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The Agile Software Development workshop organized by the ‘DevOps Team’ of ‘National School of Business Management’ in collaboration with ‘@99x 99X Technology‘ will be held on 6th March from 9.00AM onwards at NSBM auditorium. The NSBM ‘DevOps Team’ and ’99x Technologies’ will take you into a whole new dimension of Software Development Methodology with Agile Software Development.

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99X Technology places an unwavering emphasis on the development and advancement of its workforce, and in line with this, hosted its annual awards night and gala – Blaze 2013 – to felicitate employees’ achievements and the company’s own accomplishments during the course of the year. This was done with much fanfare in the presence of industry heads, members of the academia, company partners and employees and their spouses.

Held on 19 December at the Galadari, it was a night of much merriment and gaiety and a splendid time was had by all who attended, making it the ideal conclusion to yet another successful year by the company.

Awards given out included the Long Service Awards, Award for Most Outstanding Project Team and the much coveted CEO’s Award, and many more employees, who collectively refer to themselves as ‘Xians’, were also recognised for their personal successes and milestones reached.

A special award, the Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Contribution to the IT Ecosystem, was presented to IIT Dean and Associate Professor Alfred Perera in appreciation of his long-time service and vast contribution made to the Sri Lankan IT industry.

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Team Lead Anura Adikari receives the much coveted CEO’s Award from 99X Technology CEO Mano Sekaram

99X Technology Co-Founder and CEO Mano Sekaram, commenting on the past year while addressing the audience at the awards ceremony, stated: “A look back over the past year shows that we have achieved phenomenal growth. Despite recession in our primary market of Europe, we grew our business by 40 per cent, at a growth rate double that of the overall industry’s growth.”

He revealed that the company’s revenue growth of 40 per cent had surpassed its workforce growth of 25 per cent. “This is a sign that we have surged up the value chain, with customers willing to pay a premium for our services. Furthermore, our continued positive financial performance has made us a totally debt free, 100% equity funded and very profitable company.”

“I have truly been blessed to find men and women who are smarter than I am, and who have the passion and pride to execute the vision I have to perfection. Today, we have built a company that is admired and we are proud that through our efforts, we have been able to make a positive contribution to all our stakeholders,” he added.

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Informatics Institute of Technology Dean and Associate Professor Alfred Perera presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Contribution to the IT Ecosystem by 99X Technology CEO Mano Sekaram

In 2013, 99X Technology was ranked among the 15 Great Places To Work For in Sri Lanka, a testament to its best practices and attention towards the progression of its human capital. In the independent study conducted by the Great Place to Work® Institute, the first of its kind conducted in Sri Lanka, 99X Technology scored an overall 92% in contrast to the global benchmark figure of 89. In addition to this, the company also cinched an award for talent management at the fourth Asia’s Best Employer Brand Awards in Singapore, a dual recognition of its focus on its workforce.

99X Technology also triumphed at the National Best Quality ICT Awards (NBQSA) 2013, picking up a bronze award for ‘WAG – Web Accessibility Guide’ in the R&D category and a merit for the iPad app ‘ALMUR’ in the Tools and Infrastructure Applications category.

Since its inception over a decade ago, 99X Technology has rapidly built itself up to become a leading player in Sri Lanka’s IT/BPO industry. Headquartered in Colombo with offices in Oslo, Norway, the company specialises in delivering high-end software products to independent software vendors worldwide and has, to date, delivered over 150 high quality commercial software products.

 

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Awards winners at Blaze 2013

  • Excellence Award for Technology Leadership – Ashan Fernando
  • Excellence Award for Championing Initiatives – Anura Adikari
  • Excellence Award for the Best Emerging Xian – Shenika Herath
  • Excellence Award for Customer Relationship – Sameera Gunasinghe
  • Excellence Award for Most Outstanding Project Team – WhatIf
  • CEO’s Award – Anura Adikari
  • Long Service Awards –Hasith Yaggahavita, Shehani Seneviratne, Shirantha De Alwis
  • Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Contribution to the IT Ecosystem – IIT Dean and Associate Professor Alfred Perera

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From left: Associate Tech Lead Sameera Gunasinghe, Senior Systems Engineer Hiran Silva, Software Engineer Buddhika Wijesinghe, Process/Management Associate Navaka Navaratne and Software Engineer Jayanga Wagaarachchi

 

99X Technology takes pride not only in its employees’ technical capabilities but also their additional talents and encourages participation in a variety of events and competitions as a means of honing and fine-tuning these skills. In line with this, a team of chess enthusiasts from the company faced off with the best at the Second Mercantile and Government Services International Rating Chess Championship held last week.

Hosted by the Chess Federation of Sri Lanka at the National Institute of Sports Science from 22 to 25 November, the contest saw nearly 100 participants from over 30 companies give it their all over the four days, making the winning title a hotly contested one.

