CCAPS: How does the incubation process work?
PEIXOTO: The C.E.S.A.R. incubation model has made a name for itself in the market by using innovative characteristics when compared to traditional processes. The most important of these is the fact that we are always seeking ideas or projects with the potential to become new ventures. The business opportunities result from our interaction with universities, research centers, investment funds and other entities interested in the development of new IT-related businesses.
CCAPS: There is also another important initiative that you develop: C.E.S.A.R.EDU.
PEIXOTO: C.E.S.A.R.EDU is designed to train world-class human capital in Information Technology and Communication (ITC) based on performance, innovation and practical knowledge. We offer two lines of learning: the Professional Master’s Degree in Software Engineering, held entirely in a Software Factory environment and focused on reuse and quality, and the Accelerated Software Technology Skills Training or FACTS.
CCAPS: You must know that we work in the area of localization. After all, C.E.S.A.R. recently became a Ccaps client. Why is localization important for your processes?
PEIXOTO: We have certain contracts that are closed directly with companies outside the country. Yet the majority of our revenue comes from the Brazilian domestic market. However, we work largely with the local offices of global companies and, eventually, our products are exported to the head office or other subsidiaries abroad. That is why internalization is relevant for all products. Every one of them leaves ready to be translated and compiled as part of a localization process that meets the specific needs of the client and locale.
CCAPS: Even though the Brazilian software market has achieved a prestigious position in global terms, it still falls far behind other giants like India. In your opinion, what caused this disadvantage?
PEIXOTO: First of all, I would say that not only India, which is undisputedly the leader in the IT offshoring sector, but also China, which will soon begin to fight for this position of leadership. Brazil’s problem is that the IT market, and more specifically the offshoring market, is highly dependant on qualified labor. Therefore, when a specialization process begins in certain niches, human capital is crucial. And unfortunately, Brazil still lacks an education process for this kind of labor. Even though we are already recognized internationally, I believe that human capital is the barrier that we have yet to overcome. In order to improve our position even further in the global arena, we must create more training centers that establish partnerships with educational institutions and the market. Only then will we be able to overcome this barrier and leap positions in the global ranking.
CCAPS: And this is precisely what C.E.S.A.R has been doing during its 11 years of existence, correct?
PEIXOTO: Absolutely! Our human capital includes a staff of more than 640 professionals from different regions of Brazil and the world. Most of them have internationally recognized certificates, such as PMP (Project Management Professional), IBM Enterprise Connectivity J2EE, IBM Websphere Studio, SUN Certified Java Programmer and Java Developer, among others. This was only possible due to several different actions developed by the Center, such as the program to attract foreign professionals and incentives to obtain certifications and graduate degrees, such as C.E.S.A.R.EDU.
CCAPS: May these 11 years become many more then. Congratulations on the initiative!
PEIXOTO: Thank you.