LAUGFS Group IT team with LAUGFS Holdings Chairman W.K.H. Wegapitiya at the BestWeb.lk 2019 awards ceremony
In a feat of excellence, LAUGFS clinched three top awards at the BestWeb.lk 2019 competition, which concluded this month. This is the sixth consecutive year LAUGFS has won multiple awards at the BestWeb.lk awards ceremony, which stand testament to its strong focus on promoting innovation, technology and design, and its culture that actively encourages creativity and innovative thinking.
The group corporate website, www.laugfs.lk, clinched the Gold Awards in the ‘Overall’ and ‘Corporate’ categories whilst also receiving the Bronze award for ‘Best Sinhala Website’. The LAUGFS IT team’s dedication, creativity, and skills in technical management were lauded as the unified driving force behind the triple win.
Commenting on this latest achievement, LAUGFS Group CIO Indika Gunawardena stated, “To receive these awards is certainly an honour. With technology being an unstoppable and ever-changing force that our society depends on, it is a challenge we must take upon ourselves to remain relevant as well as to harness the myriad of opportunities it presents. It is not easy, but with a dedicated and talented team like ours, it is certainly a possibility. Our websites and systems are developed internally, and our in-house Web Development team headed by Manoj Niranjan, consistently does their very best. From winning the Overall Bronze award last year to clinching the Overall Gold award this year, we have been able to push ourselves to set a new benchmark.”
Organised annually by the LK Domain Registry, BestWeb.lk is a competition which recognises Sri Lankan websites under a number of categories. This year’s awards ceremony was the ninth installation in the series, and work of many local digital platforms were brought under the spotlight, acknowledged, and commended.
The Corporate category, in which LAUGFS won the Gold award, consists of large organisations, companies, or corporations with an annual turnover of at least Rs. 100 million, whereas the special ‘Overall’ category represents the crowning award as it pits winners of all other 12 categories together, making it a notable achievement for the team.
Gunawardena further stated, “In today’s world, customer engagement is important, and through good design and effective communication, we can ensure that the essential touch of humanity is never lost. This is what we believe in. We will keep working towards improving ourselves and ensuring we exhibit the best we have to offer in terms of innovation and technology. It is always great to have hard work recognised.”
The team has won over 40 awards in the past five years, including the BCS Chairman’s Award for two consecutive years for producing the most number of innovative products, and the overall Gold award at the 2016 SLT ZeroOne Awards for the Best Website/Microsite. The team also clinched an award at the 2016 Asia Pacific ICT Awards, and was also the recipient of the Gold award in the ‘Corporate Website’ category.
LAUGFS Group IT holds both the ISO 27001:2013 certification for information security and the ISO 22301:2012 certification for disaster recovery and business continuity, and is currently in the process of certifying their IT service management system in order to be certified in ISO 20000:2011.
LAUGFS is one of the largest diversified business conglomerates and a trusted name in Sri Lanka. Founded in 1995, LAUGFS today has expanded across 20 industries in Sri Lanka and overseas, establishing a strong presence as a leader and pioneer in the power and energy, retail, industrial, services, leisure and logistics sectors. With 4,000 employees and an annual turnover exceeding Rs. 54 billion, LAUGFS continues to expand and empower millions as a trusted Sri Lankan brand.