Roundup: IT secretary, Experian-Computec, Softsul, Aktio

Friday, November 11, 2011

Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa has appointed René Ramírez as secretary of higher education, science and technology, replacing Manuel Baldeón, state-run media outlet El Ciudadano reported.

The appointment is part of several changes Correa has made in his cabinet.

Ramírez holds a master's degree in development economics from the Institute of Social Studies, in the Netherlands; a master's degree in government and public affairs from the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) in Mexico; and a graduate degree in quantitative methodology from the University of Michigan. The official has held several positions in the public sector.

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Dublin-based credit checking company Experian has completed acquiring 98% of Colombian credit services information provider Computec for US$380mn, the former said in a statement.

The acquisition, announced May 2011, further strengthens Experian's Latin American presence.

Computec is the leading credit bureau in the Colombian market, with operations in Venezuela and Peru.


Brazilian software development association Softsul will conduct training courses on software and IT services export in Porto Alegre, Softsul said in a statement.

Between November 2011 and February 2012, Softsul will conduct the courses as part of a training cycle in business management for the software and IT services industry.

The courses are aimed at entrepreneurs, stakeholders, consultants, researchers, teachers and professionals linked to the software industry.


Latin American IT products distributor Aktio is holding a road show in Chilean capital Santiago, on November 16, the company said in a statement.

During the event, the company will hold a meeting for CIOs from several companies - including Enap, Cementos Melón and social security institution Caja de Compensación La Araucana - to analyze the supplier-client relationship.

In addition, a partner summit will be held to present Aktio's objectives and strategies for 2012.