Roundup: Accenture, Callidus Software, iQuote Xpress, piracy bill

- Monday, January 10, 2011

Roundup: Accenture, Callidus Software, iQuote Xpress, piracy bill

US consulting and technology services firm Accenture (NYSE: ACN) will leverage its acquisition of German firm CAS Computer Anwendungs- und Systemberatung AG (CAS) to accelerate expansion in areas including Latin America, Accenture said in a statement.

Other geographies of interest include China and India.

CAS provides customer relationship management (CRM) and mobility software. The value of the acquisition was not disclosed.

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The Latin American division of DirecTV has acquired software from US sales performance management (SPM) solutions provider Callidus Software (Nasdaq: CALD), the latter company said in a statement.

DirecTV Latin America implemented a SaaS version of Callidus' sales performance management suite.

Callidus said the solution will help DirecTV optimize the management of its network of independent dealers across eight regional countries.

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Central American security technology provider Advance Systems Supply has tapped US firm iQuote Xpress for on-demand software, the latter company said in a statement.

Based in Southern California with international offices in Panama, iQuote Xpress specializes in management solutions for SMEs.

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Brazil's congress is set to debate a bill aimed at combating piracy, the country's justice ministry said in a statement.

The legislation will give authorities greater power to document counterfeit goods and confiscate machinery used to produce them.