IT PEERS presented key security challenges in the digital era

Jorge Duarte, CEO of IT PEERS, presented the main requirements that a company needs to have to ensure that its information systems are safe in the 2nd edition of the event organized by the its partner bwd. Through the presentation of real cases of attempted extortion of data and the theft of confidential information, experiences were shared and solutions were presented in this morning that was marked by the exchange of knowledge among different companies.

At a time when information from organizations is so vulnerable, IT PEERS has conveyed the message that it is not enough just to protect information: it is essential to be prepared to act after a possible computer attack or disaster. Thus, Jorge Duarte presented as a solution a kind of "time machine", in which it is possible to go back to the moment immediately before the occurrence of the situation that caused the loss of data: RAAS.

RAAS is a disaster recovery solution developed by IT PEERS that allows remote virtual servers to be activated for fast recovery, allowing lost data to recover in a matter of seconds.

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New version of Datapeers: Meet Datapeers 3.1

The new version of the product was recently launched and the main novelty presented is the possibility of running Datapeers through the command line, which aims to automate the processes, in order to facilitate data extraction and data upload.

In addition to this modification, global dictionaries have been created that can be used by any created template. Through this sharing of dictionaries, masking can be done through global dictionaries to the server, which will allow the reduction of the time spent creating new models and associating specific dictionaries to each one of them.

Datapeers version 3.1 also presents a new way of masking the data: the possibility of hiding elements of a particular identifying field. It is now possible, for example, to display account numbers in which the last 6 digits are replaced automatically by asterisks, which ensures the security of the information.

Adriano Ribeiro is the new Partner of IT PEERS

Adriano Ribeiro has more than 30 years of experience and is, as of this month, the new responsible for the financial and commercial areas

Adriano Ribeiro has extensive experience in the area of ​​Management and Finance. After completing his degree in Economics from the University of Porto, he began his career in December 1982. He held CFO positions at Sonae Distribuição (Portugal and Brazil) between 1993 and 2009. In 2009 he joined the MDS, group from Sonae), where he served as CFO until 2011. From 2012 until 2016 he served as CEO at I2S and in 2016 he joined a new project, also as CEO, at bwd - digital transformation, a company that has been affirming itself in the panorama IT solutions as a leader in digitalisation, document management and process automation solutions.

"IT PEERS is an attractive project and I am undoubtedly very motivated to contribute to its growth. It is an honor for me to be part of this project, which that has given evidence not only in Portugal, but also across borders," says Adriano Ribeiro .

"Receiving a person like Adriano in our team is a tremendous asset because of the experience, dynamism and great work capacity that he has shown throughout his career. In addition to a good friend, he is a person of strong character and great dedication, who will certainly leave his mark on the future of IT PEERS", says Jorge Duarte, CEO.

Commercial partnership with Brazilian Delphos

IT PEERS has strengthened its presence in the Brazilian market through a new commercial partnership with the company Delphos, which is present in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. A pioneer in providing specific and specialized services to the Brazilian insurance market, Delphos is able to respond to all requests related to insurance, with solutions ranging from initial research and preliminary risk assessment to complete portfolio management.

In addition to providing information technology solutions to the insurance market, it is also experienced in product creation, claims regulation, technology development, telephone service for SACs and Ombudsman, and any other services that enable insurers to outsource some of their operational activities, or even all of them.

"Delphos is a very professional and very experienced company and we believe it is the ideal partner to continue to record the name of Datapeers in the Brazilian market. This moment is very important for us because Brazil is going through a restructuring of its legislation regarding data protection and will soon have a law very similar to our GDPR, "says Jorge Santos Silva, Latin America Business Director of IT PEERS. "Companies will increasingly need data masking solutions so they can comply with the new law and Datapeers fulfills that purpose perfectly. We have already noticed an increase in demand for our solution and the trend is that this demand will increase a lot in the coming months, "he adds.

