Roundup: Akamai, F5 Networks, Grupo Solutis, BTG Pactual-Calypso

- Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Roundup: Akamai, F5 Networks, Grupo Solutis, BTG Pactual-Calypso

Brazilian retail brokerage company BanifInvest has experienced 40% improvement in site speed with the implementation of US content delivery service provider Akamai Technologies' (Nasdaq: AKAM) Dynamic Site Accelerator solution, the companies said in a statement.

Implemented by Akamai's partner Brazilian IT services provider Exceda, the solution provides BanifInvest's customers a rapid sign-up process and fast access to online applications, whether to buy and sell shares or to obtain market information.

"All transaction activities are conducted in an encrypted manner, which is mandatory in the financial services market," said Brad Rinklin, VP of global marketing and alliances at Akamai.

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US applications delivery company F5 Networks (Nasdaq: FFIV) has appointed Maurício Ochi as business manager for Brazil's financial market, the company said in a statement.

Ochi has 18 years of experience in the ICT solutions market for the financial sector, and his mission will be to expand the company's presence in the segment, particularly in the northern and northeastern regions.

With a degree in business administration from Brazil's Pontifícia Universidade Católica (PUC-SP), the executive has previously worked for Global Crossing, Iqara Telecom/CTBC Telecom and Contax.

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Brazilian consortiums Fonte Nova and Grêmio have tapped ICT solutions and services provider Grupo Solutis to provide IT support for 2014 World Cup locations in Salvador (Bahia state) and Porto Alegre (Rio Grande do Sul state), Grupo Solutis said in a statement.

Grupo Solutis' goal will be to analyze factors such as costs, technical feasibility and solution integration to meet requirements such as business models, local legislation and culture to support operations at the sporting event.

The company, based in Bahia state, was founded by investors and entrepreneurs that focus on Brazil's IT market, as well as local group Grupo Unipartners.

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Brazil's largest investment bank, BTG Pactual, has chosen US software company Calypso Technology's systems to support its full range of portfolio assets, including OTC derivatives and securities, the companies said in a statement.

Using Calypso, BTG Pactual will consolidate several internally developed systems covering multiple asset classes onto a single platform that can be configured to handle Brazilian conventions and rules, in addition to the international portfolio.

In the first phase, BTG Pactual will implement Calypso's back-office system for interest rate and equity derivative products across the firm's global operations.