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Integrating Advanced Analytics with front-line business decisions

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OCTAVE, the John Keells Group’s Data and Advanced Analytics Center of Excellence is making strides to build a world-class analytics practice to derive the most value from the Group’s data by combining the full ensemble of Industry 4.0 technologies, human ingenuity, and the power of data and modern-day advanced analytics.

As Sri Lanka’s largest listed conglomerate, the John Keells Group has access to an unparalleled high volume and variety of data across its several industry verticals, including Financial Services, Retail, Leisure, Consumer Foods, Transportation, Property Development, and IT & Plantations. Recognising the value and potential of this data, John Keells Holdings made a significant investment to promote a Group wide transformation effort towards adopting data-driven operational and strategic decision-making.

Committed to implementing world-class practices across technology, process, and learning, OCTAVE has engaged a global management and advanced analytics consultancy. The engagement has fostered an environment where the JKH team works shoulder-to-shoulder with onsite experts, aided by a cutting-edge technology stack and best-in-class analytics methodologies. This is further complemented by OCTAVE’s DNA that promotes the best elements of Agile working and disciplines of collaboration and creativity to build a culture of innovation.

Leveraging its distinct position as a thought leader in the industry, OCTAVE has since its launch collaborated with universities and other partners on hackathons and knowledge sharing sessions, the latest being ‘OCTAVE INSIGHTS – Hear, Learn and Interact with advanced Analytics Experts’. It is envisioned to be a curated forum for Advanced Analytics Professionals to interact with senior members of OCTAVE, along with other prominent industry experts.

OCTAVE INSIGHTS is to begin with a three-part webinar series spanning Data Engineering, Data Science, and Analytics Delivery. The webinars are billed as conversations between experts from the globally renowned advanced analytics consultancy QuantumBlack, a McKinsey company, and OCTAVE, to cover prevalent topics within the three fields.

The well attended first webinar was held on November 17 with Chamitha Wanaguru (Analytics Delivery Lead, OCTAVE) and Anshul Varma (Data Architect, McKinsey Digital Labs, India) discussing ‘Data Engineering: Evolution over a Decade’. (JKH)



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SLT-MOBITEL AkazaLMS enables corporate employee capability development

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As SLT-MOBITEL, the National ICT solutions service provider, continues to play a pivotal role in driving Sri Lanka’s digital transformation through its Cloud-managed offering, SLT-Mobitel AkazaLMS takes centre-stage as the nation’s leading Learning Management System (LMS). SLT-Mobitel AkazaLMS offers a unique, locally developed, comprehensive enterprise learning solution designed to cater to diverse training needs without compromising on quality.

Commenting on the initiative Chief Enterprise & Wholesale Officer of SLT, Lakmal Jayasinghe said “Especially in today’s competitive environment where human capital is more important than ever, companies need to create a learning strategy that aligns to robust curricula, employing relevant and available learning methods and technology. Addressing this need, SLT-Mobitel AkazaLMS Cloud is an enterprise e-learning solution hosted in Sri Lanka on the top of a private cloud, providing corporate and institutional customers the ability to deliver their own learning material to their users with zero cost infrastructure. With greater convenience and without additional IT resources, customers have access to their own training needs via a simple web browser”.

Empowering corporates and educational institutes, SLT-Mobitel AkazaLMS is a comprehensive locally developed platform, containing a self-portal where the user develops their own e-learning and purchase it as a SaaS product. Especially during these challenging times, when classroom lectures are not possible and distance learning methods vital, the SLT-Mobitel AkazaLMS facilitates exams, assignments, quizzes, etc. tailor-made and customised for corporates and educational institutes targeting their own specific needs.

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LIOC shows stability in earnings and margins compared to volatility during previous years

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First Capital expects stability in LIOC earnings and margins ahead, compared to the significant volatility witnessed during the previous years.

“With the new pricing formula, we expect a stable outlook for LIOC which is currently trading at a TTM PER of 7.5x on FY22 earnings while also trading at a PBV of 1.5x”, they said.

“The government’s implementation of the new fuel pricing formula on 24th May 22 includes all costs incurred in importing, unloading, distributing to the stations and taxes. With that, fuel prices will be revised on a monthly basis, and if necessary, it will be reviewed every two weeks. Accordingly, the next price revision was scheduled for 24th Jun 22. Considering the price revision, In addition to that, Sri Lanka’s Cabinet has approved a bill to impose a 2.5% tax on companies with an annual turnover of LKR 120.0Mn, which will only have a marginal effect on company margins.”

“With regards to investment in joint venture, LIOC has invested in Trinco Petroleum Terminal (Pvt) Ltd (TPT) in Jan-22 and acquired 49% of the stake with CPC which holds 51% of the ownership of TPT in order to develop 61 tanks at the Trincomalee Oil Tank Farm and allied facilities in the Upper Tank Farm of the China Bay Oil Tank Farm. Also, LIOC has entered into a Lease of State Land with the Government of Sri Lanka for a term of fifty years to develop the Lower Tank Farm of the China Bay Oil Tank Farm,” First Capital said.

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Apprenticeship programme in partnership with Hatch MakerStudio and Vocational Training Authority

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From left: : Krishantha Pathiraja, Chairman at Palmyrah Development Board, Florian Manderschied, Head Maker at Hatch MakerStudio, Brindha Selvadurai, CEO and Co- Founder, Hatch, Eranga Basnayake, CEO and Chairman of Vocational Training Authority, Mahesh Ariyarathne, Vice Chairman of VTA

The next generation of Sri Lanka’s industry workforce is currently studying at Technical and Vocational Education and Training institutes (​​TVET) all over the country. Since the manufacturing technology is under permanent development, the requirements for TVET graduates have also evolved. In order to address the industry’s needs for skilled and competent workers, the Vocational Training Authority and Hatch MakerStudio have joined forces to pilot an innovative apprenticeship programme.

The apprenticeship programme is designed for students in the field of mechatronics, robotics, automation and CNC-technologies and is focusing on the upskill, entrepreneurial mindset and problem solving capabilities. Together with industry partners, the selected apprentices will undergo a one month training programme at Hatch MakerStudio before being placed in the companies. The programme comprises of:

Product development training

Software and rapid prototyping training

Problem solving and design thinking exercises

During the course of the apprenticeship, Hatch MakerStudio will provide supervision and support for both the apprentices and companies, in order to ensure effective skills development and utilization of working power. Students with their own specific product ideas and business models can choose Hatch MakerStudio as their place of apprenticeship.

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