The local information technology-business process management (IT-BPM) industry, a leading economic driver expecting $18 billion in revenues by the end of 2014 yet hounded by climate issues, will benefit from disaster preparedness management to help boost its productivity, according to Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Mario G. Montejo
Speaking at the 2014 International IT-BPM Summit last October 13 at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel, Sec. Montejo assured DOST’s full commitment to the industry and pointed out that the availability of up-to-date and real-time weather information and resources enable industry investors to map out better strategies and manage their operations more effectively.
The Philippines is prone to many natural calamities and most typhoon-prone areas are in the provinces where some IT-BPM players are located.
In response to this challenge, Montejo highlighted DOST’s initiatives on developing and deploying weather monitoring sensors to prepare local communities, including those in the countryside, before natural calamities hit them.
According to the DOST secretary, Doppler radars can provide accurate and timely information on upcoming weather disturbances while hazard maps can describe how the floods look like.
He also cited DOST’s Project NOAH website where various valuable information on upcoming weather disturbances may be found.
The IT-BPM industry continues to spur economic growth, not only in Metro Manila, but also in the provinces. Montejo reported that the industry had 525,000 full-time employees in different career segments back in June 2010. As of August 2014, the number has since increased to 1 million. Montejo added that $18 billion in revenues by the end of the year will make the $25 billion target by 2016 more realistic.
However, different areas in the country are beset by issues such as security, internet connectivity, poverty, and climate, which discourage industry investors to put their IT-BPM operations there.
The International IT-BPM Summit served as an avenue to address new trends and advancements in outsourcing models, management solutions and technology that will shape the future of IT-BPM. It was organized by the Information Business Process Association of the Philippines in partnership with DOST’s Information and Communications Technology Office. (S&T Media Service)
Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Mario G. Montejo, keynote speaker at the 2014 International IT-BPM Summit last October 13, 2014 at the Makati Shangri-la Hotel, believes that DOST‘s initiatives on enhancing disaster preparedness management can deliver positive impacts on the operations of information technology-business process management (IT-BPM) companies in the country. By developing and deploying weather monitoring sensors such as doppler radars and hazard maps, IT-BPM companies can make better decisions related to their operations. The summit served as an avenue to address new trends and advancements in outsourcing models, management solutions and technology that will shape the future of IT-BPM. (S &T Media Service)