|By PR Newswire||
|February 19, 2014 03:42 PM EST||
MIAMI, Feb. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- (PXP) -- A total of 1,228 international buyers and 2,734 national exporters will meet today in Bogota, Colombia, for the country's 50th Business Matchmaking Forum. The event is expected to generate more than US$140 million in agreements between Colombian exporters and international businesses from more than 58 countries. The United States and Canada are represented by a record number of companies, including major brands such as Coca-Cola, Verizon and Perry Ellis, among others.
The first business matchmaking forum was held in 1997. Nearly 200 entrepreneurs from the U.S. visited the country to meet with approximately 400 of their Colombian counterparts. Over the last 17 years, more than 8,500 entrepreneurs from 70 countries have participated in the Matchmaking Forums, which have become an important tool for learning about Colombian businesses and the goods and services they provide.
This year, 323 U.S. companies – the largest delegation from a single country – and 98 Canadian companies are expected at the forum, demonstrating the strength of Colombia's free trade agreements (FTAs) with both countries. The forums strengthen the trade agreements currently in force in Colombia, which have value-added benefits for buyers who decide to do business in the country, such as the reduction or removal of customs tariffs, customs cooperation and assistance, and cross-border services, among others.
Additionally, Business Matchmaking Forums offer international buyers a chance to find all products and services from potential Colombian exporters in a single place. With the aid of Proexport Colombia, foreign companies can find a supplier that matches their expectations and requirements.
Colombian products and services are innovative and high quality with competitive pricing. Products and services from Colombia are also able to customized to meet buyers' demands.
"We will break all of our records for business participation, but more importantly the event shows that Colombia has a growing reputation as an international supplier. The matchmaking forum establishes a strategic platform to allow national companies to diversify their markets and identify new trade opportunities with niche products. Meanwhile, international buyers are able to take advantage of the diverse, competitive and innovative products that Colombia offers," said Maria Claudia Lacouture, President of Proexport Colombia, the agency charged with promoting trade, foreign investment and tourism.
More than 60 percent of buying companies attending the Business Matchmaking Forum in Bogota are attending for the first time, and 14 markets that had never participated in these events before will also be represented. From Colombia, 40 percent of exporters participating in the 50th forum have never attended before.
The forum will be held on February 19th and 20th, 2014 at the Corferias International Business and Exhibition Center in Bogota. Approximately 18,000 business meetings have been scheduled among the representatives of the participating companies.
Concurrently, the first virtual business matchmaking forum will also be held, allowing foreign buyers that are unable to travel to Colombia to meet via teleconference with Colombian exporters of their choosing. Companies from countries such as the U.S., Canada, Spain and Costa Rica will interact with at least 50 Colombian exporters through a videoconference system, allowing for 180 virtual business meetings. Proexport created this system in order to provide opportunities to smaller buyers.
There will also be a manufacturing sector investment opportunity seminar with 42 potential and existing investors who are considering Colombia as their next investment destination.
Participating exporters and buyers span 140 different subsectors from within the areas of agribusiness, services, manufacturing and clothing. In the past few years, Colombia has seen increased demand for fresh flowers, fruits, textiles and services such as animation and business process outsourcing (BPO).
Proexport Colombia operates in 30 countries through 28 business offices, working towards strengthening trade relations by inviting foreign buyers to Business Matchmaking Forums and providing valuable information to help them detect import opportunities of Colombian products, goods, and services.
For more information on Proexport Colombia and upcoming macrorruedas, please visit http://www.proexport.com.co/en.
SOURCE Proexport Colombia
Fortunately, meaningful and tangible business cases for IoT are plentiful in a broad array of industries and vertical markets. These range from simple warranty cost reduction for capital intensive assets, to minimizing downtime for vital business tools, to creating feedback loops improving product design, to improving and enhancing enterprise customer experiences. All of these business cases, which will be briefly explored in this session, hinge on cost effectively extracting relevant data from ...
Feb. 6, 2016 09:00 AM EST
Advances in technology and ubiquitous connectivity have made the utilization of a dispersed workforce more common. Whether that remote team is located across the street or country, management styles/ approaches will have to be adjusted to accommodate this new dynamic. In his session at 17th Cloud Expo, Sagi Brody, Chief Technology Officer at Webair Internet Development Inc., focused on the challenges of managing remote teams, providing real-world examples that demonstrate what works and what do...
Feb. 6, 2016 08:00 AM EST Reads: 157
It's easy to assume that your app will run on a fast and reliable network. The reality for your app's users, though, is often a slow, unreliable network with spotty coverage. What happens when the network doesn't work, or when the device is in airplane mode? You get unhappy, frustrated users. An offline-first app is an app that works, without error, when there is no network connection.