"With the opportunities provided by the General Regulation on Data Protection - GDPR, already existing in Europe and now being implemented in Brazil due to the new General Data Protection Law (LGPD), already approved in the Brazilian National Congress, Delphos believes that will have many opportunities to make Datapeers a software of great importance and reference in Brazil ", says Carlos Trindade, director of the Brazilian company.

With the partnership formed between the two companies, DELPHOS will represent Datapeers throughout Brazil, working on product disclosure, sales prospecting, solution deployment and after-sales support both in the insurance market and in companies of other activities, especially those linked to financial groups.

IT PEERS develops systems architecture project at Casa da Música

IT PEERS recently completed a consulting project on Information Systems architecture at Casa da Música. With this consulting project carried out by IT PEERS, it was intended to exploit to the maximum the concepts of SaaS and IaaS currently available in the market, in order to reduce risks and costs inherent in the current operation of the Information Systems of Casa da Música and the even increase of their agility and flexibility.

The final goal of the project was to define scenarios of evolution where the SaaS and IaaS paradigms are favored, allowing a safe technological evolution for the systems that support the activity of Casa da Música. In a first phase, the requirements and strategic guidelines of Casa da Música were identified and a detailed analysis of the existing Information Systems architecture in the organization took place. We analyzed the evolution scenarios created in comparison to the current situation based on qualitative and quantitative criteria, always aiming at strengthening information security, maximizing efficiency, technological modernization and optimization of costs.

"IT PEERS has its own offer of services and products in the Cloud and currently collaborates with several companies of reference in the elaboration and design of solutions based on the SaaS and IaaS paradigms. We have enough experience and know-how to provide a service of excellence in this sector, "says Jorge Duarte, CEO of IT PEERS.

"At Casa da Música, we feel the need to evolve to solutions that enable us to achieve the levels of performance, safety, agility and availability that allow us to continuously provide the best service to our customers, employees and partners, so we decided to look decisively at the Cloud offers. We believe that IT PEERS is the ideal partner for this area, due to its vast experience and the diversity of clients with whom it works in this field. We are confident that the new architecture will now allow us to move in the right direction, reinforcing the contribution of Information Systems to the success of Casa da Música ", says Nuno Guedes, director of Information Systems at Casa da Música.

Casa da Música was created to mark the festive year of 2001, when the city of Porto was European Capital of Culture, and it's the first building in Portugal exclusively dedicated to Music, whether in the field of presentation and public enjoyment or in the the field of artistic training and creation. It's one of the most visited points of interest and one of the biggest architectural landmarks of the city of Porto, and in 2017 held a total of 1539 events, was attended by 645 611 spectators and sold about 145 000 tickets.

IT PEERS event in Mexico was a real success

The event organized by the Portuguese company with the support of the Portuguese Embassy in Mexico brought together some of the largest technological organizations in the World. One of the objectives of this event was to introduce Portuguese technology in the area of ​​data security and business monitoring to Mexican entrepreneurs. 

"It was a great honor for us to be able to bring together representatives of some of the world's largest technology companies, who readily agreed to be present at this IT PEERS initiative," said Jorge Duarte, CEO of the Portuguese company. "In addition to wanting to make our solutions known, we also wanted to grace the companies that have always trusted us in this market that is known to be extremely competitive. We are in Mexico since 2014 and despite all the difficulties along the way, we are very satisfied with everything we have achieved", he adds.

The event featured a lecture led by Jorge Roza de Oliveira, where he addressed the strategic importance and relevance of the Information Technology sector in Mexico. PROMEXICO, a Federal Government agency responsible for coordinating strategies to strengthen Mexico's participation in the international economy, spoke about the Mexican market's interest in diversifying its technology alternatives and Jorge-Alberto Yarte-Sada, International Senior Business Advisor of IT PEERS , presented the history of the Portuguese company as well as the challenges and achievements in the Mexican market. There was also time for the delivery of certificates to pioneers customers of IT PEERS solutions in that geography. ANTAD, La Reinera, Mobility ADO and Sendica Education were recognized whit a certificate that had the objective of thanking the trust placed in the technology that IT PEERS develops, namely through the product Multipeers, that monitors all the activities of a company in time real.

