Designates Hir SME Sofol 150 mp for SMEs

Funded only to small firms affiliated Canacintra
Support stands at 10.5%, to a maximum period of 60 months

Hir SME Sofol approved an increase in budget of 150 million pesos to finance small and medium enterprises (SMEs) affiliated with the National Chamber of Industry (Canacintra).

In a statement, chaired by Leon Halkim Sofol noted that through the SME Productive Project, a program carried out in coordination with Canacintra and the Undersecretariat for Small and Medium Enterprises of the Ministry of Economy, has been allocated 235 million pesos for finance the purchase of equipment to 381 companies in the last two years.

The support’s CAT (Annual Total Cost) stands at 10.5 percent, to a maximum of 60 months and amounts to 1.5 million dollars per company.

With the new funds approved, which come from Sofol resources, it is expected that the balance of this program to the first quarter of next year is 385 million pesos to 381 companies that financed and supported a production plant of over 15 249 thousand jobs.

The goal for 2010 is to reach 500 million pesos to support nearly 550 companies, an increase of over 100 percent compared with 2009.


Reference: El Financiero, México.

Advantages of having a virtual office

In addition to reducing and even eliminate costs such as electricity, telephone and rent, virtual office keeps employees happier and can choose when to start their work day and not face the traffic.
According to Regus data, company of outsourcing working centers, a virtual office can generate savings of up to 60%, however, the same company recommends users follow a series of recommendations for the scheme proves successful, including
not completely eliminate the physical space.

With nine years as director of Regus, Monica Cerda claims to have gone through almost all posts that deal with operations and customer service, from being in receipt to be operations manager, now director of operations and CEO.


What are the advantages of a virtual office?

It released a study on how to make a virtual office that really works because many people do not realize that a virtual office may be the solution to control costs.

First, because it reduces all fixed costs involved in having someone inside a building, and your employee is much happier because it easy mobility and can decide from where to work, either from home or a Regus center and corporate and you can feel with the freedom of being able to move without having to go to the office to see how your personal work goes.

Do you think this solution will be successful in Mexico?

Regus interviewed about 500 employees in Mexico to learn how to increase productivity when people are happy and what percentage of them have thought to stop working distances, and was a high percentage, I think that 36% said yes, we know that about 70% of companies are considering moving it to this scheme to provide mobility to their employees because the technology is forcing us to that and would like to go a bit against trends it’s like before when big corporations had their lawyers or accountants in the payroll until someone said it would be better to hire an outsourcing and big corporations today are smaller, and we can still reduce the space more.

The companies will be able to save and give freedom to its people, and the other issue is that before you had to be there because the files were there, we could not move the computers, you had a cell phone and now all that has changed and you can be connected at any time of day.


Reference: El universal, México.

A code for SMEs

It is an example when Canada had its first public health crisis on the evil of mad cow disease; exports were closed for about two months. The second time it happened, it took just 24 hours to isolate the problem. How did they do? They did with the use of barcodes.

In this case, Miguel Angel Peralta, general director of the Mexican Association for Electronic Commerce Standards (AMECE), highlights the importance of connecting an economy with new technologies to assist in the administration.

In an interview, the manager tells how the association intends to establish by 2012 a standard to follow for all companies involved electronic billing, even for those small and medium companies.

- What is the purpose of AMECE?

- We are an association created by the biggest companies in the private sector to agree to use standards in areas such as electronic invoicing and the bar code, besides giving training courses and companies that require upgrade and optimize their processes.

We currently have over 12 thousand members and our goal now is to attract more businesses to electronic invoicing. We estimate that 30 thousand companies in Mexico have this operating system.

- Do you offer services and products?

- No. We are actually an interlocutor between business and technology. Those who come to us thinking of installing innovative technologies to streamline their processes. Here we guide and channel it to the companies that provide the installation of the infrastructure needed to operate electronic billing systems. We also conduct studies and surveys on the subject. Our task is more academic in that sense.

- Why integrate the use of technology to business management processes?

- Companies must increasingly focus their raw work. They can spend human resources or time to monitor tasks that have nothing to do with the reason of birth. By including these types of systems, companies gain that valuable time to be more productive and competitive.