A mere point separated 99X Technology’s team, which was placed seventh in the overall rankings, from the winners, showing the levels of competitiveness within the players. The winning team from Hatton National Bank had a score on par with both SriLankan Airlines and Mobitel, which were placed second and third respectively, as did the teams placed after them, which resulted in a slew of tiebreakers to adjudge the final winner.

The tournament featured individual games amongst the participants after which the points accumulated by the top three performers of each team were totaled to decide on the team rankings.

The team from 99X Technology consisted of Associate Tech Lead Sameera Gunasinghe, Software Engineers Buddhika Wijesinghe and Jayanga Wagaarachchi, Senior Systems Engineer Hiran Silva and Process/Management Associate Navaka Navaratne. Sameera Gunasinghe also came in seventh in the individual set, the only player from the top eight teams to win a place in the individual open category.

99X Technology, since its inception over a decade ago, has rapidly built itself up to become a leading player in Sri Lanka’s IT/BPO industry. Headquartered in Colombo with offices in Oslo, Norway, the company specialises in delivering high-end software products to independent software vendors (ISVs) worldwide and has, to date, delivered over 100 high quality commercial software products.

As a testament to its best practices and attention towards the development of its workforce, it was placed among the 15 companies named a Great Place To Work® in Sri Lanka this year and cinched an award for talent management at the fourth Asia’s Best Employer Brand Awards 2013 in Singapore, amongst many other accolades.

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99X Technology’s two project teams with the awards

Setting an indelible mark on Sri Lanka’s rapidly developing ICT industry, software product engineering specialist 99X Technology swept up two awards at the recently concluded National Best Quality ICT Awards (NBQSA) 2013 in its initial year of participation in the competition. The company picked up a bronze award for ‘WAG – Web Accessibility Guide’ in the R&D category and a merit for the iPad app ‘ALMUR’ in the Tools and Infrastructure Applications category.

“Research and development is fundamental to our strategy, keeping in line with our aim to constantly innovate. Hence, the award signifies our commitment towards reaching this goal,” stated 99X Technology Co-Founder and CEO Mano Sekaram when commenting on these achievements.

The app ALMUR is a product suite that enables binary decision-making based on approximate logic, capable of making decisions for cases expressed in vague human terms. A typical question asked from ALMUR would be: ‘If the student’s Math grade is high, English grade is low and Geography grade is somewhat high, should we pass the student?’ ALMUR deals with problems like this using a theory known as ‘fuzzy logic’.

ALMUR libraries are also currently being used in two iOS navigation apps, ‘Norge-serien’ and ‘Boating Norway’, and their popularity has proved that the use of a fuzzy logic rule base is far better than any other logic based solution that was available.

2 The bronze award for ‘WAG – Web Accessibility Guide’ in the R&D category and the merit for the ‘ALMUR’ app in the Tools and Infrastructure Applications category

Interestingly enough, this app was built by a project team that consisted mostly of interns from a couple of higher education institutes and universities in the country, brought in through 99X Technology’s university relationship programme, who worked side-by-side with experienced in-house staff, which speaks volumes about the abilities of the up and coming talent in the country.

The Web Accessibility Guide (WAG) addresses a challenging requirement for websites today – to be accessible to millions of visually impaired users. WAG is a toolset that makes the internet friendlier to visually handicapped people and packages four products with its toolset, namely WAG DevKit, WAG Report, WAG Assistant and WAG Community.

Three kinds of visual impairments are considered in WAG – total blindness, low vision and colour blindness. It assists developers and reviewers to identify accessibility flaws on websites and applications, while also enabling visually impaired people to apply accessibility corrections automatically on websites they access. The team that built WAG has also provided a user-friendly interface in order to encourage volunteers and developers to enrich the software by testing it and submitting new rules.

Organised by the BCS The Chartered Institute for IT Sri Lanka (BCSSL) Section, NBQSA is an annual event open to 16 categories of software ranging from applications and infrastructure tools software to media and entertainment applications software. The objectives of the awards are threefold – to provide recognition to outstanding achievements of individuals and organisations in Sri Lanka that have contributed to the development of ICT, to create a window to gain international recognition for locally developed ICT products and to improve standards and the quality of local ICT products and services to be able to compete in the international marketplace.

99X Technology, since its inception over a decade ago, has rapidly built itself up to become a leading player in Sri Lanka’s IT/BPO industry. Headquartered in Colombo with offices in Oslo, Norway, the company specialises in delivering high-end software products to independent software vendors (ISVs) worldwide and has, to date, delivered over 100 high quality commercial software products. As a testament to its best practices and attention towards the development of its workforce, it was placed among the 15 Great Places To Work For in Sri Lanka this year and cinched an award for talent management at the fourth Asia’s Best Employer Brand Awards 2013 in Singapore, amongst many other accolades.

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Bringing out the best of the breed, 99X Technology emerged as Joint
Mercantile Champions at the “IQA Wisdom Ultimate Quiz Challenge”, organized
by the International Quizzing Association (IQA) Sri Lanka.

