Roundup: Oracle, CNPq, Groupon, Sonda

Monday, December 12, 2011

Brazilian automotive glass company Autoglass has signed an agreement with Oracle to use its Exadata Database solutions, the latter informed in a statement.

According to Oracle, Autoglass' goal is to increase its storage capacity, gain efficiency in consultations and operations, and support its national growth, which has been at a 30-40% pace in the last few years.

"We have chosen Oracle's Exadata Database Machine after running benchmarking tests and realizing we would have significant gains in the processing power of our data and in expanding our storage infrastructure to support business growth," said Autoglass IT/Telecom manager Fabrício Ferri.

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Brazil's national council for scientific and technological development (CNPq) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have signed a partnership aiming to promote workshops and technological exchange between Brazilian and MIT researchers, the country's science and technology ministry informed.

The agreement was inked last week during a Massachusetts state committee visit to several Brazilian ICT firms, as well as with national and state authorities, intended to promote bilateral relations and boost joint programs.

MIT's International Science and Technology Initiatives program (Misti) is heading the partnership from the US side. A memorandum of understanding was signed by a representative of that program, Ben Schneider, and CNPq president Glaucius Oliva in Brasília.

The partnership also involves the efforts of the ministry's Ciência sem Fronteiras scientific program, which aims to grant up to 75,000 scholarships for Brazilians to study in top universities around the world and attract young foreign talent and experienced researchers to Brazil.


Argentine President Cristina Fernández has met with a group of executives from US collective purchase website Groupon at the Casa Rosada presidential palace, the government's communications department reported on its website.

Groupon CEO Andrew Mason, CFO Jason Child and regional managers Federico Malek (Argentina) and Alan Kraus (Uruguay) were present.

The meeting was also attended by the respective economy and industry ministers, Amado Boudou and Debora Giorgi. The topic of the conversations was not disclosed.


The Brazilian subsidiary of Chilean IT solutions firm Sonda has created a new unit to focus on business intelligence (BI) operations and services, the company said in a statement.

Sonda appointed Eduardo Pugliesi to head the company's new department.

According to the company, the new unit's focus will be providing "long-term visions linked to BI governance patterns, but with short-term and tangible results." Sonda also wants to expand the department to its other Latin America subsidiaries as well.