IT PEERS prepares event in Mexico

IT PEERS will organize, with the support of the Portuguese Embassy in Mexico, a business event that aims to consolidate the national company's commitment to the Mexican business market. Present in the Mexican market since 2014, IT PEERS intends to continue to develop strategic alliances with renowned Mexican companies, as well as to increase its customer base in this geography.

"We are very proud of the fact that we are preparing an event together with the Portuguese Embassy in Mexico, as it is a sign that our company has been successful in a market as competitive as the Mexican market. We want to show the quality of Portuguese technology with other Mexican companies and we also want to pass the message that we are there to win, "said Jorge Santos Silva, Latin America Business Director, 

The business event will take place on April 19, between 6:00 pm and 9:00 pm, and will take place at the Embassy of Portugal in Mexico. In the event, there will be a small talk about the strategic importance and relevance of the Information Technology sector in Mexico, led by Jorge Roza de Oliveira, Portuguese Ambassador to the country. Then, the Commander of Portugal in Mexico, Sérgio Pérez, will talk about the interest of the Mexican market in diversifying its technological alternatives. Finally, Jorge-Alberto Yarte-Sada, International Senior Business Advisor of IT PEERS, will give a brief summary about the experience of the Portuguese company in the Mexican market.

"IT PEERS has had a very positive course in Mexico. Despite being an extremely competitive market, our technological solutions meet the needs of Mexican companies. We are very happy with this event because we feel it is the recognition by the Portuguese Embassy for our efforts, dedication and achievements over these four years, "says Jorge-Alberto Yarte-Sada.

IT PEERS and GTS Colombia sign partnership for RAAS

Present in several geographies since 2011 with the products Multipeers and Datapeers, it is time for IT PEERS to advance to the internationalization of RAAS (Recovery as a Service). RAAS was developed jointly with IBM in 2012 and after several tests in the domestic market, IT PEERS feels that this is the right time to internationalize this product.

RAAS is a dedicated infrastructure with selective replication, with the possibility of almost instantaneous disaster activation on virtual servers in a remote environment. IT PEERS has been in the market for some time in search of a partner that would meet the necessary conditions to market RaaS and after a long research work, the company chosen was GTS from Colombia.

GTS is a large Colombian company that has more than 300 clients in the government sector and operates in markets such as Chile, Peru, Ecuador and Panama. "GTS is an active and experienced partner that has a lot of notoriety in the market and this for us is also very important. In addition, GTS has a very modern tier 3 data center that will allow us to be able to provide an excellent service to the end customer, "says Jorge Santos Silva, Latin America Business Director.

The Colombian market was chosen due to the positive dynamics that it presents with the modernization of its technological park. "We believe that due to government regulations that regulate aspects such as data security and privacy, we have an important window of opportunity to insert RaaS into this market," concludes Jorge Santos Silva.

IT PEERS and U3: Joint Venture Agreement on the Way

For the first time since its beginning, IT PEERS will enter into a Joint Venture contract. The company chosen for this particular partnership was U3, a Brazilian technological company that operates in the area of ​​Insurance.

The association between the two companies already has a year of intense negotiations and the result of this whole year of work is a co-branding that will mean an increase in the product mix of both companies. This product bundling follows a verticalisation strategy started this year by IT PEERS with the creation of Multipeers4Fleets, a business monitoring system fully designed to serve the transport sector.

The native integration of Multipeers and Blackbird (U3's insurance solution) will be marketed in a PaaS platform (platform as a service) and will allow a vertical specialization for the insurance segment for the retail area, corresponding to the expectations and requirements of customers and large distributors. "Throughout this year, and after approaching the major players in the Latin American market, we feel emerging needs in this business segment and it is with great pride that we will soon be on the market with this solution," says Jorge Santos Silva, IT PEERS Latin America Business Director.

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