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    Under the theme ‘Enhancing Sri Lanka through digital disruption’ The Computer Society of Sri Lanka (CSSL) is calling for papers to be presented at the 34th National IT Conference (NITC2016) to be held in Colombo, Sri Lanka from 8th to 10th August 2016.

    NITC2016

    Author guidelines are available from this link.

    Authors are requested to send paper abstracts via info@cssl.lk

     

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    Dr. R. B. Ekanayake, who was a pioneer in the introduction and proliferation of ICT in Sri Lanka, passed away last Friday. With a decorated relationship with the industry that spanned over 45 years, he strived to spread ICT all throughout the country and to establish professionalism and the utmost standards of working ethics in the ICT industry.

    He is widely respected as one of the founders of Computer Society of Sri Lanka (CSSL).  Dr. R. B. Ekanayake was also the first president of CSSL, which was established in 1976. Sri Lanka ICT Association (SLICTA) bestowed him the “Lifetime Achievement Award”, for his unparalleled contribution for the field of Information Communication Technology in Sri Lanka.

    According to Daily Nation and Lanka Business Today, CSSL President Ajith Salgado has appreciated the immense service of late  Dr. R. B. Ekanayake. He has stated that “this is a great loss to Sri Lankan ICT industry as well the entire nation. We all should be thankful for the service Dr Ekanayake did for Sri Lanka over many decades”.

    Source: Daily Nation and Lanka Business Today

    Image courtesy of SLCERT

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    The Annual General Meeting of the Computer Society of Sri Lanka (CSSL) was held last week at theKingsbury Hotel and the new executive council for the year 2014 was elected. Ajith Salgado was elected as the President unanimously.

    The CSSL was established in 1976 in Sri Lanka by a group of dedicated professionals for the purpose of promoting Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and professionalism among those engaged in this field, and to maintain the highest professional standards among the ICTprofessionals. CSSL has played this role for over 35 years now and is considered the apex body for ICT professionals in Sri Lanka. It is a not-for-profit body.

    The new President Ajith Salgado has over 15 years of experience in the ICT industry. Mr. Salgado is the Head of IT of Sampath Bank and a member of board of governors of Arthur C Clark Centre for Modern Technologies. His academic credentials include BSc Engineering degree in Electronics and Telecommunications from the University of Moratuwa and Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree from the University of Colombo.

    The other members of the executive council members are Dr. Dayan Rajapakse – Vice President, Yasas V.  Abeywickrama – Secretary, Luxman Perera – Treasurer, Dr. Malitha Wijesundara – Asst. Secretary, Prabath S Wickremaratne – Asst. Treasurer, Dr. Ajantha Athukorale – Student Counsellor, Udana Wickremasinghe – Publication Secretary, Mahesh Perera – Council Member, Chrisantha Silva – Council Member, Damith Hettihewa – Council Member and Sapumal Jayatissa – Council Member.

    Making a speech at the AGM addressing ICT professionals, Mr Salgado said “The CSSL strategy for 2014 has six focus areas. They are Develop CSSL Brand, Strengthen CSSL Membership, CSSL Media Presence, CSSL Certifications and Accreditations, International Collaboration and Developing the Next Generation”.

    He elaborated the strategies and their importance. “Developing brand is about further enforcing CSSL as the leading and relevant professional body for all in ICT industry. Increasing the membership will strengthen the society and the members it serves. Involvement in Certification and Accreditations demonstrates the capability of the organization.ICT is a global industry, therefore the CSSL will play a pivotal role on connecting Sri Lankan ICT industry to the world.

    He also explained that the future of any industry is highly dependent upon the quality of the future generations that would join it. “This is true for ICT industry as well. The CSSL will play a national role in enriching school children by increasing their awareness on ICT”, he further added.

    He further added that “the CSSL strategy for 2014 well aligns with the national ICT objectives set out by His Excellency the President in MahindaChinthana, namely creating a knowledge hub, 75% IT literacy and US 1 billion ICT related export by 2015. We are committed to developing the professionals in this field to achieve those objectives”.

