Amazon Web Services opens Colombian office, eyes Chile

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Amazon Web Services (AWS) this week opens its first office in Bogotá, Colombia, its second in Latin America after having opened one in Brazil, and the US giant is studying opening an office in Chile both as AWS and a distribution center for Amazon.com, according to press reports.

The company, which offers cloud computing, storage, database and business application services, has global clients including Netflix, Bayer and LG Electronics.

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Diario Financiero quoted AWS Latin American regional head Marcos Grilanda as saying that cloud computing has seen fast adoption in Chile and AWS is actively seeking to hire professionals with a specialization in the areas of sales, public sector, marketing and engineering.

Fashion Week reported last year that AWS had also been recruiting talent in Argentina for its Madrid offices.

Diario Financiero also reported that Amazon plans to build a distribution center in Chile for its Prime Now express delivery service.

During a visit to Brazil last year, AWS' head of global public sector sales told BNamericas that government entities were adopting cloud services as a cost-cutting measure during the economic downturn, and that has led to AWS maintaining sustainable growth rates in Latin America.

AWS has key contracts with government bodies in Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Costa Rica and Guatemala, among others.