Sri Lanka’s IT enthusiasts participated in the first of many lined up SharePoint
Saturdays on June 11th at the Informatics Institute of Technology (IIT). Bringing
together over 250 IT professionals, IT undergraduates and technology enthusiasts,
as well as two industry experts, the event was one of a series of events hosted
by the global community of Sharepoint Saturday. The event was brought to Sri Lanka
through the efforts of Innovative-e and Microsoft Sri Lanka, to create an opportunity
to discuss this fast-spreading collaborative technology in Sri Lanka.
SharePoint Saturday is a series of events held by this global community in order
to educate professionals utilizing the program. The day consists of an informal
and lively day of sessions conducted by respected SharePoint professionals and Microsoft’s
Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs) covering a wide variety of SharePoint oriented
SharePoint is a simple and user-friendly web application platform developed by Microsoft
which enables user organizations to manage and provision multiple intranet portals,
extranets, websites, document management, business intelligence tooling, social
networking tools, information integration and a lot more.
Addressing Sri Lanka's need for both innovative technologies such as SharePoint
and local industry experts, Microsoft Sri Lanka's Developer Platform Evangelism
Director, Mr. Wellington Perera stated that, "Bringing this knowledge injection
to the local techies was definitely a much needed boost. Newer technologies and
newer prospects are always needed to keep an industry going. And SharePoint with
its capabilities is offering innumerous ways to get more things done faster with
SharePoint has become one of the most sought after collaboration technologies in
the local industry that has been hindered due to absence of the necessary technology
experts. However, SharePoint Saturday has enabled Innovate-e and Microsoft Sri Lanka
to create awareness and provide the needed foundation to educate and engage more
experts within this arena. Microsoft Sri Lanka has currently extended SharePoint
technology to over 20 partners.
SharePoint Saturday featured a daylong event with two international specialists;
Michael Noel and Dux Raymond Sy. Noel, an internationally recognized tech guru,
bestselling author and renowned public speaker has covered sessions on SharePoint
in over 113 countries, with Sri Lanka being his latest. Dux Raymond Sy, with over
15 years of experience in the field, is a SharePoint MVP and is the chief evangelist
of Innovative-e Inc., a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner who is also the platinum
sponsor of this event. The other speakers included Mr. Prabath Fonseka – MVP who
heads the Sri Lanka SharePoint Forum, Mr. Dinesh Priyankara (MVP), Mr. Joy Ratnayake
(MVP) , Mr. J. Sri Kantha, Shakeer Majeed Khan, and Mr. HasangaAbeyaratne.
Speaking of the event, Noel said, "It was a fantastic experience to have been a
part of SPS Sri Lanka and that too being my first ever visit to the country. I was
surprised to see such enthusiasm in the local industry for SharePoint. There’s definitely
a lot of potential here and prospects for expanding the human capital in this area
and I certainly hope to come back for more".
Mr. Ruwan Fernando,Managing Director - Innovative-e, hosting partner of this event
said, "I believe that it is of immense benefit to the local IT Industry to immerse
itself in such a fantastic technology and to know the A-Zs of using this highly
demanded collaboration tool so that a valid foundation could be built for sustaining
a new trend in technology growth."
SharePoint Saturday Sri Lanka was supported by several top local IT companies including
Platinum Sponsor Millennium IT, Gold Sponsor Creative Solutions and Silver Sponsors
Greenwich, Virtusa and Sanje Lanka.