Feb. 27, 2009 SDF Colombia

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On February 27, 2009 at the Four Seasons in East Palo Alto, SDForum and the Colombian Government Trade Bureau presented how and why companies can outsource their IT to Colombia. Text from DJCline.com

Jaime Echavarria introduced Colombian Government Vice President Francisco Santos who presented the facts about doing business in Colombia that can lower costs, improve margins and gain access to new markets. Text from DJCline.com

Santos is a human rights activist who has dedicated his life to a free press, transparency and sustainable environmental business practices. He sees the path to freedom through economic development and technology. He believes Colombia has the historical and current infrastructure to meet the needs of near shoring companies. Text from DJCline.com

Using Economist Intelligence Units (EIU), Colombia compares well with other countries. Unlike Asian or Europe, Colombia is in the same time zones as the United States. They have a degree of property rights protection equal to India and higher than China. The quality of their skilled labor force is higher than both. An engineer’s average gross income of $15,000 USD is equal to Mexico’s and half of Brazil’s. A call center operation is cheaper in Colombia than Mexico. Out of 181 countries, Colombian environmental reforms are 53rd, better than neighboring Venezuela’s 174th ranking. If the technology market has a demand for a particular set of technical skills, the government will make sure training is available to meet that need. Text from DJCline.com

Walter Reichert, Director of International Trade Development at Hewlett Packard gave a special testimonial about HP’s success in Colombia. Several other leading IT companies are in Colombia, including BPO and Software Development specialists like Amadeus, Dell, EDS, IBM, Microsoft, SAP, Softek, Tata, and Unisys. Text from DJCline.com

Several Colombian companies were on hand to talk about what they offer like PSL, Intergrupo, MVM, Allus, Cargraphics Services, Outsourcing S.A, Heinsohn Sofware House, Andicall, and Teledatos. Text from DJCline.com

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