Roundup: F-Secure, Banco de Chile-Chilenter, programming contest, RedPrairie

- Thursday, October 27, 2011

Roundup: F-Secure, Banco de Chile-Chilenter, programming contest, RedPrairie

Finnish security solutions provider F-Secure has appointed Renato Afonso Oliveira as marketing director for Latin America, the company said in a statement.

Afonso Oliveira will report to Ascold Szymanskyj, F-Secure's sales and operations VP for Latin America.

With more than 12 years of experience in the IT and telecommunications industry, the executive has previously worked for Brasil Telecom and Telefónica. He has a degree in business administration from Brazil's Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG) and an MBA in digital marketing from Fundação Getúlio Vargas.

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Chile's second largest bank, Banco de Chile (NYSE: BCH), has pledged the donation of 500 computers to local foundation Chilenter, the latter said in a statement.

The bank will also donate more than 2,000 computer peripherals, including 900 printers, six servers, biometric equipment, projectors and scanners, which will be reused and recycled by Chilenter.

After receiving the computers, Chilenter's will aim to recondition and distribute them to social organizations, nonprofit foundations and subsidized educational establishments across the country.

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The Chilean society of information technology (SCCC) and Universidad Diego Portales' ICT department in the school of engineering are organizing the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest, the university said in a statement.

The ACM is an annual competition on computer programming and algorithms among universities around the world, where engineering and science students work in teams to solve problems for the rapid development of software.

The contest will be held in Chile on November 5, in parallel with several cities in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela.

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Global supply chain and retail technology provider RedPrairie Corporation closed its user conference in Mexico City, RedShift:2011, with over 500 registered attendees representing 200 companies, more than double the attendance from previous years, the company said in a statement.

The event, co-hosted by RedPrairie partner netLogistiK, included an update of RedPrairie's development efforts throughout Latin America, along with product, customer and partner news and exhibitions.

RedPrairie has solutions deployed in more than 700 sites throughout Latin America, and has invested heavily in talent, offices, partnerships and technology to serve its customer portfolio, which includes 50 companies in the region.