Arimac Digital launched its journey 10 years ago in the digital industry as an up-and-coming innovative tech company. Today, Arimac is spearheading digital solutions for customers around the world and is dominating the Asian region markets, moving from strength to strength with disruptive solutions in web and mobile development, immersive technologies, robotics and cognitive sciences, and game development to cater to the rapidly changing dynamics of global technology.
Since its inception, Arimac has expanded to several countries, including UAE, Caribbean Islands, Fiji, and Australia serving global industry behemoths, such as Dhiraagu, Ooredoo, Etihad, Visa, and Emirates over its ten years of operations. Arimac’s ecosystem of products and services also support a star-studded local client base, which includes Dialog Axiata, Coca-Cola, Microsoft, MAS, Hemas, SriLankan Airlines, Brandix, 3M, Lowe LDB, Nestle, and Unilever. Arimac’s solutions currently touch 150 million consumers around the world daily, transforming their lives everyday through the power of technology.
“Surpassing numerous challenges and marking remarkable milestones, we are very proud to celebrate our 10th anniversary at Arimac Digital. During these last 10 years, our passion for technology, the distinctive competences, the skills of our people, and our deep roots in agile innovation have been the driving force behind our daily efforts to invest in new capabilities and continuous innovations for our clients. Even within this challenging economy, we have been able to create groundbreaking innovations that put Sri Lanka on the map and establish ourselves as an ICT industry leader. Our success today is undoubtedly due to the deep commitment, passion, and skill of our employees. None of these achievements would have been a reality if not for the continued and dedicated efforts of our people. As we step into a new decade, we stand strong and focused to further revolutionize this digital sphere and keep Sri Lanka on the map as a star destination in Asia for technology solutions,” stated Chamira Jayasinghe, Founder and CEO of Arimac Digital.
The secret ingredient behind Arimac’s success is the diversity of its 230+ staff members, who come from all walks of life. From Stanford graduates to those who have not yet completed their academic education, every talented and passionate youth has an equal opportunity at Arimac to showcase and hone their talents. This is the ethos on which Arimac was founded, where Arimac’s doors are open for pure talent, passion, and fire without any pre-requisite for language fluency or educational qualifications. Over the past decade, Arimac has molded over 30,000 young minds on innovative digital solutions, such as Diyazen – South Asia’s first humanoid robot, and game developments including Kanchayudha and NERO. Arimac also completed a global campaign for the United Nations to showcase their Sustainable Developmental Goals, which received more than one hundred million impressions from across different countries.
Marking their decennial with a symbol of powerful innovation, Arimac Digital launches NERO, Sri Lanka’s first fast-paced, stealth-action game developed end-to-end by Sri Lankan talent at Arimac’s Game Design Studio. NERO marks the commencement of Sri Lanka’s foray into the global stage of gaming showcasing the immense talent of Sri Lankan game developers. It is the love child of a group of highly driven game developers at Arimac, who spent countless hours conducting extensive research and developing a world-class gaming experience over three years to create a watershed game celebrating the heroism of unsung war heroes in Sri Lanka.
Arimac has garnered many prestigious accolades over the years, including APICTA, NBQSA, Stevie Awards, as well as the coveted Microsoft Gold Partnership, and is also certified as one of the Great Places to Work® in Sri Lanka. Yet, when questioned on the pride he feels to have received such recognition, Chamira Jayasinghe said, “What gives me more pleasure is reflecting on the relationships and friendships we have fostered over the past decade along with the amazing innovative technologies we have launched here in our homeland and overseas. We have come a long way from being a small tech company to a brand that has pioneered the Sri Lankan tech industry and now Asia. We look forward to many more years of digital disruption in global markets while uplifting the untapped talent of regional youth and minimizing brain drain in Sri Lanka.”
‘Dollar reserves in SL plummet drastically, putting the economy in jeopardy‘
By Steve A. Morrell
Sri Lanka’s dollar reserves have declined from $ 7.15 billion in 2019 to $ 2.8 billion currently. The President conceded economic failures although reasons for such failure were not explained, chairman, National Chamber of Industries (CNCI) Canisius Fernando said.
