Roundup: Microsoft-Santo Tomás, Toshiba, SAP, IBM

- Friday, August 12, 2011

Roundup: Microsoft-Santo Tomás, Toshiba, SAP, IBM

The Chilean unit of Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) and local educational holding Corporación Santo Tomás have signed an agreement to promote the use of digital technologies in teaching and learning processes, the latter said in a statement.

The agreement seeks to improve the quality of primary, secondary and higher education through the use of software, programs and technological tools.

Under the Microsoft Education Alliance program, teachers and students from all Santo Tomás educational institutions in Chile will have access to Microsoft digital tools.

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Japanese electronics firm Toshiba is launching in Latin America Thrive AT105-SP0101L, the company's ticket to the tablet market, Toshiba said in a statement.

The Thrive tablet is based on the Android 3.1 Honeycomb platform. It has a 1GHz dual-core processor, with a SD card slot, mini-USB and full-size USB 2.0 ports, a full-size HDMI port, and a high-resolution 10.1" LED-backlit display.

"The big difference between tablets and laptops is that the former are very useful to read content, whereas the latter are more useful to create content. However, we do see tablets taking some market share from laptops in the mid term as they increase features," said Edgar González, sales VP for Toshiba's digital products division in South America and Central America.

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SAP (NYSE: SAP) has awarded the members of its partner ecosystem in Latin America and the Caribbean for their performance in 2010 in several categories, the company said in a statement.

During the SAP Latin America & Caribbean Executive Partner Summit held in Mexico, the company delivered 18 awards to recognize achievements in the number of certified and trained consultants, revenues, SAP Business All-In-One sales, SAP Business One new clients addition, and SAP BusinessObjects revenues.

Some of the companies awarded were Accenture and Sonda Procwork in Brazil; IBM, FusionWorks, Exxis, Crystalis and MVC Americas in Spanish speaking South America; and Deloitte, OptiSoft, and Bexap in Mexico.

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IBM (NYSE: IBM) will hold its IBM Systems Technical Conference Brazil 2011 in Campinas, São Paulo state, on October 24-26, the company said in a statement.

The conference will offer an update on IT knowledge for IBM's clients, partners and employees, including lectures and training sessions on platforms such as System z, and zEnterprise, Linux, considerations for a cloud computing strategy, virtualization and WebSphere.