Thursday 24th April 2014

OPTIMO presents first ever ‘New Zealand Supreme Venue Person of the Year’ award

Published : 12:00 am  February 6, 2014  |  Category: IT / TELECOM  |  Leave a Comment  |  313 views  |  

OPTIMO Chief Solutions Officer Deen Ossman attended the prestigious EVANZ Conference and Annual Awards held in Auckland. This year, OPTIMO sponsored ‘The New Zealand Supreme Venue Person of the Year’ award for 2014 to honour excellence in the field. This award was won by Megan Brown of TSB Showplace, New Plymouth. She received the award from Ossman at the EVANZ Awards Night gala dinner at the Auckland Art Gallery. The EVANZ Conference took place at the Aotea Centre. Deen Ossman, addressing the gathering at the event, emphasised that OPTIMO has been “accepted all over the world for delivering on ‘promises’ and ‘bringing cutting edge, innovative, creative, simple, but most of... 

Airtel customers win more

Published : 12:01 am  February 4, 2014  |  Category: IT / TELECOM  |  Leave a Comment  |  347 views  |  

Airtel Christmas Zone winners announced Customers win Samsung Galaxy S4 phones and return air tickets to Malaysia Airtel Lanka’s recently conducted seasonal promotion for its customers; ‘Airtel Christmas Zone’ was successfully concluded with 29 customers winning valuable prizes. 25 daily winners received Samsung Galaxy S4 phones while four weekly winners received return air tickets for two to Malaysia. These winners recently received their prizes at an event held at the Airtel Lanka Corporate Office. Airtel subscribers simply had to dial 0753 123 123 to enter the Airtel Christmas Zone and follow the instructions to win.                  Read More →

Tata Communications launches mobile VoIP platform

Published : 12:01 am  February 4, 2014  |  Category: IT / TELECOM  |  Leave a Comment  |  492 views  |  

To bolster converged communications capabilities for mobile service providers Tata Communications, a leading provider of A New World of Communications, has announced the launch of its mobile VoIP platform, a hosted, white label solution that allows mobile network operators (MNO) and other retail voice providers to deliver and monetise innovative converged IP communication services. The mobile VoIP platform offers a rich feature set that enables operators to quickly roll out packages that create competitive differentiation among user communities such as roamers, migrants, and digital natives exploiting internet reach. Tata Communications’ mobile VoIP platform gives MNOs the ability to offer... 

Microsoft board close to naming India-born Nadella as new CEO

Published : 12:01 am  February 4, 2014  |  Category: IT / TELECOM  |  Leave a Comment  |  369 views  |  

Reuters: Microsoft Corp(MSFT.O) is likely to appoint its cloud-computing head, Satya Nadella, as its next chief executive, a source familiar with the matter said, as the board concludes a five-month search for a tech-savvy heavy-hitter to lead the world’s largest software company. As part of the move, co-founder Bill Gates may step aside as chairman and be replaced by lead independent director John Thompson, said the source, speaking on condition of anonymity because the process is private. Gates would remain a director, the source added. Rising star Nadella, a native of Hyderabad – where Microsoft has its largest non-U.S. research center – was promoted to run the company’s fast-expanding... 

Mobile Asia holds key to Facebook’s future growth

Published : 12:01 am  February 4, 2014  |  Category: IT / TELECOM  |  Leave a Comment  |  215 views  |  

As Facebook celebrates its 10th birthday, one of its biggest challenges is to tap the mobile market in emerging Asian economies, where it can drive expansion after growth in the West tapers off. India is expected to overtake the United States as the country with most Facebook users in 2014, with its total number forecast to surge beyond the 150 million mark from the current 93 million level. But despite its rapid growth in parts of Asia, experts say Facebook cannot afford to be complacent and locally-tailored competitors are threatening to steal its thunder in countries such as Indonesia. With Internet penetration still relatively low in Asia’s emerging economies, many people’s first online... 

