Roundup: Jamaica cloud computing, OLPF, Teradata-SAS, BarCamp 2011

- Thursday, November 3, 2011

Roundup: Jamaica cloud computing, OLPF, Teradata-SAS, BarCamp 2011

Jamaica's government is testing the implementation of cloud computing services, the communication ministry said in a statement.

According to commerce, investment and industry permanent secretary Reginald Budhan, the country is looking at the cloud computing industry to automate its public services, "thereby delivering improved, quality services to the citizens."

Budhan confirmed the interest during a two-day cloud conference in capital Kingston, organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Mona School of Business.

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The first batch of 5,000 netbooks in Guyana's nationwide digital program is being distributed to the population, the government informed in a statement.

The move is part of the country's One Laptop per Family Program (OLPF) launched in January. The 5,000 Haier netbooks are valued more than US$1.4mn, the government said.

OLPF's senior project manager, Sesh Sukhdeo, said the project has received some 44,000 applications.

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Data warehousing specialist Teradata and the Chilean unit of US software provider SAS are joining forces in Chile, the former said in a release.

The partnership will allow for the integration of the companies' portfolios, focused on data warehousing and business analytics, to streamline big data management processes.

According to SAS Institute Chile manager Marcelo Sukni, the companies will be able "to maximize previous investments in data management, business intelligence and decision-making analysis, as well as optimizing the quality, consistency and management of their data for regulatory requirements."

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The city of Buenos Aires will host on November 6 the fifth edition of BarCamp Buenos Aires, the local version of the design and entrepreneurship technology conference.

According to the organizers, nearly 2,500 people are expected to attend, which would make it the biggest event of its kind in Latin America.

Microsoft, Google, the Buenos Aires city government, Intel, ITBA and Samsung are among this year's main sponsors.