29th February 2008, 05:32 PM
Electronic Data Systems Corp won a S$1.3 billion contract
All IT folks , time to jump ship liao!!
Electronic Data Wins S$1.3 Billion Singapore Order
28 February 2008
An Electronic Data Systems Corp.-led group won a S$1.3 billion ($931 million) contract to provide computer services to Singapore, beating International Business Machines Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co. and NEC Corp.
Electronic Data, the world's second-biggest computer-services provider, and partners including Paris-based Alcatel-Lucent SA and Cisco Systems Inc. will provide services such as e-mail and video-conferencing for government agencies over eight years, the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore said at a press conference in the city-state today.
The order, Singapore's largest technology contract, may help Plano, Texas-based Electronic Data meet its target of raising sales to more than $25 billion by 2010. Singapore is counting on information technology to help it compete with China, Japan and South Korea.
``The win will definitely be good for sales as the volume is huge,'' said Reuben Tan, a Singapore-based analyst at market researcher IDC. ``It may not necessarily be good for margins as pricing tends to be very competitive to win the contract.''
Microsoft Corp., the world's biggest software maker, Singapore Telecommunications Ltd. and Singapore Computer Systems Ltd. are among the other companies that will work with Electronic Data on the order.
Singapore introduced an e-government plan in 2000 to make public services including income-tax filing available on the Web, and plans to build a national high-speed Internet network with speeds of at least one gigabit per second by 2015.
The Electronic Data group said it will create a standard for desktop computers and messaging across all Singapore's ministries and departments by 2010. The network may eventually grow to about 60,000 machines, the group said.
Electronic Data fell 44 cents to $18.19 at 4:02 p.m. in New York Stock Exchange composite trading. The stock has dropped 12 percent this year.
So easy for winner of $1.3b govt outsourcing deal
EDS-led team clinches contract that could save govt $500m over 8 years
Amit Roy Choudhury
29 February 2008
The government yesterday ended the suspense over its mega outsourcing deal and announced that the One Meridian consortium, led by IT services company EDS International, has won the eight-year contract to manage the public sector's front-end computer network comprising around 60,000 computers.
The $1.3 billion, eight- year tender, called Standard Operating Environment (SOE) - and renamed SOEasy (Public Sector) - was awarded some three years after the idea was first announced.
One Meridian's proposal was the best and that's why it emerged the winner, Lim Hup Seng, deputy secretary (performance) of the Ministry of Finance, noted yesterday.
The One Meridian consortium comprises, apart from EDS, Singapore Computer Systems (SCS), Frontline Technologies, Fuji Xerox, Avanade, Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, Microsoft and Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel).
Its victory startled some industry watchers who had installed two other consortia as favourites to bag the SOE deal.
One Team, led by NCS and including IBM, and iN'spire, led by Hewlett-Packard (HP) and including local firm ST Electronics, were widely thought to be in the best position to win. This was mainly on account of the fact that HP and IBM are two of the biggest IT companies in the world. BT had reported earlier this week that some internal differences had cropped up in the One Team consortium.
Mr Lim said that the initiative would bring about $500 million in cost savings for the government over the lifetime of the project.
He added that the tender would run for eight years and the first 17 government agencies with full SOE implementation will be up and running by July 1, 2009. Full implementation would be by 2010.
Once deployed the SOE would serve 60,000 public officers and would cover 74 government agencies with offices in more than 800 locations.
The SOE contract excludes the Ministry of Defence, polytechnics and Institutes of Technical Education as well as all schools under the Ministry of Education.
The race to clinch the deal - NexGenea, comprising Japanese giant NEC and US-based Computer Science Corporation, was the other player in the fray - was closely watched by the IT industry globally.
This is because for the first time the front-end computer network, across different departments and ministries of a government, is being outsourced to an outside vendor. If successful, SOE could trigger copycat implementations across the world, according to industry watchers.
Mr Lim pointed out that SOE was just the start of the government's efforts to outsource its front-end IT needs.
One initiative that is already in the planning stage is the 100,000-seat Ministry of Education project for all the schools under it. Preliminary evaluation on this has started.
Pauline Tan, senior director, government chief information office, and the SOE programme director, said the contract will consolidate infocomm services into a single environment which will allow government agencies to achieve greater efficiency in infocomm usage and cost savings.
'This involves harmonising desktop, messaging and network environments across all government agencies,' she said.
She added that agencies can then fully utilise and benefit from integrated infocomm services and allocate resources optimally, resulting in operational efficiency that will bring about the $500 million cost savings to the government over the eight-year period of the contract.
