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Local IT outsourcing firm expands in RP

Posted on: February 25, 2009

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/infotech/view/20081014-166337/Local-IT-outsourcing-firm-expands-in-RP

By Anna Valmero
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 15:42:00 10/14/2008

Filed Under: Technology (general), business process outsourcing (BPO)

MANILA, Philippines — In its bid to cater to the growing demands in the global outsourcing industry, information technology services outsourcing firm Pointwest Technologies has opened a second delivery center in the Philippines, an executive said.

The new operations of the Filipino company Pointwest Technologies will be located at the UP-Ayala Techno Hub in Diliman, Quezon City.

The new center will have 480 seats in a 2,600-square-meter facility.

“Operating two sites will allow us the opportunity to enhance our processes and tools for more collaborative project development work across multi-sites,” said Pointwest Technologies president Beng Coronel.

The UP-Ayala Technohub in Diliman will also serve as mirror operation – as part of a disaster and business recovery plan — of the company’s Makati office.

Renato Quizon, Pointwest Technologies executive director of business development said the company remains bullish, as it expects steady growth. The company expects a 40 percent year-on-year growth rate given the global demand, amid the US financial crisis.

Pointwest Technologies provides software solutions using Java, Microsoft.NET and mainframe legacy Cobol for its clients from various sectors, including transportation and logistics, insurance and banking, utilities and telecom industries.

Quizon said the company has no plans to diversify its business yet because the non-voice sector is big enough to drive the company’s business.

With the Philippines ranking second in the global outsourcing arena, Pointwest Technologies aims to step up the delivery of its services by tapping universities in Quezon City.

“We are excited being strategically located in Quezon City because there are a lot of opportunities in terms of collaboration between us in the industry and the academe,” said Quizon.

The company also plans to tap the academe for employee training programs.

Quizon said having two locations will also promote quality lifestyle among employees by allowing them to work closer to their home, thus cutting travel time to work and allowing them to spend more time with the family.

About 250 employees who reside near Quezon City will be moved from Pointwest Makati to the new facility.

From nine employees since in 2003, the Pointwest Technologies now employs 475 people, mostly software engineers.

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