To this must be added that in a global economy, our competitors, like Brazil or China, use these technologies to sell to the world. So the trademark Mexico should be prepared for this.

- Why help SMEs?

- Most of our members are SMEs. Big business is not difficult to convince them to enter this type of solution. For these, the role of AMECE is to offer the best in technology and market values. But this association was founded by major companies in the country. And most of their suppliers are SMEs. Therefore is its interest that all should come to these technologies.

- When will be all Mexican companies online electronic invoicing?

- The Tax Administration Service (SAT) believe it is enough time to 2011. We believe that it may take a little longer than that period.

Reference: El Universal, México

Support for digital entrepreneurs

From December 11th, AX Party, starts the business community 2.0 to take advantage of social networking and doing business in real time

Axeleratum Party (AX Party) is a visionary initiative that engages TechBA, an international accelerator for Mexican Business technology-based.
As explained in a statement, is an opportunity for innovative entrepreneurs who rely on the use of digital media for doing business in real time, have access to investors, international agencies and government programs that promote advanced vocation.

AX Party is a place on the Internet ( and offline where will be performers experts in business, businessmen and entrepreneurs to share experiences and add value to the network of participants with interest in growing their business and innovate.

TechBA (Technology Business Accelerator) provides such comprehensive support employers to bring their proposal to international markets like the U.S., Canada and Spain and thus promote their growth and innovation.

As part of this constant search for innovative companies, Jorge Zavala, director of TechBA Silicon Valley, will share with participants how business is done in the international arena.

This accelerator also gives a workshop for entrepreneurs in order to sell their successful business proposition and as soon as possible to potential customers in the technical "elevator pitch".

About the event, Javier Murillo, a partner in Visionary where Axeleratum collaborates with the project, explains that AX Party emerged with the interest of identifying those visionaries who understand that the future of business will be online where companies 2.0 coexist.

While the first generation of innovative entrepreneurs joined the Internet, the second joined the web 2.0 and it is now, says Murillo, who in just over 5 years visionaries integrate the business community 2.0.

In order to identify those who will shape this community, AX Party invites entrepreneurs and students who conduct their business presentations online or physically.

On December 11th of this year, from 6 am until 18 hours (time of Mexico City), AX Party submitted online at no cost each of the proposals of entrepreneurs as well as various workshops.

In parallel, it will carry out the present event from 8 am to 8 pm, although it will be accessed only by invitation.


Reference: El Universal, México.

Web Directories, Business Opportunity

Companies like Google Maps and Yellow Pages work their way into the net and hoping to capture users through the increasing adoption of Internet in Mexico

Internet use in Mexico increased 16.4% in 2008, reaching nearly 28 million surfers, according to the Mexican Internet Association (AMIPCI). The agency said this year that electronic commerce in the country billed thousand 768 million dollars in 2008, according to a study released in 2009. Therefore, Internet companies are confident that the services they offer there very soon generate large profits.
A market that is emerging these days is the web business directories, which offer companies to advertise to their users quickly locate via the Internet, providing phone, address, site map, photographs of the site and even videos, such as Google Maps, which recently launched this service in our country. Thus companies together with service providers online have opted to use digital technology to reduce costs.

In addition to Google Maps, there are companies dedicated to publishing companies with all their data, such as Yellow Pages, a company that had to tread cyber land (adapt or die) to provide advertising services to their customers online.

According to the AMIPCI, this type of virtual sales represents 2% in the Mexican market. Also supporting this issue, an important finding was found in the Survey of Consumer Digital Media 2009, developed by the Interactive Advertising Bureau Mexico, Millward Brown and di Paola Marquez, was that 90% of users surveyed report having been impacted by Internet advertising, which shows that Mexicans are more receptive to brand communication and online promotions.

"In fact, 69% of respondents say they have participated in promotions on the network and 68% have provided their data and personal information only to brands," said the study.


Reference: El Universal, México

MXit reaches Mexico social network for mobile messaging

Social networking and mobile instant messaging MXit started operations in Mexico, as a spearhead for its expansion into Latin America. "We feel that the country is ready for mobile social networking, and economic evolved," said Kevin McGibben, director of MXit for America.

