Roundup: Academic agreement, Acronis-Adistec, Petrobras-Sonda, SAP

- Friday, September 16, 2011

Roundup: Academic agreement, Acronis-Adistec, Petrobras-Sonda, SAP

Costa Rican IT professionals association CPIC has signed an agreement with local higher education institution Cenfotec that is expected to benefit 6,100 CPIC members, ICT chamber Camtic said on its website.

Under the agreement, IT professionals will have access to a validation program for courses done in other academic centers. The program includes software development, telematics, IT integration and infrastructure, web development, telecommunications and SAP.

IT professionals will also be able to specialize in databases, business intelligence, cybersecurity and software quality.

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The agreement is part of Cenfotec's efforts to improve the quality of IT education and address the shortage of skilled professionals to attract high technology companies to the country.

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US IT company Acronis has entered a distribution relationship with value-added distributor Adistec to provide computing solutions for business customers and home users in Colombia, Chile and Peru, Acronis said in a statement.

Adistec will now sell, market and support Acronis' product suite of data backup and recovery solutions to resellers and managed service providers (MSPs).

Under the agreement, Adistec's channel partners will have access to Acronis products for data protection and disaster recovery for business and home.

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State-run energy major Petrobras (NYSE: PBR) has signed an agreement with the Brazilian unit of Chilean IT systems integrator Sonda to outsource all maintenance and updates of the company's SAP platform, Sonda said in a statement.

About 55,000 of Petrobras 150,000 employees have access to SAP's management solution.

Sonda will provide Petrobras support for preventive and corrective maintenance processes, development, system improvement, and ERP rollout and restructuring.

The contract was signed for three years and includes Petrobras operations in Brazil and 28 countries, as well as new companies acquired by the energy major.

Sonda has been a partner of Petrobras for the last 12 years, with currently 15 contracts in force.

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SAP (NYSE: SAP) has appointed Lizmar Blanco as partner program manager for Venezuela and the Caribbean, the company said in a statement.

Blanco, who joined SAP in 2003, will be in charge of developing, executing and managing partner programs to maximize business opportunities.

Blanco has a degree in business management from Venezuela's Universidad Central, and a degree in international finance from Universidad Metropolitana.