About me

I am Ananda B Herath, MBCS, an experienced ICT professional well versed and experienced in solutions architecture, business analysis, pre-sales processes, project management, implementation, business development, ICT strategy formulation & implementation and ICT function / portfolio management (for a user organization).  I possess extensive skills and experience related to,
                  • leadership & management
                  • needs and requirements analysis
                  • proposal formulation
                  • business and systems documentation
                  • public presentations
                  • leading & participating in ICT business delegations
and other soft skills required of an ICT business leader.

More about me ...

I function as an ICT and business process consultant, following a career in which I have held several key positions, gaining extensive experience in leading and managing mission critical projects and processes, both from the service provider and user organization perspectives. I was the Chief Information Officer of a major Colombo-based Group of Companies for almost ten years, before venturing out as a consultant. I possess more than 30 years of ICT and business process related knowledge and experience in areas such as enterprise resource planning (ERP), warehouse management, sales and redistribution management, sales force automation, financial & management accounting systems, workflow solutions and business intelligence. I have also provided strategic leadership at the C level to technical and infrastructure oriented projects such as e-mail & collaboration, IT security & malware protection, local & wide area networking, telephony, CCTV, MATV, sound systems and access controls.

I have provided leadership in successfully implementing comprehensive ERP solutions for major multi-national and Sri Lankan organizations. These projects called for re-engineering of mainstream business processes, obtaining the support of key stakeholders. Change management has been a key element of these projects.

I have also gained wide-ranging experience in systems development, in aspects such as requirement analysis & definition, functional specifications, logical design, guidance to the technical development staff and quality assurance (including white box testing and acceptance testing). I have played a key role in system implementation and user education & training too.

I have gained extensive hands on experience in selection and recommendation of business systems and technical infrastructure to large organizations, which included drafting tender and RFP (request for proposal) documents, evaluating proposals received, managing vendor presentations, demonstrations & product walk-throughs, final selection and the procurement & contracting process.

I have been instrumental in having several key technical aspects of an intelligent corporate building completed in time for its scheduled opening, in coordination with the architects, the principal contractor and other contractors.

Drafting ICT policies and standard operating procedures (SOPs, for both IT and business aspects) are other key elements of my experience. Public speaking and leading Sri Lankan ICT business delegations overseas round up my career profile.

Prior to moving into ICT, I have been in commercial banking and also have obtained exposure in a non-banking financial institution in which I functioned as a credit officer and as an accountant.

I am a Professional Member of the Chartered institute of IT, UK (British Computer society). Additionally, I have obtained professional qualifications related to management accounting. I have also obtained extensive career related training on several ERP suites and other IT related products. I have been granted awards and nominated for same in recognition of excellence in my job-related roles.

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