Roundup: Defontana-Asexma, UC-IBM, Symantec, data protection

- Thursday, September 15, 2011

Roundup: Defontana-Asexma, UC-IBM, Symantec, data protection

Chilean cloud-based ERP software firm Defontana has signed a collaboration agreement with local association of manufacturers and service exporters Asexma, the entities said in a statement.

With this agreement, Defontana will have access to Asexma member exporting firms, while the latter will receive support to implement Defontana's ERP software.

Additionally, Defontana will be able to participate in several events and conferences to promote its software services.

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Founded in 2000, Defontana provides ERP solutions to midsize firms through a software as a service (SaaS) model in Chile, Peru, Mexico, Bolivia and Ecuador.

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The faculty of engineering at Chile's Universidad Católica (UC) and IBM (NYSE: IBM) have signed a cooperation agreement to jointly develop scientific and technological projects, the university said on its website.

The agreement seeks to promote joint research collaboration projects, human capital training, and joint innovation of products, services and processes that contribute to the country's progress, according to the faculty's dean, Juan Carlos de la Llera.

Talks by specialists, possible joint research, academic events and consultancy services are some of the activities that could be undertaken as part of the agreement.

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US security firm Symantec (Nasdaq: SYMC) has appointed Wagner Tadeu as VP for Latin America as of October, the company said in a statement.

The executive, based in Symantec's office in Brazil, will be responsible for leading the Latin American team and defining business strategies to maximize growth and expansion opportunities in four geographic areas - Brazil, Mexico, North of Latin America (NOLA) and South of Latin America (SOLA).

Tadeu will also be in charge of developing new business focused on the company's solutions and services.

With more than 20 years of experience in the IT industry, Tadeu previously served as Symantec's general director for Brazil.

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Commercial databases in Costa Rica must now be registered and pay a tax under the country's new personal data protection law, local ICT chamber Camtic said on its website.

Databases must be registered with data protection agency Prodhab, created under the new law, and pay a tax of US$200. Databases will also have to pay between US$0.25 and US$1.00 for each sale.

The new regulation will be applicable for databases that distribute and sell data, and it excludes personal or corporate databases.

On September 5, Costa Rica enacted a personal data protection law that regulates the management and processing of personal information from public and private institutions.