Sri Lanka’s IT policies and the way forward

Published : 12:00 am  June 26, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  1 Comment  |  598 views  |  

Industrial and Financial Systems (IFS) Sri Lanka Chairman/CEO and recently-appointed ICTA Board Director Jayantha De Silva states that an industry does not only consist of the people who work in it and that policies will only survive if it involves the interests of the entire population, ranging from manufacturers and sellers to consumers. In this interview with Daily FT, De Silva talks about the role ICTA plays in formulating IT policies in Sri Lanka and the challenges it faces when taking it to an operational level. Following are excerpts:      Industrial and Financial Systems (IFS) Sri Lanka Chairman/CEO and recently-appointed ICTA Board Director Jayantha de Silva        How... 


Orange Electric gets on cloud with Microsoft Office365

Published : 12:00 am  June 26, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  461 views  |  

Orel Corporation, owner of the popular Orange Electric brand under which the company manufactures world class electrical and lighting products, recently moved to the cloud in order to further streamline their operations. The company, which is currently on a large scale overseas expansion program in both their electrical and telecom sectors, entered into an enterprise agreement with Microsoft Sri Lanka, who would deploy their cloud solution MicrosoftOffice 365, providing them with proven programs such as Microsoft Office, Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft Exchange Online and Microsoft Lync online. The agreement was formalised by Orel Corporation Managing Director Kushan Kodituwakku and Microsoft... 


ICTA National Partner of NITC 2014

Published : 12:09 am  June 25, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  443 views  |  

The Computer Society of Sri Lanka (CSSL) announced Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) as the National Partner of National Information Technology Conference (NITC) 2014. Sri Lanka being the CHOGM host country and considering the relevance of the CHOGM 2013 theme ‘Growth Equity and Inclusive Development,’ CSSL and ICTA have taken steps to facilitate Commonwealth-wide deliberations at this year’s National Information Technology Conference with the conference theme ‘ICT for Inclusive Development’. The conference organised in collaboration with the Ministry of Telecommunication and IT, Commonwealth Telecommunication Organisation (CTO) and the Ministry of... 


Yes, it is possible to fold your tablets!

Published : 12:09 am  June 25, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  353 views  |  

Your eyes are not deceiving you; the Techlords have answered your prayers (or at least mine). This concept of “foldable tablets” is coming out soon, as Samsung revealed its latest prototype, the very first of flexible display screens to hit the market predictably in 2015. Apparently, the idea has already been in progress since 2012 when the company filed for patent for a “tri-foldable, flexible display”. This basically means that you can easily convert a tablet into the size of smart phone for easy convenience and portability. It was reported that Samsung originally considered dual displays but ended up heading towards the idea of folding them instead. That certainly possesses far more... 


BPO Connect finds ways to empower Sri Lankan women in the workforce

Published : 12:08 am  June 25, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  789 views  |  

Claudia Liyanage, who held an entry position with BPO Connect, just two years later, leads BPO Connect’s Virtual Correspondence Division and is poised for a new opportunity that will take her all the way to Melbourne, Australia. Within these two years, Claudia has transformed from the shy customer relationship executive to team leader, overseeing the day-to-day secretarial operations of the division. Even the company directors took notice of her hard work. Looking back, Claudia said: “It’s been a massive achievement and challenge. I never knew my role would make a big impact to the organisation.” At 26 years of age, Claudia is well-spoken, outgoing and highly accomplished. With both a... 


Intel launches messaging app using cartoons to mimic sender’s face

Published : 12:08 am  June 25, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  393 views  |  

Reuters: Intel Corp is getting into voice instant messaging with a smartphone app that uses facial tracking technology to caricature a sender’s expressions. Pocket Avatars was launched by Mike Bell, an Intel senior executive whose job is to make sure the world’s largest semiconductor maker is at the front of future technology trends after arriving disastrously late to smartphones and tablets. The app uses a smartphone’s camera and microphone to record a short message while mapping the speaker’s facial expressions onto one of several cartoon characters. The message is then sent to the recipient, who can play it, complete with the avatar’s head movements, smiles and blinks. In an interview,... 


INFOTEL 2014 in October, themed ‘A Smarter Tomorrow’

Published : 12:08 am  June 25, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  1,705 views  |  

INFOTEL, the national ICT exhibition organised by the Federation of IT Industry Sri Lanka (FITIS) will have its 2014 edition under the theme ‘A Smarter Tomorrow’. Originated in 1992, INFOTEL is Sri Lanka’s biggest and one of the pioneering exhibitions in South Asia. The event will take place at BMICH from 24 to 26 October. “INFOTEL has been the place for ICT firms to display new products and a substantial number of regular participants comprising corporate executives, ICT professionals, policymakers, entrepreneurs, academics and individuals are waiting for this flagship event,” said Derrick Ferdinandus, Chairman of INFOTEL 2014 Organising Committee. “There will be over 300 stalls... 


Dialog launches self-branded smart tabs

Published : 12:07 am  June 25, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  2,306 views  |  

As part of its new range of smart devices, Dialog has launched its first tablet. The Q178t Smart Tab once again considered an affordable device to the masses to enjoy a large touch screen experience. Meeting today’s requirements of tech savvy geeks, this device is packed with the latest Qualcomm Quad-core CPU and operates at lightning fast speeds, making this the ideal choice for both the working executive and fun loving gamer. The 7.85 inch display is equipped with an IPS HD screen, creating the best viewing angles and sinking the user in an exceptional viewing experience. Running Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Software this device has the capability of SIM based 3G connectivity on HSPA+ speeds,... 


Oracle becomes second largest Cloud SaaS company in the world

Published : 12:01 am  June 24, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  490 views  |  

Q4 SaaS and PaaS subscriptions up 25% to $ 322 million, Q4 IaaS subscription revenue up 13% to $ 128 million Oracle Corporation has announced that fiscal 2014 Q4 total revenues were up 3% to $ 11.3 billion. Software and Cloud revenues were up 4% to $ 8.9 billion. GAAP Cloud software-as-a-service (SaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) revenues were up 25% to $ 322 million, while non-GAAP SaaS and PaaS revenues were up 23% to $ 327 million. In addition, Cloud infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) revenues were up 13% to $ 128 million. New software licenses revenues were unchanged at $ 3.8 billion. Software license updates and product support revenues were up 7% to $ 4.7 billion. Overall hardware... 


Hutch launches ‘Hutch Buddy’ app

Published : 12:01 am  June 24, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  336 views  |  

Hutch has announced the launch of “Hutch Buddy – Your Online Assistant,” a comprehensive and specially customised mobile app aimed at providing its subscribers with an unprecedented experience across its range of products and services at a user’s fingertips, built with an intuitive customer care approach. Hutch has worked closely with local software house TSDC Lanka in developing this advanced and sophisticated app which we believe is one of the best available in the world. Initially launched on the Android market, new and existing Hutch customers can download the app on Google Play Store and manage their prepaid or post-paid connections at no cost. “Hutch Buddy is more than just an... 


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