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Best Child Development Centre Awarded to Aitken Spence Plantations – Gulugahakanda Estate

1 Apr

Gulugahakanda Estate managed by Aitken Spence Plantation Managements Ltd. won the title of ‘All Island Best Child Development Centre’ for ‘Outstanding Achievements in Quality Services in Child Development Centres’ for the year 2010. The competition was organized by the Plantation Human Development Trust (PHDT) and the finals were held at the Gulugahkanda estate on the 19th of March 2011. The annual competition attracted 437 participants from all parts of the country this year.

When choosing the winner for the title of ‘Outstanding Achievements in Quality Services in Child Development Centres’, the decision of the PHDT was based on areas such as the activities children were involved in, pre-school education the children received and the quality of Child Development Centre records maintained.

At present the Child Development Centre at Gulagahakanda Estate has 27 children below the age of 5 under their care. All activities done at the crèche are in line with the National Early Childhood Development Guidelines and are frequently monitored by PHDT.

“The management of Gulagahakanda Estate encourages estate worker’s children to attend the Child Development Centre. The estate workers themselves have a very high sense of confidence in the Gulugahakanda Estate Management and its Child Development Officer. We have been monitoring their child care activities in which they maintain very high standards. They are winners of this category because of their sheer commitment towards community development”, said Mr. Lal Perera Regional Director of PHDT.

When questioned about future plans for the Child Development Centres, it was mentioned that Elpitiya Estates will continue to train and develop the Child Development Officers in charge of the centers. It also hopes to open up the pre-school for village children in the near future.

News Release 31-03-2011

Calspence Becomes Oracle PartnerNetwork Gold Level Partner

1 Apr

Signs up to distribute Oracle Content Management Solution in Sri Lanka

Calspence Technologies announced today that it has become a Gold level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN). Calspence will market; implement and support Oracle Content Management to help customers enhance business efficiencies, reduce expenses and be more profitable.

Calspence Technologies is a joint venture between Aitken Spence PLC and California Software Company Limited (Calsoft), providing Systems Integration services with focus on Oracle Content Management, the Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle’s Siebel Customer Relationship Management, and strategic Information and Communication Technology investments. Areas that they target include Financial Services, Commercial, Manufacturing, Plantations, and Telecommunications industries.

Aitken Spence, the holding company for Calspence is one of Sri Lanka’s leading and most respected corporate entities with a diversified portfolio of businesses in Hotels, Services, Logistic Solutions and Strategic Investments. Calsoft is a product engineering & enterprise solutions company with a strong background in development and implementation with presence in 12 global locations.

Mr. J M S Brito, Deputy Chairman and Group Managing Director of Aitken Spence PLC said, “We have identified Information and Communications Technology as a key area of focus and a thrust industry. Seeing the potential that Calspence has to offer to the market with the absence of a strong Systems Integrator in the country, we will continue with our strategic investments in this area. As a Gold level member of OPN, we are confident of offering exceptional solutions to the market” he concluded.

With its OPN Gold status, Calspence receives the benefit of being able to start developing specializations that will allow them to grow their business, increase their expertise, reach higher levels of customer retention, and create differentiation in the marketplace. Gold members also become eligible to resell all Oracle Technology products and can apply to resell Oracle Applications and Industry Solutions. In addition, they will have access to Oracle account representatives and My Oracle Support updates for all products, discounts on training, limited free assessment/exam vouchers, reduced rates on the purchase of Oracle licenses for internal use, discounts on advances customer services amongst other benefits.

“We see a strong synergy between Oracle Content Management and the key focus and collaboration efforts of Calspence from a go-to-market perspective. Having the best-of-breed solution from Oracle, we will enhance our ability to provide our valued enterprise clients with solid, proven, scalable and cost effective solutions”, said Dr. Vickum Senanayake, General Manager of Calspence Technologies.

A few of the projects which signifies Calspence’s success in the short span of time, are the implementations of Oracle eBusiness Suite (EBS), Oracle Content Management, the development of a financial shared services centre, and development of web-based content management systems for the travels, services & manufacturing sectors.

News Release 31-03-2011