Traditional IT outsourcing service providers in the Philippines are feeling the heat (but also seeing opportunities) as more enterprises shift to cloud service providers, according to the IDC Asia \/ Pacific, excluding Japan (APeJ) Semiannual Services Tracker.\nThe total outsourcing services revenues in the Philippines exceeded $300 million ($USD) for 2017 -- an 8.8 percent year-over-year increase. However,\u00a0 IDC says the IT outsourcing market is experiencing a fundamental shift caused by cloud services, which are the key to the growth of outsourcing, hosting and managed services.\nWhile the outsourcing services market continues to grow, the traditional IT outsourcing declined by 3.4 percent from 2016 to 2017 and is likely to decline further in 2018, Alon Anthony Rejano, senior market analyst for Services at IDC Philippines, tells CIO Asia.\u00a0\nIDC attributes the decline to \u201cthe radical change of cloud-based models of outsourcing involving infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and software as a service (SaaS), a changing cost structure, and fundamental shifts in the competitor environment.\u201d\n IDC\n\nA breakdown of the outsourcing services in the Philippines last year. While traditional IT outsourcing accounted for half of all outsourcing revenue, IDC reports a year-over-year decline for that segment of the services market.\u00a0\n\n\nHowever, while traditional outsourcing service providers are feeling the effects of the shift to cloud providers, opportunities exist for outsourcing service providers in the Philippines to take advantage of the changing services paradigm. Savvy players are, for example, focusing on cloud-centric and hybrid IT strategies.\nNew ways to deliver services\n\u201cMore traditional services providers are expected to include new delivery structures to accommodate end users that require services such as cloud, automation and security solutions,\u201d says IDC's\u00a0Rejano.\nWhile the shift is seen as a positive sign for the health of the overall IT outsourcing market, IDC reports that traditional outsourcers will feel the negative impact, at least in the short-term. \u201cFrom a market perspective, cloud continues to grow in the country, but the overall market value remains muted due to the lack of scale for ICT [Information and Communication Technology] deployment and availability of advanced skills in application migration in the Philippines,\u201d Rejano says.\nThe scalability, affordability and agility of cloud services are driving change in the Philippines market, according to IDC. Among the advantages of cloud managed services offer over traditional managed services are factors like reduced capex and accelerated time to market.\nRejano adds that overall the outsourcing market in the Philippines remains a healthy one. "Traditional IT outsourcing has been cannibalised by models such as IaaS or SaaS that provide more flexible payments, which reduced the size of traditional IT outsourcing contracts\/deals. However, contained within the whole IT outsourcing market are managed cloud services, which ultimately are substituting for the traditional part of this market."