Senate: CIO platform for knowledge interaction
Colombo was this year picked as the venue to honour more than 200
top personalities in the Information Technology from India giving
an opportunity for Sri Lankans to interact with the IT experts.
Senate 2004, which honours the achievements in Enterprise IT, is
in progress in Colombo until today. More than 250 technocrats including
210 Indians are being awarded honours at this ceremony. Apart from
the award ceremony, conferences and other programmes were also held.
an earlier proposal the programme was scheduled to be held in Malaysia,
but was later transferred to Sri Lanka on a request made by Sri
Lanka's High Commissioner in India Mangala Moonesinghe.
minister Lakshman Kadirgarmar in his address to the delegation said
India's Information Technology and IT enabled Service industries
to established themselves in the world market to such an extent
that India was becoming a brand name in IT.
Telecommunications sector is among the leading growth sectors in
Sri Lanka. India is home to many innovative e-government and rural
outreach projects. Sri Lanka recently launched an ambitious e-Sri
Lanka initiative intended to enable all its citizens to participate
in the global information economy and society', Minister Kadirgamar
said that unfortunately the IT revolution is the primary driving
force of globalization and though on the one hand it had moved the
world forward on the other it has also divided the world into two
new categories of haves and have nots.
Kadirgamar said in the two recent parliamentary elections in south
Asia – in Sri Lanka and India – the people sent a powerful
and an emphatic message to all their political parties which said
that while seeking the dazzling fruits of globalisation, do not
forget our basic needs.
said Sri Lanka was committed to facilitate the forward march of
the IT industry in the region and the hosting of the Technology
Senate 2004 was` a manifestation of that commitment.
event was organised by India's leading Media house 'The Indian Express'
Business publication Division headed by Ms. Sandeep Khaska. The
event provided recognition for outstanding Chief Information Officers
(CIOs) in the form of awards while the Computer Associates Intelligent
Enterprise Awards and Secure Synergy Security Strategist Awards
were also presented during the Technology Senate.
Computer Associates Intelligent Enterprise Awards is an endeavour
to recognise Indian Enterprises who have optimised IT to achieve
their business goals. The Technocrats had several themes in their
programme and among those were: Face to face; The power of knowledge;
Seeing is believing; Unravelling the future; and Recognition and
a time to work play.
to the organisers, Techno Senate is an endeavour to provide a common
interaction platform for the CIOs, where technology, management
and enterprise innovation converge annually. The first Techno Senate
took place last year.
Senate 2004 further features theme pavilions showcasing the latest
technology products that would significantly impact on enterprise
networks, providing a platform for the CIOs to compare products
from multiple vendors in real time and examine their pros and cons.