Microsoft encourages businesses to build secure and future-ready workplaces

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –Microsoft recently held a seminar at the Kingsbury Hotel on future-proofing the workplace. The audience comprised of over 100 partners and customers who explored new and innovative cloud services to drive trust, innovation, partnerships, collaboration, and security in the workplace.

“At Microsoft, our mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. We help companies protect their business-critical data. We help them understand the best security measures for their data, ensuring total responsibility of GDPR compliance,” said Hasitha Abeywardena, Country Manager for Microsoft Sri Lanka and Maldives, while delivering his keynote on the importance of data accountability in the modern workplace.

Encouraging the audience to drive collaboration in the workplace with Microsoft Teams, Territory Channel Channel Manager for SMC-SMB at Microsoft Sri Lanka and Maldives Ashiq Niyaz said, “The world’s most valuable resource is no longer oil, but data. What this means for businesses are entirely new ways to empower their employees. Microsoft Teams, for example, can help transform the way employees collaborate and communicate in the workplace.”

Microsoft Teams is a hub for teamwork, a chat-based workspace that enables teams to be more productive by giving them a single and secure location, bringing together everything a team needs: chats, meetings, calls, files, and tools. The platform features extensions that can integrate with non-Microsoft products.

“The way we work is changing. It’s faster-paced combined with higher pressure. There’s a sense that everything is needed immediately. The ability for more people to collaborate on projects at the same time, the faster the results,” added Niyaz.

Chinthaka Dunuwille, Software Asset Management and Compliance Lead for Microsoft Southeast Asia New Markets, said: “Without the appropriate IT policies at work, employees may unknowingly download unlicensed software bundled with malicious software—or malware—jeopardizing company-wide security.” He also discussed the realities of cybercrime and how Microsoft can help companies stay secure from cybercriminals.

Meng Keat Ng, Lead, Cloud Economics for Microsoft APAC illustrated how technology can help companies address their business challenges and cost control. He also encouraged the audience to optimize their software licensing investments to enable greater productivity without compromising on security.

Account Technology Strategist for Microsoft Sri Lanka and Maldives Ruvini Bandara enlightened the audience with her interactive demo of Microsoft Cloud App Security. The Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB) solution gives users visibility into their cloud apps and services, provides sophisticated analytics to identify and combat cyber threats.

Shalini Ratwatte, Head of Legal and Corporate Affairs for Southeast Asia New Markets at Microsoft, took the stage to address and demystify concerns over cloud computing policies, GDPR, and other compliance issues. She also led the question and answer session with Meng Keth Ng and clarified questions from the audience on regulatory compliance around IT and cloud computing.

With the endless possibilities that digital transformation can bring to Sri Lanka, Microsoft is committed to helping enterprises accelerate their digital transformation journeys. The company is encouraging enterprises in Sri Lanka to accelerate their customer reach with 50% Off on Office 365 Business Essentials and 20% Off on Office 365 Business Premium. To find out more about Microsoft’s cloud services, tools, and software developer kits within Azure, visit

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