by: Sarah Joson
Jose Mari Mercado, President of the Information Technology-Business Process Association of the Philippines, said the business process outsourcing (BPO) sector’s income last year was $18.9 billion, and more than one million Filipinos are already part of its workforce.
Mercado, together with some of the country’s top IT leaders, joined the Talent Development Expo in Talisay City. He noted that the growth of OFW contributions is more or less six percent every year based on the data from Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, whereas the Information Technology industry is growing by 15-18 percent annually. Last year, remittances reached $25 billion, and the BPO sector’s income during the same year was $18.9 billion.
Revenue from the BPO sector is expected to reach $21.2 billion this year and $28.9 billion by 2017. If it retains its growth streak, Mercado said it will surpass the income from remittances in 2017 as the volume of foreign investors to the country continues to remain strong.
The executive noted that there are 150,000 job vacancies in the BPO sector which they are looking to fill quickly, and in order to sustain the pace, the country needs to produce 150,000 more next year.
Mercado stated that one of the major challenges is to source the skilled talent. He is encouraging young people to consider the BPO sector.
by: Karen Cayamanda
According to the Global CRM Outsourcing Market 2015-2019 report by Research and Markets, the global customer relationship management (CRM) outsourcing market will grow by 5.75% over the period of 2014-2019.
CRM plays a significant role in brand awareness, establishing loyalty, and strengthening brand presence, and it continues to evolve to keep up with the ever increasing needs and expectations of customers. In turn, CRM service providers are pushed to innovate and offer more than just call center work. Services expand to include modern communication, customer engagement using multiple channels, self-service, as well as analytics solutions.
A market trend observed is that clients are adopting social CRM, mainly since it enables easy access to applications and it offers certain benefits such as cost reduction, reliability, scalability, as well as agility.
The report also stated that cost-effectiveness is one of the key growth drivers of the CRM outsourcing market. By outsourcing, companies can reduce costs especially on business functions that require infrastructure, capital investments, as well as HR training.
Big players in the CRM outsourcing market include Accenture, Capgemini, Genpact, IMB, and Tata Consultancy Services.