Sri Lanka High Tech Economy Survey launched

The Federation of IT Industry Sri Lanka (FITIS) , International Institute for Software Economics, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Incorporated (IISEIE) and Microsoft have jointly launched the Sri Lanka High Tech Economy Survey in a collaborative partnership to provide a view of the disposition and makeup of the high-tech industry in Sri Lanka, FITIS announced in Colombo recently.

"The purpose of this study is to better understand the needs and opportunities for Sri Lankan high-tech industry development. The results of this study will help to develop programs and initiatives that will grow the industry and develop it as a key driver of economic and social development for Sri Lanka", said Govind Nangrani, Chairman FITIS and President FITIS Software Chapter.

"The information provided by the High Tech Economy Survey will assist the government and the industry to better understand the needs and opportunities for growth within the Sri Lankan High-tech Economy. It will also help to align specific programs to enable high tech companies and entrepreneurs in Sri Lanka to create new solutions, new companies and new jobs in the market place", he said.

"The output of this study will be the High Tech Economy Report for Sri Lanka that will provide a view of the disposition and makeup of the high-tech industry within the country. The Report will consist of four key components, namely technical audience insight, local high tech economy maturity, innovation readiness index and strategic entrepreneur outlook", said Damith Hettihewa, CEO, FITIS.

"Members will benefit from the survey as the results will be available for participating members in a form of an Innovation Readiness Index – a comparative benchmarking tool which will help them to better understand their organizational capacity for innovation , identify their innovation strengths that can be leveraged for competitive advantage" he said.

The survey was launched on February 15, 2011 and results are expected to be out before end of March 2011.

The Sri Lanka’s unified ICT Industry Association, FITIS, the Federation of Information Technology Industry Sri Lanka, which constitutes the Hardware Chapter - Sri Lanka Computer Vendors Association (SLCVA) –, Software Chapter - Sri Lanka Association for the Software Industries (SLASI) , the Training chapter - Association of Computer Training Organizations (ACTOS), the Telecommunications Chapter- Licensed Internet Service Providers Association/Telecom Service Providers Association (LISPA)/ (TPA) and the Professional Chapter - Information Security Audit & Control (ISACA). FITIS have been in operation for the last 15 years as the unified umbrella organization of the ICT industry in Sri Lanka.

FITIS has been actively engaged in developing the ICT industry in Sri Lanka with many programs which have been successfully implemented for the growth of ICT usage and consequently the growth of job opportunities in the ICT industry. FITIS has also significantly contributed to the ICT awareness in all regions the country.

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