Capgemini, one of the largest multinational IT companies in the world with presence in 40 countries and more than 50 years of experience, will open a subsidiary in Bogotá to offer its services to local clients and subsequently to clients based in other Latin American countries while using Colombia as its regional base of operations.
“Colombia is a key country in our regional expansion strategy; it’s a country experiencing strong growth that has a very capable workforce and a very competitive cost structure. For that reason we decided to open offices here,” said Peter Kroll, Senior Vice President of Capegemini North Latam.
Proexport Colombia facilitated Capgemini’s landing in Colombia; the company will generate 400 jobs in the next two years. “’We look for computer scientists that have graduated from Colombian universities and we train them to provide Capegemini services to national clients and to other clients in the region,” explained Kroll.
“More and more companies from all sectors are requiring IT services, it is a growth industry in Colombia. According to the figures of the Superintendencia de Sociedades y el Ministerio de Tecnologías de la Información y las Comunicaciones, the principle companies in the sector earned around $550 million USD in revenue during 2011,” declared Maria Claudia Lacouture, president of Proexport.
The announcement happened at the 2012 ANDI Outsource Services conference where Kroll emphasized the potential of Colombia as an export platform to the countries that it has free trade agreements with and the opportunity to enter new markets such as the United States.
Capegemini has 108,000 employees worldwide and already has subsidiaries in Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Guatemala and Chile. They specialize in maintenance of infrastructure and process applications, the implementation of business intelligence systems and ERP among other services.
Proexport, the entity in charge of attracting foreign investment to Colombia, offers services to interested investors such as tailored information in the form of contacts in the public and private sectors, accompaniment and scheduling related to country visits, and continued support to foreign investors that choose Colombia.