Roundup: Blackboard, CPM Braxis Capgemini, Química True-Softland, Stefanini

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Global IT company Blackboard (Nasdaq: BBBB) has signed a new partnership in Brazil with local distributor of education publishing content Grupo A to help support growing demand for online learning in the country, the company said in a statement.

With this partnership, Blackboard will expand access to its solutions for online learning, mobile learning and web collaboration at schools and universities, as well as corporations, the government, the military and professional organizations.

In addition to working more closely with clients to support their use of Blackboard solutions, the partnership will also give the company an opportunity to better understand challenges and opportunities faced by Brazilian educational institutions.

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Brazilian IT services firm CPM Braxis Capgemini has been recognized by US software provider CA Technologies (NYSE: CA) as partner of the year in Latin America for the second time in a row, the companies said in a statement.

CA also recognized the company for its performance in four categories during fiscal 2010 - service assurance, virtualization, service automation and sales targets.

CA covers two-thirds of its customer base though its partners program, and developing joint business is one of the main pillars of its strategy.

In partnership with CPM Braxis Capgemini, CA Technologies offers IT services and infrastructure management tools for clients from several vertical markets.


Argentine chemical products company Química True has chosen Spanish administration software provider Grupo Softland's ERP solution Softland Logic to streamline its business processes, Softland said in a release.

Through its Argentine unit, Grupo Softland implemented the solution, which included accounting, tax, clients, billing, inventories, suppliers and production modules.

"This solution... has allowed us to centralize the company's operations through a remote connection for all facilities and branches, optimizing production and business processes," said Mariela Perkins, Química True systems director and project leader.

Química True develops chemical products for the automotive, metallurgy, steel and oil industries.


Brazilian IT company Stefanini is celebrating 15 years operating in Minas Gerais state with a 1.2mn-real (US$751,200) investment and the creation of Cetims, a technological center for the industrial, mining and steel sectors, the company said in a statement.

The center, based in the city of Belo Horizonte, seeks to help companies increase productivity and returns on IT investments in improving strategic production processes. Cetims will specialize in manufacturing, industrial automation and systems integration processes.

Stefanini has also announced a joint SAP and BI center in Belo Horizonte to promote the continued evolution of applications, as well as to help increase productivity and reduce costs through improved operational processes.