I had a meeting with a representative of Brasscom, the association of IT companies in Brazil today.
He was talking to me about a new initiative known as BrasilIT+.
Steve Brookman told me how BrasilIT+ is currently evangelising the IT capability within Brazil to UK companies.
And by the sound of it there is a lot to offer. I will be writing a longer article next week but here are some of the interesting points.
He says unlike many offshore IT destinations Brazil is well established in terms of IT capability and not emerging. Brazil has massive oil and gas, financial services and retail industries with established IT services for all of them.
The SAP, Oracle and ERP skills in Brazil are, according to Brookman, widespread. But Brazil has kept it secret for some reason.
However it might be short of language skills.
But the Brazilian government is investing money in language teaching as well as IT training.
According to Brookman there are 6 million IT students in Brazil. There are over 2000 universities currently running IT related countries.
He says there is currently a focus on IT and languages and this will increase.
There are lots of Brazilian IT companies but they have never really been promoted outside Brazil. But a Brazilian owned development bank is pumping billions of dollars into promoting them internationally.