Mexico has the largest software market in Latin America and is among the top 10 worldwide.
Software Sector In Mexico
Mexico has the largest software market in Latin America and is among the top 10 worldwide. Its
growth is expected to be 12% annually from 2011 to 2015, outpacing general IT market growth..
The domestic market is valued at approximately US$2.3 billion, the 23rd largest in the world,
and could reach US$2.7 billion, according to the World Information Technology and Services
Alliance 2010 report.
The industry has grown at an average annual rate of 9% from 2003 to 2010 according to the
Mexican Ministry of Economics. It has reorganised itself to become more competitive, including
more than 200 companies that employ more than 160,000 people in the country. Despite this,
more than 80% of software is imported.
This industry is regionally based, and the main software clusters are located in and around
Mexico City and three technology parks in Monterrey and Guadalajara, Mexico’s version of
The largest demand for software comes from the government. Other priority areas for software
are the public and financial sectors, which demand accounting, economics and security software.
The chemical industry and the healthcare industry, in both its public and private spheres
demands software for patient information, pharmacy services and medical inventory. In terms of
growth potential, these areas and the demand by SMEs are seen as the ones with the most
The Mexican government has acknowledged that the software sector is a priority, through the
establishment of the Program for the Development of the Software Industry (PROSOFT). The
ambitious goals of PROSOFT include reaching a production level of US$5 billion of software
development and related services, to equal the IT expenditures of the OECD countries (currently
4.3% of GDP) and to become Latin America's leader in the software development and related
Thanks to the PROSOFT program and the Mexican government's commitment to the continuing
growth of the industry, foreign IT firms established in Mexico can receive cash grants of up to
50% of the total cost of their project and tax credit of up to 30% of the total R&D expense.
By implementing these strategies, Mexico will offer the following business opportunities to
ξ Patient information, pharmacy services and medical inventory software
ξ Demand for basic ERP
ξ Supply chain management solutions
ξ Integral administration and accounting suites
ξ Inventory control hotel administration packages
ξ Point-of-sales applications
ξ E-business solutions and computer-aided manufacturing applications
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Getting into the market
AMITI - The Mexican Information Technology Industry Association, in collaboration with the
Ministry of Economy Agency, acts as promoter and gives access to resources granted by
PROSOFT, thus interested companies can go to AMITI and obtain resources.
Companies from the software sector can find the local support of CANIETI – The National
Chamber of Electronics, Telecomm and Information Technology, an organisation of public
interest, autonomous, with legal personality that comprises over 900 affiliates throughout
Mexico, grouped to defend and guard the rights and interests of the industry.
There are some certifications required in the sector such as CMMI (Capability Maturity Model
Integration), CMM (Certification for Meeting Management) and Moprosoft (Process Model for
Software Industry). There are also 302 registered development centers evaluated in a quality
process in 21 states in Mexico.
More about doing business in Mexico
Market intelligence is critical when doing business overseas, and UKTI can provide bespoke
market research and support during overseas visits though our chargeable Overseas Market
Introduction Service (OMIS).
To commission research or for general advice about the market, get in touch with our specialists
in country - or contact your local international trade team.
ξ Luis Calette, Trade & Investment Officer. Tel: +52 (664) 615 8046 or email:
ξ Ana Gallardo, Trade & Investment Officer. Tel: +52 (664) 615 8046 or email:
Contact your local international trade team
UKTI runs a range of events for exporters, including seminars in the UK, trade missions to
overseas markets and support for attendance at overseas trade shows.
Expo tecnologia de negocios 2013
20-22 February, 2013
ITT Expo 2013
10-12 September, 2013
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