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    (Speech by Dr. Madhu Fernando, at the CSSL – Women in ICT Forum 26th November 2013)

    Success depends on how big our dreams are.  Whether we are men or women if we don’t dream big, we will not achieve anything bigger than what we achieve in our ordinary lives. From my early childhood days, I used to dream big. I saw successful people from my eyes as I used to read every book or every paper I could get hold of. The world was not the same those days. It was long three decades back. But I knew success is something we all can achieve.

    As a child I have achieved many of my goals successfully. I worked hard to get through year 5 scholarship and pass all the Colombo School entry programs and was lucky to select Colombo Visakha Vidyalaya (College) for secondary education and to slowly move in to the big world I live today in the City. I don’t call having a luxury life is a success. Success is being able to live a balance life and while staying at the top of everything you do at work.

    How do you achieve career goals while living a balanced life?

    • Set Clear Goals

    Set clear goals to achieve your personal and work goals appreciating that both are equally important. Work success depends on how happy you are, as an individual. Happiness in the family is also influenced by how happy you are at work. Think ahead, and set goals for your life, drawing your very own mission statement.

    • Draft an Action Plan

    When you know your goals, next step is to work on those goals you have set for yourself. Using techniques like Mind Mappingdraft an action plan on how to get there from where you are right now.

    • Live in the Present

    Establishing your goals does not mean that you have to think about them every minute of the day. Knowing what your goals are and when you have an action plan to achieve your goals are the foundation for success. Don’t get stressed about the log journey you plan to walk. Just think about what you should be doing right now, to get there.

    • Be flexible with the Change

    Don’t forget that change is inevitable in life and be flexible with the changes. Don’t forget your dreams with the challenges you face. Get back on your feet as soon as possible and start walking again. No one will be there to motivate you when you fail. Think about how successful people survived the worst in their lives, and re-start your life again. Set or adjust goals and enjoy success in every step you take.

    Barriers in Achieving Goals for Women

    A question was raised whether achieving career goals are more challenging for Women, with the observation that there were very few ladies at the top in the IT industry.

    To promote ICT as a great career choice for women, CSSL Women in ICT was established recently, and still concerns were raised how to get more women in to the Board Room. One suggestion always come to the table in women’s forums, having a significant number of women at the top, just to encourage gender diversity in the board room; will never be a solution for a company who wants to achieve success in their business. If you are a successful company, whether you hire a man or a woman, that person has to be the best, to drive your organizations to the future. How women prove they are the best can be the only challenge they might face in this instance, compared to the men. Creating the awareness that women can balance their work and life will take them a long way, in achieving the corporate success, as the general observation is that they are unable to do it so, with the majority of women take family as a big obstacle they have in building a successful career.

    Whether you are a man or woman, who want to achieve corporate success, managing perception is one big task, because it’s not what you really do get you to the top, and its how you do it what takes you there.

    One Last thing: Education!

    Specially in the ICT industry where things change in a blink of an eye, continuous learning will keep you at the top of the world. Acquire new knowledge; be familiar with what’s happening in the industry and around, if you are planning to take a step forward in your life.

    Be alert, learn new, and keep moving.

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    We are live from CSSL auditorium to bring to you the proceedings from the session ‘The other side -dark side- of the internet’ by Prof Abhaya Induruwa who has arrived from UK on a short visit to Sri Lanka.

