP) is the enabling association for the information technology and business process management (IT-BPM) industry in the Philippines. IBPAP serves as the one-stop information and advocacy gateway for the industry. With over 300 industry and support-industry members, including five associations—the Animation Council of the Philippines, Inc., Contact Center Association of the Philippines, Game Developers Association of the Philippines, Healthcare Information Management Outsourcing Association of the Philippines, and Philippine Software Industry Association—IBPAP plays a pivotal role in sustaining rapid growth of the IT-BPM industry by working to ensure an enduring supply of high-quality labor, supporting service innovation, and providing country visibility.

IBPAP assists investors in setting up operations easily and quickly in the Philippines. Relevant research, introductions to key government and industry officials, and a series of briefings at each step of the investment process ensure a seamless development process. On-going support is provided through a wide variety of initiatives, including programs for HR development, business development, and on-going knowledge sharing and networking opportunities.