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PC House awarded “Outstanding Partner of the year 2008”

PC House, has won the ‘Best Partner 2008’ award from its vendor-partner, Micro Star International. The award was received by General Manager Panora Taiwan Larry Edden on behalf of PC House Sri Lanka at a ceremony held in Taipei, Taiwan.

The award was conferred to PC House for its outstanding partnership in the year 2007/2008, plus its sales performance and market leadership demonstrated in Sri Lanka. The awards night recognised MSI’s deserved customers and distributors in Germany, USA, France and Netherlands.

General Manager Panora Taiwan and Head of Taiwan operations of PCH Holdings Larry Edden, receiving the award on behalf of PC House Sri Lanka.

“PC House has potential to become a valuable distributor and partner with MSI. MSI will fully support PC House on product development, training, value added services and research in order to be highly rated in the notebook market in Sri Lanka. We are positive that PC House would further deliver our expectations” said CEO Micro-Star International Co. Ltd, Taiwan Carlos Chuan.

The backbone of PC House is its dedication to developing and introducing cutting-edge products and technology to the market. Equally important, PC House has integrated a multi-corporate strategy, consumer insights measure and monitoring, and brand strategy management over the years.

Chairman of PCH Holdings and founder of PC House S.H.M. Rishan upbeat about the achievement said “It is indeed a happy occasion for me. We make constant progress because we transform according to the changes in the business environment. The co-operation of our international partners and their strong brand build up has certainly boosted the performance of their product lines in Sri Lanka, across all industries.

This is a win - win situation for both the parties and most of all for our customers. I believe the professional approach, which our team has adopted at PC House, adds value to our partners”. MSI looks forward to fulfill Sri Lanka’s notebook market demand up to 10 per cent of market share for 2H year 2008.

PC House mentioned that there is a vast demand for the notebook market in Sri Lanka.

According to industry analysts there is a 50%-60% rapid increase in notebook users in Sri Lanka last year. General Manager Panora Taiwan and Head of the overall PCH operations in Taiwan Larry Edden said “This award is given only to distributors that MSI believe to have long-term relationship with. MSI has chosen PCH as solo laptops distributors in Sri Lanka at this time of year.”

Notebook use is being driven by the changes in habits as much as by advances in technology. Work approaches are changing because wireless technology is breaking the link between location and connectivity.

Increasingly users prefer to carry notebooks, use at home and into meetings, using wireless connection to facilitate collaboration as well as to keep up with email.

PC House promises to develop; to add on techniques and processes, to accommodate the best solutions and satisfying its stakeholders making Sri Lanka ICT savvy.

EPSI iStore introduces new Apple iPod nano

Epsi Computers, authorised re-sellers for Apple in Sri Lanka introduced the new fourth generation iPod nano, the thinnest iPod ever featuring a sleek new design with a curved aluminum and glass enclosure, in nine colors.

new Apple iPod nano

The new iPod nano incorporates Apple’s breakthrough Genius technology which automatically creates playlists from songs in your music library that go great together, with just one click.

Assistant Manager operations, Apple division at Epsi Computers Giri Anandan stated that the new iPod nano also features a refined user interface, a high resolution portrait display and a built-in accelerometer which automatically switches to Cover Flow when rotated and automatically goes into Shuffle mode when lightly shaken.

Giri also stated The new iPod nano-the thinnest iPod ever-features an elegant new design that beautifully blends a brilliant two-inch display with a gorgeous curved aluminum and glass enclosure.

iPod nano works seamlessly with iTunes so you can import, manage and then easily auto-sync your favourite content. You can buy music, video and games for your iPod nano from the iTunes Store with more than 8.5 million songs available for preview and one-click purchase.

With up to 24 hours of music playback or four hours of video playback on a single charge, the new iPod nano is the ultra-portable way to enjoy your favourite music, TV shows, movies and games on the go. The 16GB model holds up to 4,000 songs, 14,000 photos and 16 hours of video, and the 8GB model holds up to 2,000 songs, 7,000 photos and eight hours of video.

The new contoured design fits even more comfortably in your hand and comes in colours of silver, blue, purple, green, orange, yellow, pink, red

and black. The new Ipod nano is now available at the EPSI iStore and all EPSI concepts showrooms islandwide.

“The iPod nano is the world’s most popular music player and we’ve made it even better for this holiday season,” said Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs. “We think users are going to love the amazing new design, the automatic Genius playlist creation, as well as automatically going into Cover Flow with just a turn of the wrist.”

The new iPod nano works with the new iTunes 8 Genius feature, allowing customers to automatically create playlists while on-the-go with their iPod nano. Users can preview the playlist Genius creates, refresh the list to choose different songs and save Genius playlists to enjoy again later.

Digital House appointed authorised distributor for Kingston

Digital House (Pvt) Ltd have been appointed authorised distributor for Kingston Technology Company Inc. in Sri Lanka.

Nabhan Akeel and Ilham Sanoon in Colombo last Friday.
Picture by Sumanachandra Ariyawansa.

