Ten companies, led by ICT Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) in association with the Sri Lankan ICT industry patronized and exhibited under the Sri Lankan IT-BPM Destination pavilion at the Connect Expo 2017, Australia’s fastest growing business technology event in Melbourne. The mission included obtaining first-hand knowledge on the market demands, evolving technologies, knowledge sharing in the form of taking part in the round table sessions, conference and taking part & exhibiting at the event. Pre-scheduled one-to-one business meetings took place through the event business matchmaking portal and further the delegates engaged in a networking session hosted by the State Department of Victoria with potential clients.
Representatives from companies such as Acecam (Pvt) Ltd, Arimac Lanka, Data Management Systems (Pvt) Ltd, Eyepax IT Consulting (Pvt) Ltd, Genesiis Software (Pvt) Ltd, Orion Development Pty. Ltd, Pixel Clear (Pvt) Ltd, Silverleap Technology Private Limited, Softcodeit Solutions (Pvt) Ltd and Talliance (Pvt) Ltd joined the delegation. For more information about the mission please visit http://srilankaitbpm.com/category/missions/australia/
ICTA conducted 02 seminar theatre sessions during the event to enhance the country brand awareness in the Australian market via pitching Sri Lanka as a destination to invest as well as source IT and knowledge process management services from an agile as well as a cost competitive destination like Sri Lanka. The sessions directly attracted 85 participants and created awareness why and how Sri Lanka supports SME’s in Australia and globally in their digital transformation journey.
ICTA is prominently giving leadership to the Sri Lankan ICT industry in achieving the overall national IT/BPM goals of reaching USD 5 billion in export revenue and a workforce of 200,000 by 2022.
Sri Lanka and the ICT industry is ranked among the top 15 offshore destinations for delivering IT, BPM and other knowledge services by the prestigious international consultancy firm ATKEARNEY and Ranked among the 6 Primary Countries in Asia Pacific by Gartner.
Over the last five years ICTA has initiated, given leadership and facilitated over 25 business promotion activities to promote international exposure for the domestic ICT Industry, which includes over 70 unique companies. These activities have been identified by ICTA based on its adequate research (conducted in-house) followed by the endorsement / recommendations given by partners and the interest expressed by the local industry to the EOI requests. ICTA’s facilitation process include a transparent selection of participants, a comprehensive training to prepare the delegates for the mission which has supported the participants to improve their market entry/ development strategy along with their marketing collaterals as a result of the learning, funded and coordinated national pavilions and networking sessions for local companies to exhibit and network with potential business counterparts in designated countries.
The delegation that took part in the Connect EXPO 2017, as an average had 20-25 initial business contacts out of which 5-10 potential business leads each. ICTA will also support the local companies to mediate further discussions with the potential leads and to ensure that sustainability and successful business and corporation is achieved as a result of the mission.
With the goal to position Sri Lanka as a country outputting code of high quality – Quality Coder 2017v1.0 was held on the three consecutive days 5th, 6th & 7th of May at the Trace Expert City, Maradana.
This program is directed to catering the common issue among the Sri Lankan IT industry where high paid experienced individuals are forced to fix mundane errors in code or send it back and forth to ensure the code is of high quality when working with employees with less than 3 years of experience.
Large IT Organizations have their own ways of overcoming these issues which can be through workshops conducted within the organizations. While larger organizations have the resources to ensure the employees maintain standards it is harder for the smaller organizations to share this knowledge effectively due the lack in resources.
According to various parties we have worked with, Code Quality Standards should be taught from the start therefore the universities will output developers who are highly employable and ready to hit the ground running. If this was the case organizations will have much of a less burden in getting the new employees used to the industries standards and ensure they develop code which is easy to work with.
Quality Coder will be a mechanism to short circuit the 3 odd years that an employee will take to learn the art of coding maintainable code. Students that learn software do not see the importance of Code Quality until they experience the industry and working with bad code. While the education system focuses on assignments and projects the students won’t see the importance of the Code Quality. Through this three-day program participants are to experience a simulated workplace environment where there will be multiple people working on single software, experience realistic change requests, update patches etc.
Quality Coder aims on short circuiting the above mentioned 3 years by getting university students to experience working in the industry. The above mentioned simulated environment will ensure that the participants see the importance of having Quality Code and how easy it will make their day to day software development.
Key Individuals from Zone24x7, CakeLabs, Virtusa|Polaris, 99xTechnology, iTelaSoft, WSO2 & Tiqri together gave us their support and expertise in developing the curriculum and planning out the program. These organizations also contributed their top employees to come in as speakers and mentors to guide the participants toward a career with quality code.
The speakers for the program were as follows;
Amila De Silva – Technical Architect – 99xTechnology
Chamil Jeewantha – Associate Software Architect – Zone24x7
Chatura Dilan – Associate Tech Lead – WSO2
Lasitha Dahanayake – Chief Software Architect – iTelaSoft
Niruka Ruhunge – Associate Solutions Architect – ExileSoft
Ruwan Wijesinghe – Associate Director Technology – Virtusa Polaris
Subhash Vithanapathirana – Software Architect – CakeLabs
This curriculum is meant to be packaged and given out to all willing parties to share the content with potential beneficiaries. It can be conducted by organizations for their new recruits, by universities to their final year students, by associations as a program in a hackathon kind of structure, etc.
The first program was conducted for 50 participants and the next will be aimed for 100 participants. Which ICTA aims to conduct within the course of 4 months.