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Chamara Withanachchi


Name: Chamara Withanachchi
Title: Head of IT
Company Name: Merchant Bank of Sri Lanka & Finance PLC
Company’s Function: Banking and finance
HQ: Colombo, Sri Lanka
Years in IT: 16

The biggest challenge our data center is facing today is never-ending changes and upgrades in systems.

The next big thing for our business will be digital banking application implementation.

If I weren’t in IT, I’d end up being a cook.

My favorite activity outside of work is watching movies.

My favorite musical artist is Elton John.

My favorite IBM product is Free-format RPG and Rational* Developer for i.

The best movie I’ve seen recently is “The Lego Movie.”

My guilty pleasure is chocolate ice cream.

My favorite or most impacting book is “The Most Dangerous Place on Earth” by Lindsey Lee Johnson.

The superpower I wish I had is to be invisible.

If money were no object, the one thing I’d purchase is a BMW 7 series car.

The innovation that’s made the biggest impact on my life is mobile technology and security.

The geekiest thing I’ve ever owned is my iPad and connectivity to IBM i.

My greatest mentor has been my father. 

The favorite part of my day is the morning.

If I were stuck on a desert island, the one item I’d want is food, water and a place to sleep.

The trend affecting my work is IBM i and implementing its technologies for the bank I work for.

The business skill I’d most like to acquire or improve is to be an IBM i security expert.

I ended up in IT when I completed my junior school by attending an IT seminar in IBM.