Jacada Ltd., an Israeli software development company that opened its North American headquarters in Atlanta in 1995, expects Brazil and Mexico to be its largest growth markets this year, according to Robert C. Aldworth, the company’s chief financial officer.

A software developer that assists companies upgrade their existing computer systems, Jacada had sales of $20.6 million last year primarily from its U.S. and European operations.

The company hired Carlos Falconi, vice president for the Caribbean and Latin America region, last year to forge partnerships with resellers and information technology consulting groups in Brazil and Mexico as a means of finding new clients.

Most recently, it announced on March 9 that it has been hired by Sao Paulo, Brazil-based Embratel Participacones S.A., Brazil’s largest long distance telephone company, to cut down on the time to complete its fraud analysis processes.

Embratel chose Jacada, Mr. Aldworth said, because of the company’s ability to integrate a variety of types of computing systems.

During the past year, Jacada also was hired by Radiomovil Dipsa S.A. De C.V., known as Telcel, a Mexican cellular phone company in Mexico City and the bank Banco Nacional de Mexico S.A., also in Mexico City.

In a telephone interview, Mr. Falconi said that Jacada will be looking for clients in Chile and Columbia next. “We expect IT growth in the manufacturing sector to increase over the next several years as companies begin to modernize,” he added.

Founded in 1990, Jacada has regional headquaters in Atlanta, London and Herziliya, Israel.

Call Ann Conrad at (770) 352-1300 or Mr. Falconi at (305) 347-5157 for more information.