The next wave: A new trend in IT offshoring to Sri Lanka

Published : 12:00 am  June 23, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  1 Comment  |  384 views  |  

A recent news story noted that Sri Lanka’s IT workforce had reached 75,107 in 2013 – a 50% growth since 2010. The story was reporting the findings of the National ICT Workforce Survey 2013.It went on to say that over 60% of this workforce was made up of employees with a degree or above, with system analysis and programming being the top priority skills demanded by employers. In another story, the Government outlined plans to increase the overall IT workforce to 100,000 by 2016 while setting up 10 IT parks in identified locations around the island. The global tech market too is aware of the Sri Lanka growth story. Industry pundits worldwide point out that Sri Lanka, with its rapidly growing... 


Ethical Hackers Forum of Sri Lanka launched

Published : 12:00 am  June 23, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  544 views  |  

The inaugural session of Ethical Hackers Forum of Sri Lanka, facilitated by CICRA Consultancies Ltd – the country’s pioneering cyber security training and consultancy organisation, was successfully held in Colombo recently. The forum was launched with a view of strengthening the cyber security domain of Sri Lanka by providing a common space for interaction for cyber security professionals to share their knowledge and experience. It is very encouraging that more than a hundred cyber security professionals attended the event. Shalini Ratwatte, Corporate Attorney, South East Asia New Markets of Microsoft Corporation, Krishna Rajagopal, CEO, Akati International, Malaysia and CICRA Master Trainer... 


Tech One successfully organises Autodesk Partner Bootcamp 2014

Published : 12:00 am  June 23, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  197 views  |  

More than 52 partner organisations and 115 participants composed of Autodesk partners attended the first Autodesk Partner Bootcamp organised by technology company Tech One in Sri Lanka. The event was held at Nelum on the Edge, Waters Edge on recently. Tech One is the Autodesk value-added distributor in Sri Lanka and Maldives. The Autodesk Partner Bootcamp 2014, entitled ‘Now’s the Time to Grow your Business,’ aims to inform existing and potential partners the benefit of selling Autodesk products in their respective markets. The event was split into morning and evening sessions, wherein the latter was attended by 25 partner organisations and 60 participants. Tech One Chief Operating Officer... 


Intel woos internet heavyweights with flexible server chips

Published : 12:00 am  June 20, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  263 views  |  

Reuters: Intel Corp is taking a new approach to the powerful server chips it sells to internet heavyweights like Facebook and Google. The Santa Clara, California company is integrating its Xeon processors with programmable chips that will give customers with unique technical requirements more flexibility to optimise their servers. With a stagnant PC industry and little progress in smartphones and tablets, selling high-end server chips is an increasingly important source of profits for Intel. Most servers are made with off-the-shelf Intel Xeon chips, but last year Intel manufactured about 15 customised versions of those processors to meet the particular needs of high-end customers like eBay and... 


E-tel displaces top brands in move up to No 3 in overall mobile phone market

Published : 12:00 am  June 20, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  532 views  |  

E-tel has become the third highest-selling brand in Sri Lanka’s mobile phone market in the first quarter of 2014, while retaining its position as third biggest player in the smartphone segment, according to the latest report of market intelligence and advisory firm CyberMedia Research (CMR). This makes E-tel the only brand present in the top three of both the Feature phone and Smartphone segments in the local market, the brand’s importer Brantel said. The company quoted the 17th June 2014 CMR announcement which stated: ‘In the overall Sri Lanka mobile handsets market, Nokia emerged as the leader with a 26.2% share, followed by Micromax at second position with 18.3% and E-tel at third position... 


CMI-KPMG tackles big data, as part of its knowledge sharing initiative

Published : 12:00 am  June 20, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  539 views  |  

The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) along with its exclusive knowledge partner, KPMG in Sri Lanka, recently held a presentation and panel discussion on Data and Analytics themed ‘Go Beyond the Data: Make better business decisions by championing Data Analytics’. Presenting at the event was subject matter specialist Amit Mathur, Associate Director, Data & Analytics for KPMG in India.  Commencing the proceedings, Mathur presented how data analytics is taking a key role in resolving business challenges. He stated: “Today’s organisations are not just looking for data precision, they also want data relevance. In order to succeed, businesses today are challenged with having the right... 


Final phase begins in Brandix-funded MIT-Global Start-up Labs Challenge 2014

Published : 12:00 am  June 20, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  438 views  |  

Five months after they embarked on a mission to identify, develop and commercialise successful tech enterprises, a group of young Sri Lankans began the third and final phase of the Brandix-funded MIT Global Start-up Labs (MIT-GSL) Sri Lanka 2014 challenge on 16 June at the University of Colombo School of Computing. Eight possible start-ups that will pitch their ideas to a panel of investors in Colombo on 30th July will now work with four instructors from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the six-week ‘Refine & Launch’ phase of the program. A collaboration between Brandix, the Sri Lanka Association of Software and Service Companies (SLASSCOM) and Massachusetts Institute... 


Amazon aims to break from pack with 3D, shopping-ready “Fire” phone

Published : 12:00 am  June 20, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  327 views  |  

REUTERS: Amazon.com Inc’s new cellphone seeks to offer shoppers instant gratification by recognizing thousands of products, television shows and songs and allowing users to immediately buy them – on the e-commerce giant’s own site, of course. The smartphone, which joins Amazon’s “Fire” lineup of tablets and streaming devices, aims to stand out in a crowded field dominated by Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics. It represents an attempt to extend the company’s dominance of online commerce into mobile phones, which are increasingly being used to buy items and view video. But it’s unclear how the phone’s “Firefly” image- and audio-recognition feature or its much-touted 3D-perspectives... 


Microsoft announces Strategic Partnership with EC-Council Cyber Security Summit 2014

Published : 12:00 am  June 19, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  931 views  |  

Microsoft Corporation, the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions, helping people and businesses realize their full potential has joined the ‘EC-Council Cyber Security Summit 2014’ as their Strategic Partner. The summit, which is held for the second consecutive year on August 05, 2014 in Colombo, will comprise of a Breakfast Meeting with CEOs of top corporations, a Cyber Security Summit for IT professionals targeting senior officials from the corporate and government sectors, and a ‘Night Hack’ – an innovative and informative evening, showcasing the immediate and potential threats and dangers posed by cybercriminals today. The summit will feature high profiled international... 


London Stock Exchange Group signs partnership agreement with Casablanca Stock Exchange

Published : 12:00 am  June 19, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  326 views  |  

 Signing ceremony presided by King Mohammed VI of Morocco Strategic cooperation agreement between LSEG and CSE LSEG’s MillenniumIT to provide trading and market surveillance technology Strengthens economic relationship between the UK and North West and Central Africa’s emerging economies   London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) and Casablanca Stock Exchange (CSE) yesterday announced they have signed a strategic agreement to expand CSE’s activity in the North Western and Central African regions. The agreement, signed by Xavier Rolet, CEO, LSEG and Karim Hajji, CEO, CSE took place at a special ceremony presided by King Mohammed VI, King of Morocco; the Moroccan Ambassador to the UK, Princess... 


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