SLASSCOM joins NOA to promote local IT and knowledge services in UK

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The Sri Lanka Association of Software and Services Companies (SLASSCOM), the IT and knowledge  industry body which plays a catalyst role with aggressive plans to capitalise on the opportunities for Sri Lanka, was recently admitted to membership of the prestigious  National Outsourcing Association (NOA) in the UK. The NOA celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2012. In those 25 years, the association has grown from a spark of an idea to being the pre-eminent promoter of outsourcing. Commenting on the recent tie-up, Head of SLASSCOM’s Marketing Forum Jeevan Gnanam stated: “We are very happy to be engaging with NOA for UK strategy focus. Working with NOA in the last few years has helped Sri Lanka achieve its aggressive growth targets and we look forward to a continued fruitful relationship.” SLASSCOM Executive Director Imran Furkan said: “Although outsourcing as an abstract concept is from time immemorial, the modern incarnation of outsourcing – with its IT-enabled influence on business processes – has really come to the fore over the last 20 years. The NOA was a response to a growing need for both outsourcing customers and suppliers to share ideas, review successes and failures and stop reinventing wheels; in doing so creating a body of expertise and best practice that could carry the industry forward. As more and more organisations looked towards outsourcing to obtain strategic business step changes, the NOA was among the first to recognise that alignment of organisational business objectives was arguably the most important factor in outsourcing. “During this time they have managed to grow the services they offer such as professional qualifications (with the NOA Pathway), developed numerous prestige events (such as the best practice awards) and they have also created successful spin offs such as, the leading portal for outsourcers (with 14,000 members as friends of the NOA), the NOA’s Outsourcing Yearbook and the creation of the EOA. “Currently NOA has almost 300 members which are split into three member categories: end-users, suppliers and support service companies. A large number of members are blue-chip user organisations – some managing the largest European outsource deals – as well as premier suppliers, leading consultants and legal advisors in sourcing. “We are proud to partner NOA at this crucial time as our industry is poised for takeoff in major way and hope to leverage on their network to promote Sri Lanka as the preferred choice for those in the UK and Europe looking to benefit from the international outsourcing trend.”