Roundup: NCR-Bradesco, Microsoft, Baggio-Crystalis Consulting, F-Secure

- Thursday, July 28, 2011

Roundup: NCR-Bradesco, Microsoft, Baggio-Crystalis Consulting, F-Secure

US ATM and self-service solutions provider NCR (NYSE: NCR) and Brazil's second largest private sector bank, Bradesco (NYSE: BBD), have formed an alliance to manufacture and develop ATMs for Brazil's market, NCR said in a press release.

Scopus Tecnologia, a wholly owned Bradesco subsidiary, will acquire a 49% equity stake in NCR Manaus, a manufacturing and engineering operation that NCR opened in 2009.

As a result of the alliance, Bradesco signed an agreement for 30,000 ATMs over the next five years, with an initial order of more than 6,000 from NCR Manaus.

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NCR's sales, services and other employees will remain a separate company and continue to support to the company's other customers in Brazil.

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Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) has modified its software donation program to ease access to affordable technology for nonprofit organizations, the IT giant said in a statement.

The program, which has already provided more than US$3.9bn worth of software to nonprofits around the world since 1998, is currently available in over 100 countries worldwide. In Latin America, it is available in Brazil, Chile and Mexico.

The updates to the program include increasing from six to 10 the number of different Microsoft software products that can be requested, and removing the limit on software donation requests a year.

Additionally, three new categories of nonprofit organizations are now eligible for software donations - medical research organizations, private foundations, and amateur sports and recreational organizations.

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Argentina's food market company RPB (Baggio) has chosen Spanish IT consultancy firm Crystalis Consulting to implement a SAP solution, the latter said in a release.

RPB has been using a SAP business solution since 1999, but it needed to better integrate information management and control business processes, for which the company decided to implement an ERP solution.

The project's main objective involved re-implementing the SAP ERP solution and streamlining business processes, based on experience gained with the previous version.

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Finnish security solutions provider F-Secure has appointed Alexandre Lima as professional services director for Latin America, the company said in a statement.

With more than 20 years of experience in the ICT industry, Lima will be in charge of the company's support and technical operations.

Lima will report to F-Secure's sales and operations VP for Latin America, Ascold Szymanskyj.