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SLASSCOM hosts RPA conference and hackathon

The panel discussion moderated by RRD Operations Manager Srikanthan Jayarajah
The panel discussion moderated by RRD Operations Manager Srikanthan Jayarajah

The Sri Lanka Association of Software and Services Companies (SLASSCOM) hosted the Virtual Robotic Process Automation (RPA) conference and Hackathon Awards 2019 at the Galle Face Hotel recently.

The event, organised by the SLASSCOM Business Process Management (BPM) Forum, also recognised case studies of companies that have adopted RPA or have implemented RPA solutions for their clients.

The IT or the BPM industry is recognised as a thrust industry within the National Export Strategy (NES) as is promoted globally as the “Island of Ingenuity” for world-class knowledge solutions.

Managing Director, WNS Global Services, Board Director SLASSCOM and Head of the SLASSCOM Business Process Management (BPM) Forum, Dinesh Wickremanayake outlined the challenges that RPA will bring to the industry and the opportunity ahead. He also commented on the high level of interest from the industry and corporates on RPA adoption.

Global Sales Lead, UiPath, Anshuman Rai spoke of demands in businesses that can be mapped with RPA Journey and its benefits across various processes and platforms.

Economic Reforms and Public Distribution Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva stressed the potential of the knowledge solutions industry to transform the economy. He commended the industry for its contribution towards export revenue. He reiterated the government’s support to enable the industry to reach the vision 2022 goal of US$ 5 billion export revenue and 200,000 highly-skilled jobs.

Managing Director, Hayleys BPO Dr. Arul Sivagananathan and SLASSCOM Past-Chairman Ruwindhu Peiris and Managing Director, Stax and Past-Chairman SLASSCOM, Dinesh Wickremanayake were the judges of the hackathon. They briefed the attendees on the evaluation process, the nature of business problems and commended the quality of case studies.

The other speakers included Head of Service Delivery Automation, RRD, Raveendra Jepegnanam, Head of Quality and Process Excellence at WNS Global Services Buddhi Chandrasena and Global Lead for Driving Transformation and Process Excellence – HSBC Rakesh Rajora.

This was followed by a panel discussion on RPA Adoption moderated by Operations Manager – Global Outsourcing at RRD and SLASSCOM General Council Member Srikanthan Jayarajah was also held. 

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