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Latin America Visionaries

Created: 19 Aug 2008 • Updated: 02 Mar 2009
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In conjunction with Vision events held throughout Latin America the past couple weeks, Symantec recognized five Latin American 2008 Visionaries. The recipients were selected based on their technology innovation, realization of quantified business value, and their leverage of partners and services. They represent several different industries and technology solution areas. Each of them received their Visionary Awards at the end of each of the keynote addresses at the Symantec Vision events in Mexico City, Mexico, San Paolo, Brazil, and Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Mexico Visionaries

Manuel González
CIO, Grupo Elektra
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Manuel González, Chief Information Officer for Grupo Elektra, led an initiative to standardize IT systems across his organizations many disparate business units scattered across eight countries. In particular, by standardizing on Veritas Storage Foundation for volume and file system management and Veritas NetBackup and Symantec Backup Exec for backup and restore, González and his team improved its response time for critical applications by approximately 70 percent, while reducing staff time for some batch processes by more than 80 percent. It also allowed for the centralization of back up operations for the entire company.

Luis Caraza Tirado
Vice President of Human Resources and Information Technology, Instituto Tecnologico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM)
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Luis Caraza Tirado, Vice President of Human Resources and IT at ITESM, is responsible for eliminating the threat of malware and spam as well as improving backup–and-recovery times at ITESM by standardizing on a number of Symantec solutions. These solutions have reduced staff time for malware remediation and have improved staff productivity without the need to increase headcount despite annual data growth of 30 percent.

Brazil Visionaries

Christiane Edington
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Christiane Edington, Chief Technology Officer at VIVO, led an initiative to improve compliance as well as information and message management. By standardizing on a number of Symantec solutions, Edington reduced storage costs associated with the more than 11,000 Microsoft Exchange mailboxes in VIVO’s environment by nearly 30 percent. In addition, by implementing Veritas Storage Foundation Cluster File System, Edington helped improve performance by 40 percent by migrating portions of the server platform over to a Linux-based environment. 

Antônio Horta
IT Security Coordinator, Globosat Programadora Ltda.
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Antônio Horta, IT Security Coordinator at Globosat Programadora Ltda., led a massive upgrade of his organization’s security and backup infrastructure. By implementing Symantec Endpoint Protection 11.0, Horta has realized more than $110,000 USD in savings related to licensure, consulting, and IT staff time costs for firewall and device control point solutions. In addition to the improved productivity of end users, Globosat has also seen significant improvements in recovery time as a result of implementing Symantec Backup Exec and achieved $114,000 USD in cost avoidance by avoiding the implementation of a server cluster.

South Latin America Visionary

Gustavo Linares
CISO, City Government of Buenos Aires
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Gustavo Linares, Chief Information Security Officer for the City Government of Buenos Aires, led a massive overhaul of his organization’s endpoint security infrastructure after suffering a major malware incident that resulted in a 12-hour network outage. Linares chose Symantec Multi-tier Protection (SMTP), and since implementing, he has seen no major downtime due to malware. In addition, SMTP has reduced the amount of spam from 25 percent of messages received to virtually none at all.

Message Edited by .peter on 08-19-2008 10:39 AM
Message Edited by .peter on 08-19-2008 10:40 AM