KPMG R.G. Manabat & Co. (KPMG RGM&Co.), the Philippine member firm of KPMG International, recently held a series of events to start off the year at the Asian Institute of Management in Makati City. These were a series of IT discussions on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robotics Process Automation (RPA), Data & Analytics (D&A), Blockchain and Tax Intelligence Solution (TIS) dubbed Let’s Talk Tech as well as the launch of its 2018 annual investment guide entitled IT Report: Philippines.
KPMG Australia’s Michael Rochanakij started the Let’s Talk Tech session by giving an overview of current IT trends and disruptions, as he expounded on changes brought about by the fourth industrial revolution—digital—and how companies must adopt new ways of thinking in order to stay competitive and relevant.
This was followed by an engaging panel discussion on the subject, moderated by KPMG RGM&Co. vice chairman and chief operating officer Emmanuel P. Bonoan, with esteemed panelists form the banking and IT sector: UnionBank of the Philippines’ Henry Rhoel R. Aguda, Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation’s Dennis C. Bancod, 25-year IT veteran Joel H. Garcia, and Mynt’s Anthony Thomas Garcia.
Then, a series of break-out sessions on AI and RPA, Blockchain and Tax Intelligence Solution took place, with advisory partners Jallain S. Manrique and Michael H. Guarin together with partner Leandro Ben M. Robediso, leading the dialogues.
Capping off the event was the launch of the annual investment guide IT Report: Philippines held in partnership with the Wallace Business Forum. The report also highlights the dynamism of the IT-BPM (Business Process Management) industry which has proven to be among the country’s economic game changers for the past 20 years or so and will continue to provide support for strong growth in the years to come.
“Our government has realized the importance of IT and is now catching up. We now have a Department of Information and Communications Technology or DICT that aims to strengthen the country’s IT Infrastructure. Coupled with the Data Privacy Act and the push to strengthen Cybersecurity – we are going in the right direction to make the Philippines globally competitive, especially in the digital space,” said Sharon G. Dayoan, chairman and chief executive officer of KPMG RGM&Co.
For more information on KPMG in the Philippines, or to download of hard copies of the investment guide at no cost, you may visit www.kpmg.com.ph.