Mobile cloud provider segment:
Aepona to expand
The performance of Aepona during year 2010 was commendable. It was a
very good year for the company. The company reached profitability in
2009 and continued to grow revenues and stay profitable throughout 2010,
Aepona Global Sales, Services, and Support Senior Vice President,
Michael Mayfield told Daily News Business.
He said the company intends to expand their business within the
mobile cloud provider segment, which was a new market for Aepona during
"We have plans to expand our sales coverage in Asia and introduce a
new eCommerce and mCommerce solution that is currently in development in
partnership with a major US broadband customer," Mayfield said.
"The Sri Lankan operations are a key component of our overall
solution delivery value chain. The company is impressed and pleased the
efforts of Sri Lankan Research and Development (R and D) centre. We look
forward to continue the success in 2011 and beyond. Sri Lanka will
continue to grow in significance and size over the years to come," he
The convergence of Cloud Computing, Software-as-a-Service, and Mobile
Computing create the perfect storm for Aepona. "Our value proposition is
well aligned to these market trends and with our colleagues in Sri
Lanka, we're prepared to take full advantage," Mayfield said. Aepona
provides the software engine that powers the convergence of open mobile
networks, mobile cloud computing, on-demand enterprise solutions, and
web and mobile applications.
Aepona has been supplying state-of-the-art, telco-grade software
products to the global communications industry for over one decade.
Aepona's solution makes it easy for enterprise solution providers and
web or mobile application developers to turbo-charge a wide variety of
applications and services, enriching them with powerful mobile network
features and intelligence.
"Our products have been deployed with over 25 mobile operators and
service providers across North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa
(EMEA) and Asia, processing in excess of 1.2 billion network and payment
transactions per month, while enabling more than US $ one billion in
annual revenues for service providers, mobile operators, application
partners and content providers," Mayfield said
Sun Aqua launches mineral water
The Sun Aqua brand of natural mineral water was recently launched in
Sun Aqua Managing Director Suri Rajan
and Sun Aqua Director Gowri Rajan at the opening
The brand contains no additives and has a shelf life of two years. It
is packed in food grade pet bottles and is registered and certified by
the Health Ministry and awarded the SLS certification by the Sri Lanka
The source, plant and surrounding environment at Kotagala (situated
at 4400 feet above sea level in the Nuwara Eliya district), is pollutant
free and nothing is extracted during the production process to change
its unique characteristics which is on par with related international
brands . A spokesperson at Sun Aqua said, "Drinking chlorinated water
destroys beneficial bacteria in the body which will weaken and
eventually damage one's immunity. Studies have revealed that where there
are higher levels of THM's in drinking water, this may result in higher
incidence of cancer.
Pure drinking water is one of the most essential and critical
resources of our lifetime and our children's lifetime. High quality
water is essential to health, recreation and growth and it is with this
idea that Sun Aqua has brought natural mineral water in its purest form.
Sun Aqua has been conceived and marketed by Worldwide Enterprises, a
subsidiary of Kandy's Sun and Asoka Group of Companies.
Economic Development Minister Basil
Rajapaksa inaugurated a new branch of Peopleís Bank at
Nugegoda yesterday. Peopleís Bank Chairman W.G. Karunajeewa
and Deputy Finance Minister. Geethanjana Gunawardena were
present. Here, Minister Rajapaksa accepting the first
deposit from a customer after the opening. Picture by
Embark helps over 7,000 dogs in 2010
Embark, the community animal welfare initiative of ODEL has with the
support of partner organizations, assisted a total of 7,183 stray dogs
since its inception in March 2007.
The program, which leverages ODEL's intuitive skill at fashion retail
to raise funds for the cause and promote care for street pooches, said
2010 was its busiest year to date, with multiple projects and campaigns
generating wider community participation.
In the twelve months ending December 2010, Embark had sterilized and
vaccinated 1802 stray dogs, provided vaccines for another 831, rescued
155 injured animals off the streets, provided special treatments to 803
more and found homes for 88.
This brought the cumulative number of dogs sterilized and vaccinated
to 4,306, and the number of dogs vaccinated to 1,547. Special treatments
had been provided to 909 street dogs and a total of 207 injured had been
rescued. The number of strays re-homed by the program stood at 214.
"All of these dogs would have been exposed to disease and injury and
would have been suffering on the streets if not for the efforts of
Embark," said Blue Paw Trust (BPT) Trustee Dr Nalinika Obeyesekere which
works with the objective of conducting humane dog population and rabies
management programs in a professional and scientific manner, balancing
both human and animal needs and welfare.
People's Bank new branch in Nugegoda
Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa inaugurated a new
branch of People's Bank at Nugegoda yesterday. People's Bank Chairman
W.G. Karunajeewa and Deputy Finance Minister. Geethanjana Gunawardena
were present. Here, Minister Rajapaksa accepting the first deposit from
a customer after the opening. Picture by Chaminda Hittatiya
SiA to fly to Sao Paulo
Singapore Airlines will begin services to Sao Paulo in Brazil on
March 28, subject to regulatory approvals.
