By Gliceria N. Cademia | Services Division | DTI-Export Marketing Bureau

25 April 2018

Published also in Business Mirror

THE Department of Trade and Industry’s Export Marketing Bureau (DTI-EMB) and the Philippine Trade and Investment Center (PTIC)-Tokyo, in partnership with the Philippine Software Industry Association (PSIA) and the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), will hold an Outbound Business Matching Mission (OBMM) for the Information Technology-Business Process Management (IT-BPM) sector and its participation to the Japan IT Week 2018 at the Tokyo Big Sight, Tokyo, Japan from May 9 to 11, 2018.

Japan is the third-largest IT market in the world ($173 billion), after the US ($661 billion) and China ($179 billion). Japan’s ICT growth is predicted to grow by leaps and bounds as Japanese companies plan to invest in ICT toward fiscal year 2020. Progress in ICT investment is expected to push Japan’s GDP to ¥33.1 trillion in 2020.

For the past years, the Philippines attended the Software Development Expo featuring only the services for development, operation and maintenance of software. This year, it will include various segments of the IT-BPM services covered under the Japan IT Week. Major component of the Bureau’s OBMM is the conduct of the business matching (B2B) with Japanese counterparts.

Companies engaged in other subsectors of the Philippine IT/BPM industry which specifically include the ICBMS services: IT services, cloud computing, big data and analytics, mobile application and security, among others, are invited to join the business mission in Tokyo this year.

Another new feature for 2018 is the participation at the special seminar as part of the Show Management hosting exclusively for international exhibitors. This aims to maximize exhibitors’ participation in Japan IT Week exhibition. The seminar, which will be held on the day before the show opens, will cover Japanese business customs, tips to maximize show results, useful Japanese phrases, among other topics.

One of the major activities that will ensure the success of the participation in this mission is building up the pre-arranged one-on-one business matching being organized by DTI-EMB in coordination with PTIC-Tokyo.

Initial deals closed from last year’s mission generated $8.3 million as of December 2017, the largest recorded amount in the history of IT mission in Japan.  Such success was made possible through EMB’s focused B2B strategy which proved to be very effective as it reached targeted institutional clients and decision makers providing great impact through a commissioned expert and consultant.

Participating Philippine companies in Japan IT Week 2018 are Advance World Systems; Alliance Software Inc.; Bizwind Philippines; Cebu Innosoft Solutions Inc.; Cybertech Co. Ltd.; DTSI Group; Eclaro Business Solutions Inc.; Exist Software Labs; Genpact (Headstrong Philippines Inc.); Genpact Philippines; and Green Advanced Tech Solution Corp.

Also joining are In1Go Technologies Inc.; N-PAX Philippines Inc.; Orange & Bronze Software Labs Inc.; Pointwest Technologies Corp.; Rococo Global Technologies Corp.; Spring Valley Tech Corp.; Titanium Technologies Inc.; TMJ BPO Services Inc.; Tsukiden Global Solutions Inc.; and Valtes Advanced Technology Inc.