Roundup: Microsoft, iSonic-Verbatim, trade mission, ICT Forum

Friday, September 23, 2011

Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) has appointed Felipe Sánchez as Latin American director for the Microsoft Business Solutions (MBS) division, the company said in a statement.

The MBS division includes the company's enterprise software products suite Dynamics for enterprise resource management (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM).

With Microsoft since 1996, Sánchez will now be based in Mexico to support business partners in Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as develop a strategic area for Microsoft to boost the company's vision in cloud computing.

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iSonic, an IT and electronics distributor in Brazil, has signed a partnership agreement with the local unit of data storage technology company Verbatim, the latter said in a statement.

iSonic will distribute Verbatim's lines of memory cards, pen drives and portable hard drives.

The distributor is looking to reinforce its portfolio to address the increasing demand for portable products in the local market. "It's a market in expansion in Brazil," said Raquel Rodrigues, iSonic's commercial manager.


Chilean IT companies América Internet, Boomerangip, Defontana, Kefa Tecnología and Mediatools will be visiting Costa Rica on October 3-5 to study opportunities for entering the local market, ICT chamber Camtic said on its website.

The visit is part of a trade mission organized by promotion agency ProChile, Chilean industrialists association Sofofa, and Camtic.

"We chose Costa Rica because it has a leading position in the region as a market with great dynamism in ICT in Central America, and because it is the country with the largest investments in the region. In addition, there is an excellent business relationship between the two countries," said Jeannette Víquez, deputy director of commercial management at ProChile for Central America and the Caribbean.


Mexico's Tecnológico de Monterrey institute, the international cooperation project Pro Ideal Plus and Mexico's national science and technology council will host an ICT Forum on October 10, ICT chamber Camtic said on its website.

The forum will be an opportunity for international leaders from Europe and Latin America to strengthen their cooperation activities in science and technology.

The event will also focus on reviewing opportunities to increase and improve the participation of Latin America in cooperation projects in digital technologies, research and development under the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Community.