Sales have now begun and tickets can be purchased over
singaporeair.com or from appointed agents. Flights will operate three
times per week on a Singapore-Barcelona-Sao Paulo routing. Spanair will
be codesharing on the flights.
Sri Lankan electronic market growing
The country's electronic market is growing and there are conducive
policies to sustain the growth momentum.
Softlogic Holdings Ltd Chairman and
Managing Director Ashok Pathirage, Panasonic Corporation
Asia and Oceania Corporate Management Division Managing
Executive Officer and Panasonic Asia Pacific Pte Ltd,
Managing Director Ikuo Miyamoto, Japanís Panasonic
Corporation Asia and Oceania Sales Group General Manager
Kazuhiro Yamanishi and Panasonic Asia Pacific Corporate
Communications Group, Group Head Katsumi Takahashi.
"We see an increase in the demand in the electronic market as the
products have become more affordable to the consumers. The change of
life styles and growth in the level of disposable income have a positive
impact on the market," Softlogic Holding Chairman Ashok Pathirage said.
The country is adopting to fast changing technologies and is equipped
with advancements in the technological field. This has resulted in
latest technologies being introduced to the country which are available
in the developed world, he said.
Softlogic is a fast growing company which has ventured in to many
fields catering to different segments of the society. This
diversification has enabled Softlogic to reach US $ 100 million annual
turnover. The company introduces environmentally friendly products for
the benefit of local customers.
"Sri Lanka is poised for an exciting phase of development and there
is a vibrant business environment.
We are catering to a quality conscious market to support, enrich and
enhance the quality of lives. Softlogic strives to elevate the level of
consumption of product quality to be on par with developed countries,"
Panasonic Asia Pacific Pte. Managing Director, Panasonic Corporation,
Asia and Oceania Corporate Management Division Management Executive
Officer Ikuo Miyamoto said Sri Lanka is becoming a rapidly growing
economy with dynamic market conditions.
These emerging economies will drive the global economy. Without these
countries the economic growth could not be sustained, he said.
Richard Pieris Tyre Company fetes high performers
The Richard Pieris Tyre Company, felicitated over 200 dealers in the
North Western region at Kurunegala's Seasons Hotel, attended by Richard
Pieris Tyre Company Director and General Manager M Pushpika Janadheera.
The dealers were briefed about new products and also the business
approach during the gathering.
From a distribution network of 1300, across the country regional
conventions are held throughout the year encouraging the dealer
community. The best compete in the Annual Dealers Convention which not
only recognizes best performers but also an event as an occasion to be
able to meet and bond with fellowship and camaraderie.
Richard Pieris Tyre Company Director and General Manager Pushpika
Janadheera, who was the chief guest for the occasion said, "As a team we
believe the company growth should be reflected with our dealer strength
"We strive to produce high quality products and market the same
economically to cater to our valued consumers. Though the current rubber
price is increasing steadily, Arpidag products remain unaffected through
better management of our resources. We have identified the needs of our
valued dealers and we will continue to add value for both our dealers
and our customers".
All the participants were recognized for their valuable commitment to
the tyre sector.
Vallibel Finance ties up with Scienter
Boosting IT platform:
Vallibel Finance has tied up with the renowned Scienter Technologies
(Pvt.) Ltd to take its technology platform to the cutting-edge. Vallibel
Finance is now poised to further elevate its service spectrum with a
custom-built IT platform created by its partner in this venture,
Vallibel Finance Managing Director
Jayantha Rangamuwa and Scienter Technologies (Pvt) Ltd
Managing Director Rajiva Witharana exchanging documents.
Both organizationsí officers look on
Vallibel Finance is swiftly moving towards augmenting its IT platform
as the demand for financial services thrives in the post-war boom.
The four year-old company's strategic push to upgrade their system at
this crucial time is keeping with its long and short-term plans to make
innovatively modern financial tools more accessible to the masses.
"We at Vallibel Finance are always looking to make our services more
user-friendly," said Vallibel Finance Managing Director Jayantha
Rangamuwa. "Being on the cutting-edge of technology will help us deliver
a better, more efficient service by streamlining our procedures. This
venture with Scienter Technologies is the ideal solution for us, and we
are confident that they will do a great job," he said.
Scienter Technologies, a 14 year-old company which began as a small
IT business venture, gained the rare distinction of winning the Overall
Gold Award at the National Best Quality Software Awards (NBQSA) in 2009.
The company has received ISO 9001:2008 certification for software
quality assurance and markets software solutions in the fields of
financial services including leasing, fixed deposits and micro finance,
tourism and hospitality, apparel, exports, HRM and many more.
"Scienter Technologies' expertise in the field of financial software
systems leaves us no doubt that this technology boost will be exactly
what we need to push forward with our mission," said Rangamuwa. "With
this key technological alliance putting our IT platform firmly in place
to take on the future, we will continue to forge ahead with our
expansion plans across the island, bringing progressive financial tools
to all Sri Lankans," he said.