After starting in South Africa in 2003 as a developer of video games for mobile phones, developed a mobile messaging company using GPRS or 3G technology for sending messages at a fraction of the cost of traditional two-way messaging (SMS). The user downloads the software with a single cost and can chat for free paying only for the data connection with your telephony provider.

With operations in 120 countries, currently has 16.7 million MXit users per day and processes over 250 million messages, supports over 947 thousand phone models.

Positioned as lifestyle brand among 15 to 18 and 19 to 25, the platform enables targeted advertising to specific markets with capacity to send high volumes of images per day. Its advertisers include Reebok, Red Bull, Land Rover, Coca-Cola and Puma.

Reference: El Financiero, Mexico

60% of the world’s PCs are contaminated

Avnet Mexico held a computer security event under the theme "The security of your information is not a game"

"Almost 60% of personal computers worldwide are infected, hence the importance of corporate and individual users adopt practices that help them safeguard their information, more so when it is estimated that by 2011 one third of the world’s population will be connected to the Web, " affirmed Jose Adolfo Castillo Trueba, director of Product and Support Avnet Mexico, wholesale firm value-added solutions in Information Technology.

Avnet Mexico held a computer security event under the theme "The security of your information is not a game", which for a full day brought together 40 of its major business partners and representatives of leading companies in the area Security in Mexico.

José Adolfo Trueba said that while some years ago talking about computer security concept seemed a subject of science fiction, "it is evident that today is an element of survival for every company. Hence, IT security is one of the Avnet three practices that Mexico is promoting in our country, aligned with corporate strategy.

Today there are some issues that are a priority for companies to know how to safely kept their most important asset, its information, and which formed part of the agenda of the event, including: information security, security servers and end users, intrusion prevention and security multifunctional identity management technology, beyond the antivirus and antispam, prevention of information leakage, deletion permanent solutions and optimization of security applications, among others.

Among the participants were leading sponsors in the area as Blancco, F5, IBM, and Symantec Security Sm4rt addition of renowned experts and speakers of the ecosystem of business partners’ network of Avnet, including Baufest and Graphic Consultant, who contributed their knowledge in the field.

According to Jose Antonio Gonzalez Merchant, head of the Security Practice Avnet Mexico, there are some data that show the reality of this aspect in the Mexican market: "The employees who lose time on the network in activities outside the business company is, on average, 84 minutes per day per employee, because of the lack of controls on internal security. Another fact is that over 75% of a company’s vital information (such as customer base, database, processes, etc.) is stolen by employees internally, "he quoted.

"The cyber crimes, identity theft, among other ailments, he added, are really very serious problems, as they represent high losses of cash and assets, and foster a pronounced decrease in efficiency for businesses. That is why Avnet wants to raise awareness and sensitize people to the digital safety should not be taken lightly. "

Jose Gomez Obregón, general manager of Avnet Technology Solutions Mexico, explained that "information security is an opportunity for 55.3 billion dollars in the global market in such areas as securing networks, identity and access management, perimeter security, management security, web application security and messaging security. This is a market where it pays to invest and a technological watershed Avnet priority in this cycle, and where we have a strong commitment to open new horizons for our network Business Partners.

Reference: El Universal, Mexico

Skype wants to be allied with mobile phone firms in Mexico

Skype is not in competition in the market for calls to landlines and mobile phones, by contrast, wants to make alliances with carriers to offer their services to more than 70 million users in Mexico, said Alejandro Arnaiz, director of Market Development for Latin Skype

With 650 employees around the globe, Skype is a toll-free service and cost through the Internet, which can be made from a computer or mobile phone to mobile phones or local or foreign. If the other device has camera, video call service becomes. The firm has 520 million users worldwide, 125 million American use it.

In an interview with the newspaper El Universal via Skype, Alejandro Arnaiz said his intention is not to compete with Telcel or any other mobile operator in Mexico, "the contrary, we want alliances."

In November, the online auction company eBay, who was the owner of Skype, sold 70% of its stake in 2 billion dollars to a group of investors including the founders.

Now the firm wants to open passage without the shadow of eBay. In Latin America, Brazil is the largest market for Skype, followed by Mexico, Colombia and Argentina.