Feb. 6, 2016 07:45 AM EST Reads: 117
Father business cycles and digital consumers are forcing enterprises to respond faster to customer needs and competitive demands. Successful integration of DevOps and Agile development will be key for business success in today’s digital economy. In his session at DevOps Summit, Pradeep Prabhu, Co-Founder & CEO of Cloudmunch, covered the critical practices that enterprises should consider to seamlessly integrate Agile and DevOps processes, barriers to implementing this in the enterprise, and pr...
Feb. 6, 2016 07:30 AM EST Reads: 267
In most cases, it is convenient to have some human interaction with a web (micro-)service, no matter how small it is. A traditional approach would be to create an HTTP interface, where user requests will be dispatched and HTML/CSS pages must be served. This approach is indeed very traditional for a web site, but not really convenient for a web service, which is not intended to be good looking, 24x7 up and running and UX-optimized. Instead, talking to a web service in a chat-bot mode would be muc...
Feb. 6, 2016 07:30 AM EST Reads: 148
More and more companies are looking to microservices as an architectural pattern for breaking apart applications into more manageable pieces so that agile teams can deliver new features quicker and more effectively. What this pattern has done more than anything to date is spark organizational transformations, setting the foundation for future application development. In practice, however, there are a number of considerations to make that go beyond simply “build, ship, and run,” which changes ho...
Feb. 6, 2016 07:15 AM EST Reads: 119
SYS-CON Events announced today that Interoute, owner-operator of one of Europe's largest networks and a global cloud services platform, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7-9, 2015 at the Javits Center in New York, New York. Interoute is the owner-operator of one of Europe's largest networks and a global cloud services platform which encompasses 12 data centers, 14 virtual data centers and 31 colocation centers, with connections to 195 ad...
Feb. 6, 2016 05:00 AM EST Reads: 312
Most people haven’t heard the word, “gamification,” even though they probably, and perhaps unwittingly, participate in it every day. Gamification is “the process of adding games or game-like elements to something (as a task) so as to encourage participation.” Further, gamification is about bringing game mechanics – rules, constructs, processes, and methods – into the real world in an effort to engage people. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Robert Endo, owner and engagement manager of Intrepid D...
Feb. 5, 2016 09:00 PM EST Reads: 754
SYS-CON Events announced today that Pythian, a global IT services company specializing in helping companies adopt disruptive technologies to optimize revenue-generating systems, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7-9, 2015 at the Javits Center in New York, New York. Founded in 1997, Pythian is a global IT services company that helps companies compete by adopting disruptive technologies such as cloud, Big Data, advanced analytics, and DevO...
Feb. 5, 2016 04:00 PM EST Reads: 115
One of the bewildering things about DevOps is integrating the massive toolchain including the dozens of new tools that seem to crop up every year. Part of DevOps is Continuous Delivery and having a complex toolchain can add additional integration and setup to your developer environment. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 18th Cloud Expo, Miko Matsumura, Chief Marketing Officer of Gradle Inc., will discuss which tools to use in a developer stack, how to provision the toolchain to minimize onboa...
Feb. 5, 2016 04:00 PM EST
With microservices, SOA and distributed architectures becoming more popular, it is becoming increasingly harder to keep track of where time is spent in a distributed application when trying to diagnose performance problems. Distributed tracing systems attempt to address this problem by following application requests across service boundaries, persisting metadata along the way that provide context for fine-grained performance monitoring.
Feb. 5, 2016 03:45 PM EST Reads: 771
With an estimated 50 billion devices connected to the Internet by 2020, several industries will begin to expand their capabilities for retaining end point data at the edge to better utilize the range of data types and sheer volume of M2M data generated by the Internet of Things. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Don DeLoach, CEO and President of Infobright, will discuss the infrastructures businesses will need to implement to handle this explosion of data by providing specific use cases for filte...
Feb. 5, 2016 03:00 PM EST
SYS-CON Events announced today that Men & Mice, the leading global provider of DNS, DHCP and IP address management overlay solutions, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. The Men & Mice Suite overlay solution is already known for its powerful application in heterogeneous operating environments, enabling enterprises to scale without fuss. Building on a solid range of diverse platform support,...
Feb. 5, 2016 02:45 PM EST Reads: 104
SYS-CON Events announced today that Fusion, a leading provider of cloud services, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Fusion, a leading provider of integrated cloud solutions to small, medium and large businesses, is the industry's single source for the cloud. Fusion's advanced, proprietary cloud service platform enables the integration of leading edge solutions in the cloud, including clou...
Feb. 5, 2016 02:30 PM EST Reads: 695
SYS-CON Events announced today that AppNeta, the leader in performance insight for business-critical web applications, will exhibit and present at SYS-CON's @DevOpsSummit at Cloud Expo New York, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. AppNeta is the only application performance monitoring (APM) company to provide solutions for all applications – applications you develop internally, business-critical SaaS applications you use and the networks that deli...
Feb. 5, 2016 01:30 PM EST Reads: 313