The recently held Microsoft Technology Roadshow set a formidable platform for stakeholders of the IT industry to familiarize
themselves with the latest devices and solutions of Microsoft, which will take the IT world towards a new era . A highlight of the
event was the official launch of Microsoft’s brand new operating system ‘Windows 8’ in Sri Lanka, providing a first hand experience
of Windows 8 to the local market.
The event was designed to take Sri Lankan IT professionals and administrators on a journey to help them look beyond the traditional IT
environment and seek better business returns with new tools and technologies that’s reshaping the global IT industry. The products
showcased during the Technology Roadshow focused on how these new innovations are redefining the management and delivery of IT
services in an organization.
Addressing a gathering of key partners and customers at the event held at BMICH, Sriyan de Silva Wijeyeratne, Country Manager of Microsoft
Sri Lanka and Bangladesh said, "Tech Day is a way for Microsoft to showcase and share the latest in technological innovations that’s sweeping
the world. It will open new avenues for our partners and customers - not only in Sri Lanka, but also across the world. This is our stage to put
forward some of the latest developments we have made on some of our more familiar technologies as well as provide a sneak peek in to some ground
breaking products we have lined up for the future, that is sure to change the way IT is accessed, managed and consumed".
Microsoft is to release 13 new products in the future including new versions of Microsoft Office, SharePoint, Microsoft Lync, Exchange Server
and System Centre etc., all of which are set to revolutionize the IT industries. A comprehensive description on the business value of each
and every new product was delivered at the Roadshow.
Prominent IT professionals in the country took part in the event representing the Microsoft partner network while some of the top players in
the field of software and IT industry as well as the enterprise sector represented Microsoft’s customers.
"Today's session was to create awareness for the products that we are going to be launching in 2013. What we attempted to do today was to bring
all the CEO's, CIO's and Directors of various companies into one room and to communicate our vision for the future. The two separate sessions
for the Partners and customers would help them gauge where they stand and how far they could move with Microsoft's upcoming technologies."
Srinivasan Kannan, Enterprise Technology Strategist, Unified Communication, Asia Timezone, Microsoft.
Gayan Pieris, Enterprise Technology Strategist, Customer Advocacy & Technology Management, Asia Timezone, Microsoft who delivered a talk on
Business Productivity said "There is so much that Sri Lankan businesses can gain from what we showcased today. What we did today was evangelizing,
talking to partners and customers about what we offer now and what we will offer in 2013 and how it benefits them. It is very exciting to see the
consumer side of things come to enterprise".
Commending Microsoft Sri Lanka for organizing such an event, he also took the opportunity to talk of Cloud technology saying that one of the uses
of moving to the cloud is geo replication and flexibility. Taking Lync as an example he stated that communication is made easy with Lync communicating
inside the enterprise and Skype doing it outside the Enterprise.
Following its success with Office 2010, Microsoft unveiled Office 365, a cost effective, easier-to-scale cloud platform providing greater flexibility for
all organisations. The company showcased how with an intuitive user interface that mirrors widely used office applications such as word and excel,
transitioning users from other mail formats becomes easy and painless, making it the perfect fit for any organisation.
Another highlight of the event was where partners and customers had the opportunity to experience the touch and feel of Windows 8 for the first time in
Sri Lanka, as well as be introduced to the new touch devices displayed by Microsoft Sri Lanka’s hardware partners. Lakmini Wijesundara, CEO, Asia Pacific &
Middle East of IronOne Technologies, a renowned Independent Software Vendor (ISV) and Microsoft Partner, said that the new Windows 8 bridges the gap
between the tablets and the desktop world. "This will herald the coming of the enterprise tablets. You don’t have to compromise between multiple devices".
Thulitha Piyasena, General Manager, Information Technology – BAM Holdings, Customer of Microsoft Sri Lanka also commenting on the new operating system said
"I believe a paradigm shift has taken place with Windows 8. It is the call of the day now in the business world that the information should be alerting you
throughout the day. Especially the live-tiling feature helps you stay up to date with latest information, giving you an edge over the competition".
The official launch partner for Windows 8 was Singer X Series, who made this the occasion to announce the introduction of their latest touch enabled devices to
the market. A Windows 8 experience centre set up at the event provided the participants the opportunity to get their hands on some of the latest Windows 8
enabled devices slated to reach the local market through Microsoft’s hardware partners Singer, Metropolitan and Dell.
The Technology Roadshow was also the occasion for the participants to interact with the speakers and network with them for further insights in to the topics discussed.
It provided the IT decision makers who were present an opening to express and clarify their business expectations from the tools they use to support the highly collaborative,
mobile, and virtualized work styles that are the norm in today's workplace.
Srinivasan Kannan, Enterprise Technology Strategist, Unified Communication, Asia Timezone, Microsoft
Some of the invitees at the Microsoft Technology Roadshow 2012