Navantis exploits Lankan talents
In the technology business, some prefer mature technologies and
mature markets which are stable and low risky.
However, some others go for the latest technologies and innovations.
We, the team of Navantis belong to this second category and we feel this
is exciting, said Indaka Raigama CEO of Navantis (Pvt) Ltd., a fully
owned subsidiary of Navantis Canada.
Our company adopts new technologies. Accepting the risks of the
customers is not an easy task and the cost of any mistake or error in
implementation is high.
However, the rewards are also high and that is the nature of this
business, he said.
Raigama said that the start of the Navantis development centre in Sri
Lanka was also a challenging decision.
In 2004, a group of nine young Sri Lankan IT professionals took up
this challenge, which Raigama referred to as a dual shoring operation
for the Canadian software giant. Navantis wanted a quality and an
efficient service similar to what it has in Canada, he said.
Navantis, the Canadian company was set up by a group of business and
technology leaders in 1998. Their vision was to build a company that
delivers exceptional customer service and high performing business
solutions. Navantis is a leading provider of premium quality enterprise
Staff of Navantis Sri Lanka
Navantis prides itself on its customer focus, consistently delivering
quality solutions and superior systems integration.
The focus is on custom development and integration for portals,
communication and collaboration, content management, relationship
management and business intelligence solutions.
The company has secured a list of world renowned customers such as
Altamira, Honda, CIBC, Microsoft, Sirius, AGFA, Bell Canada, CBC, MSN,
Toshiba, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and many government
organisations in Canada and North America.
Having won many solution awards it is one of the first Microsoft Gold
Certified Partners worldwide and has been recognised by the Branham
Group, and IDC as one of the Top 100 professional services firms in
Canada. More recently Navantis secured the Microsoft Worldwide Partner
Award for best customer experience.
The talents of Sri Lankan IT professionals are also behind Navantis
achievements and the Sri Lankan development centre shoulders a
significant part of the company.
The operational process here is not totally outsourcing.
We have full fledged teams in Canada and Sri Lanka and in the
development of a project we work together.
Our Canadian counterparts are excellent for business analysis and we
handle development work better.
For this system it needs good communication and processing
infrastructure as well as a good working culture. With the operational
complexity after 2004 we looked at these three aspects.
The two offices in Canada and Sri Lanka were connected via a data
pipe and today it is like us working in the same office, Raigama said.
Navantis has domain expertise in health care, e-governance,
automotive, finance, retail and media. From the inception, we did a
great deal of work with the government, cities and municipalities in
Canada. Two-and-a-half years ago we took on a project for the Elections
Department of Ontario, Canada.
We completed the project in March and a significant part of the
project was done in Sri Lanka.
The Department ran an election last October using the software and it
was highly successful. It was a massive project and there are eight
million lines of codes and the solution is a rich and elaborative
election management system.
The growth of the software industry in Sri Lanka is reflected in the
accomplishments of Navantis in Sri Lanka.
During three-and-a-half years it has grown nearly ten-fold in number
and today there are around 90 IT professionals including all nine
We focus on organic growth and specialise in technology and not
domain. We have a sound development process and it is flexible and
changes with demand.
We build technical people within the organisation in our own
professional culture. People are transferred between Canada and Sri
Lanka and it provides opportunities in sharing experience and
harmonising the work culture.
Raigama, a graduate of the University of Moratuwa started his career
as a software engineer. Having worked in some of the leading software
companies in Sri Lanka and overseas he moved to Navantis.
Raigama said that the global software industry has faced a difficult
time as a result of the recession in the US economy. In Canada, the
first quarter of the year was a difficult period. However, the start of
the second quarter shows positive signs.
What is important is that with all these difficulties all countries
have not reduced their IT budget. The US recession will be a hard blow
to India, because the industry depends largely on the US, he said.
HP appoints Sinetcom as business partner in Lanka
HP has appointed Sinetcom as its Sri Lanka distributor and business
partner, primarily for its products, solutions and services under the HP
Technology Solutions Group (TSG), which includes enterprise storage,
servers, software and related offerings.
Under the agreement, Sinetcom will work with selected resellers and
partners and use their regional reach to further extend HP’s footprint
in the country. Sinetcom will initially distribute all industry standard
server (ISS) products as well as entry level storage solutions.
“We are pleased and excited about representing HP and working with
them in Sri Lanka,” said CEO at Sinetcom, Clehan Pulle.
“We are confident that Sinetcom will be able to provide strong and
reliable value added support to HP resellers in Sri Lanka. We have the
expertise, as well as strong and proven pre and post-sales
infrastructure and resources to cater to reseller needs. This would
enable them to serve their customers in a timely and cost effective
“HP recognises the value of Sinetcom in helping HP further strengthen
its market presence in Sri Lanka,” said Country General Manager, Steven
Kim HP AEC (Asia Emerging Countries).
“With a population of about 19 million, Sri Lanka has great potential
for market growth. Based on Sinetcom’s track record, we are confident
that they would play a very important role in helping us reach our
business objectives in Sri Lanka,” he said.