Chilean IT association establishing a strong U.S. presence

Growing numbers of Chilean information technology companies are establishing partnerships and finding customers in North America through a program.

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Chilean information technology companies are rapidly expanding their services in North America, exporting specialized knowledge developed on home shores.

Chile-IT, the umbrella organization of the Chilean Association of Information and Communications Technologies companies (ACTI) that represents leading IT companies in the country, said that since mid 2009, growth in U.S. partnerships and customers for Chilean companies has generated US$1 billion in IT revenue in Chile.

“The information technology industry is growing rapidly in Chile and the country has undeniably emerged to be the next IT outsourcing hub and premier nearshore destination for U.S. companies,” said Juan Carlos Muñoz, chief executive officer of Chile-IT. “U.S. companies and partners are increasingly taking advantage of Chile-IT’s technology expertise, diversity of service specializations, geographical advantage and cultural similarity.

“U.S. companies and partners can also begin to benefit from the IT resources of Latin America that we can provide in an organized and stable environment,” Muñoz added.

Chile-IT announced its recent success as two new companies signed on with the organization – Eticsa, the leading Datacenter and Control Rooms designer and integrator in Latin America and  IT consulting service provider Datco.

Already Chile-IT’s member companies include Coasin Global Services (application development and remote infrastructure managed services), Excelsys (online banking technology), Ki Teknology (digital marketing and web development),

In a question and answer session with Muñoz posted on technology news website ZDnet.com, the CEO said that Chilean companies want to not only set up more offices in the United States but to hire staff from there.

Meanwhile, IT companies in the United States, such as GenShare, are setting up offices in growing numbers in Chile to take advantage of the country’s dependable, state-of-the-art infrastructure and government initiatives such as Start-UP Chile as the country seeks to establish itself as the silicon valley of Latin America.

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