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Roundup: Córdoba enterprise ICT, Indra insurance solutions, IBM

Roundup: Córdoba enterprise ICT, Indra insurance solutions, IBM

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The proportion of companies in the Argentine city of Córdoba with a specific IT department or IT personnel increased from 47% in 2008 to 57% in 2010, according to a study of 560 companies in the region, carried out by the Códroba province statistics department.

Some 90% of companies had an internet connection in 2010, with email, product information searching, and e-banking among the most widely used services. However, only 6% made use of online product distribution.

Meanwhile, the number of companies with their own website increased from 52% in 2008 to 64% in 2010.

The number of companies using the internet to order products in 2010 increased to 45%, while those making sales online increased to 21% in the year.

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Indra's core insurance industry solution iONE has been named the most advanced technological solution for the life insurance sector in Latin America by consultancy Celent, a division of the Oliver Wyman group focused on financial institutions, according to a release by Indra.

The solution is installed in over 20 countries in Latin America, the release said.

"IONE is the newest policy administration solution in the Latin American life and pension insurance sector. Taking its experience of the previous solution as a base, Indra has been able to combine modern programming language and a service-oriented architecture to allow clients to experience the benefits of easily integrating with any solution," Celent's senior Latin America analyst Juan Mazzini said.

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IBM (NYSE: IBM) has been recognized as Latin America's leader in competitive strategy for IT infrastructure outsourcing services by consultancy Frost & Sullivan, the latter said in a release.

IBM has developed and implemented a competitive strategy specialized by industry, and has consolidated its brand image and level of client satisfaction, the release said.

"As the mobile and cloud computing areas have gained in importance, the main challenge in the current market is to secure all corporate information, infrastructure and applications," according to Frost & Sullivan research analyst Bruno Tasco.