Roundup: Neoris, Red Cross-Microsoft, Prometeo project, Urmet Daruma

- Monday, September 26, 2011

Roundup: Neoris, Red Cross-Microsoft, Prometeo project, Urmet Daruma

Latin American IT consulting firm Neoris is launching in Mexico a collaboration business network to optimize productivity in organizations, the company said in a statement.

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The Colombian Red Cross is signing an alliance with Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) to strengthen its technology and continue helping and supporting vulnerable people in the country, the institution said in its website.

The alliance includes a US$2.5mn donation in software and unified communications tools aimed at sharing information and resources during emergencies.

The agreement will benefit the Red Cross units throughout the country and will also include the transfer of knowledge in technology issues.

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Costa Rica's ICT ministry and Ecuador's embassy to the country will launch a joint initiative on September 28 to strengthen research in science and technology, local IT and telecoms chamber Camtic said on its website.

The Prometeo project will include activities to reinforce research capabilities of science and technology institutions through the work of researchers and foreign specialists.

The initiative will focus on several research areas, such as life sciences, production and innovation.

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Italian IT and telecommunications multinational Urmet Daruma has appointed Marcelo Menezes as commercial director in Brazil, the company said in a statement.

The executive, with Urmet Daruma for 10 years, was in charge of the company's commercial activities for the automation division. He will now assume responsibilities for the telecom and IT business as well, with the goal of promoting convergence of the company's lines of business together with the partner network.

The company has been operating in Brazil for 40 years.