The Sri Lanka Association for Software and Services Companies, SLASSCOM, the national IT/BPO industry association today said it has formed  the SLASSCOM HR forum to bring the HR leaders of the IT/BPO companies together to a build a progressive national workforce which is competitive, ethical and collaborative. The forum focus on facilitating collaboration among HR professionals of IT and BPO companies with business leadership support.
 
The SLASSCOM HR Forum will facilitate best practice sharing, adoption of industry wide progressive employment practices, setting national competency standards and act as a platform for HR professionals to network. SLASSCOM will also collaborate with other related agencies to positively influence changes required to policy changes for Sri Lankan to become a highly attractive destination with world-class HR practices.
 
“I see the creation of the SLASSCOM HR Forum as a perfect opportunity for the HR teams in the IT and BPO industries to share knowledge and best practices, benchmark standards, agree on standard and elevate the industry as a whole, and also network closely. It could also influence the required legislation for the betterment of the industry” said Ishan Dantanarayana, Director HR Virtusa, Global Head of Training and Development and the Global Processing Centre.
 
The core of the knowledge industry is about human resources. Nations with high quality human resource in abundance will undoubtedly stand a better chance in being successful in transitioning in to a knowledge based economy.
 
Dr. Archana Arcot, Vice President Human Resources for WNS Global Services, said “The creation of SLASSCOM has in itself created a great sense of buoyancy among the Sri Lankan IT- BPO Companies. Formation of a forum connects the HR Leaders from the IT-BPO space and the platform will works towards addressing and raising the bar on HR and People related policies and programs. The forum will progressively engage in forward thinking strategies for augmenting the growth of the IT- BPO Industry thus creating a larger footprint.
 
Prime drivers for the IT-BPO Industry growth are dependent on talent availability. The paucity of talent  today exists on aspects like skill - not only confined to English language capability but also availability of specialized  functional know how in areas such service delivery, quality, transition, project management methodologies, information security  but also in terms of   scalability  -  the  ability to hire large volumes within minimal turn around times. The forum would focus on addressing these challenges that the industry is posed with.
 
Sanjiv Agrawal, Vice President – Human Resources / Learning and Development of HSBC Technology and Services - Service Delivery said “I believe formation of SLASSCOM is the first step towards making Sri Lanka a top IT /ITES outsourcing destination. The HR forum is an opportunity for the people leaders of this industry to come together and create an enabling environment that nurtures a talented workforce”
 
The SLASSCOM HR forum will proactively recognize potential trends and shape national level people strategies driving the IT/BPO industry to be the number one in the country establishing Sri Lanka on the global outsourcing map for IT / ITES sector. The initial work on putting together the road map has already begun with the HR leaders representing number of companies coming together. All HR leaders in the IT and BPO companies are invited to join the SLASSCOM HR Form to become a part of this national effort. Request should be send to HRForum@slasscom.lk.
 
SLASSCOM acts as the catalyst of growth for the Sri Lankan IT and BPO industry by facilitating trade and business, propagation of education and employment, encouragement of research and innovation, and by supporting the creation of a progressive national policy framework. SLASSCOM brings together all resources and leadership capability to create a strong unified voice and a formidable execution engine to take affirmative and accelerated action to make the vision of IT/BPO industry becoming the number one industry in Sri Lanka a reality. More information about SLASSCOM objectives can be found atwww.slasscom.lk.