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Inter-University Enterprise Mobility Software Development Competition 2011:

Undergrads to interact at industry level

Motorola and SLASSCOM sponsored Inter-University Enterprise Mobility Software Development Competition 2011 was launched recently at Prof V K Samaranayake Auditorium in Colombo University amidst a full house participation from many state and private sector universities.

While welcoming academic staff and undergraduates from all universities, Motorola’s R&D Centre Director and Country Manager Anuradha Tennakoon said, “The first completion in 2010 was a great success. We want to make this year’s competition even better.” He went on to explain why Enterprise Mobility is important in today’s business world and the competition is purely a CSR initiative from Motorola and SLASSCOM to move Sri Lanka to the forefront of this most dynamic technology today.

“Motorola being the world leader in Enterprise Mobility and having a wealth of skills and experience at Sri Lanka R&D centre, we think it is their duty to impart the knowledge to future generation of IT professionals in Sri Lanka,” said Tennakoon.

Head SLASSCOM CoE for Mobile and Telecom and DnotaIT CEO Nayana Serasinghe, said that by making this an annual event SLASSCOM wishes to expand Sri Lanka’s capacity in this technology so that it too will help SLASSCOM reaching its export revenue target of US $ 1b by year 2015.

Addressing the gathering Director, University of Colombo School of Computing Prof Gihan Wickramanayake said that he is pleased to see Motorola and SLASSCOM continuing this competition and selecting University of Colombo to launch this year’s event too.

Remembering the vision of late Prof V K Samaranayake who is considered as the father of Sri Lankan IT, Prof Wickramanayake said that this is an excellent opportunity for the undergraduates to show their innovative and creative talent.

The participants were from all state and private sector Universities who offered a Bachelors Degree in IT or Degrees with substantial IT modules including Universities of Colombo, Moratuwa, Kelaniya, Peradeniya, Ruhuna, Uva-Wellassa, Rajarata, Jaffna, Open University Sri Lanka, APIIT, IIT, SLIIT and NIBM.

“This event would be a great opportunity for us to understand the subject at industry level.

Therefore, we are expecting to get the maximum use out of this and we will be submitting our abstract with an innovative idea since we are working on our final year project report on mobile applications. But there may be insufficient resources for us to come up with a successful, complete application.

However, we would like to thank Motorola, SLASSCOM as well as to our IT division for delivering us this valuable knowledge,” said undergraduates S Ranjith and K Nitharasan from University of Jaffna.

“This competition will help students to come up with innovative out of the box ideas using up to date technologies. Also it will help students to interact with leading industries outside their usual academic environment.

We are certain that this competition will help students to improve their technical, presentation and entrepreneurial skills,” said the academic staff from University of Uva-Wellassa who travelled all the way from Badulla to attend the launch.

Motorola and SLASSCOM expect to hold the final competition during latter part of September this year.


Greenwich implements Dell Equallogic

Identifying the undisputable business and technological benefits of unified storage, Greenwich Lanka (Pvt) Ltd. implements the Dell Equallogic storage platform, the world leader of Storage Area Networking (SAN) at Industrial Clothing Limited and its affiliated companies, a leading manufacturer of Safety Gloves and Shoes in Sri Lanka. Dell Equallogic is a revolutionary SAN architecture which formulates the centralized data storage of virtualized datacenters and delivers advanced storage functionality with a highly scalable and remarkably economical storage appliance portfolio that offers “real” investment protection for organizations that plan data storage acquisitions.


Industrial Clothing Limited Sri Lanka ICT head Sumeda Gunarathna, and Greenwich Lanka (Pvt) Ltd CEO Suran Fonseka at the newly installed Dell Equallogic storage platform.

Industrial Clothing Limited Sri Lanka ICT Head Sumeda Gunarathna, highlighted, “Our decision to go with Dell Equallogic is based on a number of variables. Dell Equallogic’s simplicity and open ecosystem approach to storage management will allow us to enhance our functionality across our environments through interoperability, scalability, expandability and the support of cross platform environments.”

Greenwich CEO Suran Fonseka, elaborated, “Green IT, energy efficiency and flexibility are important goals for IT organizations today. It is our objective to help our clients meet these goals by simplifying datacenter operations.

We believe the solution provided to Industrial Clothing Ltd. will help them extract maximum business value through this resilient and flexible datacenter while providing the capability to connect across platforms.”

Generally, data is often duplicated and ill handled while provisioning multiple storage capacities distributed across the datacenters will total up to alarming amounts of storage volumes wasted and paid for.

Now with Dell EqualLogic Storage Area Networking, enterprise organizations can leverage upon it and extend a unified storage platform to provision dynamic and demanding storage requirements of ever growing server hosts and end users.

The Dell EqualLogic storage management has provision capacities to connect all existing servers in the datacenter to one appliance.

From an investment’s perspective the idea is to reduce TCO and increase ROI of any business that’s suffering from non consolidated and expensive storage management. The datacenter offers 99.999 percent protection which is tested and proven across continents.

The provisioning of storage is done seamlessly on workloads originating from different servers and applications while the storage processes are dynamically distributed between storage volumes without IT administrator intervention.

Greenwich is a fully owned subsidiary of PCH, and is one of the leading ICT solutions providers in the country.

Having started off with unmatched expertise in areas such as HRM and payroll solutions, point of sales solutions and time and attendance management solutions, Greenwich has now grown to become a leader in providing advanced systems integration, server and storage virtualization solutions and business applications. Greenwich will continuously invest in its virtualization and unified communication practices, two of the most popular areas in ICT requirements for corporates at present.


UCSC celebrates Silver Jubilee:

New degree programs introduced

The general public, students and professionals gave an enormous response to the 25th anniversary programs organized in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the University of Colombo School of Computing (UCSC), Professor Gihan Wikramanayake said.

The University of Colombo School of Computing (UCSC) Professor Gihan Wikramanayake said this, reviewing the UCSC’s activities in 2010 and the programs carried out for the 25th anniversary of the UCSC. Speaking further, Prof. Wikramanayake said, “From the beginning of the year 2010, we continuously carried out a number of programs for the 25th anniversary of the UCSC.

Holding an information technology exhibition and a national and an international conference, holding seminars to educate the general public and holding seminars for information technology teachers and students take pride of place among those programs. Participating in national and international competitions, introducing new computing courses, conducting research, publication of books and research reports, carrying out various projects with international institutions, commemorating the founder of the UCSC and conducting internal, external and post graduate degree programs are some of the main activities of the UCSC in 2010.” Ifo++ exhibition organized as part of the 25th year celebration activities attracted over 15,000 school children from different parts of the country.

During the year UCSC produced 478 high quality graduates to the ICT industry from the internal (228), external (161) and postgraduate (89) programs. UCSC also produced 739 diploma holders and 935 certificate awardees. UCSC staff published 69 referred research papers and an academic won the Presidential Award for scientific research.

Seventeen co-authors were international counterparts from eight countries.

The year also marked the third death anniversary of the founder Director of the UCSC, Prof VK Samaranayake with the Annual Memorial Oration delivered by Dr Sarath Gunapala, Senior Research Scientist of NASA, USA.

During the year, the UCSC introduced its third Master’s program on Information Security to meet the industry needs. 173 new postgraduate students were admitted for the three Master’s programs. Five new postgraduate students joined UCSC’s MPhil program.

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