OCBT launches foundation diplomas
In today's competitive, fast paced world, students are becoming
increasingly more in favour of embarking on a higher educational pathway
immediately after O-Ls.
While offering a number of selected degree programs of International
repute, OCBT Industrial Campus provides a practical, professional
approach to bridge the knowledge gap of students - especially after
O-Ls, who aspire to complete their higher education quickly and
efficiently. OCBT is currently preparing to groom their latest batch of
O-L qualified (or after O-L) students from this January onwards, through
the Foundation Diploma in Business and IT and Foundation Diploma in
Software Engineering programs. These programs provide automatic entry to
degree programs and they are highly recognized among universities and
academic institutions - locally and internationally.
Since the minimum age limit is only 16 years, and the minimum
qualification for these programs are O-Ls (pending results are
accepted), students are able to gain six months of invaluable training
towards their degree and their professional career - at a very young
age. As the courses are cost effective, it is inevitably a highly
profitable investment for quality seeking, yet cost conscious parents.
To nurture the talent of promising students, OCBT also offers
valuable scholarships, which are granted according to students' merits.
Because OCBT places a high emphasis on maintaining high standards
towards their academic courses, every applicant for these Foundation
Diplomas will undergo a compulsory placement test prior to the
commencement of the course on January 28.
Registrations for the Foundation Diplomas in Business and IT and
Software Engineering are now open and applications will be accepted
until January 26.
Further details could be obtained from OCBT, No. 120, 2nd Floor, High
Level Road, Kirulapona, Colombo-6. Email: [email protected] or log on to
Sampath Bank appoints HR Head
Sampath Bank PLC has appointed Jayanta Jayaratna, a leading HR
practitioner, as its HR Head. Jayaratna who has extensive experience in
the HR discipline at leading corporate entities in Sri Lanka, lastly
held the position of Commercial Bank of Ceylon Deputy General Manager
(Human Resource Management).
In 2003, he provided the leadership to the Commercial Bank to become
the winner of the first-ever 'HR Excellence Award' jointly organized by
the Institute of Personnel Management, the Association of HR
Practitioners and the Post-graduate Institute of Management.
In the same
year, he was the winner of the 'Lifetime Gold Medal for the Best HR
Practitioner' Award by the Institute of Personnel Management.
With limited edition writing instrument:
Emirates, Montblanc mark A380 design
Emirates has partnered with Montblanc - purveyors of fine luxury
products, to offer customers the opportunity to win an exclusive
Montblanc Skeleton A380 Limited Edition writing instrument worth US$
19,650, inspired by the world's most advanced aircraft the Airbus A380.
Montblanc Skeleton A380 Limited
Edition Writing Instrument
Customers on board all Emirates flights who purchase the Montblanc
StarWalker A380 fineliner from Emirates' Duty Free, can register for a
raffle draw to win a luxury trip to Germany's Hamburg, where they will
receive the Montblanc Skeleton A380 Limited Edition. The promotion will
run until June 30.
The winner, along with a companion, will be flown First Class on
Emirates to Germany's Hamburg, to visit Montblanc's Artisan Atelier,
birth place of Montblanc's Limited Edition writing instruments. They
will witness master craftsmen at work and will also have the opportunity
to visit the Emirates A380 aircraft at Airbus' assembly line in Hamburg.
"The dynamic design of the iconic Airbus A380 provides the ideal
inspiration for a partnership between Emirates and Montblanc. It is
reflective of our constant goal to provide our discerning customers with
an offering that is both distinctive and exclusive, from a high level of
comfort on board, to services that cater to their tastes and a
wide-range of duty free sales options," said Emirates Retail Services
Vice President John J Sime.
"Once again, we are delighted to team up with Emirates for another
prestigious onboard campaign. Our artisan craftsmen wanted to create an
exceptional masterpiece as a tribute to the Airbus A380, which sets new
standards for passenger comfort," said Montblanc Western Hemisphere
President Karl-Heinz Handke.
"With its premium services and exclusive customer base, Emirates is
the ideal partner for Montblanc to showcase a precious and unique
writing instrument," he said.
The Montblanc Skeleton A380 Limited Edition is a masterpiece inspired
by the world's most advanced aircraft, the Airbus A380, and intricately
handcrafted by Montblanc. With a shared vision in craftsmanship,
technical perfection and exquisite aesthetics, the Montblanc Skeleton
A380 Limited Edition is a collector's dream.
Its dual-levelled windows and dark blue precious resin dominates the
writing instrument's 18k white gold barrel and is designed to resemble
the A380. 28 flawless diamonds adorn the rings of the writing
instrument, while the crown bears the Montblanc emblem. An engraved
18-carat gold nib with platinum plating adds the perfect finishing touch
to this exceptional Limited Edition masterpiece.