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Hirdaramani Group diversifies into IT, looks at other investments

By Natasha Gunaratne

The Hirdaramani Group has diversified into IT with H-One (Pvt) Ltd, a fully fledged IT services company. In an interview with the Business Times, Hirdaramani Group Director Rakhil Hirdaramani said the Group believes there is a great opportunity for them in this field given their management expertise along with the strong relationships they have with their technology partners. “We believe that diversifying into IT with H-One is a complementary vertical for us rather than a competitive one.” He added that the Hirdaramani Group is continuously looking for investments in areas of growth and evaluates every opportunity as it comes.

H-One, launched in 2009, was created through an enterprise agreement with Microsoft to use the company’s licensed products. Mr. Hirdaramani said the Microsoft Office 2010 suite is the best so far with ease of communication, cross functionality and superior security features. H-One services companies, amongst them the Hemas Group and the Capital Maharaja Organisation. Mr. Hirdiramani said the Group has just started testing the feasibility of Office 2010 across the Group.

He added that Office 2010 is practical with no formatting issues. It can be accessed online and communication between colleagues is made easy. No calls are required and it is not necessary to arrange meetings.

H-One has four core areas of focus which are Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Business Intelligence, Infrastructure Solutions and IT Roadmap Consulting. A detailed profile of H-One says it specializes in the implementation and management of a range of Microsoft solutions including server virtualization, exchange server, back up solutions and BizTalk server.

H-One also offers high-end technical training to basic user training with a wide spectrum of specialized training courses and formats to meet any organizations requirements. The Hirdaramani Group is also a leader in the apparel industry in Sri Lanka and works with large clothing retailers in the United States and Europe. Some of the brands in the Group’s customer portfolio include Marks & Spencer, Tommy Hilfiger, Tesco, Eddie Bauer, Timberland and Victoria’s Secret amongst others.

As exporters, Mr. Hirdaramani said he hopes that Sri Lanka will be considered favourably for an extension of the GSP+ concessions. He said there would be some impact to the industry’s exposure in Europe when asked about the impact if the GSP+ concessions are removed. “However, it is our responsibility to look at expanding into new markets and product segments.”

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