From left: Radhive Fernando – Microsoft Account Manager, Chaarya Somasiri – Account Manager – Millennium IT, Sanjaya Dayananda – Business Development Manager – Millennium IT, Hasitha Abeywardena – EPG Director – Microsoft Director, Dilshan Ranasinghe – CIO Phoenix Industries, Sukanthan Nanthgopal – Manager IT and Saroj Ranathunga - Head of Finance

Phoenix Industries, a pioneer in the manufacture of high quality plastics became the first company in Sri Lanka to go fully on-board with Microsoft cloud services. The Company which uses onsite office 2013, decided to opt for a complete cloud solution with Microsoft Azure to help them reutilize their resources in a much more productive way.

CIO of Phoenix Industries, Dilshan Ranasinghe says that the migration will simplify their processes, ensuring a higher level of efficiency; “Phoenix adopted a Lean IT concept which was introduced across the organization, and what the Cloud will do is ‘process simplification’. From now on, we won’t have the hassle of managing servers or worrying about backups and other related workloads.

All of this will be Microsoft’s responsibility, which frees us from a lot of day to day operations and helps us to reutilize our resources to become more productive and streamlined.”
The CIO says that the initial cost saving to the company from this initiative is a considerable benefit; one, he expects to increase and add more value to in the future. “In the first year there are implementation costs, but Microsoft is providing excellent training to our staff and that too is a cost saving in the long term.  Also, upgrades are free for a period of three years, so we don’t have to budget for that during the period.”

“One of the reasons for running applications in Windows Azure is the scalability it offers,” says Manager IT of Phoenix Industries, Sukanthan Nanthagopal.  “Resources can be added to or removed from your applications as and when required.  Windows Azure applications typically comprise of multiple elements such as web and worker roles, storage, queues, virtual networks, and caches.

One of the advantages of dividing the application into multiple elements is that you can then scale each element individually. You double the number of worker-role instances without increasing the number of message queues, or the size of your cache, enabling them to improve operations with the flexibility of cloud hosting, network availability and enhanced IT support,” he adds.