Building a World-Class Digital Team in Colombo.

SriLankaOfficeLaunch

2018 has left its mark on Sagittarius with significant recruitment, client wins and now the expansion of our Sri Lankan team as we extend our digital arm in Colombo.

On Wednesday 5th September our lovely Sri Lankan team were joined by Sagittarius CEO, Paul Stephen, and journalists, ReadMe, for the official launch of their new office at Valiant Towers. The day included an inside look at the creative minds, daily operation and the all important culture that keeps Sagittarius ticking.

Sagittarius is a digital engineering and software solutions company with offices in the UK, Sri Lanka and Ukraine, they specialise in Sitecore, e-commerce, digital marketing and digital transformation projects.

When Readme asked CEO, Paul Stephen, why he chose Sri Lanka as Sagittarius’ overseas digital hub he commented: “We wanted to build a company that builds word class solutions and were evaluating various global locations. We wanted a dynamic culture and environment that works well with us in UK and our global clients so last year we decided to invest in Sri Lanka. We trusted and hired Tharshan Sreetharan as our Director & Chief Operating Officer to get us off the ground and here we are today, from a 1 member team to a 10 member team in just 12 months. We are proud to have created a great working environment in a spacious and creative office in Colombo and are continuing to invest and hire more people in Sri Lanka to accomplish our mission.”

The leadership team at Sagittarius strongly believe that cultural is an integral part of what they offer and Tharshan prides himself on in having set out from day one to build a culture that is fun, stimulating, creative and a sets that ‘good feel’ atmosphere.

When asked about how Tharshan maintains such a culture he comments: “We want people that wake up and love coming to work. Thinking what's in store for them and love the challenges in a work environment that is both fun and engaging. Of course, to get such people, Sagittarius understands that it needs to offer a place that they’d love to work at. This is why there’s a strong focus on culture and values of its people in the company.

“We have always made it a habit to ensure that those in the team that does great work are recognised and rewarded. And Sagittarius believes it’s important for this recognition to come from its teams and the leadership. Thus, the company maintains a policy where team members can nominate people they believe have gone out of their way to be recognised with a special award.”
It’s an exciting time for the Sagittarius team in Colombo and as the company continues to invest in training and recruits in the area, the only way really is up for this budding Global business.

Interested in joining the team in Sri Lanka? Contact Tharshan via careers.lk@sagittarius.agency to find out more

Today award-winning digital experience agency Sagittarius is proud to have been certified to ISO 27001 Information Security Management systems standard by business improvement company, BSI.

Leading brands demand first-class information security from their agency partners and the only real proof of this is achieving the ISO / IEC 27001 Certification. If you’re in sectors such as Financial Services, Healthcare, or even working with Government and Third Sector you’ll know that regulation and compliance are essential throughout your supply chain and that the top priority is guarding information and data.

Nick Towers, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Sagittarius said “We wanted to ensure that brands can come to us in the knowledge that we take data security, data protection and privacy very seriously. Our mantra is ‘remarkable’ and this applies to not just what we do but how we do it and ISO 27001 is an internationally recognised best practice framework for this. To achieve this in six months’ pay testimony to the hard work and commitment to security and privacy that prevails at Sagittarius and I’m very proud of the whole team who have made it their mission to exceed the high standards needed.”

Sagittarius wanted to meet the very highest standard and so decided to work with BSI whose mission is to ‘share knowledge, innovation and best practice to help people and organizations make excellence a habit’. 
Achieving ISO 27001 certification clearly demonstrates that the Information Security Management System at Sagittarius meets international best practice and demonstrates to our customers and partners that we handle information securely throughout the business. 

The agency accepted that by embracing the implementation process they were actively encouraging their team to delve into internal processes and rather than accepting these as ‘the norm’, firstly making sure they were all documented sufficiently. Then as part of that process, they challenged and questioned each process to pressure test validity and innovate and improve where necessary.  BSI then rigorously audited Sagittarius’ policies, processes, and approach to data security. Through the audit stages, BSI shared opportunities for improvement and have helped refine the Sagittarius InfoSec roadmap. 

Data is the most valuable asset any business can have and to achieve peak performance through a truly connected strategy and digital experience it’s imperative that data and information is shared with the agency partner. Trust plays a pivotal role and assurances of confidentiality can only be achieved through an ISO 27001 accredited organisation.
Initiatives like the GDPR have raised the bar on compliance and the associated fines for having gaps in governance leading to breaches are significant. At Sagittarius we operate a single source of truth using tools and systems such as Confluence and Jira to provide documentation quickly and accurately and this was complimented by the auditors. 

Nick goes on to say “We are delighted to create even more value for our clients and prioritise the things that matter to them and their customers. This ISO 27001 certification bolsters our class leading NPS score of 85 adding deeper quality to our services. It sets us apart from other agencies when brands are looking for a partner with deeper credentials. We wanted to take the next step and ensure that Information Security became baked into everyday processes and the way we function as a business. We set an ambitious timeline of achieving the ISO 27001 certification and to meet the highest possible standards through independent auditing and we’ve nailed it. We pride ourselves on ensuring the data of our clients, team and partners are handled in the most responsible manner.”

Gigi Robinson, Regional Product Manager – Information Security & Business Continuity, said: "Protecting information is becoming increasingly difficult for organizations. Achieving ISO 27001 demonstrates Sagittarius' commitment and proactive approach in ensuring their information management processes are robust, secure and resilient for the future. We are thrilled to have supported Sagittarius in achieving this certification which demonstrates to customers and suppliers an ability to handle information securely."

Additional Notes
ISO 27001 is an internationally recognized best practice framework for an information security management system (ISMS). Sagittarius has designed a set of adequate and proportionate security controls within the ISMS to help protect our internal and our clients’ information against cyber-attacks. We have used the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the NIS Regulation as part of our framework.  

 

 
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Naomi Harper
Head of Marketing & Communications
Naomi is the agency's Head of Marketing & Communications with a strong background in Public Relations, events, Marketing and Brand campaigns.

Naomi joined Sagittarius in January 2021 to deliver exceptional external brand experiences, engaging internal communications and to assist with the driving of sales and the developing of relationships with key strategic suppliers.
 

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Naomi Harper

25 Sep 2018 - 5 minute read
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