"Managed Networks"

A seminar on "Managed Networks" by Clehan Pulle, general manager DPMC Electronics was held at the John Keells Institute (JKI) recently, says a news release.

The presentation covered various aspects of data communication, evolution of technology, integrated solutions, future and managed networks. He explained the network concept where he elaborated on the importance and functioning of networks. The participants were taken through some real life examples of the network concept, from its initiation to its modern use.

Pulle also went on to describe the concept of managed networks from a single router to an enterprise wide network. He explained the common mistakes companies make in their IT policy making. He also elaborated on the flexibility and scalability of a company network structure with more emphasis on frame relay technology.

JKI on a regular basis conducts seminars on the application of IT in various industries. These seminars are a part of the "horizon broadening" exercises that the Institute organizes for its students who are following the "G-Tech" advanced diploma in information technology. Some of the previous speakers at the Institute include Nigel O’Shea, Head of IT for SriLankan Airlines, Tyronne Fernando (Relationship Manager), Mayuran Wijayaratnam (IT Support Executive-e Banking) of Deutsche Bank and Naween Weerasena, manager network support at John Keells Holdings (JKH).

The seminar was attended by a mixed audience of career and professional students, and as expected the turn out was encouraging. JKI is a fully owned subsidiary of JKH and is said to be the only business venture in Sri Lanka with Tata Infotech Ltd. of India.

New CIM-SL chairman

Lasantha Abeywickrama has been elected chairman of the chartered institute of marketing (CIM) Sri Lanka branch for the year 2001/02, says a press release. He takes over from Dr. Uditha Liyanage who served the CIM Sri Lanka branch as chairman for two years.

Abeywickrama is the managing director of MTI Consulting Sri Lanka, the local subsidiary of the international marketing consulting firm MTI. His prior appointments include, CEO of Spectrum Marketing, the local distributor for Procter and Gamble and marketing director of Hemas Marketing (Pte) Ltd., where he developed and launched many popular brands of personal care products.

His overseas experience includes a stint with Sara Lee Household & Body Care Australia where he served as a senior brand manager and The American University in Washington DC where he served as a graduate fellow of the marketing department.

Abeywickrama is a chartered marketer of CIM and holds an MBA from the Kogod College of Business, The American University, Washington DC. He also holds a bachelor of science degree from Colombo University.

CIM is said to be the world’s largest professional body for marketing. The Sri Lanka branch is the first overseas branch of CIM UK and has 101 chartered marketers, 500 members and over 2,500 students.