Differences between an IT Park and a Business Park


Have you ever wondered what the differences between an IT Park and a Business Park are? Well, a number of features and facilities do overlap but there are some stark differences between the two, particularly in terms of focus and approach:

How Business Parks and IT Parks differ
Primarily, the big difference between an IT Park and a Business Park is this: For IT Parks the key focus is innovation, while for business parks it is usually commerce. The layout of these two types of facilities also tend to differ in key areas; business parks contain largely office space and conference facilities, while technology parks, in addition to office and conference space, include workshops, laboratory space and facilities dedicated towards research.

How They Are Similar
Both types of developments, while they have different focus areas, share a very strong common thread; people. The staff working at either a Business Park or an IT Park will be looking for very similar amenities. Therefore, you will find massive overlap between the two when you look at communal facilities such as green space, food and beverage outlets, on-site parking facilities and entertainment options. All of these amenities together, help to promote collaboration between the different companies, organizations and people that populate these developments.

Other Similar Developments
You will also find that industrial parks and trading estates are also similar, yet different
developments altogether. Again, while they have very different focus areas, they all share one thing in common; people and therefore the amenities described above are nearly universal to any worthy development.

Locating an IT Park
The location of an IT Park is critical and this is why Orion City is strategically located near the heart of Colombo, Sri Lanka by the side of one of the City’s main arteries. Access to infrastructure is critical for IT Parks and Orion City provides easy access to Sri Lanka’s Bandaranaike International Airport, the country’s main international airport. In addition to this, Orion City is located close to the Port of Colombo, Colombo’s Commercial Centre, Shopping and Recreation Hubs, the country’s major express ways that connect or will connect all of the major cities of the country. The Park is also equipped with state of the art office spaces for small and big enterprises along with workshops, laboratory space and all other amenities onsite. Orion City is home to international giants such as Virtusa, Pearson and Cinergix. The Park is experiencing ongoing expansion and will soon see Orion Towers coming online, which promises customizable office and workspaces for startups, small, medium and large companies and features LEED Gold Certification, an energy efficient façade with optimal light penetration with minimum heat and noise, a star class business hotel and all amenities and other infrastructure.

The facilities and amenities at Orion City include:
 On-site parking
 International Food Court
 International chains of coffee shops and delis onsite
 Healthcare/self-care facilities
 All basic infrastructure
 Value added infrastructure such as voice and data cabling, RFID/Biometric Access, Raised Flooring, Internal Partitioning, UPS Backup, Data Centre and shared services.
 External Security
 Cleaning and maintenance of all common areas
 Janitorial Services Including Waste Disposal
 Daily Garbage Removal
 Pest Control
 24 hour Help Desk
After location, the facilities of an IT Park are what set it apart. Orion City has the location and all the facilities and amenities any tech business requires to thrive and is a great place to build and grow a tech business.

5 Ways Millennials Are Changing the Workplace

Despite myths and common perception, millennials are a hardworking generation. Still, their definition of hard work and their attitudes are significantly different from generations before. This is no surprise given that this generation came of age during the explosion of digital technology.
Millennials simply feel that it’s quite reasonable to expect to get what they want exactly how, when and where they want it; a result of the massive enablement that technology has brought to society.

This generation just won’t take ‘no’ for an answer both in their personal and working lives.Speaking of work lives, millennials don’t see a definite separation between the Mon-Fri 9-5 routine and their personal lives. Instead, they see life as a rich blend of experiences and are deftly able to move between work and play. Thus, offices designed for the future are openly embracing mobile, social and cloud technology to offer millennials the ‘seamless’ work environment they desire. Offices are being positively disrupted through digitization, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things and robotic process automation. Thus, the workplace is changing dramatically and this change is being driven by millennials.
We’ve put together 5 important ways that we feel millennials are massively changing the workplace and these 5 things could become the norm within a couple of years. Some of these things aren’t entirely new concepts but it’s only with the advent of new technology that they’ve become easily achievable goals for almost any workplace.

1. The Chief Happiness Officer

millennial-workspace Millennials are simply not happy with one size fits all environments and constantly look for unique workspaces. This generation is constantly searching for new experiences and expects their workplace to provide them with options that make them feel good. This is where a CHO comes in and can provide more than just a feel good experience. CHOs can promote employee contentment, reduce turnover costs, spur innovation and boost productivity.

2. More Hipster Coffee Bar, Less Cubicle


The look and feel of offices are changing. Future – friendly office spaces are much more social and, instead of cutting people off from each other, inspire them to mix, meet and chat over a delicious coffee or even something stronger. But this is not a distraction, it’s how innovation happens.
3. All Companies Will Be Like Tech Companies


Tech companies introduced many trends such as informal office spaces and the idea of telecommuting. Going forward, any sector can benefit from embracing workplace tech trends that improve productivity.
4. Hello, Robot


Soon, your co-worker could be a robot and that’s not a bad thing. As we have seen in the past, many human roles will remain vital but the introduction of robots can create new, better roles for humans and increase efficiency overall.
5. Hyper-Personalized, Intuitive Workspaces


Millennials are all about personalization and will go to great lengths to personalize their workspaces. In the very near future, this will likely become even more enhanced with cognitive computing and AI being able to anticipate and produce each worker’s ideal environment from temperature to lighting and music. Digital transformation, driven by millennials, is completely reinventing the traditional office on every level. The kind of workplace that this generation yearns for is slowly taking shape and it’s not just millennials who are benefitting from this change. The new, future-friendly office is a place that anyone, from any generation can appreciate and enjoy.

In fact, it’s probably what everyone wanted in the first place, but it will be millennials who will be remembered as the generation who simply wouldn’t take no for an answer until they got what they wanted!