Thursday, April 11, 2013

The Colombian Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (MINTIC) Successfully Implements AuraPortal Business Process Management Software

The AuraPortal software ensures MINTIC's operational growth thanks to the continuous process improvement, achieving optimization and agile adaption to government changes.

Boca Raton, Florida, April 12, 2013 – AURA (, a global provider of Business Process Management (BPM) software, has announced that MINTIC, the government agency leading implementation of the latest technologies in Colombia, uses AuraPortal(*) Business Process Management to automate its operations.

The AuraPortal Process Management Platform has recently been distinguished by the independent market analysis firm Ovum in its Decision Matrix 2011 report as the most advanced BPM in the market.

So far, the following strategic processes have been fully automated:

- ICT Register

- Postal Services

- Surveillance and Control

- Control and Authorization of Device Accessories

The latter follows the government's policy against the theft of cell phones, which has led to Colombia being considered a pioneer in Latin America in the fight against this type of crime.

In addition to these Processes, the Surveillance and Control process is also currently in the implementation phase and the Radio Broadcasting and Amateur Radio processes are in the Design phase.

The 100% web-based AuraPortal Business Process Management software allows citizens to manage all their transactions from anywhere, substantially improving the efficiency of the service and reducing the transaction costs of Ministry users.

The Colombian Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (MINTIC) is the entity responsible for designing, adopting and promoting the policies, plans, programs and projects of the Information and Communications Technology industry. One of the Ministry's functions is to increase and facilitate the access to Information and Communications Technologies to all the country's inhabitants.

About Aura (
AURA is a global BPM (Business Process Management) software provider delivering a solution that creates, without the need of IT programming, Business Process Workflow Execution Models. AuraPortal is 100% Web-based, and is complementary to existing ERP and CRM systems.

AURA has a presence in 50 countries with more than 500 customers including, among others: Toyota, General Motors, Pemex (Petroleos Mexicanos), Carrefour, ArcelorMittal, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, Scotiabank, Danone, Sodexo, Kimberly-Clark, Yamaha, Eletrobras, Royal KPN, Bristol-Myers Squibb, etc., as well as many Government Agencies and Departments in several countries.

AURA Headquarters are located in North America (Florida) and Europe (Holland) whereas the software development facilities are located in Spain and India.

Scott Rich
400 Trade Center
Woburn, MA 01801-7472
+1 781-569-5940

Cape Lux Travels Announces Culinary Tour of Vietnam & Cambodia

Cape Lux Travels is thrilled to introduce the fully escorted A FEAST FOR THE SENSES food tour to Vietnam and Cambodia with acclaimed author Kim Fay.

Los Angeles, CA, April 11, 2013 – Cape Lux Travels is thrilled to introduce the fully escorted A FEAST FOR THE SENSES food tour to Vietnam and Cambodia with acclaimed author Kim Fay. With a focus on the two countries’ greatest attractions—Vietnamese cuisine and the Cambodian temples—this unique tour will offer an authentic insider’s journey by combining Cape Lux Travels’ expertise with Fay’s experience living in, traveling around and writing about Vietnam and the surrounding region for the past eighteen years.

Vietnam boasts one of the world’s most original cuisines, which is characterized by a complex blend of textures and flavors. Fresh and healthy, it varies throughout the country’s northern, central and southern regions, revealing a diversity of culinary and cultural influences. With a maximum of just 14 guests, A FEAST FOR THE SENSES invites you to travel through these regions and meet some of the country’s most lauded French, Vietnamese and Cambodian chefs, who will not only share their secrets—they will also invite you into their kitchens to try your hand at iconic traditional dishes. Thoughtful guided food excursions to restaurants, markets and more will be balanced with free time for making discoveries of your own. Rounding out this trip will be a visit to Cambodia, including exclusive culinary outings and explorations of one of the greatest wonders of the world, the Angkor temples, which are featured in Fay’s novel, The Map of Lost Memories.

Taking place from September 27 to October 10, 2013, A FEAST FOR THE SENSES includes 13 nights in five-star accommodations; breakfast daily, 7 lunches and 13 dinners; 3 cooking classes; internal flights within Asia, air-conditioned transport, entrance fees and much more. Fay and Cape Lux Travels’ founder, Jean Wethmar, will accompany the journey at all times. Rates for this exclusive tour begin at $4,350 USD.

Tour Contact:
Jean Wethmar
Cape Lux Travels
+61 (0) 7 3814 5448

About the Tour Leaders:
Jean Wethmar is the founder of Cape Lux Travels, specializing in customized, themed, fully escorted luxury tours throughout Asia. Cape Lux Travels works in partnership with Luxury Travel Co. Ltd., Vietnam’s first luxury tour operator and full-service travel agency.

Kim Fay is the author of Communion: A Culinary Journey Through Vietnam, winner of the World Gourmand Award for Best Asian Cuisine Book in the United States, and The Map of Lost Memories, a 2013 finalist for the Edgar Award for Best First Novel by an American Author. She is also the creator and series editor of the To Asia With Love guidebooks.

Jean Wethmar
Cape Lux Travels
12/99 Brookwater Drive
Brookwater, Qld 4300
+61 (0) 7 3814 5448