The Fellowship of the Ping

To start with, here are some meanings behind the title of this post:



a short high-pitched resonant sound, as of a bullet striking metal or a sonar echo


(computing) a system for testing whether internet systems are responding and how long in milliseconds it takes them to respond



(intransitive) to make such a noise


(transitive) ( computing) to send a test message to (a computer or server) in order to check whether it is responding or how long it takes it to respond
and another one, much simpler:

to get someone’s attention with a sharp sound or other form of communication

The need to justify the title is imperative, and I’ll add some words of my own after the factual report. So, with these thoughts in mind, let us proceed…

The 9th of June 2015 witnessed the very first Outsourcing and Entrepreneur Night held in the busy business district, the Metropolitan Club. Even with the rather abrupt heavy rains and the standstill traffic that usually follows, a slight delay among the participants and attendees was evident, nevertheless the event got underway.

As mentioned, it came out as a sort of ping, a resonating sound or call that was heard and heeded, and they came. Informal yet not so casual, this event was organized by PhilCall‘s leaders and members, kicking off with Jojo Flores of Plug and Play Technology lively talk that covered a wide range of topics from startups to crowdsourcing and crowdfunding and anything that in between, continuing with Fred Chua‘s report on the current business climate among entrepreneurs and BPOs, the do’s and don’ts, followed by Demian Biscocho discussing the opensource software and hardware, with Willy Tanagon capping the talks with statistics and reports relevant to everyone. The requisite Q&A came after and it seemed that the 4 hours allotted for the event would be in need of extension. The turnout meant there will be events in the near future.

The 1st Outsourcing and Entrepreneur Night

Author’s Notes: This was the very first time I attended anything of this sort – men and women in pressed clothes, bespectacled, carrying briefcases, obvious work-related worries on their faces, but composed and smiling. Mind you I have been a waiter in my youth, but has seen this on the serving side, the event being in the function rooms of the venue. And this is my very first job in BPO, so mostly what I know now about the industry, CBSI taught me, and is still teaching me. The event just showed me what hard work and persistence the industry needs. I was assisting with the presentations, and the facts and figures, the knowledge just flowed from the speakers themselves, it’s like being a hobbit among Elves and Wizards. It’s exactly like that, and I came home a bit more wiser and focused. CBSI is my family now, and I think I could contribute to its growth. – Eman

And it won’t be long until there will be pings resonating, calling the fellowship to once again get together and talk, discuss to build a stronger brotherhood to keep the business bonfires burning.

A bit over dramatic? Not at all. We work hard. But we know when to have fun.

“An organization, no matter how well designed, is only as good as the people who live and work in it.” Dee Hock