'This translates to an average of 28 per cent over current infocomm expenditure for equivalent services,' she said.
Stephen Yeo, EDS' South-east Asia executive director, noted that the One Meridian consortium represents 'a comprehensive, leading-edge approach that will help create an agile work environment across the entire breadth of the Singapore government'.
Mr Yeo also noted that the project is economically viable. 'If we didn't think so, we wouldn't be on this ... and I think to the government's credit, it knows that this has to be economically viable for whoever is going to win.'
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29th February 2008, 05:34 PM
Re: Electronic Data Systems Corp won a S$1.3 billion
SOEasy to link
Project to link up 74 local public agencies
29 February 2008
The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) and the Ministry of Finance (MOF) yesterday awarded an eight-year information technology services deal to a consortium led by Electronic Data Systems International (EDS) worth $1.3 billion.
The project, called the Standard ICT Operating Environment (SOEasy), will link some 60,000 workstations and laptop computers in 74 public agencies across Singapore and the globe. The Singapore Government will be the first in the world to implement such a system in its public sector agencies.
The first 17 agencies, which include IDA, MOF, Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts, will get to use SOEasy by July 2009. Full rollout of the project to the rest of the agencies is targeted by 2010.
Ms Pauline Tan, IDA's senior director, said: "This would let me work wherever I am. As long as I have my machines connected to the Government's network, I can do my work effectively. I would be able to communicate, hold meetings, even see and talk to somebody from another agency via the computer."
Even if a computer crashes, the user would be able to load his or her data and settings instantaneously on another machine to get back to work, she added.
The EDS-led consortium, known as oneMeridian, is made up of local and international technology giants such as SingTel, Singapore Computer Systems, Microsoft, Cisco Systems, Frontline and Alcatel-Lucent. It beat two other consortiums made up of companies such as IBM, NEC and Hewlett-Packard. Mr Stephen Yeo, EDS executive director for South-east Asia, said: "Civil servants will now begin to see the workplace of the future being implemented."
oneMeridian consortium wins S$1.3b Singapore's ICT contract
28 February 2008
The oneMeridian consortium, led by EDS International, has won the hotly-contested race for the contract to supply a new infocomm infrastructure to the public sector.
The project, called SOEasy, is worth S$1.3 billion.
It aims to link more than 60,000 public officers and improve the overall operational efficiency of public agencies.
In just two years, public officers will operate in a single infocomm environment that promotes innovation and enhances productivity.
The SOEasy project will help government agencies to be more efficient and save some S$500 million.
It involves introducing a standard desktop, network and messaging environment across the public sector by 2010.
The move will allow public officers to easily connect and collaborate within and across multiple agencies.
Pauline Tan, Senior Director, Infocomm Development Authority, said: "The SOEasy was really conceptualised to enable the government to be more agile, more innovative, more resilient as well as more efficient. So when looking for a solution we really wanted one that really will allow the government to become more collaborative, more efficient allow us to introduce innovations to the whole of government and certainly one that will be more resilient more secure."
The major task of connecting some 74 government agencies will rest with the oneMeridian consortium, headed by EDS International.
The consortium includes major names such as Alcatel-Lucent, Avanade, Cisco Systems, Frontline, Microsoft, Singapore Computer Systems and SingTel.
Mark Abe, Vice President and Managing Director, SEA, EDS, said: "Our consortium is enabled to pick the best of partners, and not only the partners but also resources partners as well. So we're getting a good blend of resources and technology, and you heard us talk a little about the governance frame work and the ability to manage this project.
"This is also one of the reasons why I think the Singapore government feels comfortable with us, and so we're going to apply that same governance frame work with our relationship with the government also with the consortium."
By July next year, the consortium will have to link the first batch of government agencies, such as the Ministries of Finance and Information, Communications and the Arts, as well as the Infocomm Development Authority.
The tender was supposed to have been awarded in October last year but the evaluation of the bids took longer than expected due to its complexity.
IDA says the major SOEasy implementation milestones remained unchanged, although some adjustments have been made to even out the workload.
New IT network for public sector
29 February 2008
The New Paper
The $1.3 billion contract which will install computer systems and networks on desks of about 60,000 public sector workers has been awarded to the oneMeridian consortium.
The consortium, led by EDS International, includes Alcate-Lucent, Avanade, Cisco Systems, Frontline, Microsoft, Singapore Computer Systems and SingTel.
The awarding of the contract was announced by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore and the Finance Ministry yesterday.
By 2010, all government departments will use the standard operating environment system, except for the Ministry of Defence, the Defence Science and Technology Agency, and schools.
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