Fernando added recently at a forum: “Forex reserves are insufficient to expedite payment of import bills. More so that cost incurred on container traffic for imports and or exports was on a rising spiral. In comparison to cost of container shipping recorded at $ 2,800 earlier, it is now $ 12,000, indicating a rise in multiples of 250.
“Additionally, the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP +) affecting our trade with EU countries, placed Sri Lanka’s reputation at a risk, meaning that countries could veer away from Sri Lanka prompted by a possible inability to honor our trade commitments. The clear example being trade with the US. Rather than await goods and services transactions with Sri Lanka, that could invariably take three months, US economists and their trade sector opted to transact trade with countries in close proximity to US shores.
“Dearth of container traffic and rising cost for on- loading and off- loading of cargo seriously affect trade imbalances. Consequently, the credit worthiness of the Sri Lankan economy is affected, which in turn seriously affects the GDP.
“Worker wages which were static because of trade shut- downs caused demands for increased wages. Wage demands of Rs 1,500 from employees became a major phenomenon in most sectors. The question at issue was the hypothetical position of business establishments of about 4000 employees demanding increased wages. This would cause closure of those companies resulting in unemployment.
“The proverbial domino effect of such repercussions would cause further chaos in the economy.
“There was no proper policy in most sectors. Suspension of the import of fertilizer and consequent confusion would, in the short run, result in famine and food shortages. Already this was evident in the public panic caused by having to stand in line to purchase essentials. That the crisis is upon us and the question of a quick solution is not feasible in the current context of the economy.
“Foreign investors are lured by the possibility of cheap labour in Sri Lanka to establish their businesses here, but in this instance too, this is only a hypothetical situation but not the reality.”
Supuni Products gives back by way of welfare initiative, helps to uplift the needy patients with chronic illnesses
Supuni Products first started in 2016 when the business proprietor, Supuni Lakmalie along with her husband only had Rs. 150 as investment. With that small amount, they purchased kollu (lentils) and kurakkan and ground them using a grindstone. This was the beginning for them and today, Supuni Products is a booming enterprise that specializes in ground spices and cereal, operating from the town of Nildandahinna, Walapane. Their products are of very high quality and 100% natural and consists of 15 different spice and cereal products including chilli, coriander, turmeric, pepper, curry powder, kurakkan, lentil (kollu) etc.
In 2018, Supuni Products received the opportunity to supply kurakkan flour and cereal to be included into the Poshana Malla, which is a nutrition package prepared for pregnant women, instigated by the government. The success of their business was such that they were able to gain an equity of over Rs. Four million during the past three years.
As part of a welfare initiative, they have also pledged to allocate one rupee for every kilogram of product sold, towards supporting patients with financial difficulties and require emergency surgery and for those with chronic diseases. While having had to run a business in the confines of their own home, the grant offering they received from the enterprise project allowed them to complete construction work of their new factory. She now hopes to expand the business, improve their supply chain, and create new employment opportunities.
Dialog Enterprise offers Dell Technologies Cloud IaaS in Sri Lanka
Dialog Enterprise, the corporate solutions arm of Dialog Axiata PLC, is working with Dell Technologies Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) in Sri Lanka to offer Dell Technologies Cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solutions to customers to innovate and scale rapidly, reduce costs and increase performance of business-critical infrastructure.
“Together, with our combined forces, we bring the only hybrid multi-cloud partnership in the country, giving access to private clouds as well as to our existing public cloud, and for on-premises infrastructure, robustly powered by Dell Technologies and VMWare. Envisioning a one-stop multiservice solution for all enterprise requirements, we strive continuously to keep to the changing landscape strengthening the cloud play in the arena,” said Navin Pieris, the Vice President – Enterprise Business and Large Enterprise Sales, Dialog Axiata PLC.
Rather than making capital investments in hardware, storage and servers to maintain them, enterprises can harness and scale IaaS resources when needed, paying only for infrastructure services they consume. Mitigating and allowing for any threat of data loss, the cloud partnership also offers cyber recovery as a service with a guaranteed uptime of 99.95%, end-to-end management of data centers and 24×7 support with zero operational burden on the customer. Ensuring the same standardization, self-service, automation and analytics capabilities that exist in the public cloud, the partnership facilitates secure private clouds for customers along with servers, storage and customized enterprise, private and/or public cloud solutions as required by enterprises.
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