Logica to have new data center operational by 2H12

- Friday, August 26, 2011

Logica to have new data center operational by 2H12

The South America division of UK systems integrator Logica is wrapping up plans to build a new data center in Brazil, its second, which the company expects to be operational by the second half of 2012, Latin America CEO Edson Leite told BNamericas.

"We're currently in an internal approval stage [of the project], which is likely to be concluded this quarter," he said.

The executive was unable to specify the exact amount to be invested in the new data center or its exact location. Logica's first data center is in Mogi das Cruzes, in São Paulo state.

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Leite foresees above-market global growth for the company, of more than 10%, this year. According to the executive, Logica has a clear business target of creating solutions that bundle cloud and mobile services - such as the newly developed Logica Mobile Banking solution.

"I'd say that more than solutions themselves, we're investing in new business models, trying to offer new ways of doing business. That's our path," he said.

In Brazil - which according to Leite is one of the company's main markets - Logica's client base is mainly from the energy, utilities, telecoms and media sectors. But the executive highlighted that the company is courting a variety of other segments as well.

LATIN AMERICA

The CEO also anticipates that Logica is due to open a new office in Mexico this year.

Leite did not provide further details, but highlighted the company's ongoing operations in other Latin America countries - such as Argentina, Colombia, Peru and Venezuela - through the May purchase of Spanish firm Gesfor.

The goal of the acquisition was for Logica to expand business in a new geographic area, particularly in the Iberian cluster, as well as some Latin American countries, Pierre Audoin Consultants (PAC) said in a statement at the time.

Latin America represented about 30% of Gesfor's revenues, with presence in Chile, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Panama, Venezuela and Peru.

Worldwide, Logica tends to seek global partnerships in local markets, Leite said.