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First PH software industry confab set this Oct.

The Philippine Software Industry Association (PSIA), an organization of about 160 software companies operating in the Philippines, is set to launch the country’s firs software convention dubbed ?Softcon.ph: The Philippine Software Industry Conference? on October 10 at the Dusit Thani Hotel in Makati City.

Softcon.ph features a whole-day conference with opening and closing plenary sessions, four breakout sessions, and one exhibition hall where the PSIA will showcase Filipino startups.

With the conference, the local software industry is staking its claim as one of the world’s top suppliers of software products and services, as well as a key economic player with $1.16 billion in foreign revenues contributed to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) and close to 60,000 full-time employees as of 2012.

?The recent recognition of the Philippines as the preferred destination for IT-BPO services, as well as the intense interest around our growing community of software startups converged to trigger the idea of Softcon.ph,? said PSIA president Joey Gurango.

Gurango said conferences like Softcon.ph are instrumental in the expansion of the Philippine software industry as it “can inspire, educate, and encourage the members of the industry to grow and prosper through software technologies.”

This year?s theme, ?Monetizing the Software Megatrends: Cloud + Mobile +Social + Big Data?, is in recognition of the dominant elements in IT that are shaping the world today.

The convergence of these elements, also referred to by industry analysts as the nexus of forces, has revolutionized business models and processes.

Meanwhile, IT research advisory firm Gartner warned that “organizations that ignore the nexus of forces will be displaced by those that can move into the opportunity space more quickly.?

“The megatrends have impacted the society in a way that no other technology has in the last 100 years,” said Gurango. ?The local software industry being highly adept to the megatrends ?brings the Philippines closer than ever to the epicenter of the global software industry.??

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