Expansion follows increased demand for technology solutions and services outside the National Capital Region (NCR)
IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced the opening of a new branch office in Davao, Philippines as part of the company’s continued investment in growth markets and commitment to increasing its support for clients and partners outside the National Capital Region (NCR). The new branch strengthens IBM’s operations in the
Philippines which includes Sales and
Distribution, Global Process Services/ Business Process Outsourcing (BPO),
Application Management Services, and an . IBM Innovation
“IBM has been operating in the
for 75 years working with thousands of customers and partners across the
country. In line with our geographical expansion strategy, we are currently
strengthening our operations to expand further beyond Metro Manila, aligned
with the government's "Next Wave" cities program. The Philippines
is a key market for IBM and Davao
has been identified as a strategic growth location. This expansion is testament to IBM's
commitment to providing the best possible solutions and services to its clients
in the Philippines,”
said Mariels Almeda Winhoffer, President and Country General Manager, IBM
IBM has made substantial investments in the
Philippines over the past few
years, expanding its business portfolio, growing talent, extending geographic
reach and boosting skills development as it anticipates exponential growth
around the country.
“We see opportunities for further growth and development as leaders from across all sectors embrace and leverage information technology to transform their operations business and lay the foundations for a smarter planet,” added Almeda-Winhoffer.
Recently, IBM signed an agreement with the
government to provide an Intelligent Operations Center (IOC) for Security and
Safety to help transform Davao into the premier
socio-economic and tourism hub in Mindanao,
East ASEAN Growth Area and the Asia-Pacific Region.
The Mindanao region, where
is located, plays an important role in the economic development of the Philippines. Davao
City’s strategic location makes it an
important trade center for the region with its strong international links with
neighboring countries such as Indonesia,
Malaysia, Brunei, and Australia.
IBM’s commitment and focus in
reaches beyond traditional business frontiers to the local community. The
company regularly partners with local ICT groups, government, business chambers
and academic institutions to actively promote and harness technology for the
region’s business and economic growth.
In 2009, IBM collaborated with the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. to establish the
Center that aims to tap into IBM's
expertise and solutions to support Mindanao’s
Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) sector.
In 2008 and 2011, IBM deployed two teams of high-performing employees from various parts of the world to
Davao as part of the IBM Corporate Service
Corps (CSC) program. IBM’s CSC, often
referred to as a corporate version of the “Peace Corps”, is an innovative
employee development training program which places teams of IBMers into
emerging markets for designated pro-bono projects.
This year, the very first
Davao leg of the Computer Eyes Camp - a
two-week computer camp for the visually impaired - was implemented in
cooperation with the Department of Education, Resources for the Blind (RBI) and
IBM. IBM also donated several KidSmart
Early Learning units to the Davao City Government for its public library and
day care programs. IBM’s KidSmart program includes the Young Explorer, a
computer housed in brightly-colored, child friendly Little Tikes furniture and
equipped with award-winning educational software to help children learn and
explore concepts in math, science and language.
The new Davao office located at the IT Building 3, Topaz tower, Damaso IT Park, JP Laurel Avenue, Lanang, in Davao City was inaugurated during a special ceremony today attended by the City Mayor, government officials, clients and business and community partners.
Since establishing its presence in the
in 1937, IBM has evolved to become the leading information technology partner
in the country, providing hardware, software, and IT-enabled business services
to domestic and global markets. IBM in
has grown exponentially in terms of business portfolio, talent growth and
For more information about IBM in the
please visit http://www.ibm.com/ph