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IT Development Clusters in Mexico Can be Found in Diverse Locations

20 Apr 2012

Category: Manufacturing in Mexico

Increasingly, people in the world of commerce routinely mention information-technology, or IT development, "clusters" in Mexico but rarely do they define them. What they are referring to, at present, is this: The two thousand companies in 38 high-tech centers spread throughout the country that make up the IT Development system of "clústeres".

Promotion of these these Mexican islands of technology is the task of Cámara Nacional de la Industria Electrónica, de Telecomunicaciones y Tecnologiás de la Información (The National Chamber of Electronics, Telecommunications and Information Technology), or Canieti.

The IT development clusters in Mexico bring together university professors and their spinoffs, software, hardware, mobile apps, consulting and digital animation services. Their numbers have increased in recent years as both investment from abroad and a buoyant demand for Spanish-language products at home and elsewhere in Latin America takes hold. The Offshore Group has made the possibility of locating low-cost, low-risk IT development operations in Mexico an easy proposition through its Vangtel subsidiary. Vangtel's headquarters is located in Hermosillo, Sonora. The comapny has satellite operations in Obregon, Sonora, as well as in Mexico's high tech hub, Guadalajara. Vangtel also has a relationship with ITESM, or the Technological Institute of Monterrey.

Canieti, The National Chamber Electronics, Telecommunications and Information Technology of can directly attribute 900,000 jobs to the thirty-eight high tech clusters referred to above, but adds there are independent, uncharted institutions throughout Mexico´s 32 states. where such operations reside, that do not fit neatly into the cluster definition. Some three hundred academic instutitions are turning out about 65,000 students annually for IT development niche of the Mexicaneconomy. A graphic of the clusters, along with contact information is available on Canieti's website.

Jorge Buitrón, who heads a cluster division within Canieti, asserts tht the organization of these IT development centers in Mexico has sent a message of quality worldwide, particularly in the area of software-development. "Mexico is positioning itself not as India, which is characterized by cheap services, but as software developers owing to quality, sophisticated programs of virtual reality, manufacturing, aeronautical, financial and digital creation, to mention a few," he said in a recent interview.

A group of Mexio IT development cluster organizers, in fact, will be meeting in Mexico next month. For the seventh occasion, the Congreso Latinoamericano de Clusters, or CLAC, will be be gathering in late May, and will take place in the City of Monterrey.

The gathering (it was held last year in Brazil) seeks to connect Latin America´s far-flung clusters and places emphasis on three "pillar priorioties: collaboration, sectorization and innovation. Monterrey, home to much of Mexico´s industrial wealth, is hoping to showcase many of its own offerings during the May 29 to June 1 conference.

Promotion of IT developmetn clusters is of great importance to the continuing diversification of the Mexican export economy. In September of 2011, the country established Consejo Nacional de Clústeres de Software (The National Council of Software Development Clusters). This is an entity which represents 20 Mexican states with a total of 24 of the clusters. That group´s mission is to work to stimulate the development of a national strategy for IT development clusters in Mexico. At that meeting in September, the chief executive of ProMéxico, the government´s foreign investment promotion arm, said developing nations are creating paradigms whereby "sources of innovation are beginning to flow from developing nations toward the developed ones." This is to the contrary of what, up until now, has historically been the case.

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