IBM experts propose improvements in PH curriculum, urge focus on analytics

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The IBM Corporate Service Corps team also worked with the Mindanao Alliance of Self-Help Societies-Southern Philippines Education Center and the Department of Agrarian Reform ? Agrarian Reform Community Connectivity and Economic Support Services, on workable strategies to help foster economic growth for the country. The team, comprised of IBM employees from six countries, provided concrete recommendations to help CHED develop educational programs that boost skills development in business analytics and optimization, which are emerging as high-value business tools in the region. CHED and IBM agreed that one of the specialization areas connected to growth and opportunity could be in analytics. This would prepare the country to participate in the emerging global market opportunity for analytics, estimated at $160 billion by 2015. ?With the right skills and talents, the Philippines is poised to be a leading global center for smarter analytics. By leveraging analytics, we will transform and redefine the next generation business process outsourcing (BPO),? said Mariels Almeda Winhoffer, president and country general manager of IBM Philippines. ?Our country has what it takes, having the right ingredients ? continued success in outsourcing, global talent and the right leadership to make this vision a reality. Global leadership in this next generation BPO means economic growth for the country,? she said. The IBM CSC program, often called the corporate version of the ?Peace Corps?, was developed to help IBM employees become effective 21st century global leaders and citizens while helping solve complex problems in developing countries like the Philippines. The CSC team 12 in the Philippines was comprised of 10 top caliber IBM employees with diverse skills from Spain, India, Brazil, Switzerland, Mexico, and USA. After three months of preparation, they officially started their in country assignment in mid-September and presented their findings to the groups they worked with. Since its inception in 2008, the IBM CSC program has already deployed 12 pro bono teams comprising about 100 of IBM’S top talent to the Philippines to support a broad range of small businesses, non-government and government organizations working on high impact projects across emerging markets in the Philippines. In the last four years, over 2,000 IBM employees based in 50 countries have been dispatched on more than 200 Corporate Service Corps team assignments in 30 countries. ]]>

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