Roundup: Crystalis, Kronos, Tata, Cisco

- Monday, December 5, 2011

Roundup: Crystalis, Kronos, Tata, Cisco

Spanish IT consultancy firm Crystalis Consulting has launched a tailored solution for the metallurgical industry, the company said in a statement.

The solution, Crystalis myIron, is based upon SAP's All-in-One platform and is aimed at small and medium enterprises (SMEs), Crystalis said.

In Latin America, Crystalis operates in Argentina, Chile, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Peru, Brazil and Mexico.

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US workforce management solutions provider Kronos' CEO, Aron Ain, and Massachusetts state governor Deval Patrick will visit Brazilian enterprises, public authorities and executives looking for business opportunities, the former announced in a statement.

The visit will take place December 4-9 and is intended to be part of a joint strategy between Massachusetts and Brazil to boost jobs and develop partnerships.

"Kronos began operations in the country [Brazil] largely because our multinational clients would tell us they needed us here. It is clearly one of the most exciting developing economies in the world," Ain said.

In 2010, bilateral agreements between Massachusetts and Brazil reached US$475mn - some US$396mn in exports to Brazil and US$80mn in imports to Massachusetts.

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Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) is commercially launching in Brazil its "Virtual Indurator" solution, targeting the mining industry, the company said in a release.

The software is said to reduce fuel consumption up to 3% in mining industrial units, by streamlining the hardening process during the pelletization of iron ore particles, an operation considered crucial to steel and mining industries.

According to TCS, Brazilian pellet maker Samarco, controlled by mining giants Vale and BHP, is already using of the solution, developed in Tata's research center in Pune, India.

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Cisco Systems (Nasdaq: CSCO) will host a live free virtual event aimed at Latin American IT professionals, the company said in a statement.

According to Cisco, the "Learning@Cisco" talent development fair will offer local IT professionals an opportunity to interact with experts, learn about new educational advancements, download training and career-related materials, view live sessions, and network with other professionals in the IT industry.

The event will take place December 8, from 8am to noon (US Pacific Time). Advanced registration is required and can be done on the company's website.