The Datapeers version 3.3. presents two key new features: a new type of data masking and a feature that allows for more intuitive use of the product.
The new type of masking, called "constant value", transforms all the values of a column (either numeric or alphabetic) into a user-defined constant (which can be a number, a word, or simply a null value). The main advantage that this new masking brings is a greater speed in the process, since the product, contrary to what happened before, doesn't need to look for information in dictionaries nor does it need to read the origin information, because to mask the information only exchange all fields by a single previously defined value. Besides this advantage, this type of masking is much easier to define, which simplifies the user's task.
The "check conditions" feature allows for a more intuitive use of the product. With this new update, Datapeers informs the user about the potential critical issues that may compromise the extraction or upload. Before you even begin any action, the product checks the environment to see if the necessary conditions are met for the process to be completed successfully. This step is very important as implementation time is reduced because there are no unexpected stops that interrupt the process.
The Brazilian market is currently facing serious data privacy challenges due to the LGPD - a general data protection law - enacted in 2018. Increasingly, Brazilian companies in various sectors will feel the need for a tool that allows the data masking. Delphos has several processes for updating test environments, homologation and pre-production that are copied into the production environment of various systems through scripts. With Datapeers, there will be productivity gains in these processes and the data used in the different test phases can be masked, thus ensuring the protection of the information processed.
"After some time using Datapeers on proof-of-concept and demonstrations, we understand that we needed to have the tool licensing to have productivity gains from our internal systems for building test, approval, and pre-production environments. We think that the return on investment will occur in 2019", says Carlos Trindade, Director of Delphos.
"For IT PEERS this is a very important step to solidify Datapeers presence in the Brazilian market and we believe that in 2019 the opportunities in this geography will be very promising, since companies will need to protect themselves because of the new law," says Marcelo Carvalho, commercial manager of Brazil of IT PEERS.
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.
Datapeers started to be implemented in Grupo BIAL in June and this implementation, which emerged in the framework of the new General Regulation of Data Protection, has as main focus to guarantee the protection of the personal data that are contained in the database of BIAL through data masking techniques.
Datapeers offers a variety of sophisticated scrambling techniques to protect sensitive data, replacing them irreversibly with fictitious but realistic data. In this initial phase of the project a revision to the structure of the database was made and there were irrelevant tables for the development and testing activities. Datapeers, when creating masked databases, allows to eliminate unnecessary tables, which reduces database creation time as well as disk space, making it an extra benefit of using the product.
Founded in 1924, BIAL is an international pharmaceutical innovation company. Headquartered in Trofa, in the last decades the company's strategic lines have focused on Quality, Innovation and Internationalization. On average, in recent years, BIAL has channeled more than 20% of its annual turnover for Research and Development into the neurosciences and cardiovascular system. With products in more than 55 countries, BIAL has strengthened its international presence, which it wants to strengthen, particularly in the most important European pharmaceutical markets in the case of Spain, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom, where it has its own subsidiaries.
"The new General Regulation on Data Protection has intensified our concern with the data security of our customers and other stakeholders. After conducting an exhaustive market research, we found Datapeers and we are very pleased with what the product has to offer and we are convinced that we have made the right choice to protect our most sensitive information, "says Augusto Martins (Datacenter Operations).
It is estimated that the implementation of Datapeers in the BIAL group is completed by the end of July.
IT PEERS has established a partnership with Stefanini in Colombia, one of the most recognized technology companies in the Colombian market and one of the 100 best IT companies. Stefanini is a Brazilian multinational that is present in 39 countries, with more than 120 thousand affiliated members worldwide and employing more than 17 thousand employees. "Colombia is a growing country and has a dynamic and stable economy. We have worked to find a specialized partner to help us introduce our products in this market, "says Jorge Santos Silva, Latin America Business Director.
"Due to the new data protection law that will take effect in 2018, there is a huge opportunity for Datapeers in the Latin American market, due to the high commercial transactions they have with the European Union. This great company looks at our Datapeers with very high acceptance expectations in the market where it operates. In fact, Latin America is undergoing a transformation in data protection legislation and Datapeers was elected by Stefanini to be the solution to present to its customers in Colombia" adds Jorge Santos Silva.
"Datapeers has the characteristic of allowing a fast implementation and in the short term our customers can solve the legal compliance challenges of data processing," says German Rodríguez, Stefanini's Senior Manager. "Our customers need this solution. With Datapeers, we will be able to cover the relevant aspects of data processing in software development and testing processes".
The first event organized by the two companies was a webinar on the data protection law in Colombia and how Datapeers helps companies meet all legal requirements. You can see the recording of the webinar here.
IT PEERS announces a partnership with Qx3, a software development company with over 13 years of experience in the Brazilian market, particularly in the financial and energy sectors.
This new partner has a proven track record within important industry verticals, therefore Qx3 will represent both Multipeers and Datapeers as a Premium Partner.
"QX3 is a very dynamic company offering products and services to clients that operate in segments regarded as priorities in the growth and consolidation strategy of IT PEERS for the Brazilian market. ( ... ) This partnership will allow QX3 to offer, to its customers, innovative products that can truly make a difference against the competition." stated Santos Silva, Channel Manager for Latin America.
Following a meeting at the CeBIT in Hannover, IT PEERS and the Mexican NA SOLUTIONS met again in Mexico City, during the CAM event, in order to officially establish their partnership. The signing ceremony took place at an event organized by the Portuguese Embassy in Mexico, and enjoyed a wide coverage in the local media. NA SOLUTIONS is a young and dynamic company that will represent both solutions Multipeers and Datapeers in the large market of Mexico as a Premium Partner.
Mexican economy is arguably one of the largest in Latin-American nations and a global emerging market. Enjoying a sustained GDP growth, Mexico has recently made technology a priority sector. "We have identified a great opportunity here, as Mexican companies are eager of state-of-the-art technology. Therefore, we believe that the right partner is crucial to meet the growing solutions demand," stated Jorge Duarte, CEO of IT PEERS.
NA SOLUTIONS has proved to be a true integrator with a solid portfolio of clients. In addition, they demonstrate strong commercial and technical capabilities, which allows them to respond with high professionalism to these growing demands with IT PEERS’ products. Therefore, "we can foresee a rapid evolution and market penetration." concludes Santos Silva, IT PEERS Latin America Business Director.