Members of the third annual Nearshore Americas Power 50 Ranking – announced here today – demonstrate the real character of this emerging, chaotic and scrappy young industry. The ranking, which is the result of a five-month nomination and review process, strives to bring to light the spark and inspiration that powers the Nearshore business community. The list is remarkable for several reasons.
By Narayan Ammachchi
Chile’s business and IT offshoring industry has, over the last few years, squandered its once high-ranking position in Latin America sourcing. The country’s right wing, hands-off government has deliberately avoided promoting the sector for the past few years and many well-connected executives in this otherwise high-performing country are angry and dismayed. “The new government has not taken the industry seriously in the first place,” says Gordana Stojkovic, the former Executive Director of Chile-IT, which itself was dissolved two years ago.
By Filipe Pacheco
It is a well-known fact that the Brazilian IT and outsourcing industry caters mostly to the domestic market. Yet the Brazilian IT industry is well positioned to take bigger profits from exporting service because the country’s currency (the real) continues to decrease in value against the U.S. dollar. At the same time, the weak currency has negatively impacted the country’s importing sector. During most of 2010 -2011, the real was a lot stronger in comparison with the dollar.
By Tarun George
Sergio Pessoa has big plans for San Francisco. The man tasked with opening and running APEX-Brasil’s newest US office, wants to put Brazilian small and midsize businesses right in front of Silicon Valley’s venture capitalists. This is an important move by Brazil to push its tech firms out of the domestic market where they have traditionally concentrated, and into the international space.
BY STAFF REPORT
IBM has opened two more facilities in Brazil and Mexico as the US technology giant intensifies its bid to tap into the growing wealth in the region’s smaller locales.
IBM has now moved into Brazil’s lesser-known Caxias do Sul, after it recently opened new branches in the cities of Sao Luis, Joinville and Natal. In Mexico, IBM has inaugurated a new facility in the city of Puebla following the opening of a new branch in the city of Toluca in October.
“The Latin American region continues its economic momentum and IBM is putting itself at the center of that growth,” said Roberto Alexander, Vice President, General Business, IBM Latin America. “By expanding our branch network we are able to work closely with our clients and partners and ensure that they benefit from the most advanced solutions and services available.”
The new facility – which increases IBM’s offices in …
Ana Maria Cruz de Souza is busy hunting for a laptop computer at a crowded shopping district in downtown São Paulo, the biggest city in Brazil. The 47-year-old woman says she wants to present the laptop to her 13-year-old daughter, Clarice, as a Christmas gift. She is also seeking to buy a tablet for Gabriel, her 16-year-old son born of her second marriage. They all live within a 25-kilometers radius of the central São Paulo, in the suburban Eastern zone of the city.
Rogerio Oliveira, chairman of Brazil’s Resource, says the speed and agility of cloud services are proving to outperform the traditional IT department.
Embraer CIO Alexandre Baulé talks about how IT is a ‘provider of know-how’ for internal customers.
“If you want to know what the world will look like in 50 years, come to Brazil” – says Antonio Gil, President of Brasscom at the recent Global IT Forum in Sao Paulo.
Over the past decade, BRIC economies have taken the ICT world by the storm. While China overtook the United States to become the world’s biggest ICT exporter, Brazil proved the point that Latin America is not far behind. Both the countries are dreaming big: Brazil expects to double its ICT revenue from the current $212 billion to $430 billion by 2022, catapulting itself from the 5th position to the third in the global ICT market. And China, on the other hand, wants to become an “innovative nation” by 2020 and a “scientific superpower” by 2050.