Apesoft: Software industry set to bill US$150mn in 2008

The Peruvian software industry is set to record sales of US$150mn this year compared to the US$130mn in 2007, local newspaper Gestión quoted Juvenal Luna, president of the country's software promotion agency Apesoft as saying.

However, the executive believes the sector could grow even higher if the private and public sectors increase their IT investments as a way to become more dynamic and face the competition brought by the free trade agreement (FTA) with the US.

The software industry will be one to benefit most from the FTA, as many companies, particularly in the public sector, look to optimize several of their business process, the paper reported.

Luna said there is an increasing interest from the public sector to improve their information systems through e-government. However, there is still concern in the industry, as the government has yet to decide if it will make these improvements with in-house developments or hire a third party specialized in the matter.

As a way to promote the work of local IT firms and have the public sector contract their services for IT update projects, Apesoft has held several meetings with the nation's intellectual property and fair trading agency Indecopi.

According to Luna, investments from the public sector in software solutions are set to increase 15% this year compared to 2007.

Publication: Business News Americas - English News
Provider: Business News Americas
Date: January 21, 2008

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