    About the speaker – Professor Induruwa founded the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Moratuwa in 1985, the first department of its kind in a Sri Lankan university, and served as its Head until 1998. In 1989 he pioneered and served as the Principal Investigator of project LEARN

    Live updates:

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    The annual CSSL Excellence in ICT Awards was inaugurated recently at the SEARCC International Conference held in Colombo. These awards intend to encourage, recognise and celebrate the excellence in ICT practice by rewarding the best and the finest of ICT professionals.
    The Computer Society of Sri Lanka (CSSL) is the premier organisation dedicated to promoting and improving professional standards in the information communication technology sector.
    In its inaugural year, the CSSL awarded three awards for ‘Emerging ICT Leader of the Year’, ‘Female ICT Leader of the Year’ and ‘ICT Leader of the Year’.
    The Emerging ICT Leader of the Year award was won by Chamira Prasad Jayasinghe, a serial entrepreneur, innovator and an avid programmer. Having obtained a Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree in information technology from the Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology, he established a company of his own, Arimac Lanka (Pvt) Ltd. Currently, Arimac consists of 15 full time creative crew committing their effort for National and International Enterprises.
    Upamalika Ratnayake became the Female ICT Leader of the Year. She is the CIO / Senior Deputy General Manager – ICT at Ceylinco Insurance PLC, Life Division. Upamalika counts nearly three decades of experience in the ICT industry. Her forte being the Information Systems and IS Audit.
    The ICT Leader of the Year was Sanjiva Weerawarana. Sanjiva founded WSO2 in 2005 in order to reinvent the way enterprise middleware is developed, sold, delivered and supported through an open source model.
    The awards presentation happened during the SEARCC International Conference.

    Source : DailyFT

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    The Computer Society of Sri Lanka (CSSL) and Federation of the Information Technology Industry and Services (FITIS) signed an MOU recently in Colombo for industry collaboration. Here, Mahesh Perera (President) and Prabath S. Wickramaratne (Asst. Secretary) of CSSL and Chinthaka Wijewickrama (President – Hardware Chapter) and Derrick Ferdinandus (Vice President – Hardware Chapter) of FITIS exchanging the MOU.

    Source: DailyFT

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    The Computer Society of Sri Lanka (CSSL – www.cssl.lk) is organising an international Information and Communication Technology (ICT) conference in Colombo, to be held from 12 to 14 August 2013.
    The CSSL, which was established in 1976, has been playing a major role in promoting IT and professionalism among those engaged in the field of ICT in the country, for the past 36 years. The CSSL is also a member of the South Asia Regional Computer Confederation (SEARCC) and International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP).
    The CSSL annually organises the National Information Technology Conference (NITC), which is one of the top ICT events in Sri Lanka. This year, CSSL in partnership with SEARCC will be organising the SEARCC International Conference 2013 with the theme of ‘I3CT: Innovation, Integration for Impact’.
    The objective of the conference is to bring attention to recent developments in the ICT field, to facilitate the dispersal of knowledge among the ICT fraternity including entrepreneurs, academia, visionary ICT leaders and industry professionals and to discuss the use of ICT for a holistic development.
    The inauguration of the conference is scheduled to take place on the evening of 12 August with Senior Minister for International Monetary Co-operation and Deputy Minister of Finance and Planning Dr. Sarath Amunugama as the Chief Guest and Minister of Technology, Research and Atomic Energy Patali Champika Ranawaka as the Guest of Honour.
    The panel of speakers include Minister of Public Management Reforms Navin Dissanayake, MP/Economist Dr. Harsha De Silva, first and only Sri Lankan Nobel Prize winner Professor Mohan Munasinghe, The University of Queensland Adjunct Professor Dr. Nick Tate, Sri Lanka Inventors Commission Commissioner Deepal Sooriyaarachchi, Metropolitan Computers CEO Niranjan De Silva, SoloMoIT Australia Consultant Expert Logan Nathan, ICTA Director Wasantha Deshapriya, Consultant/Policy Researcher/Lecturer Chanuka Wattegama, Virtusa Manager QA Erandika Umal, Target Resource Deepanie Perera CEO, Virtusa Director/Head of Strategic Initiatives Chamindra De Silva, Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute Executive Director Asanga Abeyagoonasekera and Layers-7 Seguro Consultoria Director Sujit Christy.
    The conference also has three workshops conducted by Computer Societies of Australia, India and Malaysia.
    For more information and registration, please visit www.nitc.lk.

    Source: DailyFT