Roundup: LinkedIn, Stefanini-Oracle, Cessi, Capgemini-Unilever

- Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Roundup: LinkedIn, Stefanini-Oracle, Cessi, Capgemini-Unilever

Professional social network LinkedIn (NYSE: LNKD) is opening its first Latin American office in São Paulo, which will serve as regional headquarters, the company said in a statement.

LinkedIn also announced the appointment of Osvaldo Barbosa de Oliveira as country manager of the Brazilian unit. He will lead efforts to increase awareness and adoption of LinkedIn in Brazil, as well as continue to help grow LinkedIn's three lines of business - member subscriptions, marketing solutions and hiring solutions.

Since the launch of a Portuguese-language version in April 2010, LinkedIn's membership in Brazil has grown sixfold to more than 6mn professionals. LinkedIn has nearly 14mn members across Latin America, including in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru.

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Stefanini Knowledge Solutions, the professional training unit of Brazilian IT solutions firm Stefanini, has signed a partnership to provide training in Oracle (Nasdaq: ORCL) technologies in Latin America, the company said in a statement.

The training courses will start in January 2012, initially in Brazilian cities São Paulo, Belo Horizonte and Porto Alegre.

Stefanini will be the only Oracle Partner Delivery in the market, and expects to train 1,500 professionals in the first half of 2012.

The alliance certifies Stefanini Knowledge Solutions in Oracle Partner Delivery and recognizes the company as a training partner in Oracle technologies such as PeopleSoft, OBIEE, WebLogic, WebCenter, Hyperion and SOA BPM.

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Argentine software chamber Cessi announced the winners of the Sadosky Awards 2011, which recognize the best projects and initiative in the IT industry in Argentina.

The Sadosky Gold award was given to US biometrics software firm AuthenWare, for developing biometric ID verification software.

The Sadosky Community award, given for the first time with votes from more than 1,500 people through social networks, went to the Intel Learn program, a joint initiative between Fundación Evolución and Intel.

During the awards ceremony, an addition10 companies were recognized for their work and performance in the sector during 2011. They were: Baufest, Competir, G&L Group, Prominente, Hexacta, Microsoft, TGV, Neoris, Unitech and Finnegans.

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French technology services consultancy Capgemini has been selected as Unilever's global business intelligence partner, to work alongside Unilever's IT and business teams in delivering a major transformation program over the next three years, the former said in a statement.

The project will create Unilever's first enterprise data warehouse (EDW), providing real-time data on its customers, markets and operations worldwide to support decisions on all company plans and activities.

The program will involve migrating legacy data warehouses into the new EDW and providing new data mining and analytical tools. It is also expected to deliver sustainable cost savings both in IT and across Unilever's business operations worldwide.

The Capgemini team working on the project will be led from the UK and based in a number of locations around the world, including Continental Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia-Pacific.