We have finally returned from our visit to Jersey City and New York City, where we attended the World BPO/ITO Forum.
The Argentine Foreign Affairs Office by means of ExporAR sponsored a stand for Argentina’s IT sector and allowed us (Quadion) and other companies (such as Globant, G&L and Hexacta, among others) to take part of the event as representatives of Argentina’s IT sector.
The event was very important for the ITO sector because of the speakers involved, the audience invited, and the vendors present (established countries such as India and Ireland, and Tier 1 companies such as IBM, TCS, and Accenture).
Finally, there are some key things we’d like to highlight after hearing the speakers and panelists, and talking to peers, competitors and prospects from literally all over the word:
- The lack of talent is a worldwide problem which will probably get worse before getting better.
- Argentina starts to be seen as a player in the ITO sector and was mentioned several times as an emerging country.
- Latin America, in general, is becoming a prime destination for IT nearshoring.
- Our Foreign Affairs Office invested in having an institutional presence in the Forum, along countries such as India, Ireland, Scotland, and Brazil, among others.
- Argentina has great potential to compete with established and emerging counties in most areas. However, it is very important to keep working in the Argentine brand, so potential ITO clients consider Argentina as a valid option.
- Argentine IT companies are very well positioned, in general, to compete as a Tier 2 or Tier 3 vendors.
- The Argentine companies chosen by ExportAr to attend the conference had excellent track records and proven experience in ITO, revalidating onsite the country’s expertise and capabilities.
- Although big companies seem to be converging on T1 vendors (who in turn, seem to be assimilating smaller companies), niche players are still being sought after. For instance, for mobile apps development.
We’ll definitely be back for next year’s conference!
PS: For more details on the conference keynotes and panels we were at, please take a look at our Twitter timeline (http://twitter.com/#!/quadiontech).