Technology and agroindustry, most competitive sectors to attract investments from Brazil into Bogota
Executives of Invest in Bogota are in Boston exploring the city’s data center industry as part of the Big Data & Innovation Summit, the largest worldwide gathering of its kind that brings together executives of Fortune 500 companies, heading big data initiatives. Over 80 specialist speakers and more than 800 attendees share their experiences, best practices, and the latest advancements in this technology.
Juan Gabriel Pérez, CEO of Invest in Bogota, confirms, “Bogota is an ideal and very attractive location for the installation of a high-tech data center. The availability of ample spaces, robust infrastructure, reliable electricity supply for telecommunications providers, a large talent pool with experience in IT services, and the presence of business software digital content and engineering development services all guarantee the scalability of companies.”
Pérez continues, “The city has 115 colleges—of which 35 offer customized programs for the technology sector. Around 104,000 professionals and technicians graduate every year and many stay in the region, making Bogota home to over 33% of all of Colombia’s technicians and technologists. It excels nationally thanks to its capabilities in technology and innovation, as evidenced by the indicators of the Colombian Observatory of Science and Technology: with the highest number of active researchers, Bogota produces 47% of the country’s knowledge pool. The city has more than 2,200 active research groups.”
IBM recently launched a new data center in Siberia in Bogota. This is the fourth IBM data center in Colombia (two others are also located in Bogota) and the most advanced one yet in Cloud Computing and Big Data services. It has the latest specifications available in the world and its construction required an investment of US$17 million.
IBM’s new data center provides all the benefits that Cloud and Big Data can offer in terms of security, backups, capacity, continuity and transformation of business, and will cater to Colombian companies in the banking and finance, retail, health, food, and construction industries. Eighty of Columbia’s top hundred companies have IBM technology services—this represents 30% of the national GDP—and 30% of the data of the country’s top one hundred companies is processed through IBM data centers.