San Diego Business Journal

Carlsbad enterprise software vendor Security Weaver is opening a 4,000-square-foot training center in downtown San Diego, which promises to bring customers to town for training sessions.

Security Weaver sells solutions for Oracle and SAP applications.

"Our customers were demanding more formalized training rather than us coming in and assisting," said company spokeswoman Rita MacDonald. "It was something that, as part of our growth as a company, we had to develop."

The center, located at 401 W. A St., was scheduled to open Nov. 3
The company said it plans to train as many as 2,500 customers a year, who will arrive on Wednesday, and attend classes on Thursday and Friday.

"People will fly in on Wednesday and hopefully stay over the weekend," MacDonald said.

"The training center fills a huge demand for Security Weaver's technical education while helping the city's economy," said Chief Operating Officer Neil McConnell. "Annually, after a buildup period we expect to peak with over 2,500 customers and partners attending courses that will generate at least $10 million back into the local economy."

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Series Of Conferences: The Institute of the Americas at UC San Diego is hosting conferences this month with speakers that include trade envoys, energy company executives, and former Mexico President Ernesto Zedillo to discuss Latin America's energy outlook and technology trends.

Over three days, executives, policy makers and academics will give presentations on how emerging technology affects Latin American business strategies and regulatory decisions.

On Nov. 13-14, the institute hosts the 11th Annual InfoCom Americas Conference, which covers technology trends and business opportunities. On Nov. 14, the institute hosts a conference on Latin America's energy outlook. Topics include the increasing importance of renewable energy and carbon trading.

On Nov. 15, the institute celebrates its 25th anniversary with a conference focusing on economic development, democratic stability and environmental sustainability in the Western Hemisphere. Confirmed speakers include Mack McLarty, former U.S. Special Envoy to the Western Hemisphere, Roberto Suro, former director of the Pew Hispanic Center, and Admiral James Stavridis, commander of the U.S. Southern Command.

The two-day agenda can be found at iamericas.org.

Zedillo will be the keynote speaker at a dinner at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines on Nov. 15. Zedillo, who now serves as director of the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization, is scheduled to discuss the economic crisis.

For more information, contact Lynne Walker at 858-964-1712 or lynne@iamericas.org.

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AeA Awards: The San Diego chapter of AeA, formerly called the American Electronics Association, named the winners of its annual high-tech awards on Oct. 31.

Announced at a luncheon of more than 500 executives, winners were chosen from a diverse set of categories.

The winners included first-time nominees who demonstrate the growth and strength of the technology cluster locally, AeA said.

"Our finalists demonstrate that San Diego is a force to be reckoned with in the high-tech industry and truly reflect the quality of tech companies throughout the region," said Kevin Carroll, AeA executive director.

ID Analytics, which uses scoring technology to rate the authenticity of a customer's identity, won the software category.

BreachSecurity won the Internet/Web Commerce category. The company protects Web applications against attacks and data leakage.

Other winners by category include:

- & #8201;H2O Audio, won for computers and related products;

- & #8201;Networkfleet, won for communication products and services;

- & #8201;Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, won for technology and IT services;

- & #8201;Vektrex, won for semiconductors, industrial and analytical instrumentation;

- & #8201;Alphatec Spine, won for medical device technology and instrumentation;

- & #8201;ISE, won for clean technology; and

- & #8201;Nextivity, won for outstanding emerging growth.

Monique Rodriguez of Qualcomm won a Special Recognition Award.

Send technology news items to Ned Randolph at nrandolph@sdbj.com.