By Narayan Ammachchi
The digital economy accounts for 3.2 percent of GDP in Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Mexico, says a new study from the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).
As far as the digital economy is concerned, the ECLAC says, countries in the region are progressing at ‘two very different technological speeds’.
In some countries, information and communications technologies (ICTs) are having a positive impact on economic growth, while in other countries progress is slower.
“The three most advanced countries have 15 times as much development than the ones lagging the furthest behind. Furthermore, the digital divide between Latin America and countries of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in terms of mobile broadband is getting wider (11% versus 55% penetration in 2011),” said Alicia Bárcena, ECLAC Executive Secretary, addressing the ongoing Ministerial Conference on the information society …
By STAFF REPORT
India-headquartered outsourcing firm Hexaware Technologies has launched one more delivery center in Mexico, further expanding its footprint in the Latin American region.
The new center, located in the Northeastern city of Saltillo, is the company’s third facility in Mexico and it is focused on clients in North and Latin America.
Hexaware currently has 300 employees in Mexico, serving 30 customers, and the company says it is looking to hire 85 IT professionals for the new facility.
The new delivery center will offer outsourcing services in areas, including business intelligence, analytics (BI/BA), remote infrastructure management services (IMS), the Indian firm stated in a press release.
“The opening of the new development center is in response to the growth we are experiencing in the IT market and this will help us to further strengthen Hexaware’s presence and add value to more customers from this region,” said PR …
Is your company ready to establish an offshore operation? This move might be the right step at precisely the right time, or it could mean acting beyond your current capabilities. There are five stages of maturity, and knowing your company’s current stage is crucial to successfully engaging with an offshore software development company.
By James Bargent
For an ever growing body of IT evangelists, the tech revolution has the potential to drive development and reduce social inequality across the globe. But with developing countries still playing catch-up in the tech realm, the question remains: How? Finding an answer to that question has been the goal driving Coderise, a program started by a group of young social entrepreneurs and IT specialists.
Significant innovations and changes in how software is developed and deployed have created an impact on the IT outsourcing (ITO) market in the past few years. Alan D. MacCormack, MBA Class of 1949 Adjunct Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School and an innovation/product development specialist, recently spoke with Nearshore Americas about how the ITO marketplace is evolving in tandem with the changing software environment.
By Dan Berthiaume
For a US software company to open a development center in Latin America is nothing new. However, when a Latin American company opens a development center in the US, it is certainly newsworthy. Totvs Inc., a major Brazilian technology/software provider specializing in solutions for small-to-mid-sized businesses (but not exclusively) with headquarters in Sao Paolo and a global client base, recently opened a development center in Mountain View, CA, in the heart of Silicon Valley.
By Jon Tonti
The same behavior that got Paraguayan president Fernando Lugo kicked out of office – mainly not consulting with relevant constituencies and mandating his own ill-informed agenda from the top down with poor results – has also put a temporary dent in the country’s surging ICT sector.
Although Guatemala offers strong infrastructure, favorable pricing, and proximity to the United States, the country still has a way to go when it comes to English language call center and BPO services. Luis David, Director of Invest Guatemala, talked to us about the strides this Central American nation has made, and what lies ahead for a country that actually has developed a pretty solid BPO resume.
Stefanini IT Solutions, one of the biggest players in the IT and Outsourcing industry in Brazil, has just made another move towards expansion in Latin America — this time, towards the southern part of the continent. The company founded and managed by Marco Stefanini has now bought Top Systems, one of the biggest producers of core banking software in Uruguay.
By Leonardo Mattiazzi
Agile has been largely regarded as an ideal fit for today’s business challenges (for a reference, check the Forrester Research Feb. 2012 report, “Determine The Business And IT Impact Of Agile Development”).
And, from our experience, the business benefit of using Agile is magnified when it is coupled with the application of Lean principles, such as establishing a continuous flow of constant throughput. This principle, known as heijunka in the Lean vernacular, when applied to software development means creating a continuous delivery model, with a fixed-size team that undertakes several different projects one after another (of course, using Agile methods in each one of them). By doing so, we are able to eliminate several different sources of waste, and significantly decrease the actual cost of these projects (in our estimates, by at least 25% in the long run), as well …