This leading table quiz event in Sri Lanka was held on 14th September at
Kingsbury Colombo for the eighth consecutive year where teams comprising of
5 members battled right to the top. Exhibiting its popularity, this year’s
Wisdom Quiz was attended by over 40 teams representing various schools,
educational institutes, mercantile firms, banks and financial institutions,
and independent groups.

Ruwan Senanayake, Country Representative for Sri Lanka for IQA, stated ‘‘we
were the pioneers in introducing the audio visual based questions for table
quizzes and I as the compiler of questions always endeavor to meet the
standards set by the IQA. This is the only table quiz held according to IQA
rules and standards.’’

Commenting on this achievement Mr Mano Sekaram, CEO of 99X Technology
stated ‘‘we are delighted to have participated in the IQA Wisdom 2013 and
been judged as Joint Mercantile Champions. As thought leaders in the IT
industry, this goes on to showcase our talent beyond just delivering
software product engineering services globally.’’

Concluding a very tough competition and after a two-tie break, three teams
including 99X Technology remained on the top, joined by Dialog Team A and
IFS, whilst the overall winners were Chamara Sumanapala’s team. Other
winners included Royal College Team A and HNB Team A.

The members of 99X Technology comprised of Shirantha de Alwis (Associate
Tech Lead and Team Leader), Ivantha Senevirathne (Senior Software
Engineer), Rangitha Kuruppu (Trainee Software Engineer), Ravindu Madanayake
(Infrastructure Management Engineer) and Navaka Nawaratne
(Process/Management Associate).

The quiz comprised of 50 questions in 10 questions per round based on 5
areas namely current affairs, sports, general knowledge, space & astronomy
& arts/literature and entertainment.

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With the aim of contributing towards national reconciliation and awakening the youth of North in the dawn of a new era, 99X Technology as part of its Uni-relations initiative successfully concluded a two-day workshop at the University of Jaffna (UOJ) on the 23rd and 24th of August.

Proceeding from the first session held back in 2011, this year’s workshop titled ‘Life Skills Development’, visited by a team of 15 members with the CEO of 99X Technology Mano Sekaram, exhibited a much higher degree of enthusiasm and participation not only from second year students but everyone including lecturers at the Department of Computer Sciences, UOJ.

Inspired by the speech of Mano Sekaram during the introductory session, students were hopeful that a world exists beyond the outskirts of Jaffna and that their talent pool can be the future of what Sri Lanka has to offer to the world. ‘‘We are excited to integrate the potential of North into the Sri Lankan society and connect them to a world of opportunities with limitless possibilities.’’

99X Technology CEO Mano Sekaram during his Speech

‘‘Jaffna can eventually become the next Silicon Valley with all the transformation taking place both physically and psychologically. We want to help them build their own personality brands with the blend of technical and organizational skills. It was heart warming to interact with the youth of Jaffna and make them feel that they are as equally Sri Lankan as we are.” he added.

Luckshika Dhayaparan, a past student of UOJ and presently an intern at 99X Technology, delivered an eye-opening speech to her juniors as to how her positive attitude secured her a place in this dynamic industry and how she reached this milestone of her life.

At the end of the first day session, a friendly cricket match was organized between the team at 99X Technology and the students of UOJ, which gave a boost to an energetic start the following day with engaging topics such as the role of team building and architecture in creating and innovating successful products that can make market-entry, the vast career opportunities to be explored upon graduating, perspective of how to think like an Engineer and aspire to become one, and an informative and interesting session on Agile. The session started off with an Introduction to 99X Technology and its culture and its stance in the subject of University Relationships by Kripa Jayakumar. The session was preceded by Shenika Herath who conducted a Team building activity among the students which explained to the students about the importance of having a strong architecture in order to be able to build a stable and successful product that would go into the market.

Dr. Charles Eugene, Head of the Department, said that the workshop was energetic, informative and encouraging which made a positive effect on students towards determination, team spirit and communication. ‘‘This has definitely helped the students to decide their future career goals which will contribute to their self improvement and betterment of the society.’’

Students of the Dept. of Computer Science during the two-day workshop at the UOJ

Concluding the workshop focusing on how to think outside-the-box and to face the real world existing outside their accustomed terrain, students clutched a new sense of self-confidence and a spirit of determination to push across boundaries for further knowledge and opportunities in the future, and they never miss to visit 99X Technology during their visit to the City of Colombo.

This reconciliation workshop was conducted to ensure that the youth of the North will be integrated into the Sri Lankan society very soon. The workshop focused mainly on areas focusing on how to improve their personalities, how to think outside the box, and most importantly on how to face the real world existing outside their accustomed terrain. The workshop concluded successfully with the objectives of 99X Technologies met. There was a drastic difference in the students of Jaffna after the workshop as the corporate team was able to witness changes in their attitude about being noticeable and visible to the outside world. They had a new sense of confidence about themselves and a determination to push their knowledge across the boundaries.