J. P. Marshall Associates Inc. is a Barbadian owned firm with offices in Barbados, Trinidad and Canada. The company specializes in Network Design and Implementation, CRM Solutions, Document Management and Portal Solutions, ERP Accounting and Financial Solutions, Disaster Recovery, End to End IT Support, Break Fix, Cloud and Business Intelligence. To date, J. P. Marshall Associates has completed IT projects in twenty-one countries worldwide.
Paul Marshall, Managing Director
‘Thanks to the increasingly high level of technology that is available today, including cloud services, businesses no longer need to invest heavily in a large-scale server infrastructure. This provides an immediate competitive advantage to any company, even a small business, which can access the appropriate technology. It is against that background that I believe that the creation of a truly world-class ICT services based framework for Barbados could be part of the catalyst that would carry our businesses out of this economic slump and propel our country forward into the new dynamic that exists in the world of business today.
We already have a very solid ICT infrastructure by which Barbadian companies can supply services to match any in the region. As an example of the quality of the local infrastructure, our company has a client, a major international company headquartered in the UK, that recently conducted an audit of the ICT capacity of each of its branch offices in the region, and they identified Barbados as the only jurisdiction that met all of their ICT standards. So Barbados is in a strong position, and we already adhere to the same international standards and configurations that the major international companies are accustomed to, but we still need to go further. We now need to ensure that we can give incoming international investors the same world-class service that they are accustomed to getting in North America and Europe, or wherever, and to do so at a more competitive cost than we can offer right now.
And if we can achieve that basic goal, then I can see an opportunity for Barbados to establish an ICT services based economy, to allow international companies to use Barbadian based professionals to sell services from Barbados back into their own countries. In Barbados we have a number of advantages in that regard; such as we speak the same language, we are in the same time zone and we have a good supply of well-educated, well-trained, well-motivated people. In service sectors such as accounting, law, medicine, architecture and graphic design, Barbados has a remarkable talent pool and many of our professionals are underemployed; so let’s offer their services to the world. Our people could benefit from attractive salaries, but their fees would still represent a fraction of the cost that consumers would usually have to pay in their home countries.
I see this as a wonderful opportunity for Barbados and for international investors.’