'IT can be panacea to governance issues'


LAHORE: Systems Limited CEO and Managing Director Asif Peer has urged the government to utilise information technology (IT) as a medium to bring innovation and transparency in the system.

During an interview with Daily Times, the IT expert said given the vast opportunities Pakistan provides and in order to keep up with the pace of the world, it is important to use IT as an enabler to streamline the country’s infrastructure.

“We hired 120 fresh graduates and young entrepreneurs from various universities in 2015 alone, as we aim to generate employment, provide efficient training and instil the culture of entrepreneurship among the youth of the country,” Asif Peer said while highlighting the core values of Systems Limited, which is a globally recognised leader of the next-generation IT and technology-led business process outsourcing (BPO) services, built on the best-of-breed philosophy.
The company recently won Rs 300 million contract of the Punjab Government to develop a centralised Land Records Management Information System (LRMIS). The system would serve over 12,000 users in the Board of Revenue (BOR) and related stakeholders in all districts of Punjab with its state-of-the-art architecture, as desired by the BOR’s Project Management Unit (PMU).

“Systems Limited will deliver a solution that will securely host and deliver a uniformly efficient service to all users in the 150 tehsils across 300 service centres in the province. The company has already been involved in land record computerisation across three provinces in Pakistan, while LRMIS Punjab is set to be one of the largest land records’ databases in South East Asia,” Asif Peer opined.

Apart from serving the government sector, Systems Limited has also invested heavily in one of its own payment gateway called ‘One Load’, which, according to the CEO, would “revolutionise the entire payment industry”, as it would integrate all telcos providing the payment services. “With easy to use methodology and one click transactions, One Load will bridge gaps between the banked and unbanked sectors as well as upper-income and lower-income people,” he explained.

Established in 1977, Systems Limited over the years has proven itself as a key player in the critical market segments covering United States, Middle East, South East Asia and Europe, and continues to provide solutions and products to a budding list of corporate clients and public sector organisations.

The major change in the company came in 1997, when Systems Limited shifted its operations to the United States in order to explore the North American market. “The decision proved to be a successful one for us as we straightaway acquired a number of offshore projects. Ever since our inception in the US market, we have continuously grown on average by 20% year-on-year,” Asif revealed. “We were not only successful in expanding our services to different countries, but also in providing opportunities to young Pakistani professionals to enhance their skills.”

Systems Limited came back to Pakistan in 2013 and took centre stage in the IT sector by providing computing strategies and solutions to the government and private organisations.

In 2015, for the second year in a row, Systems Limited was named the President’s Club for Microsoft Dynamics, which is awarded to the top 5% Microsoft Dynamics partners worldwide. In August, the company also declared its rising engagement of different projects in Australia.


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