Roundup: CSN-Neoris, Latu-Novell, SAP, Crystalis

- Friday, July 1, 2011

Roundup: CSN-Neoris, Latu-Novell, SAP, Crystalis

Brazilian steelmaker CSN (NYSE: SID) expects annual savings of 375,000 reais (US$240,023) from a project implemented by Latin American IT consultancy Neoris to migrate its corporate portal on the internet, Neoris said in a statement.

The project, with an expected ROI of one year, is part of efforts by CSN's IT department to reduce costs and prepare the IT infrastructure to implement new systems such as CRM.

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The company's corporate portal comprises nine websites that used to be maintained by an infrastructure and services provider, representing a high cost for the IT department.

With the migration process, the nine sites will be managed in-house through SAP NetWeaver Enterprise Portal, a platform the company was already using for its intranet, eliminating hosting and support services.

From 2012, the company expects 280,000 reais in annual savings.

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Uruguayan technological lab Latu has chosen US software firm Novell's SecureLogin solution to improve access security and control to corporate information for its 400 users, both entities said in a statement.

Novell's solution will provide users with a single password to access several applications, allowing the unification of access. Along with a reduction in downtime and help desk calls by Latu employees - both caused by constant changing of forgotten passwords - the solution has cut IT costs.

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Software giant SAP (NYSE: SAP) launched the SAP for Public Security solution during its first seminar on public safety innovation in Mexico City, SAP said in a statement.

The solution is aimed at security, intelligence and emergency response government agencies to improve their organization, technology and operations.

SAP for Public Security provides a set of tools for identity management, border and immigration control, intelligence and police forces, emergency management and civil protection.

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IT firm Crystalis Consulting, part of Spanish holding Grupo Seidor, is starting to address the SME market in Chile, the company said in a statement.

As part of an overall growth strategy, Crystalis - a SAP strategic partner in Chile - will start offering SAP Business One, an ERP solution customized in more than 40 countries and available in 22 languages.

Though many large corporations already use SAP platforms for their headquarters, they might choose SAP Business One for their smaller subsidiaries or divisions.

Chile will serve as a base to develop SAP Business One throughout Latin America, Grupo Seidor commercial director Carlos Iribarren said.