From schoolboy dreams to award-winning enterprises
Three dreamers began a Hobbyists club called Microimage while at school. Harsha Purasinghe, Damindu Jayaweera, Suren Rupasinghe together with few other like-minded students started this club to write their own software. Some of them even represented Sri Lanka in international software competitions. They worked on a Sinhala set of fonts for windows 3.1 which became an attraction at Infotel trade fair back in 1994.
Today, Microimage is probably Sri Lanka’s most successful start-up story, one that sprung to life right in high-school. Microimage boasts a list of over 600 clients, (more than half of which are outside Sri Lanka).
From a schoolboy dream in the 90’s, the firm has evolved into a group of companies with offices in Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Australia and UK, and business interests in Human Capital Management, Broadcast, Media, Mobile and Digital Convergence.
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Tackling complexity with a Sri Lankan touch
Perhaps the product that Microimage is most proud of creating recently is Microimage HCM Cloud. Currently making waves not only in Sri Lanka but in many south-east Asian countries and several other countries, HCM Cloud is one of the most user-friendly digital HR platforms available today, according to Harsha Purasinghe, CEO at Microimage. His team understood that managing the basic data behind the HR function can be time-consuming and is unpopular for all stakeholders to collaborate.
So, imagine HR software that works in a natural and more familiar way to help the management of a company better engage and communicate with their staff across departments and international borders, while empowering them to interact. This is exactly what HCM Cloud does by making the product function in a similar way to a social media platform. Interacting with HR like Facebook has provided radical improvements in compliance, satisfaction and overall organizational productivity.
Staff and management alike are automatically drawn to the platform making them use it often and efficiently, simply by liking what they do. What’s more, the programme comes with an inbuilt BOT to take care of the menial tasks, schedule activities and simplify the process entirely.
HCM Cloud platform received a great endorsement recently from global software giant Microsoft Corporation when they invited the company to showcase the product in newly opened industry zone at Microsoft Asia Pacific HQ Technology Center in Singapore. Microsoft also enrolled Microimage as a global co-sell ready managed ISV partner.
While Microimage is a multi-award-winning organization today, Harsha thinks more of their customer feedback. Smiling on at a cabinet overflowing with awards, he says “The best awards for me have come from our customers. This is the real win for us”.
No doubt, Harsha’s many wins, confidence in his team and the work they have created together are telling of Sri Lanka’s superior technical abilities and moreover, the island’s continued vision to create game-changing software.