Kingston Technology Company, Inc. with the annual turnover of US$4.7 billion in 2007 is the world’s largest independent manufacturer of memory products and its sales in Sri Lanka too are increasing. Managing Director of Digital House Nabhan Akeel said that this was an honour and not a surprise considering the vigorous expansion of Kingston sales during the past few years. “It comes as no surprise to us in Kingston selecting Digital House to be their authorised partner in Sri Lanka. With this appointment, one of our subsidiary entities will be focused to exclusively serve the corporate customers of Kingston Products.”

Chief Executive Officer of Digital House Ilham Sanoon, said “we are a group with lots of abovementioned mix of strength, to offer our customers a total solution by availing them almost all other PC building block products which exactly tallies and go along with their right requirement.”

He said due to its popularity many gray products are available and people should be careful when purchasing them as the price between the original and the fake is not high.

Kingston products customers can use the Colombo, Kandy or Kurunegala Kingston support centres and claim their warranty pertaining to its degree of defects over the counter or to a maximum of just one day replacements. This we call as our service, which apparently the customer expects too.


Rocell bathware implements biometric fingerprint system at factory

In keeping in line with Rocell’s new state of the art factory, Cenmetrix Systems implemented the latest biometric fingerprint system for the new Rocell Bathware factory in Homagama.

Sri Lanka’s only bathware manufacturer, Royal Bathware Limited has invested over SLR 1.5 billion in a state of the art manufacturing facility that is billed to be Asia’s most modern. Rocell Bathware will be using the biometric fingerprint device for time and attendance purpose to increase the ease and efficiency of operations. Senior Manager Human Resources of RCL Jayanath Abeywardena went on to comment, “Given the nature of our manufacturing process Cenmetrix’s capacitive sensor technology has made it possible for us to efficiently capture time and attendance of our factory workers without frustrating them”.

Cenmetrix is a total biometric solutions company (www.cenmetrix.lk). Cenmetrix’s local portfolio includes fingerprint security access control/ time and attendance solutions to several other leading companies such as MAS Holdings, Holiday Inn, Seylan Merchant Bank, Milco, United Motors, Ceylon Biscuits Ltd, Melbourne Textile, Expo Lanka Group, Jafferjee Brothers, and The Colombo Stock Exchange.

Aeturnum Lanka celebrates second anniversary

Aeturnum Lanka celebrated its second anniversary recently having made significant inroads into the ICT sector. Aeturnum Lanka is a global expansion initiative of Aeturnum Inc, headquartered in Westford, MA and functions as a subsidiary engaged in providing a variety of software services.

Rajat Bhakhri

While the company does not offer software solutions to the Sri Lankan market, it is fast becoming a preferred employer in the Sri Lankan ICT sector. Offering above industry average salaries and exposure to cutting edge technologies, Aeturnum Lanka recruits an average of 15 engineers a quarter.

“Since its inception in 2006, Aeturnum Lanka has been the corner stone of Aeturnum’s global success. The innovation, professionalism and tenacity of our Sri Lankan team has helped Aeturnum grow globally, increasing its operational revenue by 135 per cent in the last financial year.

We have ventured into new geographical markets and new business domains expanding our service offerings and areas of expertise,” said - CEO, Aeturnum, Inc. Rajat Bhakhri “I’m pleased to say that the state of the company is strong,” he added.

Further indicating growth, Aeturnum, In. recently exceeded Rs. 100 million in their investments in Aeturnum Lanka.

While the off-shore development centre was assigned only two development projects initially, Aeturnum Lanka now handles 16 major projects and a host of smaller assignments.

In their bid to increase the ‘bandwidth’ of the Sri Lankan ICT sector, the company recently awarded six scholarships to students from Colombo University and Informatics Institute of Technology as part of their CSR efforts.

 Biz Tech Quiz

There was a immense response for the Biz Tech Quiz which was launched last week in collaboration with the Sala Enterprises.

Our question last week was “ What is a trilingual keyboard?” and the answer is a keyboard which could be used For Typing English/Sinhala/Tamil.

The winner of the last week “Biz Tech Quiz” was Patrick Tennakoon of Pubudu Engineering (Pvt) Ltd. 68, UDA Industrial Estate, Katuwana Road, Homa- gama.

He will be the winner of world’s smallest computer mouse sponsored by Sala Enterprises. Sala Enterprises is involved in marketing electronic dictionaries and within 14 years have grown to be one of the leading IT providers to the nation. Sala Enterprises will be contacting Patrick Tennakoon on how to collect his gift.

Due to the good response from our readers to the “Biz Tech Quiz” Sala Enterprises have now introduced their new email address quiz@salaent.com for sending answers.

Readers also could mail their answers to Sala Enterprises No.445, Havelock Road, Colombo 06.Please mark “Daily News Biz Tech Quiz” on your answers.

The “Biz Tech Quiz” will appear on Biz Tech page every other week and winners will be announced the week following the appearance of the quiz.

See you guys with another quiz next week.


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