Sri Lanka tops Network Readiness Index
but business landscape doesn’t reflect it


by Sanath Nanayakkare

Sri Lanka was the first South Asian nation to adopt 4G in 2013, ranking the country first in South Asia in the Network Readiness Index, but four years on this accomplishment hasn't matched with Sri Lankan business entities developing new solutions and applications to diversify into new markets.

Probably having noticed this gap, global digitisation and Cloud solution providers are eying Sri Lanka to help these businesses in their specialised domain and make a profit.

In this backdrop, VMware Inc. (NYSE: VMW) a global leader in cloud infrastructure and business mobility met with Sri Lankan corporates in Colombo on Tuesday to showcase their capability to digitally transform businesses in Sri Lanka to realise faster growth by providing superior customer experience.

Adrian Hia, general manager, Nascent Markets and Vietnam says, "Businesses in Sri Lanka are undergoing digital transformation to differentiate themselves through new products and value-added services. By strategically applying IT solutions that are consumer simple and enterprise secure, these businesses can become more agile, efficient and scalable. VMware is committed to collaborating with organizations in Sri Lanka to equip them with the capabilities to accelerate innovation and growth in today's digital era".

"Through VMware technology, businesses in Sri Lanka can gain a competitive edge enabling them to diversify into new markets, develop new solutions and applications and deliver better customer experiences", he says.

"As Lanka ORIX Leasing Company (LOLL) Technology's business expanded rapidly in recent years to serve both domestic and foreign customers, it needed the ability to quickly deploy new IT services and solutions to meet evolving customer needs, but at optimal costs. The company turned to VMware's virtualization technology to boost its server resource utilization, allowing it to meet the IT demands of its fast-growing user base. The company adopted hybrid cloud and cloud bursting application deployment models to complement its private cloud, thereby providing customers with new service options and flexible IT resource allocation during peak demand cycles" Adrian points out.

"Bharti Airtel is another example of how a modern IT infrastructure and an integrated DevOps environment can allow a company to quickly bring new services to market. When the company realized that its legacy infrastructure was limiting network utilization by 25 percent, it said it decided to adopt VMware's virtualization, automation and unified management solutions to build an agile, flexible and secure IT infrastructure. These changes addressed the company's legacy IT challenges and supported DevOps practices for modern applications development", he notes.

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