Elephant House and Keells Foods go for Axienta’s sales force solution

Published : 12:00 am  March 9, 2015  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  294 views  |  

Elephant House and Keells Foods, the two main brands under the John Keells Group, recently implemented a dealer management solution through Axienta sales force solution across more than 230 dealerships. This covered all Elephant House soft drinks, ice creams and Keells foods distributors across Sri Lanka. The solution has enabled business process reengineering across key processes. These include automated dealer order placement, integration to SAP (Group ERP system) and processing, dispatch and delivery, route and itinerary management, inventory monitoring and control, outlet order tracking, customer management, debt collection, sales forecast analysis and employee performance evaluation, etc. Commenting... 


CA Sri Lanka awards DISSCA certificates to cyber-crime fighting accounting and finance professionals

Published : 12:00 am  March 9, 2015  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  184 views  |  

New diploma holders in Information Systems Security, Control and Audit (DISSCA) together with IT Faculty CA Sri Lanka Chairman Channa Manoharan (seated, fourth from left); CA Sri Lanka Secretary/CEO Aruna Alwis (seated, fifth from left) and lecturers of the DISSCA program     The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CA Sri Lanka) recently awarded the Diploma in Information Systems Security, Control and Audit to accounting and finance professionals who have successfully completed the specialised course. The Diploma in Information Systems Security, Control and Audit (DISSCA) is a specialised course conducted by CA Sri Lanka annually with the aim of enhancing the IT skills... 


Microsoft warns Windows PCs also vulnerable to ‘Freak’ attacks

Published : 12:00 am  March 9, 2015  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  174 views  |  

Reuters: Hundreds of millions of Windows PC users are vulnerable to attacks exploiting the recently uncovered “Freak” security vulnerability, which was initially believed to only threaten mobile devices and Mac computers, Microsoft Corp warned. News of the vulnerability surfaced on Tuesday when a group of nine security experts disclosed that ubiquitous Internet encryption technology could make devices running Apple Inc’s iOS and Mac operating systems, along with Google Inc’s Android browser vulnerable to cyberattacks. Microsoft released a security advisory on Thursday warning customers that their PCs were also vulnerable to the “Freak” vulnerability. The weakness could allow attacks... 


ICTA to roll out Wi-Fi as per 100-day promise

Published : 1:00 am  March 6, 2015  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  1 Comment  |  549 views  |  

Initial facilitation for 250  specific locations island-wide Balance 750 locations within 60-90 days Initial limit hall 100 MB per citizen with internet speeds of 512 Kbps ICTA Program Manager Gavshkar Subramanium, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Ajith P. Perera, ICTA CEO Muhunthan Canagey, ICTA Chairperson Chitranganie Mubarak and Ministry of Telecommunication and IT former Secretary Gotabhaya Jayaratne – Pic by Shehan Gunasekara By Waruni Paranagamage The ICT Agency (ICTA) next week will roll out the ‘Free Wi-Fi’ bonanza for people as promised under the 100-day program of the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe Government. Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Telecommunication, Ajith... 


Fitch affirms Sri Lanka Telecom at ‘BB-’/’AAA(lka)’/Stable

Published : 1:28 am  March 5, 2015  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  422 views  |  

Fitch Ratings has affirmed Sri Lanka Telecom Plc’s (SLT) Long-Term Foreign and Local Currency Issuer Default Ratings (IDRs) at ‘BB-’. The agency also affirmed SLT’s National Long-Term Rating at ‘AAA(lka)’. The outlook is stable.   Key rating drivers Tax changes are Credit Negative: We believe that the Sri Lankan Government’s Interim Budget plan to impose significant recurring and one-off taxes will cause a decline in SLT’s 2015 operating EBITDAR margin to 26% (2014: 30%) and its funds flow from operation (FFO) – adjusted net leverage to deteriorate to 1.8x (2014: 1.3x). SLT is likely to pay around Rs. 3.5 billion-4 billion in additional taxes. However, SLT’s ratings... 


Huawei unveils Huawei Watch at Mobile World Congress 2015

Published : 1:26 am  March 5, 2015  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  373 views  |  

Huawei continues to break new ground in the wearables space by unveiling this week the Huawei Watch, powered by Android Wear™ at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015. The fully circular watch features a 1.4-inch touch-sensitive AMOLED display, scratch-proof sapphire crystal lens, cold-forged stainless steel frame, and comes with a built-in heart rate monitor and six-Axis motion sensors. The Huawei Watch is the first smartwatch in the Huawei wearable family.       “We have responded to consumers’ requests from around the world asking for a smartwatch featuring a timeless design that is truly smart from within. Through Huawei’s continued commitment to ‘Make It Possible,’... 


Mobitel opens mTicketing counter at Jaffna Railway Station

Published : 1:25 am  March 5, 2015  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  380 views  |  

Following the recent recommencement of the Colombo-Jaffna railway service, Mobitel yesterday unveiled its latest mTicketing counter at the Jaffna Railway Station. To mark the ceremonial opening,   Sri Lanka Telecom Chairman P.G. Kumarasingha and Sri Lanka Railways General Manager V. Amaratunga declared open the new counter enabling Mobitel customers and commuters from Jaffna to collect their pre-reserved train tickets with ease, prior to departure for a hassle free journey. Sri Lanka Railways Commercial Superintendent Sisira Kumara was also present along with the Station Masters of Sri Lanka Railways. With the vision to expand operations across the country at all railway stations, mTicketing... 


Universal broadband only through public-private partnerships, says Etisalat Group CEO

Published : 1:24 am  March 5, 2015  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  410 views  |  

Access to broadband is a basic right for everyone and it can be served smartly, where needed, says Ahmad Julfar Artificial policies, long payback on infrastructure investments and diminishing returns impact ability of telcos to invest and innovate   Universal broadband is a real target that can be achieved through public-private partnerships to promote greater digital, social and financial inclusion in the developing world, observed Ahmad Julfar, Chief Executive Officer of Etisalat Group. He was addressing an audience of some of the world’s leading figures in telecommunications at the Mobile World Summit (MWS), the premier event of the ongoing 2015 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.   Julfar... 


Airtel announces strategic collaboration with China Mobile

Published : 1:23 am  March 5, 2015  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  399 views  |  

 To jointly foster growth of 4G LTE ecosystem and promote development of affordable LTE devices Both companies to share network and product best practices and technical lessons  Work together for standards and products to accelerate commercialisation of LTE and evolving 4.5G/5G techno  Develop standards and strengthen testing for inter-operability of LTE roaming, VoLTE, etc.   Bharti Airtel, a leading global telecommunications service provider with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa, on Tuesday announced a strategic collaboration with China Mobile under which the two companies will work towards the growth of the LTE ecosystem and evolving mobile technology standards. Airtel... 


Samsung unveils sleek new Galaxy phones to battle Apple

Published : 12:34 am  March 3, 2015  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  452 views  |  

Reuters: South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co Ltd unveiled its latest Galaxy S smartphones, featuring a slim body made from aircraft-grade metal, in a bid to reclaim the throne of undisputed global smartphone leader from Apple Inc. Designed from scratch in an operation dubbed “Project Zero”, the Galaxy S6 and its curved-edges variant are critical for Samsung’s plans to reverse plunging smartphone revenues that led to its first annual earnings fall in three years in 2014. A warm initial reception sent Samsung shares rising as much as 3.9% on Monday to their highest in nearly nine months. Some technology publications described the phones as Samsung’s best-looking to date after its previous... 


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