Global software company IFS celebrates 20 years in Sri Lanka

At a media briefing held on the 10th of November at Cinnamon Grand, Colombo IFS elucidated of its significant milestones to the distinguished gathering. The panelists highlighted on the unparalleled innovation, dynamic R&D capabilities and outstanding organizational culture that has made IFS standout from its inception.

IFS counts over 120 of Sri Lanka’s top companies as customers of its enterprise software. These customers use IFS solutions to manufacture and distribute goods, maintain assets, and manage service-focused operations. The industry expertise of IFS’s people and solutions, together with its commitment to customers, has made the company a recognized leader and the most recommended supplier in the sector.

The IFS team in Sri Lanka has been key to IFS’s global success, which per the company’s Q3 2017 financial results, shows year-to-date licence growth up 18 per cent. Key global initiatives like the IFS Academy (training and certification), IFS Labs (innovation), global support center as well as important aspects of product development are all run from the company’s Sri Lankan offices.

Alastair Sorbie, CEO at IFS, commented: “Consistent and stable growth has been the secret to our success around the world, which would not have been possible if IFS could not attract and retain top talent. The importance of building the best team of industry experts is no more pronounced than in Sri Lanka – not only is Sri Lanka home to the largest number of IFS employees, but the local team is also key to the success of so many fundamental parts of our global business.” He added: “Fuelling our global growth from Sri Lanka has been one of the best decisions we have made.”

Also speaking at the event, Jayantha De Silva, President and CEO IFS Sri Lanka explained how IFS operations in Sri Lanka has expanded over the last two decades.

Jayantha said “We are now a complete Resource Centre catering globally and have achieved significant milestones within the ICT industry as we celebrate two decades of excellence.  We can say we are different in many ways. The experience and knowledge together have stretched us to diversified avenues.The Sales & Consulting unit for IFS in South Asia operates from its Colombo office and markets, implements and supports IFS Applications™ in companies within the South Asian region. The company currently supports more than 120 companies across Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Thailand, Seychelles, and Uganda.We ensure that our customers have a trouble free experience, a vital element in our relationship with our customers.”

Jayantha also stated “IFS has been a key player in driving the IT/BPO industry in Sri Lankatowards building capacity. We pioneered many innovative concepts in the industry and initiated concepts such as the ‘scholarship scheme’ offered to A/L students with the objective of supporting the industry build capacity. To date over 300 scholarships have been awarded and it has now become an industry standard.”

“We will continue to expand our scholarship program while working closely with major universities to develop our future generation, encouraging them to be a part of this dynamic industry. I consider it a vital contributor towards ensuring this knowledge based industryin Sri Lanka reaches its full potential”.


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