Airtel’s Dongles, MIT’s New Awards, The Big Data Meetup and Expolanka’s Azure App

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As always, news comes from surprising sources. Firstly, Airtel Lanka, which gained a huge reputation for colossally cheap data plans before vanishing in the face of diminishing returns, has unveiled a new Dongle Trade offer: turn in your old 3D dongle and get a new Airtel one, complete with a postpiad data plan, for free. Starting October 1st, you’re suppose to be able to get this from any Airtel store or brand shop islandwide.

MillleniumIT, the Lankan company of London Stock Exchange fame, has been recognized the ‘Systems Integrator Partner of the Year 2014’ and ‘Specialized Partner of the Year for Applications – 2014’ by Oracle at their FY15 ASEAN Partner Forum in Bangkok. It’s the first time Oracle’s held an event of this nature – they usually stick to APAC regional awards for certain business verticals.

Last but not least, Expolanka (which many of us know as a book publisher but in reality holds massive sway in travel and logistics) has become the first Lankan group to host a travel application on Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform. They’ve partnered up with H One, a Microsoft Tier One Partner, as their cloud partner and IT advisor. Akquasun Holidays, Expolanka’s Mumbai-based global travel and leisure arm, is expected to start using this system sometime this month.

We’ve also received word that there’s going to be a Big Data Meetup on the 15th of October, with an introduction to Big Data by Dr Srinath Perera. Head over to this meetup page to keep yourself updated.

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