Arnaiz said he is already in talks with several operators in the region to see how they could work together, "for example, having a partnership with the operator three in England: they offer a low-cost phone of $100 that has Skype with an unlimited plan with which you can make free calls.

His plans for 2010 are making loud noises so that more people in Mexico know the virtues of service.


Reference: El Universal, México

Mexico leads the sales of ICT in AL

In Mexico, growth is expected to have at least two percentage points in the ICT segment, according to Canieti.

Mexico concentrates 90 percent of exports in Latin America product information and communications technologies (ICT), between personal computers (PCs), servers, network devices and mobile communications.

According to the report in 2009 on the Economic Report of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), notes that while Latin America saw a decrease in their overall share of the total average international ICT market, being from 3.55 to 3.45 percent between 2003 and 2007, Mexico registered a 48.5 percent increase over the same period, as it started from a small base.

According to revised data through 2008, the latest-available-all countries to maintain global sales reduced by the impact of the global crisis.

In Mexico, according to the projection of National Chamber of Industry of Electronics, Telecommunications and Information Technology (Canieti), despite the impact of the economic crisis expecting a growth of at least two percentage points in the segment of ICT.

For Ricardo Gomez, president of the West of Canieti’s headquarters, the country is increasing its level of competition due to two main aspects: those generated by adjustment of the international market and domestic work.

In the part of the adjustments, the export sector benefited from the change in the exchange rate of the peso against the dollar and reducing logistics costs.

Juan Carlos Prieto, specialist ICT market in the U.S. Embassy in Mexico said that the country has managed to remain as a center for manufacturing, by reductions in tariff barriers, as well as logistics costs compared to its main competitors in Asia.

On the inside, he said, finally has completed a joint strategy between government, businesses and schools that have established a common front to improve the level of professionalization of human capital.

In addition to generating support for the sector, such as Prosoft, which has five years of operation.

Despite the reduction of their resources in 2009 the program has enabled the organization of firms, clustering and location of new development niches, as the case of multimedia productions.

Along with an initiative to promote the country internationally as a major player in the ICT sector as MexicoIT advertising program and has begun to show results.

For example, IBM recently announced an investment of over $ 20 million in its plant in Guadalajara for the production of its next generation digital storage equipment information, called Project XIV, which will be exported globally, in which the national representatives competed with bids from Asia Pacific and Eastern Europe.

Reference: Reforma, México

It costs a fortune to enterprises to leave the PC turned on.

43% of electricity bills that come to the office are electricity that is used to keep the computers turned on: Hibernatus

It seems normal for employees to leave their computers on when leaving work without much remorse. But this custom in Mexican workers can cost companies a fortune.

It is estimated that 43% of electricity bills that reach the offices of the owners is electricity that is used to keep turned on the company computers, according to an estimate by Hibernatus selling software Company that promises to combat waste and downtime with technology.

"Companies can try to educate their employees to turn off their machines to leave the office, but the most they do is to put a sign to encourage them to do it and forget it all week," said Cyril Drianne director Hibernatus in Mexico.

The executive of French company adds that 60% of employees who use computers in their daily office work, leave equipment on, causing that are set in times when nobody is using.

"Waste is very negative light. Our company offers a 50% reduction in the amount of electricity used by businesses, because 80% of the energy consumed in Mexico is consumed by business, by implementing our program, which to shut down computers in downtime, "said Drianne.

He admitted that it is not easy to convince companies that this type of green technologies are beneficial to the environment, so shade your program is sold as a solution for power saving solutions that will avoid spending power for computers on which nobody uses.

"If you need to upgrade your computer, you ask the system to turn on all the machines at 1 am and off at 2. When an employee leaves, to register their departure, the computer turns off. Here are some examples of how we can save light companies, "said the manager.

Hibernatus The executive also admitted that such solutions can be really attractive to companies with more than 50 computers. "The return on investment of a company with 50 computers was 19 months according to our projections, but a 100 will be less than one year and one in a thousand will be only four months," said Cyril to frame very well their target market.

The company, which has a few months in Mexico, offers to install the program interested in any company as a pilot and start charging until the client sees the results in saving the application.

Reference: El Universal, México.