Forum on ‘Entrepreneurs and Innovators: For the Future Economic Growth of Sri Lanka’

Published : 12:01 am  February 4, 2014  |  Category: IT / TELECOM  |  Leave a Comment  |  292 views  |  

The SLASSCOM Thought Leadership Forum on ‘Entrepreneurs and Innovators: For the Future Economic Growth of Sri Lanka’ will be held on 7 February from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Dialog Future World Auditorium Excel World Entertainment Complex. The event will examine the role of entrepreneurs and innovators in the future economic growth of the country. It will examine the concept of Innovation, its relationship with entrepreneurship and the policy framework that can enable both innovation and entrepreneurship in Sri Lanka. The keynote address which will be delivered by Dr. Harold J. Raveche – President of Innovation Strategies International, LLC, will be followed by a panel discussion with... 

How Virtusa helped JPMorgan Chase connect with millennials

Published : 1:23 am  February 3, 2014  |  Category: IT / TELECOM, SECTORS  |  Leave a Comment  |  431 views  |  

By Megha Bahree Krishan ‘Kris’ Canekeratne has one message for his clients – if they want to get, and hold on to, the next generation of customers, the millennials, they need to change how they do business. Canekeratne, Co-Founder and Chief Executive of Virtusa, an information-technology services company that partly originated in Sri Lanka and headquartered in Massachusetts, says millennials – or those born after 1984 – are more digitally savvy than any previous generation. “They grew up with a handheld device that’s more powerful than a supercomputer of five or ten years ago, one that’s inextricably linked to their side,” says Canekeratne, 48. “This is their preferred... 

Three more Nenasalas open

Published : 1:20 am  February 3, 2014  |  Category: IT / TELECOM  |  Leave a Comment  |  244 views  |  

As the preparation for the national exhibition ‘Deyata Kirula’ 2014 gathers momentum three ‘Nenasalas’ (wisdom outlets) were set up on Friday (31 January) under the patronage of Minister  Ranjith Siyambalapitiya. All the three Nenasalas inaugurated by Telecommunication and Information Technology  Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya are from the Kurunegla District and their ‘Society’ names  are as follows: (1) Sri Wijayananda Pirivena, Polgahawela, (2) Cultural Society, Bopitiya, Pannala and (3) Bingiriya Development Foundation, Padiwela, Bingiriya. Change from a prerogative of a few to benefits for all – it is a brainchild of the President. About nine years ago, only some privileged... 

Sony, Lenovo in talks on possible PC business alliance

Published : 1:16 am  February 3, 2014  |  Category: IT / TELECOM, SECTORS  |  Leave a Comment  |  254 views  |  

Reuters: Japan’s Sony Corp and Chinese technology company Lenovo Group are in talks about a possible joint venture to take over Sony’s loss-making Vaio PC business overseas, Japanese broadcaster NHK reported on Saturday. The Japanese electronics and media giant called the report inaccurate while acknowledging that it was looking at various possibilities for the unit. “Sony continues to address various options for the PC business, but the press report on a possible PC business alliance between Sony and Lenovo is inaccurate,” the company said in a statement. Sony has said it plans to revise its product and manufacturing strategy for the Vaio unit as it faces a slump in its PC business,... 

The Colombo vibe: This IT company wants to connect with its millennial employees

Published : 1:16 am  February 3, 2014  |  Category: IT / TELECOM, SECTORS  |  Leave a Comment  |  426 views  |  

Virtusa is Sri Lanka’s largest employer in the IT sector and the largest tenant in Colombo’s Orion City IT Park, with 150,000 square feet, on the edge of the city. Virtusa’s 2,200 employees spill out of a six-floor building into other space there. Tuk-tuks, or motorised rickshaws, as well as buses and Prius taxis, line the streets outside the compound. Inside, Virtusa’s neighbours include publishing company Pearson, outsourcing company WNS and MediGain, which processes medical bills and reimbursements. Using the standard IT open floor plan, Virtusa has what it calls chill-out rooms on each level. These are actually used for brainstorming. Hot pink, gold and black beanbags, couches, coffee... 

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