An island nation in South Asia, off the southeastern tip of the Indian subcontinent, Sri Lanka has a population of more than 20 million. Colombo is the largest city, the commercial capital of Sri Lanka, where IBM's operation is located and where the CSC first deployed a team in Sri Lanka, in 2010. Projects have included working with the Energy Forum Office and the Federation of Electricity Consumer Societies, to establish a communications framework to help avoid issues in villages.
- CSC Sri Lanka 1
20 August 2010 - 15 September 2010
"Nine IBMers, from nine countries, speaking 14 languages, made up the Sri Lanka Team 1. We had more than 80 years of combined work experience with IBM!! We were based out of Colombo.
Like us, our Project Partners came from different fields.
We helped Respere: Respere, a cutting edge ICT company that provides mission critical ICT solutions for the humanitarian relief sector,. The team helped them to develop a marketing strategy for their Sahana product and came up with a go- to- market action plan.
The Information & Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) is the apex government body providing leadership for all ICT activity in Sri Lanka. Here, we conducted a study of the Sri Lanka’s current land registration process and suggested procedural improvements to increase efficiency and automate the process.
The Department of Computer Science & Engineering (CSE), University of Moratuwa enjoys a unique status in Sri Lanka, attracting the cream of the crop and producing the most sought-after IT graduates, but it strives to be recognized internationally. The team conducted an as-is analysis of CSE and compared it against other regional and international universities. This provided a baseline and recommended actions for building CSE's 5-year strategic plan, in support of the University's 25-year vision.
Energy Forum is a leading non profit organization that is promoting adoption of renewable energy and sustainable resource management across remote villages to alleviate poverty. The team visited some of these villages and helped develop a solution for Energy Forum Forum’s ICT solution which will connect 200 villages to the outside world using internet, attract tourism and create employment opportunities.
It is difficult to select a favorite memory when one month leads to memories for a life time!! We visited to the Buddhist Temple Bellanwila to see the colorful procession called “‘Perahera.”’. Our kind project partner Bandula from Energy Forum took us to this beautiful ancient temple to savor the cultural extravaganza. The temple was decorated beautifully with an array of colors. We were amazed to see the temple dancers, performing beside huge elephants. And when the fire dancers began their show, it took our breath away! Tens of dancers juggling rings of fire in front of thousands of people -- , precision at its highest level!! What an evening we all had soaking up Sri Lanka’s rich culture and traditions."
- CSC Sri Lanka 2
2 October 2010 - 29 October 2010
"Our team had 10 IBMers from seven countries; United States, India, Switzerland, Hungary, Germany, Romania and Portugal. Our assignment was in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
One of our clients was Lanka Software Foundation (LSF), whose vision is to position Sri Lanka as a “global Free and Open Source (FOSS) Research & Development hub”. LSF is developing software called “Ninithi,” which is a free and open source software used to visualize and analyze the carbon allotropes used in nanotechnology. We helped LSF to develop a sustainable business model and marketing plan, using Ninithi as a case study and provided next-step recommendations on how to build a global open source community around it.
At Environmental Foundation Limited (EFL), our team assisted in the development of project management tools and staff training that will assist in the systemizing of the project cycle and improving organizational efficiency. The team visited a village next to the Maha Oya river. A lot of people living next to the river are involved in illegal sand mining, as this is the only way to make a living. However, this erodes the shore which endangers water quality. EFL is involved in teaching the residents alternatives for making a living, such as shoemaking. The team visited the area, took part in a village meeting, and experienced first-hand how challenging the daily lives of the people living in the area are.
We also worked with a government organization, Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA), which is directly under the President's Office and is responsible for the Information Communications Technology development of Sri Lanka. We conducted a high-level study of the current and future IT infrastructure needs of the Government of Sri Lanka, which included possible implementation strategies for a modern Government Data Center or Cloud system. We also recommended sustainable funding options through the use of a Public-Private Partnership. We were happy to work with such highly professional people on this very challenging task.
At World Vision Lanka, our team worked to increase corporate engagement with WVL activities by developing a partnership strategy for WVL and the private sector. We also attended the filming of a commercial for World Vision. The commercial was about the meaningful improvement that World Vision brings to remote communities, mostly in terms of health, education and even in their livelihoods.
We have many fond memories of Sri Lanka. We loved the food and spices even though it was sometimes VERY hot: we enjoyed eating with our hands and trying out all the new and exotic spices. We also had the pleasure of presenting to the honorable Minister of Research and Technology. The team enjoyed experiencing the extremely diverse environment of Sri Lanka, from the green and cold plains in the mountain through the almost desert-like Yala National Park just a few meters away from the Indian Ocean(!) up to the wet Hiraya rainforest in just three days! Incredible. We also visited Anuradhapura, an ancient capital of Sri Lanka for a thousand years. It was thrilling to get the real confirmation that as team members from all over the world, we are global citizens. We were all able to communicate, understand, laugh and discuss with each other. Global citizenship is not difficult. All we need is just education and respect. Everybody was grateful for this experience."