Mekano to re-open Lima office, plans 2012 opening in Colombia

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Chilean systems integrator and IT service provider Mekano expects to re-open its office in Peru this year and to expand into Colombia during 2012, company general manager Ricardo Steeger told BNamericas.

The company decided to close its Peruvian office in 2002 due to poor results and the country's negative economic scenario, but now "we are expecting to open the office in Lima again in the short term," he said.

With these new openings, the company estimates that operations outside Chile could account for 30% of Mekano's overall business in two years.

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Steeger said Mekano expects revenues to climb some 17% this year, compared to US$15mn last year.

Mekano has four business units - point of sales, outsourcing and support, consulting, and business applications. Steeger said the first unit accounts for some 35% of total revenues, followed by outsourcing and business applications, with 25% each. Meanwhile, the consulting services unit accounts for 15%.

At end-2010, Mekano had a client base of 140 companies. Steeger said the firm expects to add 15-20 new clients this year.

Among Mekano's partners are SAP (NYSE: SAP), Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) and Oracle (Nasdaq: ORCL). The company has deployed more than 200 ERP and CRM applications, as well as more than 50 business intelligence implementations.